KWOD
Broadcast areaKansas City metropolitan area/Topeka, Kansas
Frequency1660 kHz
BrandingThe Bet KC
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatSports gambling
AffiliationsBetQL Audio Network
CBS Sports Radio
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
June 13, 2001 (2001-06-13) (as KXTR)
Former call signs
KBJC (1998–2000)
KWSJ (2000–2001)
KXTR (2001–2007)
WDAF (2007)
KXTR (2007–2011)
KUDL (2011–2014)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID87143
ClassB
Power10,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
Transmitter coordinates
39°04′19″N 94°40′58″W / 39.07194°N 94.68278°W / 39.07194; -94.68278
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live (via Audacy)
Websitewww.audacy.com/thebetkc

KWOD (1660 AM) is a sports gambling radio station that broadcasts at in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. KWOD is owned by Audacy, Inc. Its transmitter is in Westwood, Kansas, and studios are located in Mission, Kansas.

History

KWOD originated as the expanded band "twin" of an existing station on the standard AM band. On March 17, 1997, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that eighty-eight stations had been given permission to move to newly available "Expanded Band" transmitting frequencies, ranging from 1610 to 1700 kHz, with then-WREN in Kansas City, Kansas authorized to move from 1250 to 1660 kHz.[1]

On August 10, 1998 the new expanded band station on 1660 AM was assigned the call letters KBJC.[2] The FCC's initial policy was that both the original station and its expanded band counterpart could operate simultaneously for up to five years, after which owners would have to turn in one of the two licenses, depending on whether they preferred the new assignment or elected to remain on the original frequency.[1] However, this deadline has been extended multiple times, and both stations have remained authorized. One restriction is that the FCC has generally required paired original and expanded band stations to remain under common ownership.[3][4]

On August 17, 2000, the call sign on 1660 kHz was changed to KWSJ. That same day, Entercom (forerunner to Audacy) moved the KXTR call sign to 1250 AM, to establish a new pop station, KRBZ, which has since shifted to an alternative rock format.[5] On June 6, 2001, the KXTR call sign was moved from 1250 AM to 1660 AM.[6][7][8] The classical music format adopted at this time had started in September 1959 on the original KXTR, at 96.5 FM. As FM became the preferred band for popular music, revenue declined.

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, Kansas.

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."[9]

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.[10][11][12][13][14] 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."[15] 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.

On June 21, 2021, KWOD changed their format to sports gambling, branded as "The Bet KC", with programming from the BetQL Network. CBS Sports Radio programming continues to air in certain timeslots.[16]

References

  1. ^ a b "FCC Public Notice: Mass Media Bureau Announces Revised AM Expanded Band Allotment Plan and Filing Window for Eligible Stations" (FCC DA 97-537), March 17, 1997.
  2. ^ Call Sign History for 1660 AM (Facility ID: 87143)
  3. ^ "In re: WHLY(AM), South Bend, Indiana" (FCC DA 13-600, released April 3, 2013)
  4. ^ "FCC Rejects Clear Channel-Withers Deal For WDDD-A", September 1, 2010 (allaccess.com)
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Paul Horsley, "Signal change could improve classical radio sound; Tests under way at 1660-AM", The Kansas City Star, April 8, 2001.
  7. ^ Tim Englejohn, Mark Eberhart, "Take note", The Kansas City Star, June 14, 2001.
  8. ^ "Entercom hopes signal change will reverse KXTR ratings drop", The Kansas City Star, July 3, 2001.
  9. ^ Paul Horsley, "Wall to wall classical; Local program director will create content for national syndication", The Kansas City Star, August 13, 2006.
  10. ^ "Business news replaces classical music "Radio Bach" station", The Kansas City Star, March 1, 2012.
  11. ^ Patrick Neas, "KXTR's classical memories span 50 years", The Kansas City Star, March 9, 2012.
  12. ^ "1660 Kansas City Moves to Business". radioinsight.com. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "1660 KUDL Becomes KMBZ Business". formatchange.com. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Entercom Adds Second Sports Feed in Kansas City". radioinsight.com. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  16. ^ Audacy Flips Seven Stations To BetQL Network Radioinsight - June 21, 2021