KGLK (107.5 FM, "Houston's Eagle") is a classic rock formatted radio station licensed to serve the community of Lake Jackson, Texas, USA. It is owned by Cox Media Group. It is headquartered out of Suite 2300 at 1990 Post Oak Blvd in the Uptown district in Houston, Texas, United States. Main transmitter facilities are located near Liverpool, TX with a backup transmitter site co-located at the KKBQ backup site.
Originally KGOL, broadcasting to Lake Jackson at 107.3 FM as a Gospel station in the early 1980s. The station moved north to include service to Houston and signed on at 107.5 FM on August 5, 1986 as classic rock KZFX "Z107". The station flipped to alternative rock on October 31, 1994 as KRQT "Rocket 107.5". Under direction of new General Manager, Pat Fant (formerly of KLOL), re-launched the format in late May 1995 under the new callsign KTBZ and "107-5 The Buzz" moniker.
The station continued as alternative rock until 2000, when the Clear Channel/AMFM merger went through, causing the new company to spin off two signals. The intellectual property of KLDE "Oldies 94.5" went to Cox Enterprises, along with the 107.5 facility and 97.1 KKTL (which was simulcasting the programming on 107.5). 97.1, now KTHT, operates separately as a classic country station.
Prior to the deal that sent the KLDE intellectual property to Cox, KLDE was located on 94.5 FM. Prior owners included AMFM, Bonneville Corp. and Entercom. The oldies format was introduced in 1988 and had been under the direction of a variety of program directors including RC Rogers, Bob Harlow, Dennis Winslow, Ron Parker, and Ed Scarborough . Past General Managers include Steve Shepard, Chris McMurray, Chris Wegman, Caroline Devine. Mark Krieschen is currently Vice President and Market Manager.
In 2004, afternoon "boss jock" Barry Kaye left the station. The following year in 2005, KLDE dropped any link to "Oldies" whatsoever, playing a mix of classic Top 40 known as classic hits, under the moniker "Houston's 107-5 KLDE", adopting the slogan "The Greatest Hits of the 60's & 70's." The station was also the first to launch HD digital radio in the Houston market in January 2005, and the HD-2 channel was a mix of pre-1964 oldies. Most recently, the HD2 sub-channel, using the "Oldies 107.5" intellectual property since its 2006 sign-on, has been airing a playlist consisting of 1950s, 1960s and 1970s oldies, with 1960s music being the most prominent.
On July 10, 2006, the station changed branding to "107-5 The New K-Hits, Houston's home for the Greatest Hits of the 60's and 70's". While it did not flip formats or fire all the DJs, it did fire the morning team, to be replaced by longtime KRBE APD/afternoon DJ Scott Sparks. The KLDE calls remained in place until December 14, 2006, when the station changed its call letters to KHTC after 18 years of using the KLDE callsign.
On January 27, 2009, the station announced the addition of Dean and Rog from KKRW effective June 1, 2009. Following this announcement, on May 17, 2009, the station changed its call letters, initially without explanation, from KHTC to KGLK. On June 1, 2009, the station changed its branding to 107.5 The Eagle and adopted a Classic Rock leaning approach but officially remained a Classic Hits station.
In June 2011, after years of low ratings, Cox announced that sister station 106.9 KHPT would begin simulcasting KGLK's programming effective June 20. KHPT previously ran an Alternative format branded as "The Zone", which, in turn, was a replacement for the previous all-80s format.
When KKRW changed its format to Urban Contemporary on December 31, 2013, KGLK, in response, officially reclaimed itself as a Classic Rock station later that day and changed its slogan to reflect the station's newfound status as the Greater Houston market's sole Classic Rock station. Actually retaking the format from KKRW who, 20 years earlier, rebranded from Classic Hits to Classic Rock immediately following 107.5's (then KZFX) format change to Alternative Rock in October of 1994.
K291CE (106.1 FM, Hum FM Radio) is a South Asian format that is broadcast on KGLK-HD3 and a 250 watt translator at 106.1. K291CE is owned by a Hispanic church and leased to Hum Tum Radio, who also leases out KGLK HD-3. Hum Tum Radio/Hum FM is owned by Rehan Siddiqi, a South Asian concert promoter who previously ran the format on several brokered AM stations in Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas. The 106.1 signal is strong in Southwest Houston, Sugar Land, and Missouri City, areas with a large and growing South Asian population.
The Morning Show with Dean and Rog is hosted by Dean and Rog w/Suzi Hanks who originated at 93.7 The Arrow (now KQBT). The mid-day host is Jennifer Tyler (formerly The Fabulous Jennifer Tyler) also from the former Arrow KQBT. Scott Sparks former APD of KRBE on afternoons, Maureen Cooper on evenings, and the station is fully automated overnight. Weekend hosts include Kelly Ryan (From the former Arrow), John Davis, Dan Cryer,and Mark Douglas(He has been with KLDE/KGLK since 1995)
Former on-air personalities on KGLK include Susie "Carr" Loucks, Paul Christy, Ted Carson, Joe Ford, Barry Kaye, Michael "Vee" Valdez, Joe Martelle, Linda Cruz, Eddie Cruz, Mike McCarthy, Kevin Charles, Janice Dean, RC Rogers, J.D.Houston, Sheree Bernardi, Sean O'Neel, Col. St. James, Jerry Pelletier, Mark Megason, Bill Campbell, Dave E. Crockett, Ron Parker, Jackie Robbins, Kenny Miles, Ron Leonard, Bob Ford, Donna McKenzie, Chuck Contreras, The Catfish, Sheri Evans, Ken Sasso, Bob Edwards, and Mick Perry.
Callsign and moniker history
- KGOL -
- KZFX - 5 August 1986 (Z107)
- KRQT - 31 October 1994 (Rocket 107.5)
- KTBZ - 12 May 1995 (107-5 The Buzz)
- KLDE - 18 July 2000 (Oldies 107.5, Houston's 107-5 KLDE)
- KHTC - 14 December 2006 (107-5 The New K-Hits)
- KGLK - 17 May 2009 (The Eagle - Houston's Classic Hits Station)
- KGLK - 31 December 2013 (The Eagle - Houston's Only Classic Rock Station)