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WMT AM600Newsradio logo.png
CityCedar Rapids, Iowa
Branding600 WMT
Frequency600 kHz
First air dateJuly 30, 1922 (1922-07-30)
Power5,000 watts
ClassB (regional)
Facility ID73593
Transmitter coordinates42°3′40.00″N 91°32′42.00″W / 42.0611111°N 91.5450000°W / 42.0611111; -91.5450000 (WMT)
Callsign meaningWaterloo Morning Tribune (now-defunct newspaper that once owned the station)
Former callsignsWJAM (1922–1928)
AffiliationsFox News Radio
Westwood One
Premiere Networks
Iowa Hawkeyes Radio Network
OwneriHeartMedia, Inc.
(Citicasters Licenses, Inc.)
WebcastListen Live

WMT (600 AM) is a news/talk radio station broadcasting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the United States. It is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc.. The station's signal reaches most of Iowa and portions of neighboring states during daylight hours. [1] WMT broadcasts on a Regional AM broadcast frequency, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

Beginning January 2, 2012, WMT began simulcasting on KWMG (95.7 FM) in Anamosa, Iowa; this simulcast ended on August 18, 2014.[1]


WMT was founded by Douglas "Tex" Perham as WJAM on July 30, 1922. In 1928, Harry Shaw purchased WJAM and moved the station from Cedar Rapids to Waterloo, renaming it WMT (for the now-defunct Waterloo Morning Tribune newspaper that he owned). Shaw sold the station to the Cowles family, owners of the Des Moines Register, in October 1934. WMT moved back to Cedar Rapids the next year, occupying the studios of the defunct KWCR radio after KWCR's frequency was taken over by KSO in Des Moines, another Cowles station. (WMT continued to operate a secondary studio in Waterloo until 1947.) The Cowleses sold WMT to Delaware-based American Broadcasting Stations in 1944.

WMT-TV, the first television station in Cedar Rapids, signed on at channel 2 on September 30, 1953. On February 27, 1963, WMT-FM (now KKSY-FM) debuted at 96.5 MHz with the same song, "Don't Send Me Posies When It's Shoesies That I Need," that was played on the AM station's inaugural broadcast 41 years earlier.

Ownership of the WMT stations was passed on to Orion Broadcasting of Louisville, Kentucky, in 1968. In 1981, Cosmos Broadcasting of Greenville, South Carolina, purchased WMT-AM and FM; they had also planned to purchase WMT-TV, but the television station was sold to Guy Gannett Communications (who renamed it KGAN) because of ownership restrictions at the time. (WMT and KGAN continue to broadcast from the same building on Collins Road, known as "Broadcast Park"; however, WMT now gets its weather reports from KCRG-TV.)

Former WMT logo

An ownership group that included former Iowa governor Robert D. Ray and sportscaster Forrest "Frosty" Mitchell purchased WMT on October 1, 1986. On January 1, 1996, Palmer Communications (owners of WHO radio in Des Moines) acquired WMT; WHO and WMT were later sold to Jacor Broadcasting, which was eventually acquired by current owner Clear Channel Communications.

WMT logo when simulcasting on 95.7 FM

Personalities and programming[edit]

Current local talk shows on WMT (as of Summer 2015) include "The Morning Show" with Doug Wagner and Andy Petersen, "The Simon Conway Show," and "Ask The Expert." Other programming includes "Drive-Time 380" with Justin Roberts and Dan Egger. Randy Lee is the Program Director for the station, and serves as a substitute host for programming.

A long running weekend show is The Open Line, where listeners have shared recipes since 1963. Current hosts for that program are Doug Wagner and Kristina Kelley. WMT also simulcasts The Big Show with Bob Quinn, Doug Cooper and Andy Petersen with sister station WHO. Syndicated talk show hosts include Rush Limbaugh, Dave Ramsey, Jim Bohannon, George Noory's Coast to Coast AM, and The Kim Komando Show.

WMT has also been a longtime home for Iowa Hawkeyes football and basketball games. Play-by-play announcers over the years included Lawson "Tait" Cummins (a former sportswriter with The Gazette), Ron Gonder, Frosty Mitchell, and Gary Dolphin, who has handled the play-by-play duties since Learfield Communications was granted the exclusive broadcast rights to Hawkeye sports in 1997.

Saturday programming features "The Iowa Lawn and Garden Show," hosted by Doug Wagner, with guests alternating between Peck's Flower and Garden and Culver's Greenhouse and Landscaping. Another long running program on Saturday morning is "Buy, Sell and Trade," is hosted by Doug Wagner and Kristina Kelley. Local automobile dealership owner, Jay Cassill, hosts the "My Car Geek Hour" along with Doug Wagner. Sunday programming is highlighted with two programs featuring adult standards and other popular music prior to (generally) 1970. Those programs are "Leo Greco's Variety Time," hosted by Frank Balvanz, which makes liberal use of requests from listeners.


  1. ^ "Northpine.com". January 2, 2012.
  • Kueter, Dale (1995-06-17). "Owners of WHO Gain 2nd High-Profile Station". The Gazette. p. 1A. (Retrieved on 2006-08-01 via Newsbank.)
  • Stein, Jeff (2004). Making Waves: The People and Places of Iowa Broadcasting. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: WDG Communications. ISBN 0-9718323-1-5.

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