is a country music brand name
used for a variety of radio stations in numerous broadcast markets in the United States
. Although the cat logo or a cat claw is shared among these stations, most of these radio stations are not associated with each other. That being said, the "Cat Country" branding is particularly common among country stations currently or formerly owned by Citadel Broadcasting
The Cat Country branded radio station uses jargon that usually refers to a cat (or a tiger), such as where the cat lives (in a house), what noise a cat makes (roar or meow), and other words that are related to cats.
Examples of the "Cat Country" theme use words like the following:
- "In The Litterbox"
- "Cat Food"
- from Cat Country 106.3 in Indiana, referring to "Bobcatville" for "Blairsville"
- from Cat Country 106.3 in Indiana, referring to "Cat Line" for "Help Line"
- "Forecat Cast" for weather forecasts
- "Cat, Tiger Stripes, Kittentine, for the names of the DJs.
- "Local Catppenings" for local happenings
- An occasional "roar or meow" between questionable lyric songs (like "kiss my ass" from the live version of "Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks. Cat Country 106.3 in Indiana translates this lyic to "and you can kiss me now".)
- "Fe-line" referring to the request line
The variations on the logo include the radio station's frequency or whether they are referred to as "Cat Country", "Big Cat", or "Catland".
Sometimes, the C in "Cat" is replaced with a K, thus creating an alternate name, "Kat Country". WKKT, a radio station in Charlotte, North Carolina (whose sports team names, the Panthers and Bobcats, are derived from felines themselves), uses this variant in its branding.
- Froggy, a similar brand of country created by Forever Broadcasting.
- KISS-FM, is also a brand of CHR/Pop (Top 40) radio stations, where unless they were under Clear Channel Communications, each individual station is independently operated.
- The Fox, is also a brand of mainly classic rock radio stations, where unless they were under Clear Channel Communications, each individual station is independently operated.
- Jack FM and Bob FM, are both a brand of radio stations that play a large variety of music from the 70's, 80's, and 90's.
- ESPN Radio, is also a brand of radio stations, where they are generally tied to the same set of broadcast programs, but are not all necessarily owned by the same operator. Most local broadcasts of these stations have nothing to do with the national network.
List of "Cat Country" stations
"Cat Country" Branded Stations
|| Colorado Springs, Colorado
|| Indiana, Pennsylvania
|| Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
|| Charlotte, North Carolina
|| Grand Forks, North Dakota
|| Providence, Rhode Island
|| Atlantic City, New Jersey
|| Twin Falls, Idaho
|| Athens, TN
|| 97.5 / 105.9
|| Lewes / Georgetown, Delaware