KDUS

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KDUS
City of license Tempe, Arizona
Broadcast area Phoenix metropolitan area
Branding NBC Sports Radio AM 1060
Frequency 1060 kHz
First air date 1993 (as KUKQ)
Format Sports Talk
Power 5,000 watts daytime
500 watts nighttime
Class B
Facility ID 65165
Callsign meaning K DeUSe ("Deuce")
Former callsigns KUPD
KKKQ
KUKQ (1992-1997)
Affiliations NBC Sports Radio
Owner Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.
(Phoenix FCC License Sub, LLC)
Sister stations KSLX-FM, KDKB, KAZG, KUPD
Webcast Listen Live
Website nbcsportsradioam1060.com

KDUS, also known as "NBC Sports Radio AM 1060," is a sports talk radio station broadcasting out of Tempe, Arizona and serving the Phoenix metropolitan radio market. It is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. and licensed to Phoenix FCC License Sub, LLC. Its studios are located in Tempe and its transmitter is in Guadalupe.

Programming[edit]

KDUS local programming consists of 6 hours Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM. (NBC Sports Radio is broadcast from noon to 3 PM.) Evening, overnight and weekend programming is syndicated by NBC Sports Radio. The station also has a history of carrying play-by-play for various Valley sports teams.

Play-by-play[edit]

KDUS was the flagship station of the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes on AM from the team's first year in 1996 through the 2007-08 season, after which its rights were acquired by KGME.

KDUS carried the National Football League's Arizona Cardinals on AM from 1997 through the 2004 season, after which its rights were acquired by KTAR.

Since the AM signal of KDUS doesn't completely cover the Phoenix area, particularly at night, both the Cardinals and Coyotes arranged to have their games simulcast on FM sister stations KDKB or KSLX.

Currently, KDUS is the radio home of Nebraska football in the Phoenix metro area, thanks to a brokered arrangement with local Cornhuskers alumni. It is also the Phoenix home of the national broadcast of Notre Dame football. The station also broadcasts AIA high school sports, as well as NCAA and NFL football games via the Sports USA Radio Network. KDUS is the flagship station for Arizona State University baseball.

In 2009 and 2010, KDUS broadcast selected games of the World Series on ESPN Radio after rights-holder KTAR could not air them due to its own play-by-play commitments.

In 2011 and 2012, KDUS broadcast select Dallas Cowboys games from the nationally syndicated Dallas Cowboys Radio Network package produced by Compass Media Networks.

Station history[edit]

1060 was originally KUPD (pronounced "Cupid") in the 1960s with Phoenix veteran Bill Heywood in the morning and a full-service middle of the road format competing with KOY, which then broadcast at 550. It went to a mainstream Top 40 format in the early '70s. Around 1971, they added a simulcast on 97.9/KUPD-FM, which remained Top 40 until about 1978 when the FM station switched to rock and became a dominant presence in the Phoenix radio market.

At that time, the station became "The New KQ" under Program Director Steve Casey (ex-KHJ and later one of the co-creators of MTV) The station played oldies with a less talk more music approach. Staff included Joe Bailey - mornings; Don Richards - Middays; Steve Casey - Afternoons. Don Richards would later take over as PD when Steve Casey left for MTV.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, the AM 1060 station cycled through various musical formats such as R&B as KKKQ, country ("KQ Country") as KUKQ, and then alternative as KUKQ, before flipping to sports talk in 1995.

For a brief period of time before the 1995 switch, some local radio references, considering its mix of alternative rock and its sister station status to KUPD, labeled the station "KUPD2". After the switch to sports, the station played off this handle and started referring to itself as "The Deuce," and the call letters officially shifted to KDUS in 1997. Once its identity as a sports talk station become established, KDUS stopped using "Deuce" in its slogans, and adopted "The Fan AM 1060" as its identifier ("The Fan" for short) and "The Voice of the Fan" as its slogan.

On April 1, 2013, The Fan AM 1060 changed its affiliation from Yahoo! Sports Radio to the brand new NBC Sports Radio and its branding to "NBC Sports Radio AM 1060".[1]

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KDUS.jpg (KDUS's logo under its previous "The Fan" branding)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://nbcsportsradioam1060.com/blog/the-fan-am-1060-becomes-nbc-sports-radio-am-1060-on-april-1st

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°21′43″N 111°58′03″W / 33.36194°N 111.96750°W / 33.36194; -111.96750