Call Letters: KCFX
City of License: Harrisonville, MO
Format: Classic Rock "101 the Fox"
HD2: Talk //KCMO
HD3: Christian Contemporary "107.9 the Fountain"
Owner: Cumulus Media Partners
KCFX 1992 2-For-Tuesday|
KCFX 1994 montage
1978-1982 - KAOL-FM - Licensed to Carrollton, MO
There's really not a whole lot of information in this station. The 101.1 frequency was originally licensed to Carrollton, MO. They probably shared some programming with 1430 KAOL. The FCC database has a couple of instances of KAOL-FM listed on 101.5 mHz, but I haven't seen any other evidence of that. It could've been possible, as KPLA in Columbia didn't sign on at 101.7 until 1982 and 101.5 until 1991.
1982-1990 - KMZU - Farm/Country "The Farm" - Licensed to Carrollton, MO
Kanza, Inc., bought the station in 1981, switching the FM's call letters to KMZU as the calendar turned 1982.
1990-current - KCFX - Classic Hits/Classic Rock "101 the Fox"
KCFX was on 100.7, licensed to Harrisonville, but the frequencies swapped cities in September 1990. 100.7 changed its city of license to Carrollton, and 101.1 to Harrisonville. As KCFX moved up the dial to 101.1, they gained the rights to Chiefs football, one of the first FM stations in the country to hold NFL broadcast rights. The Chiefs play-by-play broadcasts continue today. KCFX has gone through several classic rock moods over the years. In 1995, they were positioned as "the best hit rock of the '70s." Around 2000, they were sounding about as good as they ever had, with a wide playlist, not just power-chord rock. KCFX also benefited from having former KYYS personalities Skid Roadie and Frankie in the lineup. KCFX contracted the playlist again in the mid-2000s.
Jay Hoker Broadcasting owned KCFX during the move to 101.1. Hoker sold to Heritage Media in 1992. Sinclair bought the station in 1997. Entercom briefly owned the station in 1999 and 2000 before divesting to Susquehanna. Cumulus took over the station in May 2006. KCFX has rarely been able to hold a steady morning show, seemingly burning through local talent every couple of years. Even the syndicated shows didn't stick. On March 2, 2006, KCFX added the syndicated Bob & Tom show for morning drive. In February 2007, KCFX dropped Bob & Tom. In 2008, they laid off several on-air personalities. However, the PPM ratings have been very good for KCFX. They debuted at #1 in the first PPM trend, nearly doubling their old numbers (note: the first PPM ratings occurred during the NFL season).
On the HD2 channel, "103.7 The Dam" debuted in 2010; the 103.7 is a reference to the translator where the station was also heard. In late 2010, Cumulus leased their HD3 channel to Calvary Chapel of Kansas City, for its Christian programming on a translator on 93.7 mHz. The Dam ceased programming on April 29, 2012, in favor of a KCMO simulcast.