KCMO (AM)

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KCMO
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Broadcast area Kansas City Metropolitan Area, extending into parts of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska
Branding 710 KCMO
Slogan "Fox News & Talk Radio"
Frequency 710 kHz
First air date 1925 (as KWKC at 1370)
Format News/Talk
Power 10,000 watts (day)
5,000 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 33391
Transmitter coordinates 39°19′08″N 94°29′48″W / 39.31889°N 94.49667°W / 39.31889; -94.49667
Callsign meaning Kansas City, Missouri
Former callsigns KWKC (1925-1936)
Former frequencies 1370 kHz (1925-1939)
1450 kHz (1939-?)
1480 (?-1947)
810 kHz (1947-1998)
Affiliations Fox News
Owner Cumulus Media
Sister stations KCHZ, KCFX, K279BI, KCJK, KCMO-FM, KMJK
Webcast Listen Live or
Listen Live iHeart
Website 710kcmo.com

KCMO (710 AM) is a Kansas City area conservative talk radio station. Owned by Cumulus Media, the station's studios are located in Mission, Kansas, and the transmitter is in the city's Northeast side.

It airs mostly syndicated talk shows as those hosted by Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Dave Ramsey, Michael Savage, and Rusty Humphries. The station's live morning show features an evangelical preacher named Greg Knapp who regularly quotes scripture. It was formerly affiliated with the CBS Radio Network, but then switched to Fox News Radio. KCMO was originally on 810 AM, but switched frequencies with WHB in October 1998. There are many opinions about how the switch from CBS to FOX hurt the station. Some opinions include suggestions from former management, the move was aimed to reduce commercial placements.

The station started in 1925 by Wilson Duncan Broadcasting on 1370 AM as KWKC. In 1936 it changed its called letters to KCMO (Kansas City Missouri). In 1939 it moved to 1450 AM and then 1480 AM. In September 1947 it moved to 810 AM.[1]

Walter Cronkite was a sports announcer at the station in 1936 with the on air name of "Walter Wilcox".[2] He met his wife, Mary Elizabeth Maxwell, there and left to become a reporter for United Press International.

In 1953 the television station KCMO-TV was launched. Meredith Corporation acquired both the radio and television stations in October 1953, less than a month after the television station went on the air. Meredith later acquired what became KCMO-FM, 94.9 FM. In 1978 Meredith build a new facility for its broadcasting stations in Fairway, Kansas. The radio stations were spun off from the television station in 1983. Later, the TV station changed its call letters to KCTV. (Meredith continues to own KCTV to this day.) That year, Richard Fairbanks (a one-time owner of what is today WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia) bought both of the KCMO radio stations. The stations were then sold to the Summit Communications Group in 1985, then to the Gannett Company in 1986. Bonneville International, the then-owner of KMBZ and KLTH (now KZPT), acquired both KCMO stations in 1993. Four years later, Bonneville sold its entire Kansas City cluster plus three radio stations in Seattle, Washington to Entercom Communications. On October 3, 1998, shortly after Entercom assumed control of the KCMO stations, KCMO-AM swapped frequencies with WHB, with KCMO assuming its present-day 710 AM position. Due to the way the switch was structured, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers KCMO to be legally the same station as the old WHB. In 2000, Entercom was forced to sell both KCMO stations to Susquehanna Radio after its purchase of Sinclair Broadcasting's Kansas City properties (KQRC-FM, KXTR-FM and KCIY) left it two stations over the FCC's single-market ownership limit. Cumulus Media acquired the stations in 2006 with its acquisition of Susquehanna.

When Cumulus assumed control of the station in mid-2006, local morning host Van Patrick quit on air, apparently upset over the firing of his producer as well as many others in the building and during a national purge of Cumulus employees. On September 12, the station began a new morning show, hosted by Chris Stigall. Stigall has since left the station and Greg Knapp is now the morning host. The morning show can be heard from 5am-9am Monday through Friday.

