KMIK

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KMIK
RadioDisney1580.png
City of license Tempe, Arizona
Broadcast area Phoenix metropolitan area
Branding Radio Disney Phoenix
Frequency 1580 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date June 1, 1960[1]
Format Children's radio
Power 50,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 7701
Transmitter coordinates 33°27′22″N 111°50′1″W / 33.45611°N 111.83361°W / 33.45611; -111.83361Coordinates: 33°27′22″N 111°50′1″W / 33.45611°N 111.83361°W / 33.45611; -111.83361
Callsign meaning Disney Character MIcKey Mouse
Former callsigns KYND (1960-1967)[2]
KTUF (1967-1973)
KNIX (1973-December 31, 1989)[3]
KCWW (January 1, 1990-1998)[4]
Affiliations Radio Disney
Owner ABC, Inc. (Disney)
(Sale pending)
(Radio Disney Group, LLC)
Website www.radiodisney.com

KMIK (1580 AM) is a radio station licensed to Tempe, Arizona that is part of the Radio Disney Network. It is one of the most powerful Radio Disney stations in the nation.

History[edit]

KYND[edit]

The station first began broadcasting on June 1, 1960, with the callsign KYND.[1] The station's license was assigned by the FCC on July 25, 1960.[5] KYND was originally owned by Dick Gilbert, a singer, music editor, and disc jockey.[6] During the period the station was KYND, it broadcast middle of the road music, and was branded as "The Kind Station".[2][6]

The station originally broadcast only during daytime hours, with a power of 10,000 watts.[7][6] In the mid 1960's the station's power was increased 50,000 watts during the day, with a power of 10,000 watts during critical hours.[7][8] In 1966, the station's owner, Dick Gilbert sold the station to Rene Cote for $341,250, which included $148,250 for station equipment and a noncompetition agreement, and $193,000 for a 10-year consultation contract.[9][10]

Buck Owens era[edit]

KTUF[edit]

In 1967, the station was purchased by Buck Owens for $350,000.[2] Owens had the station's callsign changed to KTUF, and changed its format to Country music.[2] In April 1969, KTUF's programming began to be simulcast on KNIX-FM during daytime hours when KTUF was on the air.[11] KNIX-FM had been purchased by Buck Owens the previous year.[12]

During the period the station was KTUF, the station was branded as "All American Radio" and "All American Country Radio".[13][14]

KNIX[edit]

In 1973 the station's callsign was changed to KNIX, matching the callsign of its FM sister station.[3] In 1980, the station began broadcasting 24 hours a day.[15] In 1985, the station began simulcasting the programming of its sister station KNIX-FM.[16]

KCWW[edit]

On January 1, 1990, the station became an affiliate of Satellite Music Network's "Real Country" network and the callsign was changed to KCWW.[16][17] While its full callsign was given during station identifications, the station's primary branding and over the air identification was "KCW".[17] During this period, KCWW served as the flagship station of the "Real Country" network, which station owner Buck Owens was co-owner of at the time.[18][19]

In July of 1998, longtime station owner Buck Owens sold the station to ABC/Disney for $8,850,000.[4] KCWW continued to air the "Real Country" Country music format until its sale.[20][21][22]

Radio Disney era[edit]

After the station's purchase by ABC/Disney, the station became an affiliate of the Children's/Contemporary hit radio network Radio Disney.[23] On December 4, 1998, the callsign was changed to the current KMIK.[24] On August 13, 2014, Disney put KMIK and twenty-two other Radio Disney stations up for sale, in order to focus more on digital distribution of the Radio Disney network.[25][26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Broadcasting Yearbook", Broadcasting Publications, (1966) p. B-9
  2. ^ a b c d "The History of KNIX - 1964" KNIX-FM. Retrieved July 16, 2015
  3. ^ a b "The History of KNIX - 1970" KNIX-FM. Retrieved July 16, 2015
  4. ^ a b J. Duncan, "American Radio, Volume 23, Issue 1", (1998) p. 12
  5. ^ "For the Record - Station Authorizations, Applications", Broadcasting. August 8, 1960. p. 93. Accessed July 16, 2015
  6. ^ a b c Chas. S. Stough, "KYND Opens... New Radio Station", SAGE, Vol. VI No. 17, June 16. 1960. p. 3 & 8
  7. ^ a b "Broadcasting Yearbook", Broadcasting Publications, (1964) p. B-9
  8. ^ United States Federal Communications Commission. "Federal Communications Commission Reports: Decisions, Reports, and Orders of the Federal Communications Commission of the United States", U.S. Government Printing Office, (1969) p. 1048
  9. ^ "Broadcasting", Broadcasting Publications, (1966) p. 49
  10. ^ "Changing Hands", Broadcasting. January 17, 1966. p. 47. Accessed July 16, 2015
  11. ^ "FM Country Format Bows", Billboard. April 12, 1969. p. 28. Accessed July 18, 2015
  12. ^ "California Country Station Bows", Billboard. June 29, 1968. p. 28. Accessed July 18, 2015
  13. ^ "All American". Duke University Libraries. Accessed July 16, 2015
  14. ^ "GIANT All American Country Radio". Duke University Libraries. Accessed July 16, 2015
  15. ^ "The History of KNIX - 1980" KNIX-FM. Retrieved July 16, 2015
  16. ^ a b "The History of KNIX - 1985" KNIX-FM. Retrieved July 16, 2015
  17. ^ a b "The History of KNIX - 1990" KNIX-FM. Retrieved July 16, 2015
  18. ^ "West, Nicholson Join KNIX, Real Country Network", Radio & Records, Issue Number 990. April 30, 1993. p. 3. Accessed July 17, 2015
  19. ^ "Buck Owens - From the Streets of Bakersfield", The Mix, Volume 22, Issues 7-12, 1998. p. 64
  20. ^ "The History of KNIX - 1995" KNIX-FM. Retrieved July 16, 2015
  21. ^ Debbie Ross, Salvatore Caputo. "The Insiders' Guide to Phoenix", Insiders' Publishing, Incorporated, (1999) p. 368
  22. ^ Steven N. Wood, John M. Fry. "North American Radio, 1991: The Official Guide to Radio Stations of Your Choice", W F Innovations, Incorporated, (1991) p. 4
  23. ^ "Adult Leaning, News-Heavy AM Band May Have A Future In Kids And Music", Billboard. August 28, 1998. p. 90. Accessed July 16, 2015
  24. ^ "KMIK Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  25. ^ Lafayette, Jon (August 13, 2014). "Exclusive: Radio Disney Moving Off Air to Digital". Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Radio Disney to Sell the Majority of Its Stations". Billboard. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 

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