History

Listen to Frank Dudgeon's interview with Pat Hayes who has worked at KMUW since 1978.

  • April 26,1949

KMUW begins broadcasting as the first 10-watt noncommercial FM station in the United States, the first noncommercial FM station in the State of Kansas and the second FM station in the state.

  • March, 1962

KMUW increases its power to 250 watts (ERP).

  • August 1, 1970

KMUW hires its first full-time manager with grant money received from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

  • October 29, 1970
KMUW increases its power to 10,000 watts (ERP) and relocates its transmitter to the KTVH-TV (now KWCH-TV) facilities at 37th Street North and Hillside.
 
  • May 1, 1971
KMUW carries the first broadcasts of National Public Radio, as a charter member and affiliate of that new and interconnected network of noncommercial radio stations.
 
  • September 23, 1973
KMUW begins broadcasting in stereo, through all-new studio equipment purchased with funds received from an HEW matching grant.
  • March 27, 1981
KMUW dedicates Blake Hall, its present home, at 3317 East 17th Street.
 
  • September 1, 1987
KMUW increases its power to 100,000 watts, effectively serving a 60-mile radius around metro Wichita.
 
  • September 1, 1994
KMUW becomes an affiliate of Public Radio International(PRI). Along with NPR, PRI produces the bulk of nationally-distributed programs heard on public radio station across the country.
 
  • 2008

KMUW completes the Signal Expansion Project doubling the height of the antenna and building a new green transmitter facility.

  • April 26, 2009
KMUW celebrates its 60th birthday.