Call Letters: KYYS
City of License: Kansas City, KS
Format: Spanish Language Classic Hits "Super X"
ERP: 25kw/3.7kw DA-2
1941-1948 - KFKU/WREN - Full Service - Licensed to Lawrence, KS
The University of Kansas signed on KFKU at 1090 kHz in 1924. The station later moved to 1180 kHz. At that point, KFKU began to share time with WREN, which signed on in 1926 as a service of Bowersock Mills and Power Company. The WREN call letters were based on one of the products, not the bird. WREN began airing NBC Blue programs in 1933. At the same time, WREN moved from the mill to 8th and Vermont in Lawrence.
KFKU and WREN moved to 1250 kHz on March 29, 1941, with 5,000 watts day and night power. KFKU was the first station to broadcast University of Kansas sporting events. WREN discontinued NBC Blue programming in 1942. WREN moved to Topeka in 1948. By this time, KFKU was only on the air an hour per day.
1948-1987 - KFKU/WREN - Full Service - KFKU Licensed to Lawrence, KS/WREN licensed to Topeka, KS
WREN signed on from Topeka in February 1948. WREN became an ABC affiliate upon moving to Topeka. The flood of 1951 nearly ruined the station. WREN made history in the 1960s by using a series of beeps over programming to alert listeners to tornado watches and warnings. DJ Rick Douglass landed at the station and began live severe weather reports. Douglass' chase of the 1966 tornado nearly killed him, as he had driven up Burnett's Mound as the tornado approached, then back down as the tornado crested the hill. The tornado destroyed the WREN live broadcast vehicle and threw Douglass a hundred yards through the mud. A newspaper photo of Douglass, caked in dirt and debris, appeared in Life Magazine.
KFKU slowly faded away, only broadcasting a few hours a week as the University of Kansas signed on KANU and KJHK. Even then, KFKU used its air time to simulcast KANU. The Alf Landon family owned WREN for decades, before selling to the Kassebaum Radio Group in 1982. As financial troubles mounted, WREN was again sold in 1985. WREN left the air September 2, 1987. KFKU went with it, although the FCC did not formally cancel the KFKU license until ten years later.
1992-1997 - WREN - Sat. Gospel - licensed to Topeka, KS
Michael Glinter revived the station in 1992, as an affiliate of a southern gospel network. Mortensen Broadcasting bought the station in 1997. WREN left the air briefly again to move to Kansas City, Kansas.
1997-1999 - WREN - Sat. Gospel
WREN re-signed on the air from Kansas City, Kansas, around November 10, 1997.
1999-2000 - KKGM - Sports "1250 the Game"
Entercom bought the station in 1999. When KC's only sports station was on 1510 kHz, KKGM seemed like a good idea. However, it wasn't long before sports moved from 1510 to 810, and just blew KKGM away. The format lasted from July 20, 1999 to August 17, 2000. KKGM carried the One-On-One Sports network.
2000-2001 - KXTR - Classical
In August of 2000, KKGM quietly went away in favor of a simulcast of KXTR 96.5. That simulcast only lasted a few hours, because KXTR moved here in favor of a new format on 96.5. The classical format moved again in 2001, to 1660 kHz on the expanded band.
2001-2002 - KWSJ - Regional Mexican "Super X"
Partly local and partly satellite-fed, KWSJ called themselves "Super X" despite not having any X in the call letters. The format began in June of 2001. Because of a better signal than their competitors, they became the top-rated Spanish language station in the area.
2002-2008 - KKHK - Regional Mexican "Super X"
Same as above, yet still no X. The call letters changed on May 23, 2002. The nighttime power dropped to 3,700 watts. Entercom has applied for numerous extensions to keep this station on the air. When KXTR moved to 1660 kHz, it was with the understanding 1250 would go silent.
2008-2010 - KYYS - Regional Mexican "Super X"
Same as above, with new call letters from the demise of "99.7 KY."
2010-current - KYYS - Spanish Language Classic Hits "La X"
KYYS briefly fired its staff in November 2010, as the current operators of the station fell behind on their financial obligations to Entercom. After Entercom found a new operator, the station returned to live broadcasts with more of a classic hits format as "La X".