Media in Kansas City, Missouri

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Landmark KCTV-TV tower on 31st Street on Union Hill, with the Firefighters Fountain in foreground

The following media outlets serve the Kansas City metropolitan area.



  • Camp Magazine, local LGBT news, monthly[1]
  • Ingram's Magazine, local business news, monthly[2]
  • Our Health Matters, health and wellness, bi-monthly[3]
  • Spaces Kansas City, lifestyle and entertainment, bi-monthly[4]


The Kansas City Star is the city's primary newspaper, published daily.[5]

Other papers published in the city include:


Kansas City is the second largest television media market in the state of Missouri after St. Louis, and, as ranked by population by Arbitron, the 31st largest market in the United States.[16]

The following is a list of television stations that broadcast from and/or are licensed to Kansas City, Missouri.

Callsign[17] Display
Network[18][19] City of License Owner Notes
WDAF-TV 4.1 Fox Kansas City, Missouri Tribune Broadcasting -
4.2 Antenna TV
4.3 This TV
KCTV 5.1 CBS Kansas City, Missouri Meredith Corporation Broadcasts from studios in Fairway, Kansas[20]
KMBC-TV 9.1 ABC Kansas City, Missouri Hearst Television -
9.2 Me-TV
KCPT 19.1 PBS Kansas City, Missouri Public Television 19, Inc. -
19.2 PBS Encore
19.3 Create
19.4 PBS Kids
KUKC-LD 20.1 Univision Kansas City, Missouri Media Vista Group, LLC -
KCKS-LD / KMJC-LD 25.1 Buzzr Kansas City / Louisburg, Kansas Heartland Broadcasting It is the locally owned television station in the market; parent Heartland Broadcasting operates a sister station in Topeka, WROB-LD
25.2 Justice Network
25.3 Q Network
25.4 Heartland TV Network
25.5 NewsMax TV
25.6 WeatherNation
25.7 Rev'n
25.8 Untamed Sports
25.9 Retro TV
25.10 This TV Movies
25.11 Vibrant TV
25.12 Jewelry TV
KCWE 29.1 CW Kansas City, Missouri Hearst Television -
29.2 Movies!
KCDN-LD 35.1 Daystar Kansas City, Missouri Word of God Fellowship -
KMCI-TV 38.1 Independent Lawrence, Kansas E. W. Scripps Company Broadcasts from studios in Kansas City, Missouri[21]
38.2 Bounce TV
38.3 Escape
38.4 Grit
KSHB-TV 41.1 NBC Kansas City, Missouri E. W. Scripps Company -
41.2 Cozi TV
41.3 Laff
K45IO-D 45.1 HSN Kansas City, Missouri Ventana Television -
KPXE-TV 50.1 Ion Kansas City, Missouri Ion Media Networks -
50.2 Qubo
50.3 Ion Life
50.4 Shop TV
50.5 QVC
50.6 HSN
KSMO-TV 62.1 MyNetworkTV Kansas City, Missouri Meredith Corporation Broadcasts from studios in Fairway, Kansas[20]
62.2 MundoFox

According to Arbitron, the following counties are in Kansas City's DMA:
Kansas – Anderson, Atchison, Douglas, Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, Wyandotte
Missouri – Bates, Caldwell, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Pettis, Platte, Ray, Saline, Worth

Much of the Kansas City area is served by both Time Warner Cable and Google Fiber, with some Kansas and Missouri suburbs served by Comcast. Sections of South Kansas City and some Kansas suburbs are also served by Surewest. Additionally, parts of western Wyandotte County are served by Sunflower Broadband-based out of Lawrence, Kansas.

Local cable-only channels include Metro Sports, operated by Time Warner.


Kansas City is the 32nd largest radio market (as determined by Arbitron[22]). Several radio stations cover the Kansas City area, including:

FM radio[edit]

