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Monday, October 03, 2022

97.1 The Freak DFW debuts in place of The Eagle


97.1 "The Eagle" KEGL Dallas - Fort Worth flipped to 97.1 "The Freak" on October 3, 2022 at 3pm.

Mike Rhyner returns from retirement at "The Ticket" (a station he helped create in 1994), with some of the Eagle staff like "The Ben and Skin Show."


97.1 The Freak DFW on-air programming schedule

7am to 11am The SpeakEasy with Kevin Turner, Jeff Cavanaugh and Julie Dobbs

11am to 3pm Ben and Skin

3pm to 7pm The Downbeat with Mike Rhyner, Mike Sirois and Michael Gruber 


The Freak slogan is "We Say What We Want."  It has been reported to be a sports talk station to compete against The Ticket 1310 AM / 96.7 FM KTCK.  While it might compete with those North Texas radio stations, Tim Rogers of D Magazine writes, "The Freak won’t be a sports station. It’s free-form talk, unlike any other station in this market."

The Eagle flipped formats in the past and then returned to rock in 2007.

KEGL has had past Metroplex radio legends on air like Stevens and Pruett, Moby, Kidd Kraddick, Russ Martin, Cindy Scull and more!

It was reported that KEGL started stunting September 30, 2022 by playing The Waiting by Tom Petty,  Rick James’ Superfreak, Missy Elliot’s Get Your Freak On, Whodini’s Freaks Come Out At Night and Chic’s Le Freak

In the credits of my Rock 101 KLOL documentary, releasing in 2023, Dayna Steele had the idea to list all of the dead Album Oriented Rock (AOR) stations in the credits.  I thought about The Eagle.  Funny enough, The Eagle was not considered an AOR station.  It was called a term that I am not familiar with...a Rock 40 station.  Rock 40 stations were those that were more Top 40, but leaned rock.  Now later in the 90s, The Eagle became Active Rock format. 


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