Meet Bob Allen

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When you listen to KJIM-AM 1500 and KJIM-FM 101.3, you know what you’re going to hear:  Music that you remember, and voices you know.

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Bob Allen

Bob Allen started in radio as a teenager growing up in Oklahoma City in the 1950s. He got into radio just as Top 40 music was taking off, and the rock and roll music industry was turning into a billion-dollar business.

In Oklahoma City, he began at KLPR-AM while still in high school. His early success at KLPR-AM got him an offer at KIOA-AM, Des Moines, Iowa. He later moved to KSO-AM Des Moines., then to WPEO-AM, Peoria, Illinois.

kioaIn his early 20’s, he had already established his radio DJ credentials and moved back to Oklahoma on Top 40 powerhouse radio stations like KRMG-AM and KELI-AM, Tulsa.

By the early sixties, Bob was transferred to the Dallas-Fort Worth market and took over the midday show on KXOL-AM where he reigned at the top for the next six years.

From Top 40 to Talk Radio

In 1967, still at a young age, Bob Allen wanted to move on from Top 40 radio, so he went to work at KCUL-AM and KCUL-FM where he did a popular talk show, “Open Line.” One of his guests was the mother of Lee Harvey Oswald, Marguerite Frances Oswald who spent four hours on air live, talking phone calls from listeners. It was just four years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Seeing his potential, the owners of KFJZ-AM and the Texas State Network, brought him on board where he began a new career in radio advertising sales. Over the next few years, Bob built an impressive list of clients.

In the ’70s, Bob was hired by the famous Bass brothers, Fort Worth royalty. He managed two radio stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. After three years with the Bass brothers, Bob left to opened his own advertising agency.

Driving Change in the Advertising Business

In the advertising agency business, Bob signed Radio Shack, Bill McDavid and David McDavid automobile dealerships, among many others. It was Bob Allen who made his pet Great Dane (known to audiences as Widetrack) a star for the auto dealers.

Allen’s approach to automotive retail advertising established him as an innovator. It could be said that he was a pioneer in creating “celebrity” auto dealers by putting them on camera. His creativity took boring price-and-item car commercials to the next level, and helped build the fortunes of his clients.

Return to a Childhood Home

The Allen family has owned a vacation home at Lake Texoma for most of Bob’s life. As a young boy, his grandparents built on property on the Oklahoma side of the lake and spent many weekends and holidays on the water. Later, his parents lived out their lives there and now, it’s Bob’s primary home.

When it came time to make another career change in 1995, Bob decided it was time to revisit one of his favorite places.

“I have always imagined that I would somehow return to Texoma and live out my life on the family property,” Allen remembers. “When I started making plans to return to the area, it just made perfect sense to start up my radio broadcasting career—this time, as an owner.”

As the owner, operator, and general manager for over more than two decades, Allen is more than happy with the routine.

“I get up every day with the idea that today will be an adventure,” said Allen. “What could be better than having coffee with all your friends every morning, and then spending the rest of the day playing their favorite music?”

Adding FM for Day and Night Coverage

On March 27, 2017, Allen turned on the power to KJIM-FM 101.3. The new radio signal is part of a strategy by the federal government to extend broadcast services to local communities. (Read more here.)

“This is a huge thing for us, and a powerful new service for Texoma,” said Allen. “No other radio station offers the level of daily community service—local news, community announcements, local conversations—and we are proud to extend that programming to day and night, thanks to the FM signal we put on the air.”


 

13 thoughts on “Meet Bob Allen

  1. Bob just love the program and the music is really great…don’t change a thing ,,👍

  2. Thank you, Tom. I appreciate every single listener. We think we have a unique radio station that speaks to a forgotten audience and it is a pleasure to entertain you.

  3. Truly enjoying your old favorite songs today while staying in! Thanks for your selections. The only way you can improve is identify the artist.

  4. Bob: Your selection of tunes is unmatched in the radio business. Having been raised by parents who loved the crooners of the 1950s and 1960s and then having listened to the radio intensely and identifying with the hits of the 1970s, your music choices match perfectly with mine for which I am extremely grateful. And, yet, you also possess the ability to mix in more “current” songs of the last of the last 40 years that fit the quality of the songs of yesteryear (e.g. “Hello” by Adele). I’m 56 years old, and I hope to make it for another 30 years or so. I know it’s selfish of me, but please consider staying in radio for another 30 years or so, too. 🙂 We appreciate you, Bob. You brighten our day. Andy of McKinney PS. Our daughter is 23, and SHE EVEN listens to KJIM!

  5. Love your station, you have found an audience that has been forgotten. Keep up the good work. If you need any help I’m available. You used to work with my dad Chuck Davis at KLPR.

  6. Thank you for your service. Something I hear every day. I wish to convey this to you and your station crew. Born in 1950, I grew up listening to this format. After 20 years in Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children, retired in California and moved to Ennis, Texas. Recently, I have been putting together a booth of WW 2 radio equipment. My favorite is a BC-348 receiver. I live in a small house and no area to put up a large antenna, so I made a frame antenna and put it on a “lazy Susan”. I normally use it to pick up weak stations and log them. Found KPRK in Terrell, liked their format. But at 270 watts they only come in occasionally. Since BC-348’s low tune starts at 1.5 MHZ, I just found you today. Thanks.
    Semper Fidelis,
    Russell Ross
    SSgt USMC (Ret)
    1968-1988 (1991)

    P.S. Picked up WLAC 1510 khz in Nashville, Tn. last night.

  7. Russell, when I bought KJIM-AM in the mid-90s, I always intended to play music for grown-ups. It is heart-warming to know that my mission has connected with you. AM DXing—noting long-distance stations picked on the AM band has given me the pleasure of confirming our signal and programming over the years. I am a DJ, not an engineer, but I have always been fascinated with how signals skip across the atmosphere. Or just over the hill.
    Best Regards, Bob Allen

  8. New to the area last year from the metroplex, and after channel surfing I came across KJIM. Love the music and the old radio clips of events of history. I do wish though the artist and year would be added with the song when played. Thanks again for the memory makers

  9. Hi Jim, Welcome to the area and thanks for choosing KJIM-AM/FM. Our radio station prides itself on being anything but ordinary in today’s world of radio. Our music and the features—like moments in history—are the heart and soul of KJIM. You ideas are welcome and we are constantly working to improve. Best Regards, Bob

  10. Absolutely THE BEST STATION…EVER!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for providing excellent memorable songs. I sing to them, I dance to them, I laugh to them and I cry to them. Please continue with this wonderful station!!!

  11. Local radio is the heart of a community. Our music is designed for an audience whose memories are sparked by great songs. Support our advertisers that keep the radio station up and running. And when you shop, don’t forget to tell them that you heard it on KJIM, The Memory Maker.

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