Call Letters: WDAF-FM
City of License: Liberty, MO
Format: Country "106.5 the Wolf"
HD2: Smooth Jazz
KKCI October 1984
KXXR May 1989
KXXR format flip, June 15, 1990
KXXR 1990 sweepers
KXXR-KCFM frequency switch
Polka Radio 1995
WDAF 2007 "Wolf" sweeper
1978-1979 - KFIX-FM - Top 40/MOR
KFIX signed on May 8, 1978. The music compared very similarly to the music of KMBZ and KCMO at the time. KFIX hired Mike Murphy and his brother Pat. However, Mike didn't stick around too long. KFIX used NBC network news. Prior to the official sign-on, they tested transmissions with the call letters KSAB (Strauss-Abernathy Broadcasting).
1979-1983 - KSAS - Progressive "SAS 106 1/2"
SW Radio Enterprises took over in 1979, flipping the format in November. KSAS was a progressive rock station trying to hang on to more artsy bands like ELP and Steely Dan, in contrast to the corporate rock bands airing on KYYS at the time. Transcolumbia bought the station in 1982.
1983-1986 - KKCI - Album Rock "106.5 KCI"
This station was almost an exact copy of KYYS. KKCI ("KCI") modeled itself in the image of our out-of-the-way airport, which was appropriate since the station was in Liberty. KKCI debuted in March of 1983. Randy Miller made his first KC appearance at this station.
1986-1988 - KLYT - Soft Adult Contemporary "K-Lite"
KLYT marked another entry into the crowded soft music market in KC in October 1986. Imagine it's 1987, and you hear soft music on 93.3, 95.7, 98.1, 98.9, 99.7, 106.5 and 107.3.
1988-1990 - KXXR - Album Rock
After the stint with soft music, 106.5 returned to AOR in July of 1988. KXXR ("Today's Rock and Roll") was a combination of rock-friendly CHR hits, hard rock and modern rock. This station had some real verve to it, especially when compared with KYYS. However, they failed to predict what the next big thing would be, and that was grunge rock acts like Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains. KXXR changed format in June 1990, a year before grunge bubbled to the surface; CHR had a resurgence nationally in the early 1990s too.
1990-1992 - KXXR - CHR/Rhythmic "X-106"
KXXR's CHR format began with "Me So Horny" and a decidely dance lean, but by 1992, they were pretty much mainstream CHR. Capitol Broadcasting bought KXXR in 1991. The station was about to change formats, but they got a reprieve in a frequency swap with Country KCFM (107.3). So in February 1992, KXXR moved to 107.3.
1992-1995 - KKCJ - Country "CJ-106."
KCFM moved in with a Garth Brooks marathon, and then changed calls to KKCJ. CJ stood for Country Junction. But the country music market, even in KC, was too crowded. So, KKCJ blew up the cash cow in March 1995 as Heritage Media took over the station, and went into a month-long stunt. That stunt was "Polka Radio." But it included some twists. There was Polka with Hootie and the Blowfish. There was also two hours of modern rock aimed at lampooning KLZR and KISF (slogan was "We're the imitator, not the innovator").
1995-2003 - KCIY - Smooth Jazz "106.5 the City"
After a month of polkas, "The City" made a very technical sign-on by explaining the proper balance and setting for your speakers, as well as describing what kind of processing they would use. KCIY got off to a slow start, but they stuck with the format, which is sort of a hip easy listening. Sinclair bought the station in 1997, only to see Entercom take over in 2000. KCIY became the top soft music station in the market around this time. But, it came at the expense of co-owned KUDL. That conflict might've hastened its end, as Entercom's desire to start a sports station ended with WDAF moving to 106.5.
2003-current - WDAF-FM - Country "Country 106.5 / 106.5 the Wolf"
Entercom announecd it would start a sports station on 610 kHz, and move WDAF to the FM dial. WDAF-FM simulcasted on both frequencies, starting August 10, 2003, until the sports format debuted. WDAF-FM reclaimed the title of top country station for a while. On January 10, 2007, WDAF started calling itself "106.5 the Wolf." In 2011, WDAF is the lowest-rated country station in the market.