Early FM Frequency Histories
Listed below you'll find the earliest occupants of the FM dial in Kansas City, stations that were born in the early 1940s, and pre-date today's FM band itself. In May of 1940, the first FM station, experimental W9XER launched under the ownership of Midland Broadcasting (which itself was owned by KMBC-TV founder Arthur B. Church). Four years later, the station would move to FM's low band as KMBC-FM at 46.9mHz. The other pioneer FM on the KC dial was Everett Dillard's K49KC (44.9mHz), which launched in August 1942, and holds the distinction of being Kansas City's first commercial FM station. The following year, that station would be given the KOZY call letters. In 1946, the FM band was moved to 88.1 - 105.9mHz, and these pioneer stations were relocated on the dial.