With one of the largest AM signals on the Panhandle, AM 800 KDDD, will feature the greatest oldies from the 50’s to the ’70s. Stretching from the Oklahoma/Colorado borders to NE New Mexico, to Amarillo, and all the way to Lubbock, TX. The True Oldies Channel AM 800 is the only station playing oldies on the Panhandle.
AM 800 and Dumas, TX has a rich history in the early days of Rock N Roll. Buddy Knox and the Rhythm Orchids (featuring Jimmy Bowen, and Don Lanier, both from Dumas) struck #1 gold with their 1957 hit “Party Doll.” They named their record label for the song Triple D Records, after the radio station. Bowen also worked on-air as a disc jockey.
In Dumas in 1957, rock royalty played in concert in front of the Evelyn Theatre in downtown Dumas. Buddy Holly and the Crickets performed, as “That’ll Be The Day”, their first release was climbing the charts, going to #1 four months later. Buddy Knox & The Rhythm Orchids opened the show.
AM 800 in Dumas, will present a one day Buddy Holly tribute concert at the same location in the summer of 2021. “Buddy Holiday” as it’s called, honors both Holly and Buddy Knox, along with Dumas and its roll in the beginnings of rock n roll. This new yearly event features artists associated with Buddy and the Crickets, and Buddy Knox and the Rhythm Orchids. Renowned Buddy Holly tribute artist John Mueller will star in the show.