Call Letters: KMBZ-FM
City of License: Kansas City, KS
HD2: Talk //KMBZ
KUDL July 1983 montage
KUDL 1992 love songs promo
KUDL September 1999 legal ID
KUDL October 2003 montage
KUDL March 2011 "Point" sweeper
1947-1950 - KOZY-FM - Full Service|
KOZY-FM was Kansas City's first FM station, dating back to an experimental station W9XA, which operated at 26.45 mHz in the 1930s. The Commercial radio Equipment Company operated the station. KOZY-FM became a commercial station, K49KC, in 1942. After the war, K49KC became KOZY-FM, moving to 99.9 mHz, and then 98.1 mHz in 1947. A 1950 FCC book lists KOZY-FM on 96.1, but that might be a misprint. The station, out of money, left the air in 1950. The FCC deleted the license in 1951.
1959-1968 - KCJC-FM - MOR
KCJC actually started with the call letters KCBM-FM as it tested on 98.1 mHz. KCJC-FM signed on December 5, 1959, under the ownership of Futura Music, Inc. KCJC operated at 63,450 watts of power. KCJC was known for broadcasting full Broadway scores on Saturday nights. They broadcasted out of Merriam at the time. KCJC decreased power in 1963, then increased it to 75,000 watts in 1964, and 76,500 watts in 1965. Starr Broadcasting bought the station in 1967. Around that time, KCJC picked up programming from the American Information Network.
1968-1969 - KCJC-FM - Progressive
This was the first FM progressive rock station in Kansas City. The format signed on in late 1968. They are listed as carrying programs from AFM.
1969-1975 - KUDL-FM - Top 40/Album Rock
KCJC switched call letters to KUDL-FM in December 1969. Part of the time, KUDL-FM simulcasted 1380 KUDL, calling itself "The Rock of Kansas City." They took more of a Top 40 lean as the years passed. KUDL-FM upgraded to 100,000 watts in 1975.
1975-1975 - KUDL-FM - 50s-60s Oldies "Cuddle Gold"
Moved from 1380 AM in 1975.
1975-1977 - KUDL-FM - Top 40/Disco - "Disco 98"
This was pretty much an all-disco format. I guess you could call it Top 40/Rhythmic? Rush Limbaugh, under his on-air name Jeff Christy, was the Program Director from 1976-77. KUDL signed off the format much earlier than the end of disco itself, with the song "Disco Inferno."
1977-2011 - KUDL-FM - Soft Adult Contemporary - "FM 98 KUDL" / "Cuddle" / "K98" / "Soft Rock 98.1 KUDL"
KUDL swung back and forth between Easy Listening and something close to Top 40 - probably due to the fact many Top 40 hits of the day were ballads. In 1977, KUDL signed on its soft music format with TM's beautiful rock service (mostly automated the first two years) before taking over programming in-house. Shamrock Broadcasting bought KUDL in 1979. Very little changed in the 1980s, except for an interlude around 1987 where KUDL went by the "K-98" moniker. Apollo Broadcasting bought the station in 1993, sold it to Regent Communications in 1995, which sold to Jacor, and finally Entercom in 1997. KUDL added the syndicated Delilah nighttime show in 1998. They pretty much stopped referring to themselves as "Cuddle" by 2000.
In its later years, KUDL became a brighter brand of AC, with a more upbeat sound. In 2003, they began airing "Smooth Jazz Saturday Nights" when KCIY was sacrificed for WDAF's move to FM. In 2008, KUDL started simulcasting 1660 KXTR on its HD2 channel, and in 2010, KMBZ on its HD3 channel. KUDL dropped Delilah in 2010, apparently the victim of low ratings. Entercom made a surprising move in 2011, after rival Star 102 left the air, ending the longtime KUDL brand.
2011-2015 - KMBZ-FM - News/Talk //KMBZ
On March 23, 2011, Entercom began directing listeners to a new format on 99.7. On the 24th, Entercom announced KMBZ (980 kHz) would simulcast on 98.1. After a few days of KUDL simulcasting the new KZPT, they began the simulcast of KMBZ on March 30th. Entercom added a simulcast of KCSP (610 kHz) on the HD2 channel, and comedy on HD3. When business talk debuted on 1660 kHz, that simulcast moved to 98.1 HD2.
2015-current - KMBZ-FM - News/Talk
On January 5, 2015, Entercom split KMBZ into two distinct stations, one for AM, and one for FM. The FM station continued most of the present programming from the KMBZ simulcast, but adding one new local show to make the lineup fully local from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.. KMBZ's AM station assumed the HD2 simulcast.