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CityKansas City, Missouri
Broadcast areaKansas City metropolitan area
Frequency1190 kHz
Translator(s)95.3 K237GQ (Kansas City, Kansas)
First air dateSeptember 1, 1971
FormatRoman Catholic religious broadcasting
Power5,000 watts day
500 watts night
Facility ID4373
Transmitter coordinates39°3′49″N 94°30′37″W / 39.06361°N 94.51028°W / 39.06361; -94.51028Coordinates: 39°3′49″N 94°30′37″W / 39.06361°N 94.51028°W / 39.06361; -94.51028
Former callsignsKAYQ (1971-1978)
KJLA (1978-1992)
KFEZ (1992-1997)
KPHN (1997-2014)
AffiliationsEWTN Radio
OwnerCatholic Radio Network
(Catholic Radio Network, Inc.)
Sister stationsKEXS, KMVG

KDMR (1190 kHz) is an AM radio station licensed to Kansas City, Missouri, serving the Kansas City metropolitan area. The station is owned by the Catholic Radio Network, Inc.[1] It airs a Roman Catholic religious radio format. KDMR airs both local shows and national programming from EWTN Radio.

KDMR operates with 5000 watts by day. But because AM 1190 is a clear-channel frequency reserved for Class A stations KEX in Portland, Oregon, and XEWK in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico, KDMR must reduce power at night to 500 watts to avoid interference. Programming is simulcast on FM translator station K237GQ in Kansas City, Kansas, at 92.9 MHz.[2]


On September 1, 1971, the station went on the air as KAYQ.[3] It used the slogan "Fresh Air for Kansas City", and aired a Middle of the Road music and news format, competing with ratings leader KMBZ 980. The format later changed to country music for several years.

On December 20, 1978, the station changed its call sign to KJLA under Owner/General Manager Wilton "Chip" Osborn, and played 24-hour disco hits until that music phenomenon faded in 1980. Even the newscasts had a disco beat in the background. In the fall of 1981, KJLA switched to "The Music of Your Life," a syndicated adult standards format, and dropped all local newscasts. Yet several months later, the station received a national Associated Press award for its coverage of the deadly Hyatt Regency skywalk collapse.

On October 12, 1992, the station's call letters were changed to KFEZ, to reflect the "easy" sound of the station as a Music of Your Life network affiliate. On March 3, 1997, the format switched to Business News and the call letters were changed again to KPHN.[4]

On July 20, 2002, at 2 PM, Radio Disney made its debut in Kansas City, with the first song being "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne. In June 2013, Disney put KPHN and six other Radio Disney stations in medium-sized markets up for sale, in order to refocus the network's broadcast distribution in the top 25 markets.[5]

On July 31, 2013, KPHN dropped the Radio Disney affiliation and went silent.[6] In April, Disney filed to sell KPHN to the Catholic Radio Network (a Missouri Non-Profit Corporation), owner of KEXS.[7] The sale was consummated on July 25, 2014,[8] at a purchase price of $700,000, and accepted by the FCC on July 28, 2014. After almost one year, KPHN resumed operations on July 25, 2014.[9]

On December 11, 2016, which is the vigil of the feast day for Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico, the station switched to a Spanish-language Catholic radio format.[10] It has since returned to English-language Catholic programming, although sometimes different than sister stations 1090 KEXS and 890 KMVG, which also serve Kansas City as Catholic radio stations.


  1. ^ "KDMR Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "K237GQ-FM 95.3 MHz - Kansas City, Kansas". radio-locator.com. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 page 122
  4. ^ "KDMR Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  5. ^ Graser, Marc (June 4, 2013). "Radio Disney Stations Up for Sale (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  6. ^ Notification of Suspension of Operations KPHN - United States Federal Communications Commission
  7. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". Federal Communications Commission. April 10, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  8. ^ "Consummation Notice - KPHN". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  9. ^ "Resumption of Operations - KPHN". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. July 25, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "About - Catholic Radio Network". catholicradionetwork.com. Retrieved 28 August 2019.

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