Gremlins have taken over legendary Oklahoma City radio station WKY-AM 930, but the moments leading up to the takeover this week were just as interesting for radio listeners.
WKY has been many things over its long history. It played rock, pop and country while under the ownership of the Oklahoma Publishing Co. When it was bought by Citadel Broadcasting in 2002, it turned into a news/talk format. Last year, that format was scrapped and replaced with a Spanish-language format.
Deciding that wasn't the path to riches, the radio station is now switching formats.
To gear up interest for the station change, WKY was possessed by a computer voice, which gave a nonstop countdown until a new voice was piped in. Throughout the countdown, the computer voice, a harsher version of "2001: A Space Odyssey"'s Hal, gave little snippets to entertain the masses during the more than 100 hours of the countdown program.
The snippets ran the gamut. There were phrases from songs, movies, television shows, pop culture, famous commercials and literature coming through the speaker every few seconds.
Authors like Stephen King, Dr. Seuss, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare were quoted. There was a flavor of local culture, as well. Here are some quips:
"Those Mathis Brothers seem like nice guys." "Let's flood the BricktownCanal." "Broadway Extension, down to one lane forever." "Rick Mitchell is my favorite weatherman." "Heisman trophies always look better when they are earned in Oklahoma." Certain sophomoric phrases tried to convey words of wisdom the best. Here are some passages to live by from Mr. Unknown Computer Voice: "I'll marry you tomorrow, but let's honeymoon tonight." "My wife ran off with my best friend and I miss him." "Oh honey, I have a run in my panty hose, and I'm not wearing any panty hose." "Hey, don't knock masturbation. It's sex with someone I love." "Pull down your pants, I can't hear you." "Does the water ripple when a duck farts?" "It's not the pants that make your butt look big " it's your butt." "I got caught with someone else's pants down." "Why does the ocean roar? You'd roar too if you had that many crabs on your bottom."
Words of wisdom, everybody.