KOMA GOOD GUYS
Email Charlie at Charlie.C at TylerMedia.com
From his teens Charlie wanted to work in radio. specifically, KOMA!
Charlie Cusack is an Oklahoma City guy from day one. Born at St. Anthony Hospital, he attended Rosary grade school, Bishop McGuiness High School, The University of Oklahoma and St. Gregory’s College.
While at O.U. in 1966 he took a radio and television class – and that was it! After college he worked at a daytime station in Pawhuska, OK for several months then came home to work at several stations in town.
(The stations were:
WKY-FM, name change to KJAK. After I left it changed to KATT
KOCY FM underground format, Now 96X
KXLS FM name change to KKNG. Now KOMA FM… My 3rd time to work at this frequency!)
When his daughter was 9 months old he packed up and moved the family to Wichita, KS where he worked at KEYN AM and FM, a “Top 40” format, he worked the mid-day shift there, was Music Director also and earned the national title of Medium Market Music Director of the Year for two years in a row. The station rose in the ratings to the number three station in Wichita. Charlie left KEYN and began helping the number two station in Wichita, KLEO, an AM “Top 40” within a year KLEO became the undisputed number one station in town – any and all age groups in any and all timeslots!
This nearly four years away from home caused a little homesickness. He packed up the family, now with an additional daughter one month old, and headed home. In 1975 Charlie went to KNOR in Norman. They had recently changed format to “Top 40”; it was close to his parents, eight brothers and two sisters. It felt like the right thing to do. Although, the only station he ever really wanted to work at was just up I-35. KOMA!
KOMA hired a Program Director who quickly sized up the marketplace and promptly hired Charlie and several other jocks who worked for him. Charlie was Assistant Program Director at KOMA.
Within a year KOMA had, through aggressive contests and great music research, beaten WKY in many key timeslots. The Program Director was given his choice of stations in the chain and, before he left, recommended Charlie to be the Program Director. While Charlie was Program Director of KOMA he worked the morning show with Barbara Henson. Some of the things you may remember while Charlie was at KOMA:
The Great Album Stash
KOMA Rainbow Shirts
The KOMA Rainbow Van
Elvis died while Charlie was on the air (Ronnie Kaye was on the air then at WKY)
KOMA World Premieres the movie GREASE
KOMA World Premieres the movie SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
We gave away tons of albums for these movies too!
In September 1979 Charlie left radio to go into business for himself. A chance meeting in early 2007 with KOMA Program Director, Kent Jones landed him a weekend air shift, Saturday 3 pm to 7 pm. Charlie also does fill in for various shifts.
Today Charlie has four daughters, age 36 to 16, a great wife, Pam and two dog food eating machines (2 Shar-Pei’s)
Charlie Cusack is at KOMA again; and that is why he smiles all the time!