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I sure have missed KDOK and it’s great music. Do you think there will ever be another radio station that will play that kind of music?

I sure have missed KDOK and it’s great music. Do you think there will ever be another radio station that will play the kind of music KDOK played in Tyler? There is not a radio station in the area that plays the 60’s,70’s music. Can’t pick up KLUV, station from Dallas. Thank you for a reply.

ANSWER

I cannot speak for other broadcasters in the market. There is always a
chance that one of them will make the business decision to change formats on
one of their stations to something similar to what KDOK did. When and under
what circumstances that might occur, I cannot say.

I miss KDOK, too. I liked listening to it a lot. But it was not a growing
business and it was taking away resources that were necessary to protect and
grow our core franchise, which is news and talk. Playing music on the radio,
and particularly music from a “frozen” playlist, in other words a playlist
that does not continually take in new material, has become a very different
business than it used to be. The proliferation of personal music devices and
the ability to easily interface those devices to the sound system in one’s
vehicle has dramatically chnaged the game for FM radio music broadcasters.

In order to keep time-spent-listening to KDOK at competitive levels, I was
having to spend a ruinous amount of money every year doing focus group
research on the KDOK playlist in order to determine which songs were getting
burned out and which songs needed to be brought back into rotation. The
truth is, it is hard to compete with a person’s iPod. The playlist on a
person’s iPod is the absolutely perfectly researched playlist for that
person. It is particularly true in a format that doesn’t regularly introduce
new music, such as an oldies station like KDOK, that constant music research
is necessary or the audience will not spend as much time listening and that
ratings will suffer.

KLUV in Dallas conducts continuous music research in order to address this
issue. The problem for a similar station in a market like Tyler is that it
costs the same amount to do the research in Tyler as it does to do the
research in Dallas-Ft. Worth. The cost of research as a percentage of KLUV’s
revenue, however, is a fraction of that same cost as a percentage of KDOK’s
revenue.

Thus, we made the decision regarding KDOK and, despite the fact that I miss
KDOK, it has proven to be a good business decision.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

Paul L. Gleiser

Cowboys Move Up, Select Lufkin’s Bryant

The Dallas Cowboys moved up in the NFL draft Thursday to select Lufkin native and Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant.

The Cowboys, needing a safety and offensive line depth, elected to go for a wide receiver with the 24th pick of the first round. Dallas switched first-round picks with the New England Patriots, moving from the 27th overall pick.

In exchange for the 24th selection, Dallas gave up its 90th pick (in the third round) for New England’s 119th (in the fourth round). Bryant, who was in DeSoto, Texas, on Thursday night, hugged his friends and family members as the Cowboys pick was announced on television. Read the rest of this entry »

West Steals Wins at Azalea All-Star Classic

The 7th Annual Azalea Orthopedics All-Star High School Basketball games were played Saturday night at UT Tyler’s Herrington Patriot Center. The best young men and women high school players from around East Texas participated in this year’s Classic. The East and West teams were represented by 40 All-Stars from around the East Texas region.

The girls’ game was won by West All-Stars 51-42. MVP honors went to Cayuga High School’s Lexus Mack, who scored 9 points during the game. Lexus has been named District MVP 2010, TABC & TGCA All State 2010. She remains undecided on the college of her choice.

The boys’ game was won by the West All-Stars 74-68 . MVP honors went to John Tyler forward Jaron Johnson, who played scored 17 points for the West team. Jaron was 1st Team All District 09, All East Texas 2009, District 11-5A Offensive Player of Year 2010, 2010. He will play basketball for Tyler Junior College. Read the rest of this entry »

Texas Stadium Reduced to Rubble

Texas Stadium is nothing but a memory — and a huge mess.

The longtime home of the Dallas Cowboys — known for the giant hole in its roof, “so God can watch his team,” according to local lore — came tumbling down early Sunday in a planned demolition. Click here to watch the video of the implosion on Texas Stadium as shot by KTBB GM Paul Gleiser.

Fireworks shot off above the building for several minutes, then hundreds of fans counted down as 11-year-old Casey Rogers of nearby Terrell, the winner of an essay contest, pushed a button triggering the implosion. More than a ton of dynamite dropped the west side of the building toward the north, the east die toward the south and the roof right on top.

After about six months of planning, it took less than a minute to turn the concrete and steel stadium into a twisted mess. Cleanup is expected to take until July.

Fans arrived as early as Saturday night for “final tailgate parties” in area parking lots. Others gathered at hotels and office buildings as far as 10 miles away in downtown Dallas, including many former Cowboys players. Local TV stations carried the implosion live. There was even a corporate sponsor.

The Cowboys won all five of their Super Bowl titles while they called Texas Stadium home.

“Even in the dawn, (driving in) we slowed down and took a real good look at it. You get a little lump in your throat,” said Jerry Jones, who bought the team and the stadium lease for $160 million in 1989. “It was beautiful.”

