KUCB (FM)

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KUCB
City of license Unalaska, Alaska
Broadcast area Alaska Bush
Branding KUCB Unalaska
Frequency 89.7 (MHz)
(also on HD Radio)
Format Variety
ERP 660 watts
HAAT -94 meters
Class A
Facility ID 171909
Owner Unalaska Community Broadcasting
Website kucb.org

KUCB is a non-commercial radio station in Unalaska, Alaska, broadcasting on 89.7 FM. It signed on in October 2008 to replace KIAL 1450 AM. KUCB generally broadcasts local programming, plus programming from National Public Radio, Native Voice One and Alaska Public Radio. The KIAL radio and television stations were formerly owned by the municipality of Unalaska; due to municipal cutbacks they now operate as an independent non-profit organisation dependent largely on individual donors. Shortly after its sell-off, KIAL, which only broadcast at 50 watts, moved to the FM dial as KUCB, with a stronger signal.

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KUCB also operates an 10-watt low-powered television station on channel 8, broadcasting local programming and information, plus a selection of shows from AlaskaOne. While some sources identify the station as K08IW,[1] FCC records indicate that a station with these calls became KIAL-LP on August 5, 2005,[2] with KUCB-LP assigned on August 15, 2008 to Unalaska Community Broadcasting Inc. in Dutch Harbor, Alaska to replace the KIAL-LP calls.

A license as KIAL-LP may have been active as recently as 2008, according to NTIA data,[3] but the FCC's database had no record of any television stations using the K08IW, KIAL or KUCB calls, or of any stations operating in Dutch Harbor or Unalaska on TV channel 8 until 2014. Unalaska's K02HO (a former municipally owned transmitter) and K04KV (an ARCS repeater located at KIAL), are currently both licensed to the Alaska state government.

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