Good Radio Stations To Get Weather Information From

Author's note: The list below was compiled by the Texas Severe Storms Association, TESSA, (C)1996. They and Martin Lisius have graciously allowed me to reprint this article from The Weather Bulletin, TESSA's newsletter. This may be used for personal use only. Below that article are listings sent to me by various chasers in states not covered by TESSA's article. The author(s) assume no responsibility in guaranteeing the accuracy or timeliness of the information, but we'll keep it as current as possible. Last updated July 28, 1997.--Gilbert


Lamar, 920AM


Colby, KXXX 790 AM Hays, KAYS 1400AM, KJLS 103.3FM Garden City, 1030AM Goodland, KLOE 730AM, KKCI 102.5FM Liberal, KSCB 1270AM Norton, KQNK 1530AM Oberlin, KFNF 101.1FM Phillipsburg, KKAN 1490AM/95.3FM Scott City, KEZU 94.5FM Wichita, KFDI 1070AM, KFH 1330AM NEBRASKA: Grand Island, KNNJ AM 780 Lexington, KRVN 880AM Yankton, (SD) WNAX 570AM OKLAHOMA: Altus, KWHW 1450AM Ardmore, KVSO 1240AM Elk City, KADS 1240AM Enid, KCWA 960AM Hobart, KTJS 1420AM Guymon, KGYN 1210 Oklahoma City, KOTK 1000AM Ponca City, KBBZ 1230AM Stillwater, KSPI 780AM Tulsa, KRMG 740AM, KSKS 1430AM Woodward, KWOX 101.1FM TEXAS: Alpine, KVLF 1240AM Amarillo, KGNC 710AM, KIXZ 940AM Childress, KCTX 1510, KSRW 96.1FM (Has own chase van) Dalhart, KXIT 1410AM Dallas-Ft.Worth, KRLD 1080AM (one of the best), WBAP 820AM Denton, KDNT 1440AM Lubbock, KFYO 790AM, KLLL 96.3FM Levelland, KLVT 1230AM Memphis, KLSR 1130AM Perryton, KEYL 1400AM Plainview, KKYN 1090AM Shamrock, KBYP 1580AM Seymour, KSEY 1230AM Vernon, KVWC 1490AM Weatherford, KZEE 1220AM Wichita Falls, KWFT 990AM

Other recommendations. The following is in addition to the TESSA article above.

ILLINOIS: Chicago, WBBM 780AM (good for all of northern IL, far southern WI, northern Indiana) Champaign, WILL 580AM (Serves eastern IL) Peoria, WMBD 1470AM (One of the best, serves west central and north central Illinois) IOWA: Des Moines, WHO 1040AM, (Serves most of Iowa. Really good) Cedar Rapids, WMT 600AM (Good for eastern Iowa) Kansas: KHOK 100.7 FM KVGB 104.3 FM KVGB 1590 AM They give excellent (realistic) reports during severe weather. Minnesota: Minneapolis/St Paul WCCO 830AM (Weather updates at least every 20 minutes) Missouri: KMOX 1120 AM

From: "J. Botee" (

Courtesy of Jim Meyer, Meyer Info Systems, Kansas City, MO...

	Have been an amateur meteorolgist since the early 60's & have been tracking severe 
storms in the KC area since about 1970. Would like to add the following to your listings:



Pittsburg...KKOW-AM 860...Very good severe WX coverage for SE KS, SW MO & extreme NE OK. They 
send reporter/spotters out as does KFDI in Wichita.

Topeka...WIBW-AM 580 & FM 97.3...Breaks into programming for watches/warnings issued over a 
wide area of Kansas (not just the Topeka area). THIS IS THE BEST SEVERE WEATHER STATION ON 

Kansas City...WDAF-AM 610...Best severe weather coverage in the immediate KC Metro.
	KCMO-AM 710...Clear channel-50,000 watts in daytime. Shares staff with KMBZ-AM 980.

St. Joseph...Covers NW MO, NE KS & SE NE.


