Call Letters: KMJK
City of License: North Kansas City, MO
Format: Urban Adult Contemporary "Magic 107.3"
Owner: Volt Media, LLC.
KCFM/KXXR frequency switch, 1992|
KISF 1994 legal ID
KISF July 1995 montage
KCCX 1997 sweeper
1981-1984 - KBEK-FM - Country
The station dates back to KLEX-FM, which signed on September 11, 1969, at 106.3 mHz. The call letters became KBEK-FM in 1976. KBEK moved to 107.3 mHz (a huge upgrade in comparison to the class A 106.3 frequency) in 1981. Lexington Broadcasters owned the station until 1989.
1984-1988 - KCAC-FM - Sat. Soft Adult Contemporary
KBEK station changed format in 1984. KCAC equaled Kansas City's Adult Contemporary. KCAC used the StarStation format from the Satellite Music Network.
1988-1992 - KCFM - Country
The KCFM call letters were assigned December 1, 1988. A group calling itself KCFM, Inc., took control in September 1989. The station returned to country music; it was partially satellite-fed. KCFM received an upgrade of sorts by moving to 106.5 in February 1992.
1992-1993 - KXXR - CHR
KXXR got a reprieve by moving from 106.5, otherwise, KXXR would've changed formats. The station didn't have the same dance lean as it did on 106.5. After the frequency switch, Ragen Henry operated the station through a local marketing agreement.
1993-1994 - KISF - CHR "Kiss 107.3."
KISF was essentially the same station as KXXR, but with a "Kiss" branding on them. The KISF call letters were assigned January 25, 1993. They had problems covering all of the KC metro though (even though I could hear them in Lawrence just fine). At this time, they were the only CHR station in the market. Not surprisingly, 107.3 had its best ratings at this time. A month after becoming "Kiss," the station became the defacto CHR outlet for the market.
1994-1997 - KISF - Modern Rock "Kiss 107.3" / "The New 107.3"
With KMXV now on board as CHR competition, KISF took a new direction as a modern rock station in late 1994. KISF was not quite the same station as KLZR, but more apt to play 1980s new wave. KISF made the changeover with little fanfare, and routinely replayed callers, unaware of the change, requesting Mariah Carey songs. KISF went through a lot of re-imaging, eventually just calling themselves "107.3". At some point, Stan and Joel's "Radio Free Westport" show from KY102 moved here, retitled as "The Living Room". Syncom took over the station on June 25, 1996.
1997-1998 - KCCX - Modern Rock "107-3 the X"
"X" is cool, right? Not in the eyes of KCFX, which threatened legal action because the call letters were so similar. The KCCX call letters were first used June 23, 1997. The station had taken a harder lean to it at this time as well, even playing Metallica. They also picked up syndicated Mancow for the mornings. At the time, Mancow's show at WRCX in Chicago only had a few stations willing to syndicate his show. Mancow is actually from the Kansas City area, and interned under Randy Miller.
1998-1999 - KNRX - Modern Rock "107-3 the X"
KNRX was the same station as above, but these are the call letters with which the modern rock format ended. KNRX was first used as the call letters March 1, 1998. In Janaury 1999, about an hour after KOZN debuted its new format, KNRX quietly played the acoustic version of Stone Temple Pilots' "Plush," and rolled into a stunt.
1999-2001 - KNRX - R&B Oldies "K-107."
After 24 hours of a remix of "1999" by Prince, Kansas City received a full-time "black oldies" station on January 6, 1999. Officially, the industry called it Jammin' Oldies. The format swept the country in the late 1990s. K-107 was a mixture of motown, soul, funk, disco, and r&b. They picked up the syndicated Tom Joyner show for mornings. The station saw its best ratings since its Top 40 days in 1993.
2001-current - KMJK - Urban Adult Contemporary "Magic 107.3"
In 2001, K107 added more currents, and changed its name to Magic 107.3. That ruffled some feathers in Topeka, home of Magic 107.7. Cumulus bought the station, along with KCHZ, near the end of 2003, thereby ending any complaints over the "Magic" name, as Cumulus also owned Topeka's KMAJ-FM. When KCIY dropped its smooth jazz format, KMJK started its own smooth jazz show on Sundays. In November 2007, KMJK changed its city of license to North Kansas City. The new tower is southeast of Levasy, whereas the old tower sat a little north of Odessa. In 2011, Cumulus listed KMJK in a potential divesture document as part of its Citadel purchase, hinting at either a future sale, or the move into a trust while maintaining operational control. At the same time, the station has fallen behind in the ratings, near the bottom of the market's commercial FMs. In September 2011, Cumulus moved KMJK into the Volt Media, LLC. trust. But a few weeks later, Cumulus filed to bring it back into the Cumulus portfolio.