A legendary Austin radio station is back on the airwaves, as of Sunday morning.
Before going off the air in the late 1980s, KOKE-FM was Austin’s main source for progressive and outlaw country music.
"You go back to the 70s, KOKE FM is the center, the catalyst of what made that outlaw Texas movement of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, David Allen Coe and Wilie Hubbard and Jerry Jeff Walker,” Bob Cole, KOKE-FM co-founder, said. “All of those folks became known because of the hipness, if you will, that KOKE-FM had and shared with those musicians."
Cole, a former radio host on KVET, teamed up with partner Eric Raines to bring KOKE-FM back to life, avoiding the pitfalls which go along with corporate radio.
"We're mom and pop. We're stand alone, so it will be tougher, but it really will be fun," Cole said. "Austin is such a special place. We don't want to see the unique and cultural things different from what Austin has, different from other cities disappear."
And as of 8 a.m. Sunday, the historic station which gave Austin much of its musical identity is back. It can be found at 99.3 or 98.5 on the FM dial.