Team Radio has a rich history

Ponca City Now - October 29, 2014 7:57 am

In June of 1979 a legacy began. It was that month that Lewis Coleman went live with many people’s favorite country radio station, KPNC. You could say Lewis was a natural radio business man. Current owner and Lewis’ son, Bill Coleman said he was studying for a different path in life.

"He went to school, he was in pre-med at Southeastern State in Durant and got a part time job as an announcer, and chose that over being a doctor," Bill Coleman said.

You could also say radio ran in the Coleman blood since Bill started his radio career at 15. He started in Pawhuska, eventually taking over Team Radio for this Dad with two partners. Bill and his partners, Ken Greenwood and Patrick Walters expanded from one station to five.

"KLOR was added in 1998 or 99, I believe it was 1998," Bill Coleman said. "I remember when we closed on it, I wasn’t there when we closed on it, I was in Seattle proposing to my now wife."

The other three stations are sports stations in Stillwater, Perry and Blackwell. Then five years after KLOR was added Bill bought out his partners and became the sole owner of Team Radio. Things didn’t stop there either.Sales started flowing in and in 2013 Bill rebuilt the news department that had been dormant for 28 years. Bill has also moved the stations out of a building comparable to a double-wide trailer into one of Ponca City’s most historical buildings, The Poncan Theater. Bill said when they moved downtown four years ago they brought no equipment with them. He started from scratch and built the most technologically advanced radio studio between Kansas City and Dallas.


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