A Brief History Of Radio In The Valley Of Brazos
“Radio Alegría” KTAM 1240 AM, is one of five radio stations that are owned and operated by Brazos Valley Communications, Ltd. Brazos Valley. The owners of the company are Texans with a long history as owners of radio stations in Texas starting in 1989. Brazos Radio began in 2006 with the acquisition of the KORA-FM stations,
KTAM-AM-FM and KBXT KJXJ-FM. KAPN-FM was acquired in late 2008 and became OLDIES 107.3 “Good Times and Great Oldies” in 2011. Roots KORA group began with 1240-AM in the AM band. The first study of the station, located at 305 West 26th Street in Bryan, was the second station on the air in the area. D.C. Jones, the original owner and manager of the station began a long history of entertainment when other nine crew made its first broadcast on September 10, 1947 in Bryan, Texas.
The station was an immediate success with the voices of the original personalities of Bill Thomas, Tom Dietz and Bill Zak becoming part of the daily lives of the listeners of the area. The popularity of the radio station whose signal was dedicated to Mr. Jones mother, Kora Jones, grew over the years to become the radio of choice for the community. It was the trusted source for the latest news, weather, and sports.
In 1966, the station achieved two successful moments in history when the station reached its capacity limit of their original use in offices. The station moved to its current location in 1240 Villa Maria Street in April of that year. Also that year KORA-FM was launched at 98.3 on the FM band. At that time were the beginnings which station owners could operate multiple stations in a community. Today, issuers may own up to eight stations in a single community and Brazos Valley Communictions, Ltd. has grown to five stations. These five stations serve the diverse musical tastes and information of Brazos Valley is getting bigger day.
For six decades, personalities, sales team, staff and management have used the power and legacy of KORA to reach listeners in ways that benefit the less fortunate. The toy drive “Radio M * A * S * H is recognized as the largest event of its kind in the Brazos Valley and annually provides toys for thousands of children who otherwise might spend Christmas without gifts.
Today, as was the case in 1947, KORA and its sister stations in the radio group Brazos Valley Communications, Ltd. will continue to entertain, inform and support people giving Bryan-College Station and surrounding communities. Stations as well as its employees take pride in staying true to our heritage of bringing our listeners programming that reflects the values and interests thereof. Stations and our employees are committed to their community and support community organizations. We service and support to community organizations to promote the public good and the interests of the communities we are privileged to serve.