Cumulus retrieves a Kansas City FM


KMJK-FM North Kansas City MO has been operating under the TLC of Scott Knoblauch and Volt Radio LLC as Trustee – it was one of the stations that had to go into trust during the many station lineup machinations of Cumulus. However, a change at a small noncommercial station has enabled KMJK to return to the Cumulus portfolio.

The station doing the good deed for the #2 radio group in the US is KWJP-FM Paola KS. A recent facilities upgrade at the station made it officially a part of the Kansas City Arbitron market.

It was a significant move, because it took the total number of stations in the market from 44 to 45 – and increased the local station cap from seven to eight, and the same-service cap from four to five.

Cumulus only has one AM station in the market, so it is not threatening the overall local ownership ceiling. However, it has four other FMs, so it was unable to hang onto a 5th, until it was able to welcome KWJP to the market this past summer.

According to the multiple-station report filed with the transfer application, here is the new Cumulus lineup in the KC market.

* KMJK-FM North Kansas City MO, 107.3 MHz, Urban AC,
* KCMO-AM Kansas City KS, 710 kHz, Talk
* KCMO-FM Shawnee MO, 94.9 MHz, Oldies
* KCJK-FM Garden City MO, 105.1 MHz, Jack
* KCFX-FM Harrisonville MO, 101.1 MHz, Classic Rock
* KCHZ-FM Ottawa KS, 95.7 MHz, CHR

Cumulus noted that the latter station KCHZ is not actually home to the metro, but is nevertheless considered home to the market by Arbitron.