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KPNC has been a family business for several decades in Ponca City, OK. Add KLOR in Ponca City and KOKB licensed to Blackwell and you have the flagship trio of Team Radio. Team Radio also owns KOSB in Stillwater, OK, and KOKP in Perry, OK. These two are programmed from studios in Stillwater.
Downtown Ponca City was once the studio home of KLOR, but years ago the studios were relocated to the site of the KPNC studios southeast of town. Those facilities grew old and needed an upgrade. Station owner Bill Coleman wanted to remodel the former studio site downtown. However, a storm in July 2009 left the brick front of the building lying in the street. That was that. Coleman still wanted to be downtown and found space available in the Poncan Theater.
Built in 1927, the Poncan Theater is a fully functioning stage theater. The theater itself has been renovated in recent years and has most of the original woodwork, decor and accessories. It is home to the largest collection of original classic movie posters in the country. Amid original period items, the stage equipment, lighting and sound are state-of-the-art.
The radio station occupies part of the ground floor and the street side of the balcony level. Two on-air control rooms are on the ground floor and are fully visible from the sidewalk. Upstairs is the TOC, production room, programming, sales and management offices.
With all the antiques in the theater, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, the building owners wanted us to either keep original antiques in our decor or be modern in contrast. For example, if an antique lamp is used, it must be from the 1920s, not a reproduction of a period piece. We went modern -- very modern. This is a state-of-the-art facility.
Construction in the building posed some difficulties. Several structural steel columns were where we wanted to put walls. The downstairs area was completely rebuilt within the space allotted. The two on-air control rooms were built as isolated boxes touching only the floor. Walls that look like they are in contact with the building walls are not actually touching. A small gap separates them. Upstairs the production room had very little done construction wise. Carpet, ceiling tiles and acoustical wall treatment provided acceptable results. The TOC has a separate air conditioning system for the equipment.
The facility design and system integration was handled by Sierra Multimedia in Bella Vista, AR. After the design phase, local contractors were used for the construction. All of the station equipment was shipped directly to the Sierra facility in Arkansas. It was there that the racks and studio cabinetry were assembled, equipment mounted, wired and tested. This was a complete fully functioning radio station. Once complete, it was shipped to the Poncan Theater for final installation. All wiring plans were completed before any cables were connected. Every cable is numbered and the station is fully documented. Sierra Multimedia engineers and technicians also designed and installed the IT systems.
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