St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Young guitarist Les Paul worked at KMOX using the name "Rhubarb Red." Dr. Tom Dooley reported for KMOX from the jungles of Southeast Asia. The first CBS station to air editorials and endorse candidates, KMOX added in 1960 its "At Your Service" show, a forebear of talk radio.
KMOX introduced Bob Costas, Jack Buck, Harry Caray, Joe Buck, Joe Garagiola, Dan Dierdorf, Dan Kelly, Skip Casey and countless others in St. Louis and beyond on its 50,000 "red hot" watts.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications. A significant historical date for this entry is December 24, 1925.
Location. 38° 37.497′ N, 90° 11.286′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on Market Street just west of Memorial Drive, on the left when traveling west. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the Gateway Tower building at this address, facing the Luther Ely Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Memorial Drive, Saint Louis MO 63102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abraham Lincoln Slept Here (a few steps from this marker); International Fur Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker); Sold on the Steps of Justice (within shouting distance of this marker); Dred and Harriet Scott (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Western Reach of the Revolution (about 300 feet away); Rue des Granges (about 300 feet away); Joseph Pulitzer (about 300 feet away); American Zinc Building (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
Regarding KMOX. KMOX-AM continues to be one of the top radio stations in St. Louis, as well as the Midwestern United States. It is considered to be one of the first 24/7 talk radio stations in the United States. Four of St. Louis' major sports teams would be broadcast on KMOX: the St. Louis Blues (hockey) and St. Louis Cardinals (baseball) - both of which the station has the rights to (as of 2019); and the defunct teams, the St. Louis Hawks (NBA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (football). It is not known the reasoning behind the call letters, but one local legend suggests "Kirkwood Missouri On Xmas", as the station's original transmitter was in Kirkwood.
The station was housed in a few other places in St. Louis, including the Merchandise Mart building (where Busch Stadium sits now). It wasn't until 1968 that KMOX would move into the Gateway Tower building, where it would share its headquarters with their sister stations, KMOX-FM (which ended in 1982) and KMOX-TV (now KMOV-TV, a CBS affiliate). In October of 2012, the station's studios and offices moved to its current location at the corner of Tucker and Olive Streets in the Park Pacific building. KMOV still operates in the Gateway Tower.
Also see . . .
1. KMOX Official website. (Submitted on October 24, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
2. KMOX on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 24, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
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