KCSP (610 AM, "610 Sports") is a sports/talkradio station located in Kansas City, Missouri. The Entercom-owned station broadcasts on 610 kHz. Its transmitter is located in Prairie Village, Kansas, and studios are located in Mission, Kansas.
KCSP AM is a class B regional station, with a broadcasting power of 5,000 Watts in both the daytime and nighttime, using a non-directional antenna (1 tower).
Although the station had the slogan "The Football Channel" when it began in June 2003, it is currently the flagship station of MLB's Kansas City Royals, whose rights it reacquired for the Entercom radio network in 2008 which had held the rights on KMBZ before. The Kansas Jayhawks radio network also appears on KCSP, which switched from covering the Missouri Tigers to Kansas in 2006, sending the Tigers broadcasts to KMBZ.
1922-1967 - WDAF (Full Service)
The Kansas City Star signed on experimental station 9XAB in 1922, licensed at 833 kHz, as part of a rivalry with other newspapers in town. Popular Science magazine noted the station in its March 1922 issue for airing weather and market reports at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and concerts in the evening. The Star adopted the WDAF call letters May 16, 1922. WDAF bounced around various frequencies, traveling to 750, 730, 680, 820 and 810 kHz. WDAF moved to 610 kHz in 1928, splitting time with station WOQ. WDAF joined the NBC radio network before moving to 610 kHz, running both Red & Blue programs up until 1930, when they became a primary NBC Red affiliate.
WDAF increased power to 5,000 watts daytime in 1935, and 5,000 watts nighttime in 1940. In 1958, the Star sold WDAF to National Missouri TV. In 1960, Transcontinent Television took over. Taft Broadcasting bought WDAF in 1964.
1967-1977 - WDAF (MOR)
Taft changed the format to full-time middle of the road music on April 30, 1967. WDAF used ABC's American Information Radio. They became a secondary CBS affiliate in 1974, airing programming such as the CBS Radio Mystery Theater.
1977-2003 - WDAF (Country "61 Country")
WDAF flipped to country in February 1977, and although they had several competitors, WDAF programmed country music as if it were Top 40. Taft Broadcasting owned the station until the late 1980s, when Great American Broadcasting bought it. Citicasters owned the station until 1997. Entercom took control in 1998. Despite having as many as three city-grade FM competitors at any one time, WDAF remained the top country station in KC. From 1992-1995, WDAF held the Royals broadcast rights. In 2002, they picked up the rights to University of Missouri football and basketball. David Lawrence, Phil Young, and Ted Cramer were among the longtime personalities of 61 Country, along with newscasters Charles Gray and Caroline Rooney.
2003-present - KCSP (Sports "610 Sports")
Entercom announced it would move WDAF to 106.5 on the FM dial in 2003. Beginning August 10, 2003, the station simulcasted on both frequencies until a new sports station was ready. That day came September 10, 2003. Entercom had swiped Jason Whitlock, Bill Maas and Tim Grunhard from WHB at the time, though all three have since moved on. The Jim Rome show moved to KCSP in December. Kansas Jayhawk sports moved to KCSP in September 2006. Kansas City Royals baseball moved to KCSP starting in the 2008 season. In 2011, KCSP beat WHB in the ratings for the first time. In 2012, KCSP dropped the Jim Rome show in favor of expanding its local programming.