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City of license Liberty, Missouri
Broadcast area Kansas City metropolitan area
Branding KCXL 1140 AM
Slogan "It's All Good"
Frequency 1140 kHz
First air date February 16, 1967
(current license Nov. 21, 1994)
Format Talk radio, with Adult Standards music on weekends and daily after 10pm
Power 4000 watts daytime
6 watts nighttime
Class D
Transmitter coordinates
Callsign meaning Kansas City (X) Liberty, or
K (for kilo-) 1000 + CXL, Roman numeral 140
Affiliations GCN
Owner Alpine Broadcasting

KCXL is a locally-owned Talk/Nostalgia station that serves the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. From its tower in Liberty, Missouri, KCXL broadcasts all hours of the day. Despite the "daytimer" correlation with Class D stations, KCXL's six nighttime watts continue the station's operation within Clay County. KCXL recently upgraded its daytime power to 4000 watts. KCXL 1140AM also serves as a translator on K275BQ 102.9 MHz FM, in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.


Kansas Citians first heard a signal on 1140 KCMO-AM, Randy Miller, who made his name as a shock jock on KBEQ, and Rush Limbaugh, who briefly took his “Jeff Christie” moniker here before finding his niche in talk radio. Some unsuccessful formats would find a reprieve on their sister FM signal at 106.5 MHz.

The station, under various owners, tried different formats. In 1980, KDLY debuted, playing Oldies music. In 1984, KCXL letters debuted alongside an urban contemporary format. Studios were built within Kansas City's urban core. However, because the signal at night was limited to the suburban Northland, it eventually fell short competing with longtime station KPRS. The station ceased operations in 1992 and went silent for two years. Meanwhile, 106.5 was eventually sold to Entercom and is now the country station WDAF-FM.

Current format

Local resident Pete Schartel acquired the 1140 tower in 1994 and introduced an oldies station that eventually gave way to a talk station. With the slogan “Radio Free Liberty”, KCXL's programming is a mix of local talents, wacky cut-ups like the wack pack and national syndicate features that take an activistic approach, as well as usual local radio fare such as tradio. The syndicated programming airing on KCXL is a mixture of brokered programming (such as Joel Wallach's "Dead Doctors Don't Lie") and programming from the Genesis Communications Network and the Accent Radio Network. KCXL operates a bookstore at 203C Southwest Eagles Lane Parkway Grain Valley, Missouri. The Bookstore features products from shows carried by the station as well, like water filters, health supplements, books, videos and the always effervescent store manager Jonni. As KCXL principally broadcasts to Liberty, sports coverage includes the Blue Jays of Liberty High School and the Bearcats of Northwest Missouri State University.

Sister station KCTO was signed to a local marketing agreement in March 2011 by the Ramirez Group and is no longer programmed by Alpine Broadcasting.

The current KCXL format is mainly talk radio during the daytime. "Sports Radio 810" WHB now programs KCXL through a LMA from 6pm to midnight daily with overflow programming from ESPN Radio. Sundays continue to be manned by The JPEG Show Network and brings Contemporary Christian music and sports. Hosted by James and Peggy Peuster, they enter their 9th year of radio ministry.

On April Fools' Day 2012, the station played Christmas music from noon - 2 p.m. CDT.

External links

  • KCXL official website
  • Query the FCC's AM station database for KCXL
  • Radio-Locator Information on KCXL
  • Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KCXL
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