Call Letters: KCMO-FM
City of License: Shawnee, KS
Format: 60s-80s Hits "94-9 KCMO"
HD2: Sat. Country "Nash Icon"
Owner: Cumulus Media Partners
KBKC sign-on July 1985
KBKC April 1986 legal ID
KCPW montage September 1987
KCMO-FM Oldies 95 1990s promo
KCMO-FM 2003 legal ID
1948-1959 - KCFM/KCMO-FM - Full Service
KCMO Broadcasting signed on their FM station on May 4, 1948, originally as KCFM. The KCMO-FM call letters first appeared in 1950. KCMO-FM had 54,000 watts of power. The Meredith Corp. bought the station in 1953. KCMO operated in midtown Kansas City, near 31st and McGee.
1959-1968 - KCMO-FM - MOR
KCMO-FM upgraded to 65,000 watts on July 23, 1959. They also adopted a middle of the road music format. The station upgraded again, to 100,000 watts, in 1961.
1968-1974 - KCMU - Easy Listening
The station converted to Easy Listening on March 16, 1968.
1974-1983 - KCEZ - Easy Listening - "EZ 95"
The station played easy listening music throughout the 1970s, though in 1974 they adopted new call letters and a new moniker.
1983-1985 - KCMO-FM - Country - "KC 95"
Fairbanks Broadcasting took control in 1983. The country format debuted on October 10, 1983. The KCMO-FM call letters returned in 1984. The station followed its now-separate TV partner out to 4502 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Fairway, Kansas as well. This was one of the many country music stations in the area. Unbelievably, one of their billboards shows up in an old Psychedelic Furs music video (see picture). Upon a purchase by Summit Communications, with the station rated 12th in the market, the country format ended in July 1985. The station stunted for five days with progressively different construction sounds, "building" the new radio station.
1985-1986 - KBKC - Top 40/Urban - "B95"
B95 debuted on July 26, 1985. At the start, B95 seemed like an ordinary Top 40 station. But it became a much more rhythmic and dance-oriented station after the launch. Throughout 1986 they would regularly play dance mixes and other upbeat titles along with the usual Top 40 stuff.
1986-1989 - KCPW - Top 40 - "Power 95"
Unfortunately, B-95 didn't last, and after rival KZZC left the air, KBKC became "Power 95" in August 1986, a much more adult-friendly Top 40 station. A subsidiary of the Gannett Corp. had bought the station. KCPW moved to 508 Westport Rd. Dick Wilson landed on the morning shift during this time-- a position he would retain long after the change in format. KCPW could not make a dent in KBEQ's ratings, so Power 95 turned out the lights in August 1989.
1989-2005 - KCMO-FM - 50s-70s Oldies - "Oldies 95"
This was the station that put WHB to pasture. Oldies 95 was the first legitimate place for rock oldies on the FM dial in KC. Bonneville bought the station in 1993, then Entercom in 1997, and Susquehanna in 2000. As the years went by, and the audience aged, KCMO-FM shifted the music timeline ever so slightly to capture younger listeners, from 50s-70s, to a very narrow 60s-70s scope, then deeper into the 1970s. Ratings continued to hold steady, so I often joked Oldies 95 would probably be here until the end of time itself.
2005-current - KCMO-FM - 60s-80s Oldies - "94-9 KCMO"
Although KCMO-FM had been focusing on '60s and '70s oldies for a couple of years, they finally changed their image in 2005. Oldies was out, and "Greatest Hits of the 60s and 70s" was in. I wasn't surprised to hear 1980s music on KCMO-FM, as many "oldies" stations had done around the country. Cumulus took over the station in May 2006. In 2007, KCMO-FM started referring to themselves as "Kansas City's greatest hits." KCMO-FM changed its city of license to Shawnee on June 25, 2009, in order to fulfill KMAJ-FM's (Topeka) previous application. In 2011, Cumulus launched "Funny 102.5" on the HD2 channel, a reference to the translator where the station is also heard. Cumulus funded the launch of CBS Sports Radio in January 2013, putting the network on the HD2 channel and 102.5 translator. In August 2014, the HD2 channel and translator switched to 1990s-centric country "Nash Icon."
Kansas City's transition from diaries to people meters greatly helped KCMO-FM. The station debuted at #2 in the first PPM ratings, nearly doubling its numbers from the old diary system. In 2011, they are placing fourth in the PPM ratings. In 2014, the station has settled down to the middle of the pack.