After almost two decades, Kansas City to get all-classical radio station in 2020

Posted on: August 20, 2019

“KCUR in Kansas City, Mo., has acquired a station to begin broadcasting an all-classical music service in the spring,” writes Tyler Falk in Monday’s (8/19) Current. “The station is KWJC at 91.9 MHz in Liberty, Mo. The Curators of the University of Missouri, KCUR’s licensee, will purchase the signal for $2 million from William Jewell College…. KWJC had been leased to a Christian broadcaster but is currently silent. The public broadcaster wants to bring classical music back to Kansas City’s airwaves, said Stephen Steigman, KCUR’s chief of broadcast operations. ‘We saw an opportunity to fill a void since the departure of KXTR-FM, a commercial classical station, nearly 20 years ago,’ Steigman said.… ‘This project is intentionally designed to be local, bringing exposure to the numerous high-quality performing arts organizations in Kansas City.’ KWJC’s signal originates from a tower in Independence, Mo., and will remain there when the sale is finalized. The classical station’s staff will work from KCUR’s headquarters at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. The 7,000-watt KWJC covers a large portion of Kansas City. To expand the reach of the classical service, the station plans to add an HD-2 frequency to KCUR’s 100 kW signal.”

Posted August 20, 2019