KCTY (defunct)

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Kansas City, Missouri
Channels Analog: 25 (UHF)
Affiliations silent
Owner DuMont
First air date June 9, 1953
Last air date February 28, 1954
Call letters' meaning Kansas
Former affiliations DuMont
Transmitter power 1 kW TPO
Transmitter coordinates 38°56′24″N 94°40′50″W / 38.94000°N 94.68056°W / 38.94000; -94.68056

KCTY (TV) operated on channel 25 in the Kansas City market from June 9, 1953, to February 28, 1954. The studio for channel 25 was located in the Pickwick Hotel in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, but the transmitter was located in a rural area of Overland Park, Kansas.

The station was the second television station in the Kansas City area. It was originally owned by the Empire Coil Company, which built the first commercial UHF television station, (KPTV/channel 27) in Portland, Oregon.

Shortly after KCTY went on the air, it was joined by KCMO-TV on channel 5 and KMBC/WHB-TV on channel 9. With WDAF-TV already on the air on channel 4, viewers had three VHF stations to pick from and not enough of them converted their sets to UHF to watch channel 25. The station was affiliated with the DuMont Television Network which purchased the station at the end of 1953[1] and operated it for only two months before shutting it down.[2][3]

The station produced many local programs, including the children's program Share the Fun with host Sue Bowen,[4] local news/sports/weather and some local live sporting events including football games from Shawnee Mission High School.

Its channel 25 frequency was currently used by low-powered station KCKS-LD


  1. ^ DuMont historical website Archived 2009-08-04 at the Wayback Machine., Clarke Ingram
  2. ^ http://www.mrpopculture.com/files/html/feb10-1954/
  3. ^ Cleveland Classic Media: November 2009
  4. ^ Hi there, boys and girls!: America's local children's TV shows, p165, Tim Hollis, Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2001 ISBN 978-1-57806-396-3