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Miller, Richard J. (December 28, 2012)



  • Existence: December 28, 2012


Mentor, pioneer and raconteur of local radio, Richard J. Miller moved to St. Louis from Atlanta in 1958 and purchased his first station, the gospel/R&B-formatted KXLW-AM. In 1969 he added KADI-FM, a progressive rock station, to his local operations and subsequently bought stations in two other cities: WMAS-AM and WHVY-FM in Springfield, Massachusetts, and KWKI-FM Kansas City.

KWKI was initially established in 1958 as KCMK, first as a classical music station, then later primarily as a country station in the 1960s. In 1971 Miller, as president of Communication Funds Inc., purchased the station, and changed its call letters and programming. From 1971-1973 KWKI operated as a soul music station catering to the African-American market, before adopting a mainstream rock format in 1974. The frequency, 93.3 FM, endured – surviving a competitive local market and numerous format changes since the late 1970s, including religious, soft adult contemporary (KLSI “Classy 93”) and hot adult contemporary/Top 40 (KMXV “Mix 93”) programming.

Miller helped launch broadcast careers for numerous personalities and established the concept of weekly oldies shows on Sunday nights. He was one of the first to promote his stations using posters. Miller sold all his radio properties by the mid-1990s when he founded and became chairman of Truman Bank. He passed away December 28, 2012, at age 81.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Richard and Mary Jane Miller (KWKI Radio) Collection

Identifier: MS-0274
Scope and Contents The Richard and Mary Jane Miller (KWKI Radio) Collection was transferred in May 2015 to the UMKC Miller Nichols Library from Frank Absher, executive director of the St. Louis Media History Foundation. The bulk of the collection consists of company memos related to KWKI 93.3 FM Kansas City during its stint as a soul music radio station from 1971-73. Most of the memos originate from Richard J. Miller, president of the St. Louis-based parent company Communications Fund Inc. (CFI), which at the...
Dates: 1971 - 1974