A pure Okie, Fred Hendrickson was born in Tulsa and grew up in Oklahoma City. Despite several lures of higher salaries in larger cities such as Dallas, Los Angeles, Denver, Kansas City and Detroit, he has chosen to stay the course in the Sooner State because of his love for the people here. Raised on great OKC heritage music stations like WKY, KOMA and KOFM, he considers it an honor to be on the biggest legend of them all -- KOMA!
His first DJ job was at KJEM (now KJ-103) which interestingly was in the Triangle Building at 4th and Broadway -- the building that was torn down and replaced by the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1978. Before going to class at John Marshall he would drive downtown at 4am to sign-on the station and do a wake-up show until 7am, then went directly to school (usually late).
"Each weekday morning I drove through the entrance of the building's garage right where Timothy McVeigh would later park the infamous Ryder truck when he bombed the Federal Building," says Fred. "It was dark, dreary and lonesome. I was the only one in the building and walked up a stairway of the garage to the studio on the second floor. That studio, where I did my show, was in the very area that would be right at the heart of the explosion. Never could I have imagined the horror that would one day occur there. To this day, I still cannot believe it was the same place."
Fred's show at KJEM caught the attention of legendary WKY Program Director and Morning Personality Danny Williams who made him the night guy on KOMA's then arch rival The Big-93 in its heyday of the late 60's and through most of the 70's.
From there, like most everyone else, he made the move to the FM dial as the afternoon host at KXXY, 96-X, the number one Rock Station of the late 70's and early 80's (Remember the Blue Walrus?).
That led to an offer across the street at 96-X's competitor KATT where blue gave way to yellow (a cat). He rocked Oklahoma on Rock-100.5 for the next 9 years!
However, when Diamond Broadcasting of Chicago bought KRXO and KOMA, many of The Katt's best people were eager to make the move to Moore. Fred was one of them! In 1998 both stations were purchased by Renda Broadcasting, an innovative and well-managed company based in Pittsburgh, which Fred proclaims is an absolute pleasure to work for to this day. Renda moved the stations north to Britton Road in the very building where he worked in the 70's when it housed WKY. He loves the music of the 60's, 70's and 80's! In Fred's own words: "This is simply the perfect home for me."
Favorite Movies: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Angels and Demons, King of Kings, Sleepless in Seattle, No Way Out, Da Vinci Code, Ten Commandments, Beyond a Shadow of Doubt, Star Wars, Cleopatra, Philadelphia, Suspect, Jesus of Nazareth.
Favorite Groups: Journey, Eagles, Police, Fleetwood Mac, Supertramp, Queen, Huey Lewis & The News, Cars, Electric Light Orchestra, Beatles, Dire Straits, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blondie, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Genesis, Steve Miller Band, U2, Rolling Stones, Doobie Brothers, Toto, Jefferson Starship, Commodores, Steely Dan, Human League, Doors, Bee Gees, America, Fine Young Cannibals, Wings, Chicago, Duran Duran, Led Zeppelin.
Favorite Singers: Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Pat Benatar, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Steve Winwood, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, Christopher Cross, Janis Joplin, Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams, Joan Jett, Eddie Money, Billy Joel, Rick Springfield, Nicolette Larson, John Lennon, Don Henley, Peter Frampton, Madonna. Paul Simon, James Taylor, Robert Plant, Carly Simon, Neil Young, Phil Collins.
Favorite Subjects: Religion, History, Archeology, Science, Health, Language.
Favorite Hobbies: Cat, Jogging, Reading, Photography, Genealogy, Music, Art.