Broadcast areaFairbanks, Alaska
Frequency104.7 MHz
BrandingAlt 104.7
FormatAlternative rock
AffiliationsCompass Media Networks
Premiere Networks
First air date
October 1, 1962 (1962-10-01) (license, as KUAC in College, Alaska, license moved to Fairbanks on March 9, 1976)[1]
June 22, 1998
Former call signs
KUAC (1962–1977)
KUAC-FM (1977–1997)
KUAC (8/1/1997)
KUAB (1997–1998)
Former frequencies
104.9 MHz (1962–1968)
Call sign meaning
K K EDge (former branding)
Technical information
Facility ID69120
ERP46,000 watts
HAAT174 meters (571 ft)
WebcastListen Live

KKED (104.7 FM) is an alternative rock radio station in Fairbanks, Alaska. The station is owned by iHeartMedia.


Further information: KUAC (FM)

The KKED license traces its roots to the oldest FM radio station in Interior Alaska. On October 1, 1962,[2] the University of Alaska Fairbanks launched KUAC, the first public radio station in the state of Alaska, at 104.9 FM. It replaced an older carrier current station on the campus.[3] In July 1968, the station moved to 104.7 MHz[4] and increased the effective radiated power of its transmitter atop the Student Union Building to 10,500 watts.[1]

Until 1982, the portion of the FM band below 100 MHz, including the typical noncommercial educational reserved band of 88–92 MHz, was reserved in Alaska for telecommunications purposes.[5] As a result, KUAC, as well as other public radio stations in Alaska such as KSKA, operated on licenses that, if sold, could be converted to commercial operation. In 1995, the station landed a $178,000 federal grant to build a new, more powerful facility broadcasting with 38,000 watts at 89.9 MHz—in the reserved band—atop the Ester Dome.[6] By comparison, the 104.7 facility was atop the shorter Bender Mountain at 10,000 watts.[7] 89.9 MHz, bearing the call letters KUAB, came to air in April 1997 while the 104.7 studio-transmitter link was broken.[8]

The new facility in the reserved band opened up the ability for the University of Alaska Fairbanks to sell the 104.7 license, which traded call letters to become KUAB, to a commercial buyer. Capstar, a forerunner to iHeartMedia, acquired the facility for $205,000 in February 1998.[9] On June 22, the frequency became a commercial alternative rock outlet known as "The Edge";[10] the call letters changed to KKED on July 10.[11]

The "Edge" moniker was used until 2016, when the station rebranded as Alt 104.7, retaining the alternative format.[12]


KKED has no local air talent. Its personalities are syndicated through the internal Premium Choice service.[12]


  1. ^ a b FCC History Cards for KKED (as KUAC)
  2. ^ "Radio Station Opening at UA". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. October 1, 1962. p. 9. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  3. ^ "University Asking Permit For FM Broadcast Station". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. February 1, 1962. p. 2. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  4. ^ "University Radio Station Gets Transmitting Boost". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. July 5, 1968. p. 6. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  5. ^ "For the Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. January 25, 1982. p. 106. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  6. ^ Cole, Dermot (September 25, 1995). "KUAC gears up". Fairbanks Daily News Miner. p. B-1.
  7. ^ Lillie, Erin (October 27, 1997). "Dogs get top billing at fund drive". Fairbanks Daily News Miner. pp. B1, B2. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  8. ^ Cole, Dermot (April 15, 1997). "KUAC moves frequency". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. p. B-1. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  9. ^ "Transactions" (PDF). Radio & Records. February 6, 1998. p. 6. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  10. ^ Jones, Patricia (July 12, 1998). "New radio station takes rock to the Edge". Fairbanks Daily News Miner. pp. D-1, D-2. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  11. ^ FCC (July 10, 1998). "Mass Media Bureau Call Sign Actions". Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  12. ^ a b Venta, Lance (July 27, 2016). "Edge Shifts To Alt In Fairbanks". RadioInsight. Retrieved June 16, 2020.

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