KVOQ
KVOQ.png.jpg
Broadcast areaDenver, Colorado
Frequency102.3 MHz
BrandingIndie 102.3
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatAdult Album Alternative (AAA) (Public)
AffiliationsNPR
Ownership
Owner
KEPC
History
First air date
1996 (as KAGM)
Former call signs
KAGM (1992-2005)
KJEB (3/2005-11/2005)
KCUV-FM (2005-2006)
KCUV (2006-2010)
KDSP (2010-2015)
Technical information
Facility ID37028
ClassA
ERP1,000 watts
HAAT238 meters (781 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
39°43′59″N 105°14′10″W / 39.73306°N 105.23611°W / 39.73306; -105.23611Coordinates: 39°43′59″N 105°14′10″W / 39.73306°N 105.23611°W / 39.73306; -105.23611
Translator(s)90.9 K215FM (Fort Collins)
Repeater(s)102.3 KVOQ-FM3 (Boulder)
89.7 FM (KEPC, Colorado Springs)
88.5 FM (KVQI, Vail)
96.7 FM (KNDH, Carbondale)
Links
WebcastListen live
WebsiteIndie 102.3

KVOQ (102.3 FM) is a public radio station licensed to Greenwood Village, Colorado, and serving the Denver metropolitan area. KVOQ broadcasts an Album Adult Alternative (AAA) radio format known as "Indie 102.3" under the ownership of Colorado Public Radio. It is listener supported and airs no commercials. On-air fundraisers are conducted several times each year.

A 40-watt booster station, 102.3 KVOQ-FM3, is on the air in Boulder to help listeners there better receive the station.[1] It is also simulcast on KNDH (96.7 FM) in Carbondale and its four dependent translators, which CPR acquired in 2021.[2] In January 2022, Indie 102.3 began to simulcast in Colorado Springs on KEPC (89.7 FM).

Station history

KCUV years

KCUV (as the station was previously known) originally began on 1510 AM, and moved to the 102.3 FM signal in 2005. It replaced the former KAGM (licensed to Strasburg, Colorado) that aired a country music format for many years. The station's city of license was moved to the Denver suburb of Greenwood Village.

KCUV featured a large and diverse playlist, including a mix of rhythm and blues, classic rock, folk music, alternative rock, modern rock, soul music and blues. The station's lineup included "KCUV's Live From Ebbets Field," a concert show featuring live, intimate performances from the best bands performing at Chuck Morris' Ebbets Field concert club in downtown Denver. KCUV also periodically had CD releases of "Live From Ebbets Field" performances in cooperation with Chuck Morris and Listen Up, with proceeds going to the Morgan Adams Foundation.

Jack-FM

On September 1, 2008 at 12:00 a.m., KCUV ended broadcasting and became a simulcast of sister station KJAC (licensed to Timnath), which aired the Jack FM-branded adult hits format. It was the first U.S. station to use the Jack-FM moniker and format, which had been a big success on several stations in Canada. The simulcast gave KJAC better coverage in the Denver area.

In May 2010, the station was sold to Front Range Sports Network, LLC.[3] In June 2011, Front Range Sports sold translator K245AD (licensed to Arvada, Colorado) to media investor Chuck Lontine.

Sports radio

In the Summer of 2010, after KCUV and KJAC were purchased by Moreland Properties, LLC, from NRC Broadcasting, KCUV dropped the Jack FM simulcast and began stunting. The Denver Post reported on July 15, 2010 that KCUV would be adopting an all-sports format under the new call sign of KDSP, which would make it the 4th sports station in the Denver market.[4]

The format was scheduled to launch on July 26, 2010. Hosts on the proposed station includes longtime KCNC and KEPN personalities Vic Lombardi and Gary Miller in an expected 7-9AM weekday slot.[5][6]

Instead, on July 26, 2010, The Denver Post reported that the sports format originally set to be heard on KDSP would make a last minute switch to another Denver station at 87.7 FM.[7] The following day, July 27, 2010, KDSP changed to a Spanish-language sports format using the ESPN Deportes Radio Network.

On March 31, 2011, KXDP-LP and KDSP switched formats and branding, with KXDP-LP becoming the ESPN Deportes affiliate and KDSP becoming 102.3 The Ticket. On January 1, 2012, KDSP became an ESPN Radio affiliate.[8]

Purchase by CPR

On January 5, 2015, Colorado Public Radio acquired KDSP. On January 27, CPR converted the station to non-commercial status as a simulcast of AM sister station KVOQ's "Open Air" Adult Album Alternative format. The purchase was consummated on April 29, 2015 at a price of $5.75 million. Former sister station KJAC continued airing the ESPN Radio format until December of that year, when that station was sold to Community Radio for Northern Colorado and flipped it to a non-commercial AAA format.[9]

CPR maintains three audio services on the air in the Denver area: KVOQ airs adult album alternative music, while KCFR-FM is a news and information station affiliated with NPR, and KVOD broadcasts classical music.

On July 1, 2019, KVOQ relaunched as "Indie 102.3".[10]

On April 2, 2020, KVOQ began simulcasting on sister station, 1490 AM/98.5/102.1 FM KXRE in Colorado Springs which now gives KVOQ's format complete coverage of the Eastern side of the Rocky Mountains from North of Fort Collins to the North and South of Colorado Springs to the South.[11]

In June 2020, KVOQ began simulcasting on newly-acquired sister station 88.5 FM KVQI in Vail. The station was previously owned by Rocky Mountain Public Media as KVJZ simulcasting KUVO.[12]

References

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KVOQ-3-FM
  2. ^ Venta, Lance (May 26, 2021). "Indie 102.3 Continues Its Expansion Across Colorado". RadioInsight. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  3. ^ "KDSP Ownership Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  4. ^ Saunders, Dusty (July 15, 2010). "Shakeup in Denver sports talk radio, FM dial has new station". The Denver Post. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012.
  5. ^ "Dealin' Doug Moreland talks about KDSP, new sports-talk station debuting next week", from Westword, 7/21/2010
  6. ^ "Vic Lombardi on making the jump from ESPN Radio to the new KDSP", from Westword, 7/23/2010
  7. ^ Dusty Saunders: New names, dial places for Denver's sports-talk radio
  8. ^ Denver Business Journal (March 27, 2011). "ESPN Radio switching from The Fan to The Ticket". Retrieved 2011-04-04.
  9. ^ "Colorado Public Radio Acquires ESPN 102.3 Denver" from Radio Insight (January 5, 2015)
  10. ^ OpenAir Denver Relaunches as Indie 102.3 Radioinsihght - July 1, 2019
  11. ^ "Indie 102.3 Expands to Colorado Springs".
  12. ^ "KVOQ (Indie 102.3)/Denver Celebrates One Year and Expanded Reach".