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Playback: KOKE Is Back
The original KOKE returns to a soda fountain near you
Music Column  August 10, 2012, by Kevin Curtin
"...That's why Cole, Eric Raines, and Jason Nassour have resurrected iconic call letters KOKE-FM, which in the Seventies embodied Austin's thinking-man-drinking-man sensibilities and certified our city as the regional mecca of progressive country. With jocks like the late Joe Gracey spinning Willie, Waylon, and Jerry Jeff Walker mixed in with Dylan and the Stones, KOKE made such an impact that in 1974 Billboard magazine named it the nation's most innovative radio station...."

Joe Gracey RIP
Once-time radio DJ Joe Gracey dies
DAILY Music  November 17, 2011, by Margaret Moser
"...Joe Gracey, once the best-known radio voices of Austin, Texas progressive country giant KOKE-FM, has died at age 61 from cancer...."

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro: Killing Floor
Another blues singer's called back home: honorary Austinite Hubert Sumlin
Music Column  December 9, 2011, by Margaret Moser
"...I'm guessing it was quite hot on the August afternoon in 1977 outside KOKE-FM when my then-husband Ken Hoge was on photo assignment for the Austin Sun. Inside the North Lamar studio, Alvin Crow's Okie humor and Joe Gracey's baritone drawl filled the control room with laughter and banter..."

Playback: Fringe Radio
Austin's newest radio frequency, Fringe
Music Column  April 11, 2014, by Kevin Curtin


Texas Rebel Radio
The Hill Country's Alt-Country Beacon
Music Story  February 14, 1997, by Lee Nichols
"...In 1976, Fritz, who went to St. Edward's and UT, brought to Fredericksburg some of the ideas he learned from listening to KOKE-FM, the now-defunct Austin station that can probably lay claim to being the first "alternative country" station..."

Fond Memories of Joe Gracey
Postmarks  November 21, 2011


Dialing for Dollar$
Austin radio stations scramble to keep the money flowing in a strange new media world
News Story  December 17, 2004, by Kevin Brass
"...In many ways, Austin radio is healthier than it's ever been, radio executives insist. Although some may pine for the old days of doobie rock on KLBJ-FM and the alt.country of KOKE-FM, when commercial radio could occasionally produce outrageous moments of style and spontaneity, there are more radio signals available in Austin today than ever before, offering listeners more choices, radio executives argue..."

Page Two
Lost Austin behind us, Smart Growth ahead?
Columns  February 2, 2001, by Louis Black
"...I was on Sammy and Bob's morning show on KVET-FM last week promoting the "Lost Austin" issue of the Chronicle. After the usual pleasantries (along with that doggedness that makes him such an Austin institution), Sammy Allred got to the point: How could the Chronicle put out an issue lamenting what Austin had lost, when it actively supports Smart Growth, which was destroying the city? At first, I was a little taken aback, having thought I was there to wax nostalgic about the Stallion, the Alliance Wagon Yard, Soap Creek Saloon, and KOKE-FM..."

The Luv Doc: Keeping the Sparks Alive
What fresh hell is this?
Columns  May 15, 2015, by The Luv Doc


Food-O-File
Is it "Goodnight" for iconic Hill's Cafe?
Food Column  January 18, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Readers had been emailing me about Cole all week, and we finally got to chat on Friday. Earlier in the week, Cole told his early morning KOKE-FM listeners that he had just used the last $18,000 of his savings to cover payroll at Hill's Cafe, and he had serious concerns about the future of the iconic South Austin eatery (4700 S..."

Phil Music
Music Story  November 6, 1998, by Michael Bertin
"...Following the advice of musician Commander Cody, who on several run-ins around Ann Arbor had told Monroe about Austin and how cool it was, Monroe staked out Central Texas. During a scouting trip to Austin in June,1977, he got a job at KOKE-FM, a radio power during the heyday of the cosmic cowboy movement..."

The Poughkeepsie Kid
Shadowing Austin City Limits Executive Producer Terry Lickona
Music Story  October 2, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...Lickona had been in Austin four years. He'd struck out trying to get a jock job on country signal KOKE-FM, burned though his life savings ($400), and got by donating blood and eating every meal at Luby's before landing at KUT reporting public affairs and hosting bluegrass and jazz shows..."

Sammy Allred Dead at 84
Geezinslaw Brother and institutional ATX deejay passes
DAILY Music  May 10, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Sammy Allred, singer and mandolin player in hillbilly humorists the Geezinslaw Brothers and longtime local deejay, has died at age 84, KOKE-FM reported...."

Playback: Next Big Buzzes at SXSW 2018
Forecasting this year’s breakout acts
Music Column  March 8, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...This remarkably bad timing may mean the Sixth Street bar could remain closed during SXSW. KOKE-FM's Tuesday showcase, starring Tyler Childers and Koe Wetzel, has been moved to different Bob Woody-owned property, the Ranch...."

Austin Music Industry Award Winners Announced
Best radio station, record store, club, music writer, and more honored
DAILY Music  February 25, 2018, by James Renovitch


Austin Music Awards' Industry Accolades Announced
Best radio station, record store, club, and many more
DAILY Music  March 6, 2017, by James Renovitch


Kerry Dawson 1949-2016
Austin’s master of the radio graveyard shift passes on
DAILY Music  February 23, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...His career crystallized two years later as a deejay at KUT and he continued to master the art of free-form radio at K-98 and KRMH (Karma). In the Seventies, Dawson worked with Joe Gracey at progressive country hot spot KOKE-FM...."

Playback: Record Store Day
Why Record Store Day matters
Music Column  April 18, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...› 105.3 The Fringe goes live on Saturday at 10am immediately following Tom Allen's Country Gold on KOKE-FM, an affiliated station currently using that dial position. As teased here last week, former Mix 94.7 hosts JB & Sandy handle morning duties..."

The Long Journey Home
The Houston Kid comes full circle
Music Story  April 18, 2014, by Doug Freeman
"...It didn't cost a lot, and the light was on. KOKE-FM was on, and hippie girls were pretty..."

Alejandro Escovedo: R-O-C-K with the U.S.A.
Iconic rocker’s love affair with the Austin, part two
DAILY Music  January 10, 2014, by Margaret Moser
"...“We interviewed Kimmie Rhodes, so we have a lot of Joe Gracey’s sign-offs on KOKE-FM – with Waylon [Jennings] and Gram Parsons. Through the Texas Music Museum, we discovered more about the Eastside, how it became designated in 1928 as ‘the Negro district.’..."

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