Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Final Days of the KSCS Arlington Studios

   Radio Station 96.3 KSCS moved from Broadcast Hill in Fort Worth, Tx to Arlington in 1994. From 1994 till 2011, the radio station broadcast from studios in Arlington (2221 E. Lamar, Suite 300 to be exact). Originally, the studios were on the 4th floor and the business offices for KSCS were on the third. 

   When the owners started ESPN Radio 103.3, KSCS built new studios on the third floor. They were perhaps the finest studios of their time. During the 17 years that KSCS occupied the Arlington space, they featured the morning duo of Terry Dorsey and Hawkeye. The morning team often featured live performances from some of country music's biggest names. A stage was built to accommodate the acts and even had a separate mike mixer for the performances. The facility was also large enough to host a studio audience of around 20 people.

   Over the years the names of performers who visited Terry and Hawkeye read like a Who's Who of the Country Music and the Texas Music industry. They include Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Brooks and Dunn, Martina, McBride, Travis Tritt, Don Henley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Pat Green, Robert Earl Keen, The Randy Rogers Band and the Eli Young Band. 

   The office also featured The Red Room, a seperate perfomance area for hosting the KSCS Private Performance Series. They even had a small TV studio complete with green screen for video production. 

   I would be remiss if I didn't mention the fine work of Clay Steely, Neal Peden, Roger Helling and Duane Sedge in creating and maintaining the facility. 

   When KSCS was acquired by Cumulus, the station moved to modern studios in Dallas' Victory Park. This is a video I did depicting the final days of KSCS' Arlington Studios.  






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