Big 13 Returns To Fresno -- For A Day
August 26, 2008 at 7:10 AM (PT)
KYNO-A was once the dominant Top 40 station in FRESNO -- a ratings monster that helped give birth to "Boss Radio," America's most popular music format in the 1960s. TODAY's FRESNO BEE writes the station, housed in a nondescript building on Barton Avenue and assigned a modest broadcast signal, could've been another faceless AM radio station.
But owner GENE CHENAULT and PD BILL DRAKE, along with their record-spinning "Boss Jocks" at the "Big 13," ruled the city and made both radio and rock 'n' roll history.
The sound and the tightly controlled format also took stations in LOS ANGELES, SAN DIEGO and SAN FRANCISCO to the top.
Over time, the DRAKE-CHENAULT creation -- featuring jingles performed by the JOHNNY MANN SINGERS -- evolved into an empire spanning six formats and 350 stations before music and radio took off in new directions in the mid-1970s.
Now, some 40 years later, the trademark sound will return for one day -- LABOR DAY -- to KYNO, now a Spanish-language station that ranks dead last in the FRESNO market.
JOHN OSTLUND, who recently purchased the station for $1.6 million, is staging the stunt to promote a format change: The day after the blast from the past, KYNO will switch to a Talk/News format.