Kansas City (NOTE: All stations use "corner graphics" during watch/warning periods.
	WDAF Newschannel 4 (FOX)...Has a station radar (a "cheap" Doppler, detects turbulence) 
with frequent use of EAX & TWX WSR-88D. Staff of 4 meterologists with frequent break-ins. In 
addition, uses "tower cam," live units & their helicopter in the field. This is by far the 
best/most technical WX presentation in the KC area. Chief meteorolgist (CM): Mike Thompson.
	KCTV-5 (CBS)...Uses NWS radars. Has remote cameras at over a half-dozen area sites as 
well as remote weather sation linked by modem to station. Only 1 bona-fide meteorologist (CM: 
Gary Amble).
	KMBC-9 (ABC)...Uses NWS radars. Has a "spotter network (human)" that covers about a 25 
mile radius of the city. CM: Bryan Busby.
	KSHB-41 (NBC)...Uses NWS radars. CM: Dave Sweeney.

Topeka...WIBW-13 (CBS)...Has a station radar & uses TWX WSD-88D. This station is one of the 
best I've ever seen on live coverage during severe wx, no doubt inspired by the great June 8, 
1966 F5 that tore the city in half.

I would like to offer a few more stations to your list who are 
dedicated to severe weather reporting.  KSIM AM 1400 Sikeston, MO 
serving Southeast Missouri with severe weather 
information....when severe weather breaks, the radio 
station discontinues most programming until the threat has passed 
with color radar, and our own NWS trained storm spotter.  KZIM AM 
960 Cape Girardeau MO serving Southeast MO and Southern Illinois also 
goes wall to wall with severe weather coverage.   KEZS 102.9 FM 
Cape Girardeau MO and KKLR 94.5 FM Poplar Bluff MO also activate and 
go into "24 hour Storm Center mode" whenever there is severe weather. 
All of these stations are manned 24 hours a day and are owned by the 
Zimmer Radio Group which takes severe weather seriously.  I am the 
storm spotter and weather coordinator for KSIM Sikeston.  Feel free 
to contact me at 573-471-1400 or E-mail  Thank you.
Jeff R. Gillespie
News Director
KSIM Sikeston

From: "Alan D. Davis" (

Hi Gilbert,

There are two good radio stations in Kenosha, Wisconsin for listening for weather information. WLIP: 1050 AM, and WIIL: 95.1 FM. Both stations are owned by the same company. When severe weather breaks in any portion of their listening area, the stations cease their normal programming and begin a wall-to-wall simulcast coverage of the severe weather event. Their listening area includes Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties in Wisconsin, and Lake and McHenry counties in Illinois. They will broadcast the latest info from the NWS or local authorities, and also cover damage reports from the affected areas.

Alan D. Davis

Kenosha, Wisconsin

From: Randall Picking (

you might want to add the following stations for weather coverage in central and northeast kansas. KSAL 1150-am/KYEZ 93.7fm/KZBZ 104.9 in Salina. KSAJ 98.5fm in Abilene and KBLS 102.5 fm in North Fort Riley. all the stations are owned by EBC INC and cover severe weather from Russell on the West to Manhattan on the East . From Concordia on the North to Newton on the South. In the Event of a Tornado Warning in any of the counties of some or all of the radio stations, all stations will similcast severe weather information until the Tornado threat passes. The stations have 6 trained weather spotters, and is in the process of getting in house radar which we hope to have real time radar images on the internet next spring. I'm the severe weather coordinator for all of the stations. safe chasing

From: Rachel Gavelek:

Hello there--

I know that northeastern Wisconsin is not as a prime a chase area as the southern Plains, but should anyone be out around the Fox Cities looking for storms, an excellent radio station to listen to out of Appleton is WHBY 1150 AM. They serve a huge listening area, have frequent weather updates during watch situations, and break into programming to run continual warnings with location and where the storm is moving to next. An Outagamie Co. emergency siren is located on top of the station, so they are immediate in their actions to break into programming.

I hope this is helpful to Wisconsin chasers!

R. Gavelek

From Kerry Craig:

KVRP FM 99.5 Haskell, Texas is a 100,000 watt station operating its own color X-band radar, since about 1981, with live link to live Doppler radar at KTXS television in Abilene Channel 12 as well as access to NexRad composite doppler, infra-red satellite imagry and a full time staff to man the equjipment during severe weather. Also KVRP AM 1400 Stamford, Texas 1,000 watt station simulcasting with the FM station. Combined coverage is approximately 30 counties around Haskell County, located 50 miles north of Abilene and 75 miles south of Wichita Falls, Texas.

Kerry Craig, News Director


This list is (C) 1997 and provided by Martin Lisius, Texas Severe Storms Association.