The History of KWCP 98.9


During the four day window allowed by the FCC for license applications the John Barrow Neighborhood Association (JBNA) a 501 c3 organization authorized then Vice Mayor (City Director) Doris Wright to apply for a license to operate a radio station. In February 2013 the JBNA was awarded a construction permit for a low power station.

The JBNA decided to use the board of the neighborhood association as the governing board for the radio station.  Once the station became operational and more people learned about it and wanted to become involved, subcommittees would be established to assist with governance of the station.  

The board worked for a year and a half establishing the procedures by which the station would be governed.  City Director Doris Wright recommended and received approval to locate the radio station within the then planned West Central Community Center and that the JBNA enter into a public-private partnership with the City of Little Rock.  The partnership would ensure that the station could be sustained and grant funds available to purchase equipment.  

With the help of technical staff from Prometheus Radio Project, the tower was erected on the grounds of the site located at 8616 Colonel Glenn Road; the studio was located inside the community center.

On February 7, 2014, KWCP received its construction permit an eighteen (18) month extension was granted July 10, 2015.  The station received its FCC license on August 1, 2016 and on November 12, 2016, KWCP made its first live broadcast. On September 13, 2017, KWCP received written permission from the FCC to Go Silent for three (3) months in order to address staffing and technical issues. KWCP resumed broadcasting on November 11, 2017.