The Tyler family has been in the advertising, radio, and television business in Oklahoma City for over 50 years. Ralph Tyler started an advertising agency in 1965. He owned and operated KEBC Radio beginning in 1971, and was responsible for creating a station that dominated Oklahoma City radio ratings for virtually a decade. Mr. Tyler purchased an outdoor advertising company with 140 billboards in 1980, thus adding Tyler Outdoor. In the mid 1980’s KEBC was sold.
In 1994, Mr. Tyler sold the outdoor advertising company to his two sons, Ty A. Tyler and Tony J. Tyler. Under Ty’s and Tony’s guidance, the outdoor company successfully acquired several Oklahoma-based outdoor advertising companies. They expanded back into broadcasting by acquiring an FM station in Ada, Oklahoma. The Ada station was moved to Oklahoma City in March, 1998, and Tyler Broadcasting Corporation’s presence in the Oklahoma City radio market was launched.
In June, 2000, with over 3,500 outdoor advertising structures, Tyler Outdoor Advertising, Inc. was sold – leaving broadcasting as the Tyler’s primary and only focus. Tyler Broadcasting now owns 12 radio stations, and it is the Univision and Telemundo television affiliate in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
In March 2007, Tyler purchased Lamar Advertising’s inventory of bus bench and transit shelter displays. By August 2013 the company expanded in the Tulsa and Stillwater outdoor advertising markets bringing the inventory total to over 1,500 displays, including digital billboards and highway bulletins.
In November 2012, Tyler Media purchased Renda Broadcasting’s Oklahoma City properties 92.5 KOMA, 104.1 KMGL and 107.7 KRXO. Tyler has since grown to include OU Flagship and Sports Talk 107.7 The Franchise OKC, 107.9 The Franchise Tulsa, 104.5 Classic Rock, V103, Throwback Hip Hop & R&B as well as 92.9 The Edge.