Frequency Callsign Nickname Format Owner City of License Web site
88.5 KJNW Life 88.5 Christian Contemporary University of Northwestern – St. Paul Kansas City, MO [1]
89.3 HD KCUR National Public Radio UMKC Kansas City, MO [2]
90.1 KKFI Variety Community/Not-for-profit Kansas City, MO [3]
90.7 KJHK Various/Alternative University of Kansas Lawrence, KS [4]
90.9 HD KTBG The Bridge NPR/Alternative University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO [5]
91.5 HD KANU Kansas Public Radio NPR University of Kansas Lawrence, KS [6]
HD 2 World News
91.9 KWJC Air1 Christian Rock William Jewell College Liberty, MO [7]
92.3 KCCV Religion Bott Radio Olathe, KS [8]
93.3 KMXV Mix 93.3 Contemporary Hits/Top-40 Steel City Media Kansas City, MO [9]
94.1 KFKF Country 94.1 KFKF Country Steel City Media Kansas City, KS [10]
94.9 HD KCMO 94-9 KCMO Classic Hits Cumulus Broadcasting Kansas City, MO [11]
HD 2 Simulcast of K273BZ Variety Hits Cumulus Broadcasting
95.7 KCHZ 95-7 The Vibe Contemporary Hits/Top-40 Cumulus Broadcasting Ottawa, KS [12]
96.1 KLRQ K-LOVE Christian Contemporary EMF Broadcasting Clinton, MO [13]
96.5 HD KRBZ The Buzz Alternative Rock Entercom Kansas City, MO [14]
HD 2 Comedy Entercom
97.3 KLRX K-LOVE Christian Contemporary EMF Broadcasting Kansas City, MO [15]
97.7 KPOW-FM Power 97 Rock Archive Sedalia Broadcasting Inc. La Monte, MO [16]
98.1 HD KMBZ-FM News/Talk/Sports Entercom Kansas City, KS [17]
HD 2 KWOD simulcast Business News
98.9 HD KQRC The Rock Rock Entercom Leavenworth, KS [18]
HD 2 Live Tracks
99.7 HD KZPT 99-7 The Point Adult Contemporary Entercom Kansas City, MO [19]
HD 2 Subterranean Album Rock
100.1 KKWK Regional Radio "Quick" Adult Contemporary Alpha Media Cameron, MO [20]
100.3 KDVV V100 Album Oriented Rock Cumulus Broadcasting Topeka, KS


100.7 KMZU The Farm Country Kanza Inc. Carrollton, MO [22]
101.1 HD KCFX 101 The Fox Classic Rock Cumulus Broadcasting Harrisonville, MO [23]
HD 2 Simulcast of K279BI Talk Cumulus Broadcasting
HD 3 Simulcast of K229AU Contemporary Christian Cumulus Broadcasting
102.1 KCKC KC 102.1 Adult Contemporary1 Steel City Media Kansas City, MO [24]
102.5 K273BZ 102.5 Jack FM Variety Hits Cumulus Broadcasting Shawnee, KS [25]
102.9 K275BQ Radio Free Liberty Talk/Nostalgia Alpine Broadcasting Kansas City, MO


103.3 KPRS Hot 103 Jamz Urban Contemporary Carter Broadcast Group Kansas City, MO [27]
103.7 K279BI Fox News & Talk Radio Talk Cumulus Broadcasting Kansas City, MO [28]
103.9 KRLI Curly Nostalgia Kanza, Inc. Carrollton, MO [29]
104.3 KBEQ Q104 Country Steel City Media Kansas City, MO [30]
105.1 HD KCJK X105.1 Alternative Rock Cumulus Broadcasting Garden City, MO [31]
105.5 KKJO K-Jo 105-5 Adult Contemporary Eagle Communications St. Joseph, MO [32]
105.9 KKSW 105.9 Kiss-FM Contemporary Hits/Top-40 Zimmer Radio Group Lawrence, KS [33]
106.5 HD WDAF 106.5 The Wolf Country Entercom Liberty, MO [34]
HD-2 The City Smooth Jazz
107.3 HD KMJK Magic 107.3 Urban Adult Contemporary Cumulus Broadcasting Lexington, MO2 [35]
107.7 KMAJ Majic 107.7 Adult Contemporary Cumulus Broadcasting Shawnee, KS [36]
107.9 K229AU The Fountain Contemporary Christian Cumulus Broadcasting Lee's Summit, MO [37]

1 KCKC switches to an all-holiday format during the months of November and December.

2 KMJK has applied to change their city of license to North Kansas City, Missouri.

AM radio[edit]

