ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – KMOX Radio will leave its longtime home, One Memorial Drive, and move its studios to another prominent building in downtown St. Louis by the end of the year.
CBS Radio is consolidating its three local stations — KMOX, KYKY (Y98) and KEZK (Fresh 102.5) — at the historic Park Pacific building at Tucker Blvd. and Olive St.
KMOX has been located at the Gateway Tower at One Memorial Drive since 1968. Journalists including Bob Hardy and Nan Wyatt worked stories in the newsroom, under a wall of glass overlooking the Archgrounds. Jack Carney, Jack Buck, Anne Keefe and others broadcast from Studio B. Down the hall, Studio C has long been known as “The Jim White Studio.” Legendary General Manager Robert Hyland occupied the corner office for 37 years.
KYKY and KEZK currently operate out of a red-roofed building, highly visible from Highway 40, at 3100 Market Street near Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena. CBS will retain ownership of the property, using it for storage and back-up facilities.
“There are so many positives that should come out of this move,” CBS Radio Senior Vice President John Sheehan said Thursday. “Our teams will all be in one building on one floor and the space will be built for today’s on-air, online and on-site needs.”
KMOX will move by the close of 2012, when its lease expires, while the music stations will move during the first quarter of 2013.
CBS has 150 employees in St. Louis.
Getting all three stations under the same roof had been a corporate priority, Sheehan said.
The 30-story Park Pacific building was completed in 1929 and served as the headquarters for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and, later, as offices for Union Pacific until 2005. The building then underwent a $109 million renovation by the Lawrence Group into luxury apartments with street-level retail, finished in 2011.
The Lawrence Group is also designing and constructing the new CBS St. Louis broadcast facilities, drawing on experience building similar studios for CBS Radio in other cities, including Chicago.