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Broadcast areaHonolulu, Hawaii
Frequency101.9 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingStar 101.9
FormatAlternative rock
SubchannelsHD2: PoP! 99.1 (Asian CHR)
HD3: ALT Radio
AffiliationsCompass Media Networks
Premiere Networks
First air date
1991; 32 years ago (1991)
Call sign meaning
Station's former branding as smooth jazz station "CD 101.9"
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID48778
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT599 meters (1,965 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
21°23′39.6″N 158°05′51.1″W / 21.394333°N 158.097528°W / 21.394333; -158.097528Coordinates: 21°23′39.6″N 158°05′51.1″W / 21.394333°N 158.097528°W / 21.394333; -158.097528
Translator(s)HD2: 99.1 K256AS (Honolulu)
Public license information
WebcastListen live (via iHeartRadio)
HD2: Listen Live
HD3: Listen Live

KUCD (101.9 FM) is a modern rock-formatted radio station serving Honolulu, Hawaii. The iHeartMedia, Inc. outlet broadcasts with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100 kW and is licensed to Pearl City, Hawaii. It also transmits on Charter Spectrum digital cable channel 853 for the entire state of Hawaii.[1] Its studios are located in the Kalihi neighborhood of Honolulu, while its transmitter is located near Akupu.


KUCD started broadcasting in 1991 as a smooth jazz station as "CD 101.9". On August 29, 1997, at 3 p.m., it switched to modern AC as "Star 101.9."[2] It further evolved towards modern rock in 2001. This lasted until 2009, when it shifted back to modern AC; with this format change, KUCD changed its positioner from "Hawaii's New Music Alternative" to "90's, 2K, and Today". In early 2011, KUCD reverted to the modern rock format, albeit with a slight modern AC lean, using their previous "Hawaii's New Music Alternative" slogan once again. A few months after this, KUCD dropped the modern AC lean, and is once again a modern rock station.

In 2013, the station changed its positioner to "Hawaii's Alternative". With the May 2020 format flip of KPOI from alternative to soft AC, KUCD is now the only radio station in Honolulu playing alternative rock music. KUCD's HD2 sub-channel airs Asian Pop formatted PoP! 99.1 at 101.9-2 and on the iHeartRadio app.

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HD2 translator