For over 2 decades 1480 KLEO cranked out the hits in Wichita. It’s top40 journey began in 1958. The station battled with KWBB for young listeners in the 1960s. The “big 1480” was the more famous of the two AM stations. KLEO attracted huge ratings throughout the 1960s & 70s. Even in the late ’70s, KLEO still ranked strongly in the ratings, but lost a lot of ground to FM Top 40 outlet KEYN. On Sept. 1, 1980, KLEO pulled the plug on its longtime Top 40 format. KLEO flipped to an adult contemporary in 1980 as KWKN. The KLEO call letters returned on December 31, 1982. when the station reformatted once again, with an adult standards format. This airchexx features Ken Clifford, who was KLEO’s Program Director. Ken went on to have a successful career in broadcast management, becoming General Manager at the station that defeated KLEO, KEYN FM. He also worked at WFLA AM & FM in Tampa, GSM at KCMO AM-FM in Kansas City, & by 2005, sales manager for KWCH-TV 12 in Wichita.
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