Station History

KCNW serves the Kansas City, MO area with a population of 2 million. KCNW signed on in 1953. In the 1960′s KCNW operated under the call letters of KUDL and was Kansas City’s “Top 40″ station. In 1973, the station carried adult contemporary music. The call letters were changed to KCNW representing “Kansas City’s News” when the news talk format debuted in 1975. In 1978, KCNW started broadcasting Christian music and programming yielding the acronym “Kansas City’s New Way”.

With the exception of a brief two year period, KCNW has been broadcasting a Christian formatted station for over 30 years. In 2001, Wilkins Radio Network acquired KCNW and committed to airing 24-hour Christian teaching talk programming.

For more information about programming or advertising on KCNW, you may contact the Wilkins Corporate Offices at 888-989-2299 or email


Population: 2 million
Station Power & Frequency: 2,500 watts AM 1380
Station Manager:  Kevin Fears

4535 Metropolitan Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66106
(913) 384-1380

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