But many people seemed to be drawn Sunday by curiosity and spectacle more than an overriding sense of nostalgia. The consensus was that the old place was great in its day, but past its prime — especially since the Cowboys moved to the new $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in nearby Arlington after the 2008 season.

After that, Irving city leaders decided they needed the land more than the building and planned the demolition. The state already has a 10-year lease to use the property as a staging area for a highway construction project.

JT’s Jaron Johnson Signs with TJC

John Tyler senior swingman Jaron Johnson is following his older brother Justin’s footsteps as Thursday he signed his National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Tyler Junior College.

In a small ceremony at the Lions’ Den, Johnson officially became an Apache. His older brother Justin went on to have a successful college career at the University of Iowa after playing two years at TJC.

Johnson is two-time first team District 11-5A selection and led the Lions by averaging 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game this past season. Johnson was also named District 11-5A’s Offensive Player of the Year as a senior. He helped JT advance to the playoffs the last two years.

Kilgore’s Vallery Retires

Kilgore High School Head Football Coach Mike Vallery officially announced his retirement Tuesday afternoon when he met with the Kilgore ISD school board.

Vallery has spent the last 15 years as the Bulldogs head man, compiling a 133-47-1 record. This includes an undefeated season in 2004 when he led Kilgore to the Class 4A Division II State Championship, the only one in school history. His Bulldog teams only missed the playoffs once.

Prior to coming to Kilgore in 1995, Vallery led Ouachita Parish in Monroe, LA to state championships in football and baseball as a head coach and was an assistant on two other state championship teams in Louisiana. Read the rest of this entry »

Longview Hires New Basketball Coach

The Longview Lobos have a new Boys Basketball coach, as the Longview ISD Board approved the hiring of Casey Jones to fill the vacancy on Wednesday.

The Lobos certainly got themselves a winner with Jones. In all nine of his seasons as head coach at Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe, Louisiana, Jones’ teams were district champions. Plus in 2009, they captured Louisiana’s Class 5A State Championship. Jones has a 281-67 record as head coach.

Longview ISD will hold a reception Monday afternoon from 5-6pm at the LISD Aquatics Center to give the community a chance to welcome Coach Jones. Read the rest of this entry »

Teacher of the Month-December 2009

Cynthia Davis…Tyler’s Griffin Elementary

Ella Hall..Chapel Hill’s Jackson Elementary

Yessika Morales..Lindale’s Velma Penny Elementary

Rachel Hauser..Winona Elementary

Melissa Spencer…Troup Middle School

Jarvie Stroupe…ARP ISD

TEACHER OF THE YEAR – 2008-09

Elementary Teacher of the Year: Jenny Montalvo, St. Louis School

Secondary Teacher of the Year: Cara Smith, Hubbard Middle School

Troup ISD….Adam Thomas, Troup High School

Winona ISD….Kay Curry, Winona Elementary School

TEACHER OF THE YEAR – 2008-09

Elementary Teacher of the Year: Jenny Montalvo, St. Louis School

Secondary Teacher of the Year: Cara Smith, Hubbard Middle School

Troup ISD….Adam Thomas, Troup High School

Winona ISD….Kay Curry, Winona Elementary School

Teacher of the Month-November 2009

Winona ISD……Tracey Nettleton, Winona High School

Lindale ISD…..Petisa Johnson, Lindale Primary School

Chapel Hill ISD.Kelly Taber, Kissam Intermediate School

Sherri Kain…..Arp High School

Jennifer Martinets.Tyler’s Hubbard Middle School

TEACHER OF THE MONTH-October 2009

Ashley Chandler….Chapel Hill Middle School

Karyn Ard……….Troup High School

June Wright……..Early Childhood Center, Lindale ISD

Tyanne Bixler……Winona Middle School

TEACHER OF THE MONTH – September 2009

Tyler ISD….James Slaughter, John Tyler High School

Troup ISD….Olan Johnson, Troup Middle School

Winona ISD….Dana Thacker, Winona Elementary School

Lindale ISD….Melanie McNiel, Lindale High School

Arp ISD….Glenna Marshall, Arp Junior High

Chapel Hill ISD…Chris Johnston, Chapel Hill High School

TEACHER OF THE MONTH – May 2009

Winona ISD-April Savage, Winona High School

Arp ISD-Tammy Harris, Arp Elementary School

Chapel Hill ISD-Melissa Freeman, Chapel Hill High School

TEACHER OF THE MONTH – April 2009

Tyler ISD – Michelle Hernandez, Austin Elementary School

Chapel Hill ISD – Pattie Blake, Chapel Hill Middle School

Lindale ISD – Sandy Norrell, Lindale Junior High

Troup ISD – Kim Shofner, Troup Elementary School

Winona ISD – Clarice Bledsoe, Winona Middle School

Arp ISD – Shannon Arrington, Arp High School.

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