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San Angelo's Country Radio Station, KPEP, is back on the air, now from Eldorado, Texas - and we are playing all of your original Classic Country favorites from the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, and even some of Today's Traditional CountryMusic Favorites. We feature Classic Country music 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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  About KPEP Radio  

San Angelo's first Country Radio Station, KPEP, was certainly one of the most classic radio call signs in West Texas music history. Started in the early 1950's by Dave Stone and Joe Treadway, KPEP in San Angelo became one of the very first full-time country music radio stations in America. By the Fall of 1954, KPEP Radio also began adding some 'rock-a-billy' records to their ALL Country Music radio format.

  KPEP Radio in San Angelo, Texas presented
Elvis Presley's Very First Concert
as a Headline Act

Then, on Wednesday night, January 5th, 1955, Joe Treadway of KPEP Radio took a chance and booked a then little known 19 year old singer named ELVIS PRESLEY to be the headline act of a "rockabilly music show" at the San Angelo Municipal Auditorium at City Hall.

Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black played that first show in San Angelo, together with a local singer Jerry Naylor (of The Cavaliers, and The Crickets), Billy Walker, Jimmy and Johnny, along with Peach Seed Jones (Tillman Franks of Louisiana Hayride fame) completing the lineup. Long before the Internet, teenage excitement about this amazing new talent, Elvis Presley, lit up telephone lines at other local radio stations as the word, 'Elvis,"as both Noun and Verb spread across Western Texas like a prairie fire.

  How just
Three Nights in West Texas literally Changed the World...

The very next night, after Elvis Presley's headlining debut in San Angelo, Texas, Elvis headlined in Lubbock, also promoted by KPEP's Joe Treadway, who was a broadcast partner with Lubbock's KDAV Radio owner Dave Stone (David Pinkston). That night in Lubbock was where a local young singer, named Buddy Holly, witnessed the show. Then, the following night, Elvis headlined a show in Midland, where another young local singer named Roy Orbison also saw Elvis for the very first time. What followed, after those first three nights in January 1955, was a frenetic barnstorm of some two dozen other shows across Western Texas during 1955, from which Elvis established himself as an exciting live performer.

Without Elvis none of us would've made it.”
— Buddy Holly

"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
  ...and the Rest, they say, is History.  
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. These early live performances by Elvis Presley across West Texas, in 1955, created a template, from which almost every Major American Music Artist, both Country and Pop, owed much of their initial success. Most of these music artists were being played, FIRST in West Texas on KPEP Radio… along with radio stations (who saw KPEP's sucess) in Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, and Abilene...including; Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Naylor, the Cavaliers, the Bobby Fuller Four, Sonny James, Faron Young, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Bill Anderson, Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price, and many more.
In 1955 West Texas was my hottest territory.”
 — Elvis Presley
If you miss the Traditional Country Music that made listening to your radio important for your Western Texas lifestyle, then tune-in TODAY to the all-new KPEP 106.5 FM, and enjoy remembering your favorite Country Classics on West Texas' Original  Country Music Radio Station.
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