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KBAQ-FM logo
CityPhoenix, Arizona
Broadcast areaPhoenix
BrandingK Bach
SloganYour Classical Companion
Frequency89.5 MHz
(also on HD Radio)
89.5 HD2 Radio Ahora
89.5 HD3 Sun Sounds of Arizona
Translator(s)89.7 K209DV (Scottsdale)
First air date1 August 1992
ERP30,000 watts
HAAT474 meters
Facility ID40096
Callsign meaningK-BACH
OwnerMaricopa County Community College District/Arizona State University
Sister stationsKJZZ
WebcastListen Live

KBAQ (89.5 FM, "K Bach") is a Phoenix metro area FM radio station that plays classical music twenty-four hours per day. It is co-owned by the Maricopa County Community College District and Arizona State University. A member of National Public Radio, its main transmitter was moved from the White Tank Mountains to South Mountain Park in 2006. An additional Translator is located on 89.7 and a live Internet audio stream is available. It is also simulcast on local PBS station KAET digital channel 8.5. The main office and studio complex is located in Tempe (east suburban Phoenix) at the flagship location of Rio Salado College.

KBAQ's slogan is "Your classical companion". The station's nickname is a play on the name of composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

KBAQ is licensed to Maricopa Community Colleges (MCC), and is operated jointly by MCC, Rio Salado College, and Arizona State University. KBAQ is the sister radio station to the area's flagship NPR station, KJZZ.


The broadcast schedule consists primarily of playlists announced by local hosts, as well as a few nationally syndicated broadcasts from NPR and American Public Media. As of 2014, KBAQ carries Sunday Baroque, SymphonyCast and the Metropolitan Opera during its season. KBAQ also features programs from Central Sound at PBS, formerly the KBAQ Production Studio; these include programs of Arizona Opera and the Phoenix Symphony during their seasons; ASU in Concert (a program of performances from the ASU Herberger Institute School of Music); Southwest Season Ticket (featuring performances from various venues in the Phoenix area and statewide) and the Mozart Buffet with Randy Kinkel (featuring music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his contemporaries).

HD Radio[edit]

KBAQ's HD Radio signal is multiplexed.

  • HD1 is a simulcast of KBAQ's classical programming.
  • HD2 carries Ahora!, a mix of classical and contemporary music, arts and cultural programming and news for Spanish speaking listeners.
  • HD3 carries Sun Sounds of Arizona, a reading and information access service for people who cannot read print because of a disability.


Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
K209DV 89.7 Scottsdale, Arizona 10 D FCC

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Coordinates: 33°19′59″N 112°03′54″W / 33.333°N 112.065°W / 33.333; -112.065