I agree with you on CHR. 5 years ago the situation was different but KKWD is almost un-listenable since Cumulus changed it to their national playlist. KJYO still sounds great with the exception of the Sunday night mix shows. They are fairly balanced musically for a CHR and they should be being they are the only real game in town since KKWD plays mostly hits from 3-5 years ago.
I haven't listened to KKWD in a long time. Top-40's not usually my cup-of-tea, but it doesn't sound like I'm missing much. When it comes to KJ-103, I'm disappointed they run Seacrest, but, other than that, they seem to be avoiding the "Premium Choice" product that many, if not most, of the Clear Channel CHR's are running these days. When it comes to KJ-103 v Tulsa's K-Hits, it's less that KJ is bad than K-Hits is simply incredible. Of course, during top-40's doldrums in the early 90's, Tulsa's KAY-107 went from excellent to unlistenable while KJ-103 maintained quality programming despite the lousy music that took over the format. KJ has aged well over the last 20 years.
And I agree with radio stations being set up to try to get the largest amount of the pie. In OKC today, it seems like that format is classic rock.
It does seem like everyone in the market runs some form of classic rock. Really kinda strange. Outside of the morning show, KRXO sounds great, but I don't remember its ratings ever being as low as they were in the last book that came out.
I'd also have KRMG and KFAQ over the two talkers in OKC. While a lot of people have been blasting KRMG for hiring lower priced beginners and airing too much syndicated fare, KTOK and KOKC are just awful.