Pioneer Radio History
A history of radio in Kansas City and nearby communities in Missouri and Kansas.
In the 1920s, radio was as big as the Internet became in the 1990s. Pioneer broadcasters in Missouri and Kansas became involved just like their counterparts in the rest of the United States. Some of the stations that were started during that frenzied time are alive and thriving today. Others have gone to the great antenna farm in the sky. Read on to discover more about early broadcasting in the heartland!
Kansas City stations
The following stations were considered the pioneers stations for Kansas City. Not all of them survived.
- KCMO-FM (Shawnee, Kansas)
- Early FM station KOZY
- Kansas City Post station “WRW”
- Hi-fi pioneer W9XBY
- Kansas City FM in 1962
Note: WREN is now KYYS; WDAF is now KCSP; KCKN is now KDTD
Northeast Kansas stations
These are the stations from the area just west of Kansas City in the Lawrence/Topeka area.
- KLWN, Lawrence
- KKSW, Lawrence (formerly KLZR, nee KLWN-FM)
- KMXN, Osage City
- WIBW, Topeka
- KMAJ, Topeka
- KTOP, Topeka
- KKSU (Defunct, formerly in Manhattan)