On April 30, 2012 KCMO-AM began simulcasting on FM translator K279BI 103.7 FM via KCFX-HD2. That simulcast ended January 2, 2013.

Local shows[edit]

The station aired a successful mornings program, hosted by George Woods, and an afternoon drive news program, hosted by Dan Roberts and Scott Mayman. The afternoon show proved popular and in its final survey beat the opposition KMBZ Drive show. Despite the popularity of the show, management canceled the program and brought in the syndicated conservative Sean Hannity.

Now, KCMO has only one local weekday talk program, the standard morning news and talk show. All other programs during the remaining 20 hours are rebroadcast from satellite. Ratings since the station dropped most local talk and news programming have suffered. The station, which used to be Kansas City's only talk radio station, usually appears near the lower end of the city's most listened to stations.

News Staff[edit]

Morning News is anchored by Will Sterrett. Sterret is an experienced news anchor having worked around the nation with some of the top news talk affiliates. Will has experience at CBS RADIO News-Talk KRLD-A/DALLAS, News-Talk KTRH-A/HOUSTON, Talk WLW-A/CINCINNATI, CNN RADIO, DIAL GLOBAL, Cumulus COLUMBIA-JEFFERSON CITY, MO cluster, and KWIX-KRES/MOBERLY, MO.

Afternoon News is anchored by Andy Barnett. Barnett has over twelve years of experience behind the microphone. He's been on the air throughout Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and he's been a guest on CNN Headline News Channel as well as MSNBC and other national media outlets. He earned his bachelors degree in mass media production from Missouri State University. Besides delivering the news, Andy is an experienced voice actor and has his own home recording studio.

Former hosts[edit]

Some former popular KCMO personalities include Joe Kramer (deceased), Mike Murphy (deceased), Dave Dawson (deceased), psychologist Marshall Saper (deceased), Don Harrison (to CNN, deceased), Rusty Humphries (nationally syndicated), Rick Roberts (to San Diego), Freddy Mertz, Wes Minter, George Woods, Van Patrick, Dan Taylor, Chris Baker (to Houston and Minneapolis and now back to Houston), John Boss (now with Clear Channel Los Angeles as John Davidson), Claudia Lamb, Bill Waris (deceased), Russ Johnson (to KOA and later KMBZ)(deceased), Mike Shanin (at KMBZ), Jerry Fogel, Scott Mayman (Australia), Dan Roberts, Mike Throop, Mike McGee, Jack Ihrie (retired, living in Arkansas), Lafe Williams (retired), Joe Vaughan (retired), Ruth Baum (retired), Bill Cannaday (deceased), Harold Mack (Grove) (retired), Paul Fredrocks, Jamie McFerran, Dan Hurst, Dick Wolf, Brian Wilson, Don Mac Brown, Rick Tamblyn and Dale Ulmer (to Milwaukee) Don Warnock(deceased).

Sports: Bruce Rice (deceased), Kevin Harlan (NFL on CBS), Conrad Dobler, Ed Bieler, Jon Hart, Al Eschbach, Don Fortune, Kevin Wall (ESPN), Wayne Larrivee, Harold Ensley "The Sportsman's Friend".

Farm: George Stephens, Paul Pippert.

Weather: Mike Thompson (KCTV-5; WDAF-Fox4).

Controversy[edit]

In light of Michael Savage's controversial remarks concerning Islam, a group of 70 representatives from various religious groups such Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam gathered in a May 2008 interfaith meeting against alleged bigotry and urged KCMO to drop Savage's program.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fybush.com/sites/2005/site-051202.html Kansas City's KCMO, WHB and KCXL
  2. ^ The Duh Awards: In This Stupid World, We Take the Prize By Bob Fenster p. 176 Andrews McMeel Publishing (April 1, 2005) ISBN 0-7407-5021-6
  3. ^ Religious group wants KCMO 710-AM to drop Michael Savage’s program

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