|KTIB MEMORIES: Station History
(Not affiliated with the ownership of said station, this is an independent tribute)
KTIB in my book stands for "Keep Thibodaux in Broadcasting". This also honors KHOM-FM 104.1 Houma (1968-96).
On December 24, 1953, at 10am KTIB went on the air for the first time under the ownership of Delta Broadcasting whose members were Ferd Block, Ed Jackson, and Sam Larason. It had an output of 500 watts, daytime only at 630 on the am dial, the output was later upgraded to 1000 watts. For most of the 1950s & 1960s, KTIB's format was mainly local news & information plus music ranging from gospel, hillbilly, cajun, rock 'n' roll, easy listening, and popular songs of a "lighter beat." In 1966, KTIB added an FM station at 106.3 to serve as a simulcast station which could broadcast at night with 3000 watts of output.
In 1973, KTIB was sold to LaTerre Broadcasting whose members were Raymond Saadi, Jimmy Buquet, and Kenneth Watkins. At the time, LaTerre owned KHOM 104.1 FM in Houma, also a news & information station which played easy listening music at an output of 100,000 watts (founded 1967). At the same time, KTIB-FM was sold to Joe Costello where it moved to another part of Thibodaux & became KXOR.
When the sale of ownership was completed, KTIB became a country music station, playing the best of country's present and past. By 1986, KTIB took a huge jump in wattage by going from 1000 to 5000 watts daytime (1000 at night) & moved to 640 on the am dial. In 1989, the format changed to easy listening & KHOM's went to Oldies. In 1995 KHOM changed formats to "Mix 104.1" & KTIB became "Good Times & Great Oldies." On Nov.6, 1996 KHOM was sold to Clear Channel radio & shortly afterwards changed call letters & moved offices to New Orleans. In 1999, LaTerre sold KTIB to Delta Starr Broadcasting where it continued the Oldies mixed in with local news, talk, and sports. In 2004, the station briefly quit playing music with an all-talk format (music & talk returned Jan.2005). The station's most famous talk show was "Dialogue" that started in 1973. On May 12th, 2005 at 11:58am, KTIB was turned off due to an internal ownership squabble and remained off until February 2007 when a bankruptcy court finalized the station's sale to GAP Broadcasting (G.Laughlin--Dallas). GAP sold KTIB to Faith Broadcasting of Louisiana (Dr. Joe & Katrina Chase) in late April 2009 & it became "Joy 640" featuring gospel music plus some local shows remaining.
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