KCON-AM 1230 Conway AR Antique Clock Sign

April 9, 2020

Wow! I guess I’m not the only one who loves vintage radio clock signs! Since posting the rare KYNT memorabilia yesterday, I have already received several e-mails. Want to see another? Of course you do!

This clock sign is for KCON-AM 1230, a now defunct station in Conway, Arkansas. Conway is unique in that it originally had 2 AM stations, both of which have since gone dark. There are also no commercial FM stations. KMJX-FM 105.1 is part of the iHeart Little Rock cluster. KCNY-FM 107.1 is located in Conway, but licensed to nearby Greenbrier. The only stations licensed to Conway that are actually in Conway are KUCA-FM 91.3 at the University of Arkansas and KHDX-FM 93.1, an 8 watt station on the campus of Hendrix College.

Back to KCON: as with many standalone AMs, this station fell on hard times as the new millennium began. KCON’s status was “on again, off again” for several years. UCA provided programming for a time. But often, it was just a simulcast of KUCA-FM. Finally, the “off again” became permanent. KCON went down for the last time, the license was returned to the FCC, and the 1230 frequency allocation to Conway was deleted. This clock sign reminds us of KCON’s glory days. A few years ago, I was in downtown Conway for Toad Suck Daze and there it was in a storefront window. My guess is that it was manufactured in the 1950s or 1960s. Anyone know for sure?