Southeastern News

Texoma Broadcasting provides tower for campus radio station

Texoma Broadcasting co-owner Allen Wheeler and Southeastern president Larry Minks stand in front of the new tower.

Texoma Broadcasting co-owner Allen Wheeler and Southeastern president Larry Minks stand in front of the new tower.

DURANT, Okla. – Thanks to Texoma Broadcasting, Inc., the Southeastern Oklahoma State University student radio station (KSSU) has a new site to transmit its signal.

KSSU began broadcasting from Texoma Broadcasting’s new tower, located on 49th Street in Durant, on September 10. The two parties signed a 99-year lease with Southeastern paying $1 annually.

“We truly appreciate the generosity and support of Allen Wheeler, Todd Tidwell, and Gerald Tidwell  at Texoma Broadcasting,’’ said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “They have made a sizable investment that should provide a long-term solution to our transmission needs.’’

Previously, the KSSU signal was transmitted from a Durant tower owned by NextMedia, which was located 3 miles east of Durant. Following damage to that tower, KSSU transmitted its signal from a temporary site on campus atop the Choctaw Tower. This was in operation from February 2012 until the new Texoma tower was made available this September.

Texoma Broadcasting contributed $83,000 on this project to relocate the antenna. In addition, the company funded all engineering and installation expenses, including the purchase of a new directional antenna and all other necessary equipment and material.

Texoma Broadcasting Inc. was founded in 1999 and began operating KLBC through the partnership of Allen Wheeler, Todd Tidwell and Gerald Tidwell.

Wheeler is co-owner of Texoma Broadcasting, Inc., and is a Southeastern graduate.

“We are proud of our relationship with Southeastern that dates back to when KSEO first went on the air in 1947,’’ he said. “ The University played an important role in my success and I’m happy to be in the position to be able to give back to my alma mater.  The location of the KSSU antenna on our new broadcast tower allows the campus radio station to reach more people and expand the influence of our great university, while at the same time, solidifies Texoma Broadcasting’s relationship with Southeastern for many more years to come.’’

Texoma Broadcasting will be activating a new 25,000 watt radio station, KBBC 99.7, in early November, with  a strong signal in Bryan, Atoka, Johnston and Marshall counties as well as north Texas.

Also under the Texoma Broadcasting umbrella are longtime stations KLBC FM and KSEO AM.