KUUU

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KUUU
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City of license South Jordan, Utah
Broadcast area Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah
Branding U92
Slogan "Where Hip Hop Lives"
Frequency 92.5 MHz
First air date 1992
Format Rhythmic Top 40
ERP 500 watts
HAAT 1198 meters
Class C2
Facility ID 37876
Callsign meaning U 92
Owner Simmons Media Group
Webcast Listen Live
Website u92online.com

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 Simmons Media Group. KUUU broadcasts R&B/Hip-Hop and Rhythmic Pop music, with an average audience cume of 140,200 listeners tuning in per week.

History[edit]

The call sign KUUU was assigned to a Seattle based AM station in the 1970s, operating on 1590 kHz with studio in downtown Seattle 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 Lyric, Meera, 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]."[1]

On June 18, 2010, Millcreek Broadcasting, KUUU's owners, sold the station, along with KUDD and KYLZ, to Simmons Media Group. Simmons, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, owns and operates Simmons Radio in Utah, Western Broadcasting, Simmons Lone Star Media, Simmons Outdoor Media, Simmons Ventures and the most prominent travel-related company in the Western United States, Morris Murdock Travel. Simmons will continue to operate KUUU until a plan to divest several properties to comply with FCC ownership rules is announced.[2]

"The $tation"[edit]

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.[3]

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Coordinates: 40°39′36″N 112°12′07″W / 40.660°N 112.202°W / 40.660; -112.202