is an active rock
formatted radio station
in Beaumont, Texas
. It serves the entire Golden Triangle region and is owned by Clear Channel
Originally, 106.1 (K106) was built and signed on the mid to late 1970s (1977 or 78). Programming was the Drake Chenault CHR / Top40 format. Its one and only antenna site has been on the side of the Channel 4 (KJAC, now KBTV) tower in Vidor, Texas, making 106.1 the highest FM (~1000ft) in the immediate Golden Triangle (not counting the rimshots to the west trying to program for the Houston market). During the 1980s, KIOC as "K106", locked in a fierce battle with crosstown Top 40
KZZB ("B95"). In 1991, B95 went silent after its new owner bankrupted it. Gulf Star (owned by Steven Hicks of the Hicks Broadcast family from Beaumont) bought the silent 95.1 and eventually took on KYKR-FM
's country music
format after GulfStar sold the former 93.3, KYKR's home for decades to Tichenor Broadcasting who wanted to use it as a Houston station, leaving K106 as Southeast Texas' CHR
standard bearer. In 1993, K106 moved in a rock-based top 40 direction, using the slogan "all rock, no rap." After briefly taking on an alternative
format and returning to Top 40 as "Hot 106" in the mid-90s, KIOC became "Big Dog 106" in 1997.
Former DJ's on the station included Steven Wild The Love Child, Mark Landis & The Nut Hut, Derek Hayes, Angel Sonnier, Slade Ham
, Chris Chambers, and Kurt Kruzer.
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