Country Legends

The History of KTPK

KTPK FM was Topeka's first 24 hour full power country FM station. Govenor Robert Docking threw the power switch at 10 am on Monday, November 25th, 1974 at our studio.

KTPK's first location was at 910 First National Bank Tower, Topeka, KS. Some of the staff at this time included :General Manager Dale Bowers, Program Director Pat Christine, and Technical Director Don Ruff. ["Topeka's Newest Radio Station Goes Airborne." Topeka State Journal 25 Nov. 1974: 26. Print.]

On Sept 7, 1988 Shawnee Broadcasting Co the owners of KTPK-FM announced that it would be sold to a new owner, Topeka Broadcomm Inc. Pat Powers who was the Chief Executive Officer and partial owner of Shawnee Broadcasting Co. as well as the General Manager of KTPK at the time would remain in his positions. The Station was located Bank IV Tower at this times but expansions plans were in the works as well as a move in 1989. ["Radio Station in Topeka Reported Sold." Topeka Capitol Journal 7 Sept. 1988: 15A. Print.]

 

One of the earliest KTPK logos.

Pat Christine testing the staions equipment before KTPK went live for the first time.


KTPK FM On Air Studio at 910 First National Bank Tower, Topeka, Kansas. This is the original Downtown Topeka location of the KTPK studios. This photo of Marlena Adkison was taken by a Topeka Capital Journal photographer for an article about the radio station.

KTPK Staff photo- Circa: 1978.

Top Row L to R: Bill Ossmann, Pat Christine, Bill Neff, Pat Powers, Pat Gordon.

Bottom Row L to R: Don Ruff, Todd Hottman, Marlena Adkison, Marilyn Packer, Mike Slocum, Forrest Lowry.

 
An early 1980's photo of the KTPK Wrangler Country Showdown Contest Winner- Boogie Grass Fever. James Garver (second from left) and Steve McClure (far right) moved to Nashville and were members of "Stillwater" Garth Brooks early touring band.

 
Marlena at an early Downtown Topeka St. Patrick's Day Parade. KTPK has been in every St Pat's parade, since it's incepton.

 
KTPK Announcing staff early 80's. Standing L to R: Marlena Adkison, Steve Higgins, Steve ???, Jeff Miller, Jim Gibb.Sitting L to R: Lee O'Day, Cedric Dillard.

 
KTPK Full Staff photo- early 80's.

 
KTPK sponsors a hot air balloon at the Great Plains Balloon Club Huff 'n Puff during the era when they launched from the Washburn University campus.

 
KTPK's original Schafer 903 computer system. Our Music was played from "Reel to Reel" and commercials played from "Carts." Bob Kingsley was the original "DJ Voice of KTPK." His voice was pre-recorded onto the Reels along with the music. These reels were shipped in from Drake Chenault Inc. each week.

 

 
KTPK On-Air Personalities Lynn Higbee, Marlena Adkison (her dog Ariel) and Scott Price at the Topeka St. Patrick's Day Parade. ( Late 1980's)

 
Late 1980's Billboard.


Marlena and Lynn, KTPK Morning Show Team 1984-1995.

 
The studios moved to 31st and Van Buren in Topeka in 1989.

 
Our "Winnie" Remote Broadcast Vehicle on display during one of the many appearnces at "Shows" at the Kansas Expocentre. Late 1980's. Pictured L to R: Ronnie Mongold,Marlena Adkison, Phil Tysinger and Lynn Higbee.

 
Our remote vehicles early 1990's.

 

 
Martina McBride visits KTPK - early 1990's. L to R: Lee O'Day, Martina, Rick Douglas,Marlena Adkison.

 
WIBW TV 13's Betty Lou Pardue visits Marlena on the morning show. Mid 1990's. (Betty Lou is a former KTPK DJ. She did the morning show 1983-1984 before beginning her TV Career.)

 
Country 106.9, KTPK new logo on building. Circa 1998

 
On Air Studio at Van Buren Studios. Circa 1990's.

 
Fall 2004 Billboard

KTPK-FM (Country Legends 106.9) 2013 on-air studio. Located at the top of Huntoon Hill at 1210 Executive Drive Topeka Kansas. The station moved to this location in the summer of 2011.

 

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