|Broadcast area||Phoenix metropolitan area|
|Branding||La Campesina 88.3 FM|
|First air date||October 23, 1991|
|HAAT||304 meters (997 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||César Chávez Foundation|
|Former callsigns||KNAI (1987–2017)|
|Owner||Farmworker Educational Radio Network, Inc.|
(sale to VCY America pending)
(César Chávez Foundation)
|Sister stations||KBHH, KCEC-FM, KMYX-FM, KNAI, KRCW, KUFW, KYLI|
KCCF-FM (88.3 MHz, La Campesina 88.3 FM) is an FM non-commercial educational radio station broadcasting a radio format of Regional Mexican music and information for farm workers and other immigrants from Mexico. Licensed to Phoenix, Arizona, it serves the Phoenix metropolitan area. The station is owned by the César Chávez Foundation, and carries the Radio Campesina Network, with stations in California, Nevada and Arizona. The word "campesina" translates to "peasant" or "farm worker."
KCCF-FM operates as a shared-time station; it broadcasts from 5AM to 7:30PM, with the remaining hours used by Family Radio's KPHF for its Christian radio format. The stations' owners began this shared time arrangement in 1990 after both vying for the frequency. Both KCCF-FM and KPHF use the same transmitter off Shaw Butte Trail in Phoenix.
On September 2, 2011, lawyers representing radio stations KNAI and KUFW (Woodlake, California) notified the FCC that license holder National Farm Workers Service Center, Inc., had legally changed its name to the "César Chávez Foundation" on June 30, 2010. Chávez was a noted leader of the Farm Workers movement.
In March 2017, it was announced that the César Chávez Foundation was planning to buy AM 860 KMVP, also in Phoenix, which would allow programming to be heard around the clock in the Phoenix media market, while KNAI is off the air. On May 15, 2017, KNAI added the "-FM" suffix; the same day, KMVP changed its call letters to KNAI. KNAI-FM changed its call letters to KCCF-FM on February 8, 2018; the station then began airing a loop directing listeners to 860 AM and its translator on 101.9 FM. The move of the "La Campesina" programming from a non-commercial educational station to a commercial radio station coincided with a $115,000 fine for violations of the FCC's underwriting regulations at KNAI-FM and KUFW; the network's other stations operate on a commercial basis.
On September 24, 2018, the Cesar Chavez Foundation announced that they have sold KCCF-FM to Wisconsin-based evangelical Christian broadcaster VCY America, who will maintain the shared-time arrangement with Family Radio and KPHF, making 88.3 a full-time Christian station, albeit with two different operators and licenses.
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- "Call Sign History (KCCF-FM)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
- "Call Sign History (KNAI)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
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- "VCY America to Acquire Non-Commercial KCCF-FM/Phoenix". Radio Online. September 24, 2018. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KCCF
- Radio-Locator information on KCCF
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KCCF
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