KCME

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KCME
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CityManitou Springs, Colorado
Broadcast areaColorado Springs, Colorado
Pueblo, Colorado
BrandingAnalog FM/HD1: Local, Classical, Cultural
HD2: In The Moment - Jazz 93.5
Frequency88.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s)93.5 MHz K228EM (Colorado Springs, relays HD2)
First air dateSeptember 1, 1979 (at 88.1)
FormatAnalog FM/HD1: Classical music
HD2: Jazz "Jazz 93.5"
ERP8,900 watts
(12,000 watts with beam tilt)
HAAT668 meters (2192 ft)
ClassC1
Facility ID10791
Callsign meaningCharles M. Edmunds (initials C.M.E.) was one of the founders of KCME.
Former frequencies88.1 MHz (1979-1990)
OwnerCheyenne Mountain Public Broadcast House, Inc.
WebcastAnalog FM/HD1: Listen Live
HD2: Jazz935 Listen Live
WebsiteAnalog FM/HD1: kcme.org
HD2: jazz935.org

KCME (88.7 MHz) is an independent public radio station in Manitou Springs, Colorado, serving the Colorado Springs - Pueblo radio market. It is owned by the Cheyenne Mountain Public Broadcast House, Inc. and it airs a classical music radio format. KCME's studios and administrative offices are at 1921 N. Weber Street in Colorado Springs. Its main broadcasting tower is on Cheyenne Mountain. KCME may be heard worldwide via Internet streaming on www.kcme.org. KCME also broadcasts in the HD Radio digital format.

Jazz 93.5[edit]

KCME programs Jazz on its HD-2 subchannel, which also feeds a translator station, 93.5 MHz K228EM. It is branded as Jazz 93.5. Originally KCME aired jazz on Saturday mornings and Saturday evenings during the first 26 years it was on the air.

KCME dropped the Jazz programming in 2007 to focus on its main Classical music programming due in part to Colorado Public Radio's classical service having a translator in Colorado Springs (K234AJ, 94.7 MHz). In addition, both CPR Classical and KCME would broadcast the Metropolitan Opera on Saturdays, previously sandwiched for many years between the Jazz blocks on KCME. So when HD technology made it possible, KCME created a full time jazz service on its HD-2 subchannel in late October 2017, coupled with a translator station. Jazz 93.5 is also heard worldwide via Internet streaming on www.jazz935.org. Its slogan is "In the Moment."

History[edit]

KCME signed on for the first time on December 24, 1979, on its original frequency of 88.1 MHz.[1] It was founded by Charles M. Edmonds, who also served as the president and chief engineer. The station's call sign is made up of Edmonds' initials, C.M.E. KCME's offices and studios were on Minnehaha Avenue in Manitou Springs.

In 1990, KCME moved to its current dial position at 88.7 MHz.[2] Another station replaced KCME at 88.1, KTPL, a Christian radio outlet in nearby Pueblo, Colorado. In the mid 1990's, KCME's studios and offices moved to facilities in Colorado Springs, although the station is still identified on the air as "KCME, Manitou Springs."

Satellite Stations[edit]

KCME maintains several satellite stations for its classical programming: K208DZ 89.5 MHz in Cripple Creek (10 watts), K208DP 89.5 MHz in Nathrop (100 watts), K216EF 91.1 FM Florence (100 watts) and K228EM 93.5 FM in Colorado Springs, (250 watts). In July 2008, KCME was invited by Summit Public Radio and TV, Inc. to relay its signal to Summit County (Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne) on 89.3 MHz. The rebroadcast of KCME in Summit County was discontinued several years later.

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Coordinates: 38°44′38″N 104°51′43″W / 38.744°N 104.862°W / 38.744; -104.862