KASC (AM)

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KASC
City of license Tempe, Arizona
Broadcast area Phoenix, Arizona
Branding The Blaze 1330 AM
Slogan Arizona's Original Alternative
Frequency 1330 kHz
First air date 1982
Format College radio
Transmitter coordinates 33°25′02″N 111°56′11″W / 33.41720°N 111.93651°W / 33.41720; -111.93651Coordinates: 33°25′02″N 111°56′11″W / 33.41720°N 111.93651°W / 33.41720; -111.93651
Former callsigns KASR
Owner Arizona State University
Website http://cronkite.asu.edu/experience/kasc.php http://www.blazeradioonline.com

KASC (1330 AM, "The Blaze 1330 AM") is an unlicensed college radio station operated by students at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, and is a part of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.[1] The station broadcasts local and national music, as well as newscasts and sports coverage. The station operates on ASU's Downtown Campus. The Station Manager of The Blaze 1330 AM is current Cronkite student Glen Anderson.

History[edit]

KASC was founded in 1982 on AM 1260, then using the call sign KASR, using carrier current broadcast only. While it remains an unlicensed station, KASC now broadcasts 24 hours a day using a 30-watt transmitter (operating at seven watts) as well as via a streaming audio feed at their website. The station can be heard in most of the East Valley area of Phoenix, but the signal is very weak and laden with static noise, rendering the music nearly inaudible. However, the station has been broadcasting online,[2] in addition to its AM signal, since 1999.

In the late 2000s, KASC expanded with a second studio to coincide with the opening of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication building in Downtown Phoenix. On October 16, 2008, KASC began using these studios exclusively for the News Department's daily news program, The Press Pass Podcast. For the rest of the academic year, Press Pass was heard exclusively as a pre-taped podcast on the station's website. Before the fall of 2009, The downtown studio was synced via fiber optics to the station in Tempe, thus allowing flagship political affairs program Firestorm and the freshmen perspective Cronkite Chronicles to be broadcast from the Journalism School. This move also meant Press Pass would once again be presented live.

In 2009, The Blaze was informed that their station frequency (1260) had been allocated to KBSZ AM 1250 out of Wickenburg, Arizona.[3] Along with the frequency change, KBSZ moved their transmitter and studio to Apache Junction, Arizona. Throughout the Spring and Summer of 2009, The Blaze worked out a new agreement to switch over to AM 1330, continuing their on-air feed as well as their online broadcasts.[4] Today, KBSZ is known on-air as NBC 1260 and broadcasts a Talk radio format.

The Blaze is home to COTMA, the Congregation of Taste-Making Aficionados,[5] a group within the station that reviews new music for KASC and the general public. Recently, COTMA members have been traveling to New York for the CMJ festival.[6]

The Phoenix New Times named KASR The Best Radio Station in Phoenix for 1990. The Blaze made a back-to-back comeback in 2008[7] and 2009,[8] winning the weekly paper's Best of Phoenix: Best Radio Station for Local Music. That category was eliminated in 2010, and did not return in 2011.

Staff[edit]

For the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters, KASC is once again being overseen by student directors attending Arizona State University.[9]

  • Station Manager: Glen Anderson
  • Professional Adviser: Brian Rackham
  • Music Director: Roddy Nikpour
  • News Director: Sydney Glenn
  • Sports Director: Robby Baker
  • Production Director: Tom Kushibab
  • Promotions Director: Laura Logue

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