Thursday, February 13, 2014

K-C Radio: Randy Miller Resurfaces With New Morning Show

Randy Miller (Toyoshiba photo)
Randy Miller was a big-deal morning show guy in Kansas City starting in the mid-1980s. Among other gigs he did three stints at Q-104, when it played Top 40 and when it switched to “young country," according to

His most recent radio job in KC was on the old 97.3 FM, the Planet. But, that was a decade ago.

Since then Miller, 54, has run his own ad agency and filled in on radio stations elsewhere, like WGN in Chicago. He also created and co-hosts a syndicated radio show for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, one of his advertising clients.

But last year he moved to Lone Jack in eastern Jackson County, MO and discovered a radio station called KWKJ 98.5 FM The Bar in Windsor, MO.

“The Randy Miller Morning Show” signs on Monday, airing 6-10 a.m. weekdays.

A Warrensburg station is not exactly Q-104, but the location doesn’t bother Miller a bit or feel like a comedown. He recounts a recent conversation with a “radio buddy” who told him, “You found a station not owned by CBS, Cumulus or Entercom.”

To which Miller replied: “Yeah, it’s owned by a couple of guys.”

KWKJ 98.5 FM (9kw) 60dBu coverage
The two guys are Greg Hassler and Vance DeLozier, whose company D & H Media owns an AM station, KOKO, as well as the FM station. The Bar, besides playing mainstream country, is also the flagship station of University of Central Missouri athletics and the farthest-west affiliate to carry St. Louis Cardinals games.

“We wanted a good, solid, live morning show,” Hassler says. “(Miller) wants to get back on the air. He’s been solid everywhere he’s been. What the heck.”

Over the years Miller made a name for himself with stunts, prank phone calls and recurring bits like “Plaza Patrol,” which lampooned security guys on the Country Club Plaza.

He promises more of the same on the Bar. Right out of the gate, he’s planning a Valentine’s Day promotion he’s calling “Show Me Your Nuts … About Your Valentine,” with a prize of diamond earrings.

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