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KPEP, is back on the air, now from Eldorado, Texas - and we are playing all of those original Country Classics from the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, and even some of your more recent traditional Country Music Favorites. We feature Country Classics from one of the largest Country Music libraries anywhere in the radio business. Some of KPEP Radio's deejays originally played this music on the radio, back when it first came out! We really do enjoy playing all of your country music favorites — because they are our favorite classic country hits, too.

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San Angelo's Radio Station, KPEP, was certainly one of the most classic radio call signs in West Texas music history. Starting in the early 1950's, and lasting for almost a quarter century, KPEP in San Angelo was an important part of the very FIRST country music radio station network in the nation.
By the Fall of 1954, KPEP Radio was adding some 'rock-a-billy' records to their Country Music format. Then, on a Wednesday night, January 5th, 1955, Joe Treadway of KPEP Radio booked a little known 19 year old singer named ELVIS PRESLEY into a show at the San Angelo Municipal Auditorium at City Hall.


Elvis, Scotty Moore and Bill Black played that first show in San Angelo together with Billy Walker, Jimmy and Johnny, along with Peach Seed Jones (Tillman Franks) completing the lineup. It was over a year later before the whole country would learn who Elvis was, when “Heartbreak Hotel" would hit #1 on both, the Country and Pop Music Charts.

In 1955 West Texas was my hottest territory.”

— Elvis Presley

Almost every Major American Music Artist, both Country and Pop, owed much of their initial success by being played FIRST in West Texas on KPEP Radio… including; Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Naylor and the Cavaliers, Sonny James, Faron Young, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Bill Anderson, Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price, and many more.

"I saw Elvis in Odessa in 1955 for the first time...Even in the early days Elvis almost always stole the show from the headliners. Nobody wanted to follow Elvis Presley."

— Roy Orbison

If you miss the great country music that made listening to your radio important for your Western Texas lifestyle, then tune in TODAY to the all-new KPEP FM 106.5, and enjoy remembering your favorite Country Classics on West Texas' Original  Country Music Radio Station.

Without Elvis none of us would have made it.”

— Buddy Holly
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