|First air date||May 24, 1993|
(Desert West Air Ranchers Corporation)
KCDX (103.1 FM) is a radio station broadcasting from Globe, Arizona to the east of Phoenix since March 2002 with a commercial-free rock music format. The station is licensed in Florence, Arizona). The KCDX listening area is primarily the eastern half of the Phoenix metropolitan region. The KCDX signal can also be picked up in the northern suburbs of Tucson.
KCDX was powered-on by Ted Tucker, a former hospital pharmacist and broadcast-radio engineer, who owns several radio stations in Arizona. He used the signal as a 2.7-kW personal MP3 player, broadcasting to central and eastern Arizona.
The station now has a website with a live Internet feed and a rolling playlist.
On 08/10/2000, Tucker filed a Minor Change to a Licensed Facility Application with the FCC to move the main transmitter to a mountain NW of Oracle, AZ. while increasing power to 95 kW. Three engineering amendments were filed in 2003 and 2004. If approved, the signal upgrade would include new areas of Mesa, Apache Junction and N Tucson in the coverage area. Source: FCC Engineering ('FMQ') Database.
Tucker has remained quiet about the ultimate fate of the station, and seems to have a history of "flipping" properties, so it has been suggested that he may simply be creating value to promote its sale. The growth of KCDX's popularity induced him to duplicate the signal on the 36-kilowatt transmitter of 95.1 KFMR northwest of Phoenix in order to maintain its broadcast license while a sale of that station was pending. The KFMR simulcast lasted from October 2004 until March 2005, when KFMR's license was passed from Tucker to its new owners.