|City||Kansas City, Kansas|
|Broadcast area||Kansas City metropolitan area/Topeka, Kansas|
|Branding||1660 The Score|
|First air date||2001 (as KXTR)|
|Power||10,000 watts (day)|
1,000 watts (night)
|Former callsigns||KBJC (1998-2000)|
|Affiliations||Fox Sports Radio|
CBS Sports Radio
(Entercom License, LLC)
|Sister stations||KCSP, KMBZ, KMBZ-FM, KRBZ, KQRC, KZPT, WDAF-FM|
KWOD is a sports talk station that broadcasts at 1660 kHz in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. KWOD is owned by Entercom. Its transmitter is in Westwood, Kansas, and studios are located in Mission, Kansas.
The classical music format that the station is well known for started in September 1953 as KXTR on the FM dial, at 96.5 MHz. As FM became the preferred band for popular music, revenue declined. On August 17, 2000, Entercom moved KXTR to 1250 kHz on the AM band to establish a new pop station, KRBZ, which has since shifted to an alternative rock format. On June 13, 2001, KXTR moved to the new 1660 AM frequency.
For a brief period in 2007, the station used the calls WDAF, which formerly belonged to AM sister KCSP.
During the 2009 and 2010 summer months, KXTR played Motor Racing Network coverage of NASCAR Sprint cup night events, which may have been a simulcast from sister station KCSP, which already carried both Motor Racing Network and the Performance Racing Network. (Rival WHB had announced it would air MRN races in 2011.) KXTR is also the home of the Kansas City T-Bones, an independent minor league baseball team in Kansas City, KS.
The call letters were changed to KUDL on March 31, 2011; the call letters were transferred from what is now KMBZ-FM. KRBZ's HD2 channel offered a simulcast of KUDL's programming; as KXTR, this was offered on (the previous) KUDL. In addition, the station rebranded as "Radio Bach."
The classical format ended at 11 a.m. on March 1, 2012 (4 days earlier than originally announced), in favor of an all-business format, including programming from Bloomberg Radio and Wall Street Journal Radio Network. With the flip, the station adopted the branding "The KMBZ Business Channel," serving as a brand extension of KMBZ (980 AM and 98.1 FM); the two stations also began to share resources. KUDL's music library was then donated to Kansas Public Radio, based in nearby Lawrence. On April 7, 2014, as part of another warehousing move, Entercom swapped the KUDL call letters with sister station KWOD in Sacramento.
On September 8, 2015, KWOD flipped to sports talk, branded as "1660 The Score." KWOD airs Fox Sports Radio during the day and CBS Sports Radio at night, and will serve as a national complement to locally focused sister KCSP.
- Christopher Hearne, Jr., "KXTR moves to the AM dial; Station 'wasn't commercially viable'; classical fans are stunned", The Kansas City Star, August 18, 2000.
- Paul Horsley, "Signal change could improve classical radio sound; Tests under way at 1660-AM", The Kansas City Star, April 8, 2001.
- Tim Englejohn, Mark Eberhart, "Take note", The Kansas City Star, June 14, 2001.
- "Entercom hopes signal change will reverse KXTR ratings drop", The Kansas City Star, July 3, 2001.
- Paul Horsley, "Wall to wall classical; Local program director will create content for national syndication", The Kansas City Star, August 13, 2006.
- "Business news replaces classical music "Radio Bach" station", The Kansas City Star, March 1, 2012.
- Patrick Neas, "KXTR's classical memories span 50 years", The Kansas City Star, March 9, 2012.
- "1660 Kansas City Moves to Business". radioinsight.com. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
- "Kansas City's "Radio Bach" 1660 AM to become "KMBZ Business Channel"". Radio-Info.com. February 27, 2012. Archived from the original on March 1, 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- "1660 KUDL Becomes KMBZ Business". formatchange.com. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
- "Entercom Adds Second Sports Feed in Kansas City". radioinsight.com. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KWOD
- Radio-Locator Information on KWOD
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KWOD
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