Commercial Radio Monitoring
After 25 years of ownership, Robert
Wolfskill sold CRMC to Leo Andrews (another employee) in 1974. Leo owned
CRMC for 12 years before retiring in 1986. In December of 1986, the company was purchased
by Laura McVay (Leo's Daughter) and Brian Lincoln. They formed a limited partnership and
continued to do business until June of 1987. Brian left the company at that time to pursue
other professional interests, and Laura became the sole proprietor
of the company, with most of the day to day decisions being made by her husband, Gene
All on 1000 Watts. The radio
spectrum was certainly clearer back then. (Note: Some of this information was retrieved
from a 1938 article about Commercial Radio and KCKN that appeared in the Kansas City
In 1942, Dillard put Kansas City's first commercial Radio FM station
on the air. During World War II, CREC produced tens of thousands of crystals for use by
the armed forces. Mr. Dillard moved to Washington D.C. in 1949 where he established a
consulting engineering service to help people apply for radio and television station
September 1st. 1949 Mr. Dillard sold the frequency measuring division
to Robert F. Wolfskill (then an employee) who changed the company's name to Commercial
Radio Monitoring Company. Mr. Wolfskill had worked for the company since 1937. (Mr.
Wolfskill passed away March 21st. 1993 at John Knox Village, in Lee's Summit, Mo. at the
age of 78).
CRMC operated out of the Porter Building on 34th and
Broadway before moving to 85th and Hillcrest in 1951. From a customer base of
450 accounts in 1949, CRMC grew to serve over 1400 radio and television stations by 1971.
In April of 1960, Robert Wolfskill moved operations to our
present location at 103 S.W. Market Street in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Along with frequency
monitoring and mobile calibration, CRMC repaired test equipment.
In the early 60's CRMC expanded mobile operations to
include calibration for Bell Telephone.
On December 22, 1938 Radio Station KCKN started simulcast on W9XA.
During this time W9XA received mail from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South
America, the British Isles, Mexico, Canada, British West Indies, and many other distant
places with comments about it's reception in these remote location.