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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 time owned four other radio stations: KXLW-AM and KADI-FM in St. Louis, and WMAS-AM and WHVY-FM in Springfield, Massachusetts. The memos provide a glimpse into the management style of Miller and CFI, as well as into the general operations of radio stations during the early 1970s. Rounding out the collection are miscellaneous promotional items including stickers, artwork, advertisements, surveys, mockups, t-shirts, hats, and a pin-back button – related to KWKI as well as KPRS Kansas City and WHVY.


  • 1971 - 1974


Conditions Governing Use

Donor has retained copyright


3 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 4 Manuscript Boxes.)

Language of Materials


LaBudde: Kelly McEniry, Stuart Hinds (supervising archivist).
LaBudde: June 2015.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Special Collections and Archives Repository