KMNY is an AM radio station in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, which broadcasts on 1360 kHz and is under ownership of Multicultural Broadcasting. KMNY has a Progressive Talk format courtesy of Rational Radio, the local organization leasing and operating the station.
Although during the day, the station has a 50,000 watt signal that covers the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex adequately, at night KMNY's signal is significantly weaker. Nighttime reception can be problematic outside the immediate Dallas-Fort Worth area due to more powerful stations broadcasting on identical or nearby frequencies from elsewhere in the U.S. and Mexico.
Other than the special weekend programming, KXOL continued as a country station until it was sold in 1985 and became KWJS, featuring Christian oriented programming. KWJS became KNRB in 1988, featuring country and then religious formats, and then became KAHZ in 1993, airing children's programming from the Radio AAHS network. After Radio AAHS went under, KAHZ switched to Catholic religious programming in 1998 and later to Spanish-language talk programming. The KMNY calls were established in March 2005, and the business talk format the following month as KMNY Biz Radio 1360. Nighttime slots were filled with brokered programming in Spanish, Chinese and other languages, or automated Adult Standards music during non-sponsored times.
In 2006, KMNY aired "The Hi-Fi Club," a live, weekly oldies/talk show that resurrected its name from KXOL's "Coca Cola Hi-Fi Club" (1959-62; originally hosted by comedian George Carlin.) Hosts Mike Shannon, John Lewis Puff, Chad Hoker and Ray Whitworth covered local radio history, regularly breaking an unwritten rule by discussing competing area stations by name. Offbeat and candid in nature, it also featured live and recorded interviews with historical local radio notables such as Norman Alden, Bob Schieffer, Bud Buschardt, George Gimarc, Russ Bloxom and Bob Allen. The show returned to the KMNY airwaves at the end of 2007.
In November, 2006, "The Hi-Fi Club" presented the radio special, "As it Happened: The Lost JFK Assassination Tapes of KXOL-1360" over KMNY. This was a two-hour compilation of audio recordings from KXOL, mostly in the post-assassination hours and continuing into the early morning of 11/23/1963. The recordings were edited from reels provided by KXOL newsman Russ Bloxom, who was on duty at the station's newsdesk when President John F. Kennedy was killed, and had never been replayed. "The Hi-Fi Club" reunited the recordings with their original frequency, and Russ Bloxom provided a new five-minute interview as part of the presentation.
In January 2007, the station aired a sports talk show titled "Sports Kings".
The BizRadio Network left KMNY for KJSA 1110AM on May 23, 2008. Testing of the new 1110 frequency's signal began in April, 2008. (In 2007, KJSA received a construction permit to move from their 62-year home at 1120, to 1110AM--with a considerable power increase to 20,000 watts.) From May 24 to June 30, 2008, KMNY aired "Retro Radio," a block format put together by "The Hi-Fi Club"'s Mike Shannon. Weekdays, the "GenX Radio Project" aired, hosted by Chad Hoker and consisting of New Wave 80s music. Weekends, oldies shows were hosted by Jim Thomas, Bud Buschardt, Randy Carlisle, Josh Holstead, John Lewis and Jay Weaver; "The Larry Stanley Show," an irreverent 'guy talk' show, aired Saturdays; and "The Hi-Fi Club" expanded to Sunday afternoons. Music during non-show times consisted of automated Modern Classic Rock. Retro Radio aired a tribute to George Carlin upon his death in June, 2008. KXOL-1360 veterans Bob Bruton and Jack Burns participated.
Rational Radio group leases the entire 24 hour-a-day KMNY schedule from MRBI as of July 1, 2008. The new schedule features Jones Radio's Ed Schultz (delayed) and Stephanie Miller, Air America's Lionel (delayed) and Thom Hartmann, and Nova M's Randi Rhodes in addition to Mike Malloy. KMNY's "The Hi-Fi Club" moved to Rational Radio on July 13, 2008.