The following is a synopsis of radio and television broadcast outlets for the Kansas City Chiefs, a franchise from the National Football League.

Radio

Kansas City Chiefs radio play-by-play announcers[1]
1960–1962 Charlie Jones
1963 Merle Harmon
1964–1970 Tom Hedrick
1971–1973 Dick Carlson
1974–1975 Ray Scott
1976 Al Wisk
1977 Tom Hopkins
1978–1984 Wayne Larrivee
1985–1993 Kevin Harlan
1994–present Mitch Holthus

From 1989 until the end of the 2019 season, Cumulus Media's KCFX (101.1), a.k.a. "101 The Fox", broadcast all Chiefs games on FM radio under the moniker of The Chiefs Fox Football Radio Network, one of the earliest deals where an FM station served as the flagship station of a team radio network. Since 1994, Mitch Holthus has served as play-by-play announcer.[1] Former Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson served alongside Holthus for color commentary but starting in the 2016 season, Dawson's role was slowly minimized as he announced his retirement from broadcasting.[2] The Chiefs and KCFX was the longest FM radio broadcast partnering tenure in the NFL.[1][3] The Chiefs Radio Network extends throughout the six-state region of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, with 61 affiliate stations.[1][3]

With the start of the 2020 season, Audacy, Inc.'s WDAF-FM (106.5 FM) became the flagship of the Chiefs network, with sister station KCSP (610 AM) carrying surrounding analysis and team interview programming as well as selected simulcasts of live games, and the Audacy app streaming coverage of all games online on desktops/laptops only. The network's personnel, outside those exclusively contracted to Cumulus, are expected to be retained with the new Entercom contract.[4]

Radio affiliates

Map of radio affiliates.
Map of radio affiliates.

Chiefs games are broadcast in Missouri and Kansas as well as parts of Iowa, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Mexico, Arkansas, Texas, and South Dakota.[5] Stations in major cities are listed below.

City Call sign Frequency
Kansas City, Missouri WDAF-FM 106.5 FM
Jefferson City, Missouri KCMQ 96.7 FM
Springfield, Missouri KKLH 104.7 FM
KGMY 1400 AM
Joplin, Missouri / Pittsburg, Kansas KKOW 860 AM
Manhattan, Kansas KMAN 1350 AM
Salina, Kansas KINA 910 AM/107.5 FM
KSKG 99.9 FM
Topeka, Kansas KDVV 100.3 FM
Wichita, Kansas KNSS 98.7 FM
Emporia, Kansas KVOE-FM 101.7 FM
Des Moines, Iowa KBGG 1700 AM
Omaha, Nebraska KXSP 590 AM
Lubbock, Texas KKCL-FM 98.1 FM

Television

The Chiefs hosting the Browns in the 2021 season opener. The NFL on CBS banner hangs in view of the broadcast cameras, on the sideline.
The Chiefs hosting the Browns in the 2021 season opener. The NFL on CBS banner hangs in view of the broadcast cameras, on the sideline.

KCTV Channel 5 (CBS) broadcasts most Chiefs regular-season games, with exceptions as following. WDAF Channel 4 (Fox; that station is unrelated to WDAF-FM) broadcasts games in which the Chiefs host an NFC opponent. KSHB Channel 41 (NBC) broadcasts all games in which the Chiefs play on NBC Sunday Night Football or NBC's NFL playoffs coverage. KSHB also serves as the main broadcast provider of the team's pre-season games. KMBC Channel 9 (ABC) has aired Monday Night Football games locally since 1970.

Prior to the 1994 season, WDAF was the primary station for the Chiefs as an NBC affiliate (they aired on KMBC when ABC had the AFL package through 1964), since NBC had the AFC package. The inter-conference home games aired on KCTV starting in 1973 (when the NFL allowed local telecasts of home games). After week one of the 1994 season, WDAF switched to Fox (which got the NFC package), and has aired the Chiefs' inter-conference home games since. The bulk of the team's games moved to KSHB through the end of the 1997 season. Since that time, they have aired on KCTV, save for the 2015 Week 17 game vs. the Oakland Raiders, which aired on WDAF when the NFL cross-flexed the game from CBS to FOX.

Preseason game affiliates

Preseason games are broadcast throughout the states of Missouri and Kansas, as well as portions of Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Nearby major cities, besides, Kansas City with broadcasts include Wichita, Des Moines, Tulsa, and Lincoln.

Metro area Call sign Affiliation
Kansas City metro KCTV5 / KSMO CBS / MyTV
Columbia, Missouri
Jefferson City, Missouri
KMIZ / KQFX / KZOU ABC / FOX / MyTV
Des Moines, Iowa
Ames, Iowa
KDSM FOX
Ft. Smith, Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Springdale, Arkansas
Rogers, Arkansas
KNWA / KFTA NBC / FOX
Joplin, Missouri
Pittsburg, Kansas
KODE / KSNF ABC / NBC
Lincoln, Nebraska
Hastings, Nebraska
Kearney, Nebraska
KFXL / KHGI FOX / ABC
Ottumwa, Iowa
Kirksville, Missouri
KTVO / KTVO 3.2 CBS / ABC
Springfield, Missouri KOLR / KOZL CBS / Indy
St. Joseph, Missouri KQTV ABC
Topeka, Kansas WIBW / EIBW CBS / MyTV
Tulsa, Oklahoma KOTV / KQCW CBS / CW
Wichita metro
Ensign, Kansas
Hays, Kansas
Goodland, Kansas
KWCH / KSCW-DT / KDCU CBS / CW / Univision

References

  1. ^ a b c d Herb, Kuhbander, Looney, and Moris, p. 51
  2. ^ "Hall Of Famer Len Dawson Reducing Role With Chiefs Radio Network". SunFlowerRadio.com. Archived from the original on August 21, 2016. Retrieved August 21, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "101 The Fox extends Kansas City Chiefs radio broadcast rights through 2009 season". Kansas City Chiefs. August 24, 2006. Archived from the original on May 28, 2008. Retrieved December 31, 2008.
  4. ^ Kerkhoff, Blair (5 December 2019). "Chiefs flagship radio station and broadcast partner moving on the dial in 2020". Kansas City Star. Archived from the original on February 21, 2020. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Chiefs Radio Network Affiliate Team". Cumulus Media, Inc. Archived from the original on May 1, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2013.