KGAS RADIO went on the air in October 1955 at 1,000 watts. In January 1978, the FCC authorized a transmitting power increase to 2,500 watts. Ten years later, in January, the FCC authorized station KGAS to remain on the air with reduced power all night. In September 1988, Jerry T. Hanszen and his wife, Wanda, purchased KGAS RADIO and in July 1991, acquired FCC authorization to construct a new FM broadcast station. Updated equipment and new promotions have increased the quality of the station and broadened the listening audience extensively.
KGAS 104.3 FM plays classic country while 1590 AM/103.7 FM plays ESPN Radio. KGAS is strongly news oriented with local and regional news five times daily in addition to Westwood One News and Texas State Network News. Also included are The Mike Rogers Report, Soundboard News, Weather and Funeral Notices. Other popular programs are Panola Pride, Swap Shop, Jack Dillard’s Morning Farm Program, Bev Brown’s “Talk It Over”, Bob Griffin’s “Potpourri” and Sunday Devotionals.
KGAS Radio broadcasts play-by-play coverage of Texas Rangers baseball, Dallas Cowboys football, college football, Panola College baseball and basketball, Carthage High School football, basketball, softball and baseball, and other area high schools including Beckville, Elysian Fields, Tenaha, Timpson and Gary.
KGAS Radio is a marvelous, mature, magical and magnificent mix of music, news, views and sports for the entire East Texas and Northwest Louisiana area.
JERRY T. HANSZEN brings to KGAS RADIO a background of successful sales, management and music. He is past President of the TX Association of Broadcasters, which honored him as Broadcaster of the Year in 2002. He also served on the National Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors for a total of 8 years; serving on the Executive Board for 1 year. He represented District 19 comprised of Oklahoma and North Texas. He presently serves as Trustee for NABPAC, the Political Action arm of NAB and on the Board of TAB.
WANDA HANSZEN is co-owner of the station . With a background including a degree in art and an extensive career in dance choreography and instruction, Wanda adds that spark of fine arts to the station.
The Hanszens have operated radio stations since the purchase of KGAS in 1988. Hanszen Broadcasting operates KGAS AM/FM in Carthage, KMHT AM/FM in Marshall and KWRD AM/ KPXI FM in Henderson.
Judy has been with KGAS for over 25 years and now holds the title of Sales Manager. Judy is always happy to help a local business get the word out about their services and products. You’ll also occasionally find her on the air filling in for Jerry on ‘Panola Pride’ or out and about doing a live remote broadcast. She brings a lot of energy to the station and keeps the coffee pot on all day long!