After 71 Years, This AM Will Die on Friday


Updated at 5:30pm CT

On May 11, 1951, an AM radio station signed on the air under the ownership of David M. Segal. On that day, KDKD became the fifth station to be owned by Segal.

Today, the AM is part of the Radford Media Group, led by Clifford and Brittany Radford. And, at 5:15pm Central on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, the Class D radio station that has served Clinton, Mo., to the southeast of Kansas City, will sign off the air forever.

Radford says the decision wasn’t up to them, but the entity that owns the KDKD-AM broadcast tower. That would be Crown Castle, the communications infrastructure provider that saw 2020 revenue of $5.84 billion and has a market capitalization of $88.67 billion on the NYSE. As they see it, the decision tp kill KDKD-AM is a mutual one.

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