History of KRFE
Established in 1953, KRFE (previously KDAV) emerged as a beacon of musical exploration during the vibrant era of 1950s rock 'n' roll. Lubbock, the hometown of Buddy Holly, became a musical hub, and KRFE played a pivotal role in shaping the sounds of the time.
(Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly in Lubbock at KDAV)
Music Icons: Buddy
Buddy Holly, Lubbock's boffo teenager, emerged as a musical prodigy with a unique twist—he had his own radio show on KDAV. Pappy Dave Stone's station, the first all-country in America, became the creative hub for budding talents like Buddy, Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller, and more. Buddy's journey from KDAV to international stardom, fronting acts like Bill Haley and Marty Robbins, solidified Lubbock as a musical epicenter.
(Buddy Holly and the Crickets about to perform in Lubbock)
Music Icons: Elvis
In the mesmerizing years of the 1950s, Lubbock witnessed the rise of rock 'n' roll, with none other than Elvis Presley gracing the stage. His iconic shows at the Cotton Club and the Fair Park Coliseum left an indelible mark on the city. Elvis's magnetic performances, autographing escapades, and tales of newfound fame became legendary, shaping the early rock 'n' roll scene in Lubbock.
(Elvis performs at the Cotton Club in Lubbock, TX)
Music Icons: Waylon
Waylon Jennings, a pivotal figure at KDAV, not only shared the airwaves with Buddy Holly but also formed a lasting friendship. KDAV's disc jockeys, including Waylon and Don Bowman, became influential names in the country music scene. Their jingles, live performances, and songwriting endeavors enriched Lubbock's musical landscape.
(Waylon Jennings in Lubbock, TX)
KRFE: Where Legends Resonate
Fast forward to today, and the legacy lives on at KRFE, 580 AM, now owned by Wade Wilkes. The station, located at 66th and MLK, stands as a testament to the rich history of KDAV. Visitors are welcomed to the very place where Elvis, Buddy, Waylon, and Bill Mack once recorded. The collaborative spirit and mentorship provided by pioneers like Pappy Dave Stone continue to shape the station's identity.