KCBC-FM (defunct)

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City Des Moines, Iowa
Branding KCBC 94
Slogan "Small But Mighty"
Frequency 94.1 (MHz)
First air date 1949
Format Easy Listening
ERP 10,000 watts
Owner Capital City Broadcasting Company

KCBC-FM (94.1 FM, "KCBC 94") was a radio station in Des Moines, Iowa from 1949-1953. Its studios were located at 2323 Grand Avenue on the near west side of Des Moines. The original transmitter and tower were also located on the property until 1950. In 1950, KCBC purchased the former WHO-FM transmitter and tower on top of the Equitable Building at 6th and Locust in downtown Des Moines.


The format that KCBC-FM adopted was an Easy Listening/Musak format that was targeted at people riding the city's buses. At the rear of KCBC's Grand Avenue property there was a barn where they installed FM receivers in the city's buses. The plan to target music and advertisements to the city's bus riders was not a profitable one, and after just four years, KCBC-FM left the air, donating their transmitter to the Des Moines Public Schools. The school district used the transmitter to put KDPS on air the same year at 88.1 FM. After KCBC-FM's licence was deleted in 1953, no other station in Des Moines has used the 94.1 frequency until 2005, when a low-powered radio station from Grand View University, KGVC-LP, signed on at 94.1 FM.