|City of license||South Jordan, Utah|
|Broadcast area||Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah|
|Slogan||"Where Hip Hop Lives"|
|First air date||1992|
|Format||Rhythmic Top 40|
|Callsign meaning||U 92|
|Owner||Dell Loy Hansen
(Broadway Media LS, LLC)
KUUU, also known as U92, is a Rhythmic Top 40 radio station broadcasting to the Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah metropolitan area. The station, whose frequency is 92.5 MHz, is owned by Dell Loy Hansen, through Broadway Media LS, LLC. KUUU broadcasts R&B/Hip-Hop and Rhythmic Pop music. The station's studios are located in Downtown Salt Lake City and its transmitter site is located southwest of the city on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains.
The call sign KUUU was assigned to a Seattle-based AM station in the 1970s, operating on 1590 kHz with studio in downtown Seattle (with the slogan "K-U-U-U plays what you wanna hear") and daytime transmitter in South Seattle and nighttime transmitter on Bainbridge Island, due to the need of a shaped antenna pattern so as to not interfere with a station on the same frequency in Oregon. (Contributed by the Asst. Station Engineer).
The station's current format began on April 24, 1999 at 92.1 FM and was licenced to Tooele, Utah. In February 2005 the station moved to its current dial position and changed its city-of-license to South Jordan, Utah, allowing them to better cover the Salt Lake Valley. The station was previously broadcasting to most of the valley via a low-power booster in the Oquirrh mountains.
Current announcers include Poetik-C, Jay R and DJ Erockalypze. Past hosts included Zac Davis, Romeo on the Radio, Pat Clark after Dark, Jagger, Poetik C, Kevin Cruise, Ron T, Booker, JDub, Mark-E, & Tic-Tac.
In an article from The Salt Lake Tribune, the station is cited by music trade publications and record labels for being influential in breaking songs from artists like Flo Rida, Plies and T-Pain, especially in a radio market like Salt Lake City. Program Director at the time Brian Michel says it is because the station is not owned by a major broadcaster, who would tell the hosts what they should play instead of what the listeners really want to hear: "People in San Antonio aren't telling us what to play," he said. "We have no outside consultants. We interact with [our listeners]."
On June 18, 2010, Millcreek Broadcasting, KUUU's owners, sold the station, along with KUDD and KYLZ, to Simmons Media Group.
In 2008, KUUU became the subject of an upcoming reality television series, called The $tation. The series will follow KUUU, its airstaff and management, as they look at how the station has managed to succeed in a very conservative metropolitan radio market like Salt Lake City. Program Director Kevin Cruise and producer TJ Bates (The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency and Bridezillas) are behind this project. According to Bates, "The $tation gives Hip-Hop fans a side of the music industry most have never seen." The show's pilot episode is currently in post-production and has yet to find an outlet or an airdate for the project.
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