Call Letters: KSMO-TV
City of License: Kansas City, MO
Affiliation: "My KSMO"
Owner: Meredith Broadcasting
DT HAAT/ERP: 1168ft/1000kw
1983-1985 - KEKR|
A truly low-budget station when it started on September 12, 1983, KEKR showed a lot of cartoons and a lot of movies. The station had a grand total of three local commercials on the first day, and they aired those spots in every break. Otherwise, KEKR showed a logo slide to fill the break time. A black bar appeared at the top of the picture for months. The KC Star even wrote an article detailing the substandard equipment of the station. KEKR called themselves "Super 62" for a little bit (see the embedded YouTube video). The KEKR call letters were derived from a Missouri congressman who helped secure the license.
1985-1991 - KZKC
Media Central bought the station in 1985. Nothing changed on the air, other than the call letters and logo. One reader reminded me the FCC fined KZKC for showing a sex comedy called "Private Lessons", featuring frontal nudity. TV Guide noted KZKC in their annual awards for those in TV who "made monkeys of themselves." Abry Media bought the station in 1988.
1991-1996 - KSMO
Another new set of calls. This time, KSMO let viewers decide what the station should air by installing voting booths at local malls. At this time, they began showing Kansas Jayhawk basketball games not televised nationally. From 1992-1997, they also televised Royals games. Abry Media merged with Sinclair Broadcasting in 1994.
1996-1998 - KSMO - UPN "UPN 62"
KSMO picked up the UPN affiliation, but UPN only had a couple of nights of programming.
1998-2006 - KSMO - WB "WB-62" / "WB Kansas City"
A deal with Sinclair allowed KSMO to pick up the WB affiliation, which comparing WB to UPN, seemed like the good choice. In November of 2004, Meredith Broadcasting bought the station, creating a duopoly with KCTV. KCTV debuted a 9:00 p.m. newscast on KSMO October 10, 2005.
2006-2009 - KSMO - My Network TV "My KSMO"
NewsCorp (owner of FOX) created a new network, "My Network TV", which at the beginning, generally featured steamy telenovelas in both English and Spanish. Although some markets had a FOX/MNTV duopoly, Kansas City did not. That didn't matter to FOX, because they forced every O&O to promote MNTV at first, no matter who owned the MNTV affiliate. KSMO signed off its analog signal June 12, 2009.
2002-current - KSMO-TV
KSMO-DT began operations in 2002. The Jayhawk Basketball Network returned to KSMO from October 2009 to 2013. KCTV has expanded and contracted news on KSMO over the years. Morning and noon newscasts disappeared by the end of 2011. In 2014, KCTV airs news at 6:30 p.m. and 9:00. For a couple of years, KCTV produced a public affairs show on KSMO (in English) for the Spanish-speaking community-- Que Pasa KC. KSMO aired Sporting Kansas City soccer matches from 2011 to 2013. KSMO began airing high school football in September 2011. The Bounce TV Network, targeting African-Americans, debuted as a subchannel in 2011 as well. KSMO promoted Lawrence-based TheCoolTV, and aired occasional hours of it, but was not technically an affiliate. In September 2013, KSMO dropped Bounce TV from its subchannel in favor of Spanish-language network MundoFOX.