Mike on his 72nd birthday.

Mike Carter, 73, the president of KANZA Communications passed away on Sunday, September 23.  Click to hear a tribute to Mr. Carter:


Mike started his broadcast career in the 60’s at 940 AM KIOA in Des Moines, Iowa.  Not long after that, he landed at KMBZ in Kansas City.

Mike and his wife, Carol, dancing at the 2012 KRLI Big Band Ball.

Mike and fellow KMBZ employee Bill Bilyeu then decided to form their own radio station in Hiawatha, Kansas. KNZA went on the air in August of 1977.  Four years later Mike purchased what was then known as KAOL AM & FM in Carrollton, the FM being re-branded as KMZU in 1982.  He sold his interest in the Hiawatha station in June of 1983.

After almost a decade in Carrollton, KANZA Communications acquired 93.5 FM KTRX in Tarkio and WHB in Kansas City.

In 1996, a new station formed on the dial at 103.9 FM KRLI, which will be forever known to the faithful listeners as “Curly”.

Miles Carter, left, is pictured with his father, Mike, at the KRLI Studio. Photograph courtesy of the Carrollton Democrat, Elaine Mercer.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 30, at 4:00 p.m. at Gibson Funeral Home in Carrollton. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.