At 1,345 feet above the ground, KOKZ’s signal footprint is nearly as large as that of crosstown rival KFMW. Back in the late 1980s, these two stations were fighting it out for Waterloo’s CHR crown. In Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, it was a four way contest with KKRQ and Gary Dixon’s KQCR joining the battle. Billy Cannon did nights on KOKZ with lots of phones, fun, and energy, as you would expect. This tape is a great example of midwestern “hit radio” during the late 1980s.
I received KOKZ from Apple Valley, MN, using a Pioneer SX-3900 receiver, Winegard 10 element FM yagi antenna, Alliance U-100 Tenna Rotor, and Belden ultra low loss RG59 coaxial cable. It was recorded onto a Sears stereo cassette deck with a BASF 60 minute normal bias tape.