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In October, 1960 WKBR received FCC permission to move from 1240 to 1250 kilocycles and increased power to 5,000 watts. The station began airing a second package from Quality Jingle Company, of Dallas, reflecting the frequency change.

In the late 1950s, WKBR's personalities were known as "The Big Five." From the early 1960s through 1965, The Big K "Live Five" included Don James, Bill Morrissey, Norm Michaels, Bill Clark, Ron Ripley, Chuck Bessette, Marty Sidman, Donn Parker, Alan Paige, Nick Scott, Bill MacIver, Bill Jones, Eddie B. Baker, Ron Raven, Rumple, Steve Johnson, and newsmen Ernie Crowley, Gary LaPierre, Ron Wilson, Jerry Peabody, Pete Morrison, Dan Davis and Bob Conville. They punctuated their Top 30 records with jingles from the Commercial Recording Company of Dallas...a composite of Series #14 and 2.

March, 1966 staff

The Big K Good Guys in March, 1966 were (l-r:) Doug Gove, Bill Morrissey, Bob Conville, Eddie B. Baker, Ron "Rumple" Polcari, Donn Parker and John Sebastian.

By June, 1966 the personalities were called "The Playboys;." in March, 1967 they became "The Good Guys." The summer of 1967 saw a new jingle package...PAMS Series #29/31 (Radio A Go-Go/Music Explosion). Additions to the air staff during the decade included Bill Adams, Jay Kaye (Jackie Kelly), Charlie Shoe, Dennis Lee, Jack Casey, Dick McDonough, Bob Molloy, Bud Williams, Danny Lane, Tom Holt, Chip Hobart, Sebastian Tripp, Bill Blizard, Charlie Edwards, Jim O'Hara, Dick Booth, Bill Gaye, Terry Woods, Bill Mundae, and newsmen Bob McCord and Frank Haley.

Unusual for a station in a market of its size, WKBR broadcast 24 hours a day during much of the 1960s.

By 1970 WKBR's sound was impacted by Bill Drake's programming concepts. Big K's "Wax To Watch" and "Sure Shots" became "Boss Hitbounds," and the station began using a Drake soundalike jingle package produced by Pepper Tanner. The DJs included Dave Messier, Roger Alan Jones, Big Jim Edwards, Paul Barrette, Red Robin, Paul Rogers, Al Carter, Pete Mitchell (Salant), Chris Evans, Chris Michaels, Mark Driscoll, Tom Ford, Charlie Stone, Alan Edwards, Kevin Kane, Bob Kennedy, Ken Barlow, Konrad Kayne, Jeff Marley and news reporters Walter Toms, Dick Lutsk, Alan Bridges and Susan Wornick.

Tom Merriman's Phase III jingle package arrived in 1972. It was replaced by cuts from Music K Productions in 1976, and William B. Tanner in 1978.

In February, 1979, Ralph Gottlieb announced his intention to sell WKBR for $1.9 million. The new owners,THEnterprises Corporation (Charles Howard and Donald Teeters) took over in May. While the station experienced hard times during the 80s and 90s, many talented people graced its airwaves including: David Alan Boucher, J. Christopher Scott, Vince Tyler, Jay Cormier, Rick DeFabio, Tim Riley, Dennis Burke, Holland Cooke, Charlie Moger, Gary Duncan, Ed Doherty, John Frawley, Matt Stevens, Carol Ann Pretzel, Daniel T. Guy, Kevin Farwell, Bill Sterndale, Earle Greer, Ernie Jenkins, Eve Meredith, Scott Pare, Roger Parmelee, Bob Stuart, Alan Dary, Jonathon Hall, John Sutton, Steve Ordinetz and Eric show hosts Rudy Nelson, Lincoln Carle, Terry Powell, Ray Harris, Bill Herman, Chris Herbert, Jack Kenny and Lou D'Allesandro... news reporters Greg Cusson, Keith Roberts, Sue Roman, Doug White, Owen May, Steve Sakson, John Stobierski, Brooke Willis, Pete Morrison, Barry Pretzel, Frank Haley, Bob Cohen, Jane Valliere...and sports reporters Dave Long, Jim Colony and Bob Melvin.

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