Frequency Callsign Nickname Format Owner City of License Web site
580 WIBW News/Sports/Talk Morris Communications Topeka, KS [38]
610 KCSP 610 Sports Sports/Sports Talk Entercom Kansas City, MO [39]
680 KFEQ News/Talk Eagle Radio St. Joseph, MO [40]
710 KCMO Fox News & Talk Radio Talk Cumulus Broadcasting Kansas City, MO [41]
760 KCCV Religion Bott Radio Kansas City, MO [42]
810 WHB Sports Radio Sports/Sports Talk Union Broadcasting Kansas City, MO [43]
890 KMVG Urban contemporary gospel Mortenson Broadcasting Gladstone, MO [44]
980 KMBZ News Radio News/Talk Entercom Kansas City, MO [45]
1030 KCWJ 1030 The Light Christian Music Christian Broadcasting Associates Blue Springs, MO [46]
1090 KEXS Catholic Radio Religion KC Catholic Network Excelsior Springs, MO [47]
1140 KCXL Radio Free Liberty Talk/Nostalgia Alpine Broadcasting Liberty, MO [48]
1160 KCTO La Super X Español Ramirez Spanish Radio Cleveland, MO [49]
1190 KDMR Catholic Radio Religion Catholic Radio Network Kansas City, MO
1250 KYYS La Super X Español Entercom Kansas City, KS [50]
1340 KDTD La Gran D Español Davidson Media Kansas City, KS
1380 KCNW Religion Wilkins Communications Fairway, KS
1410 KKLO Love 14 Religion New Life Evangelistic Center Leavenworth, KS [51]
1480 KCZZ Radio Activo Español Top-40 Davidson Media Mission, KS
1510 KCTE Hot Talk 1510 Sports Talk Union Broadcasting Independence, MO [52]
1550 KESJ ESPN 1550 ESPN Eagle Communications St. Joseph, MO
1590 KPRT Today's Gospel Urban Contemporary Gospel Carter Broadcast Group Kansas City, MO [53]
1660 KWOD KMBZ Business Channel Business News Entercom Kansas City, KS [54]

Sports coverage[edit]

Related Article: Kansas City Sports

Team League Local Television Radio
Kansas City Chiefs National Football League When an NFC team visits KC, WDAF-TV/DT

Sunday Night Games, KSHB-TV/DT
Monday Night Games, KMBC-TV/DT (from ESPN)
All other games, including pre-season and playoffs, KCTV-TV/DT

Kansas City Royals Major League Baseball FSN Kansas City KCSP-AM, WIBW-AM
Kansas City T-Bones American Association KCWJ-AM
KCSP-AM (Sundays)
Sporting Kansas City Major League Soccer KSHB 38 the Spot, when the game is not nationally televised

Time Warner Cable subscribers receive local sports programming from Metro Sports (Channel 1310 HD, 30 SD), which includes a nightly sportscast, Chiefs, Royals, college, and high school talk shows, postgame coverage of Chiefs games, and high school and college game coverage.

Notable personalities who worked in the market[edit]


  1. ^ "Camp KC". Mondo Times. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  2. ^ "Ingram's Magazine". Mondo Times. Retrieved 2015-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Our Health Matters (OHM) Magazine". Mondo Times. Retrieved 2015-06-05. 
  4. ^ "Spaces Kansas City Magazine". Mondo Times. Retrieved 2015-06-05. 
  5. ^ "Kansas City Star". Mondo Times. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  6. ^ "Kansas City Call". Mondo Times. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  7. ^ "Kansas City Business Journal". Mondo Times. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  8. ^ "Kansas City Globe". Mondo Times. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  9. ^ "Kansas City Hispanic News". Mondo Times. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  10. ^ "Metro Voice Newspaper". Widaman Communications, Inc. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  11. ^ "National Catholic Reporter". Mondo Times. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  12. ^ "Kansas City Northeast News". Mondo Times. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  13. ^ "About Us". Northeast News. 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  14. ^ "Kansas City Pitch". Mondo Times. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  15. ^ "UMKC University News". Mondo Times. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  16. ^ "Market Survey Schedule & Population Rankings" (PDF). Arbitron. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  17. ^ "TVQ TV Database Query". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  18. ^ a b "Stations for Kansas City, Missouri". RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  19. ^ "TV Signal Locator". TV Fool. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  20. ^ a b "Contact KCTV5". KCTV. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  21. ^ "Contact Us". KMCI-TV. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  22. ^ Arbitron, Inc., Spring '08 Blue Book, "2008 Market Survey Schedule: All Markets,", p. 4

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