1590AM Frequency History
At first 1590AM was home to KITE/KXKX - a station that began earlier as an experimental hi-fi outlet, and ended with the FCC's refusal to renew their license in 1942. When KPRS-AM signed on in 1949, it was a Full Service outlet licensed to Olathe and owned by Kansas Governor Alf Landon. The following year, Landon hired Andrew "Skip" Carter and Ed Pate, who would purchase the station and move it to Kansas City in 1952, making KPRS became the first African-American owned station west of the Mississippi River. In 1971, the station's urban programming would move to KPRS-FM at 103.3, and the AM would become Gospel 1590, a format that continues to this day. With ownership still in the hands of the Carter family, 1590AM also holds the distinction of being the oldest continuous-operating African-American owned station in the United States.