Call Letters: KMXN
City of License: Osage City, KS
Format: Country "92.9 the Bull"
Owner: Great Plains Media
Coverage: West of KC
KANS Wild 92.9 legal ID + call letter mixup
KMXN "Max FM" 2005 legal ID
KMXN "X 92.9" 2006 legal ID
KMXN "The Bull" 2011 legal ID
1981-1995 - KZOC - Country "KZ93"
Originally the station served Emporia at 92.7 mHz. The earliest call letters are KZOC, first assigned in 1981. KZOC went on the air July 26, 1982 as a country station. The station moved to 92.9 mHz and upgraded power to 36,000 watts in 1989.
1995-2003 - KANS - 50s-60s Oldies
The KANS-FM calls were assigned April 1, 1995. I don't know exactly when the format changed. The oldies format was satellite-fed. Owner C&C Consulting downgraded the transmitter to 7,900 watts in 2000.
2003-2005 - KKYD - Rhythmic CHR "Wild 92.9"
This was certainly a change. Topeka had never had an urban-formatted station before. But it happened in 2003 after a sale to 3 Point Communications. The format began with a stunt, a continuous loop of Tone Loc's "Wild Thing." Despite the new owners using the same playlist for several months, the station actually did well in the ratings.
2005-2006 - KMXN - 70s-90s hits "Max FM"
Using the name Viking Media, and later becoming Great Plains Media, Jerome Zimmer bought the station in 2005. Zimmer reportedly didn't want to be involved with an Urban-related format, so around the time KLZR was officially going Hot Adult Contemporary, Zimmer brought a "Jack FM"-style format to this frequency. Max FM never had jocks. The station's playlist greatly resembled classic hits KWIC. Great Plains Media upgraded the wattage to 42,000 watts, moving the transmitter again-- closer to Lawrence.
2006-2007 - KMXN - Classic Rock "X 92-9"
Another year begat another format change. With "Max" not doing so well, KMXN flipped to classic rock to compete more directly against KDVV and KWIC. KMXN added live air talent, plus the syndicated Bob & Tom show. During this time, KMXN started to carry Free State High School sports.
2007-2009 - KMXN - Hard Album Rock "X 92-9"
In January 2007, "X" transitioned from classic rock to a more current-based hard rock. The station progressively targeted Lawrence beginning in this time period. They went through a couple of different syndicated morning shows during this time, the second one a Michigan-based show called "Free Beer And Hot Wings."
2009-current - KMXN - Country "92.9 the Bull"
After a few days of stunting with television theme songs, KMXN flipped to country as "92.9 the Bull" on October 8, 2009. The station signed up the syndicated Big D & Bubba show for mornings. The flip makes the station the fourth country station in Topeka, all with different owners. KOFO simulcasted in 92.9's HD2 channel from 2011 to 2013.