KPRT (AM)

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KPRT
City of license Kansas City, Missouri
Broadcast area Kansas City Metropolitan Area
Branding Gospel 1590 KPRT
Frequency 1590 (kHz)
First air date 1950
Format Urban Gospel
Power 1,000 watts (daytime)
500 watts (twilight)
47 watts (nighttime)
Class D
Transmitter coordinates 39°04′05″N 94°32′10″W / 39.06806°N 94.53611°W / 39.06806; -94.53611
Callsign meaning a sequential variation of KPRS
Owner Carter Broadcast Group
Sister stations KPRS
Website http://www.kprt.com/

KPRT (1590 AM) is an Urban Gospel music formatted radio station that broadcasts from Kansas City. It is owned by Carter Broadcast Group, owner of sister station and flagship KPRS ("Hot 103 Jamz"). The station's studios are located in South Kansas City, and the transmitter is in the city's East Side.

History[edit]

KPRT began operations as KPRS in 1950. Andrew "Skip" Carter began operating KPRS as the nation's first Black radio station west of the Mississippi River although it was still owned by former Kansas governor, Alf Landon. KPRS, 1590, debuted as a 500-watt daytimer with a playlist that consisted of R&B and soul. In 1951, KPRS opened its first studio at 12th and Walnut street, Kansas City, Missouri. By 1952, Carter and Ed and Psyche Pate became business partners and purchased the station for $40,000 from the Johnson County Broadcasting Corporation. They moved KPRS to a new site at 2814 East 23rd Street in Kansas City.

In 1969, the Carters had controlling interest in the station. In 1971, KPRS-AM moved its programming to the 103.3 frequency on the FM dial and became KPRS-FM, "Hot 103 Jamz" and the 1590 frequency became KPRT-AM, "Gospel 1590, The Gospel Source" an urban gospel-formatted station. The studios and offices moved to the Crown Center and the Carters moved to Florida to open a new corporate headquarters. Four years later in 1975, KPRS Broadcasting Corporation, later renamed Carter Broadcasting Group, became one of the first fully automated radio stations in the Midwest. Now as KPRT, the station's playlist mostly consists of contemporary gospel music 24 hours a day.

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