|City of license||Houston, Texas|
|Broadcast area||Greater Houston|
|Branding||Radio Disney Houston|
|Slogan||Your Music, Your Way|
|Frequency||1590 kHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||1947|
|Callsign meaning||Disney Character MICkey Mouse|
|Owner||ABC, Inc. (Disney)
(Sale to DAIJ Media pending)
(Radio Disney Group, LLC)
KMIC (1590 AM) is a Children's Contemporary hit radio formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Houston, Texas, serving the Greater Houston area. The station, which began broadcasting in 1947, is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. The KMIC broadcast license is held by Radio Disney Group, LLC.
This station began as KATL on 1590 kc. in 1947 and was the 6th old surviving station licensed in the Houston area. The station launch was postponed by engineering problems. KATL finally went on the air at 6 PM on May 12, but under special authority since it hasn't received its official license. KATL became an affiliate of Gordon McLendon’s Liberty Broadcasting System.
When KATL was sold in 1954 it was bought by two Louisiana businessmen, Jules Paglin and Stanley Ray, for their OK group of stations targeted at African American listeners and the call letters changed to KYOK. Their Urban contemporary gospel format lasted on and off for over 4 decades, it also aired an Urban Contemporary (or Soul) format within that time frame.
During 1988–1992 KYOK was known as "The New YO! 1590 Raps" playing only Rap music from artists like Ice-T, Digital Underground, M.C. Hammer, N.W.A., Kurtis Blow, Run-D.M.C., L.L. Cool J, & Public Enemy.
From Fall of 1992 to Fall of 1994 they renamed it as "AM 1590 The New KHYS, playing the Hits & the Dusties" simulcast along with KJOJ 103.3 playing Urban Adult Contemporary music .
From Fall of 1994 to 1996 the station played Soul Oldies "AM 1590 Solid Gold Soul".
In late 1996 the station flipped back to Gospel 1590 AM. It lasted on the 1590 dial until 1999 which the owners sold the station to The Walt Disney Company Disney/ABC Radio and switched it to its current programming as KMIC in 1999.
As for KYOK and its Gospel format, it has been moved to daytimer 1140 kHz, licensed to Conroe, north of Houston.
- "KMIC Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- AM IBOC Stations on the Air
- Lafayette, Jon (August 13, 2014). "Exclusive: Radio Disney Moving Off Air to Digital". Retrieved August 13, 2014.
- "Radio Disney to Sell the Majority of Its Stations". Billboard. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
- "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
- Radio Disney's website
- Houston Radio History: Another 60 Years on 1590
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KMIC
- Radio-Locator Information on KMIC
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KMIC