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"...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, once the best-known radio voices of Austin, Texas progressive country giant KOKE-FM, has died at age 61 from cancer...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Meanwhile, it's also a book about cancer. After losing his tongue at age 27, the one-time KOKE-FM jock and lifelong bassist largely communicated using a Magic Slate children's toy, while Rhodes served as his surrogate voice in song..."
"...KOKE-FM remains the soundtrack to Austin’s progressive country movement of the Seventies, so when the frequency resurrected in 2012, it spliced a decidedly Texas ethos into country radio. Now, KOKE Fest trends behind Lone Star heavy hitters, including resurgent Underdog Aaron Watson and Nineties hitmaker Mark Chesnutt on Friday, and the Josh Abbott Band and Wade Bowen on Saturday..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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, singer and mandolin player in hillbilly humorists the Geezinslaw Brothers and longtime local deejay, has died at age 84, KOKE-FM reported...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...› 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..."