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|City of license||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Broadcast area||Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska|
|Slogan||"The Football Channel"|
|First air date||1922 (as WDAF)|
|Transmitter coordinates||38° 59' 03" N, 94° 37' 42" W|
|Callsign meaning||Kansas City SPorts|
|Former callsigns||WDAF (1922-2003)|
|Affiliations||Fox Sports Radio|
KCSP (610 AM, "610 Sports") is a sports/talk radio station located in Kansas City, Missouri. The Entercom-owned station broadcasts on 610 kHz. From March 31, 2011 to March 5, 2012 its programming was simulcast on KMBZ-FM's 98.1-HD2 subchannel.
KCSP AM is a class B regional station, broadcasting with a power of 5,000 Watts daytime and nighttime, using a non-directional antenna (1 tower).
Although the station had the slogan "The Football Channel" when it began in June 2003, it is currently the flagship station of a baseball team, the Kansas City Royals, whose rights it reacquired for the Entercom radio network in 2008 which had held the rights on KMBZ before. The Kansas Jayhawks radio network also appears on KCSP, which switched from covering the Missouri Tigers to Kansas in 2006, sending the Tigers broadcasts to KMBZ.
While KCSP debuted in 2003, the 610 frequency has been a well known in Kansas City. WDAF, Kansas City's fourth radio station, debuted in late 1922. WDAF was a full service station playing MOR music until 1974 when it became an Adult Contemporary/Oldies based station until they adopted a country music format in 1977. In 2002, it began simulcasting on the 106.5 FM frequency under the WDAF callsign. When the 610 am frequency adopted a permanent sports format, its callsign was changed to KCSP. Often considered one of Kansas City's most popular stations, some listeners were originally dismayed to see WDAF move to FM, where it became The Wolf in favor of the new sports format. Since then, KCSP has consistently trailed rival WHB, which entered the sports format in 1997, after most of the sports staff were broadcasting on 1510 a few years. Based on the most recent ratings reports, 610 Sports experienced some of the quickest growth ever by a sports radio station, but the gap widened as WHB carries the Super Bowl, World Series, NCAA Men's Final Four and other major sporting events.
Notable air personalities include Richard Ward Fatherly, Fred Everett, Tom Brown IV, Jim Gallant, Dick Wilson, Dan Henry, Phil Young, "Brother" Julian, Curt "Mother" Merz, John Chambers, "Katfish" Kris Kelly, Mark Foster, Jay Mack, David Lawrence "The Golden Beacon", Ed Muscare, Les Turpin, Charles Gray (News Anchor), and Caroline Rooney (News Anchor).
12a-5a J.T. "The Brick"
5a-5:45a 610 Morning Replay
5:45a-6a 610 Sports Breakfast w Josh Klingler
6a-10a Fescoe in the Morning
10a-2p The Day Shift with Lake and Bink
2p-6p The Drive with Danny Parkins
6p-9p The Night Shift
9p-12a Fox Sports Tonight with Rob Dibble and Amy Van Dyken
- The DA Show — Hosted by Damon "D.A." Amendolara, this morning show combined sports commentary with pop culture nuggets. Weather and traffic is provided for morning commuters. The weather was formerly done by "Stormbot 610," the weather robot until station management disassembled him. The show's website offered bonus content and archived audio. This show aired from August 2004 until January 2008. Amendolara currently hosts the night show on Boston sports station WBZ-FM.
- Roger Twibell worked as the host of 'The Morning Drive with Roger Twibell' alongside Jeff McCarragher and as host of the '610 Morning Rush' alongside Josh Klingler on KCSP 610 Kansas City from January 4, 2008 till January 1, 2010. Roger Twibell is currently a sportscaster for the CBS College Sports Network.
- What's Wright with Nick Wright
Danni Boatwright, the winner of Survivor: Guatemala, is another personality at KCSP. Despite her million-dollar first prize, she decided to return to the station once she was able to do so. Boatwright, now married to Chiefs center Casey Wiegmann, was also a contributor to ESPN2's Fantasy Football Weekly, which only lasted one season, 2006.
Jason Whitlock was a former personality on KCSP. Having been courted away from WHB in 2003, when KCSP began, he ran a show for a few years. But in March 2005, he quit due to not being able to both do the show and run a sports column for the Kansas City Star and also be a contributor on ESPN, which he was doing back then. Jason was also allegedly upset over the stations refusal to pay him overtime pay, which he saw he was owed. The station announced that Jason was a salaried employee and not an hourly employee and therefore was not owed any overtime. Jason opened his radio show on a Tuesday afternoon, at which time he talked about his frustrations, then walked out on the show.
- 610 Sports KCSP official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KCSP
- Radio-Locator Information on KCSP
- Query Arbitron's AM station database for KCSP