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For the airport serving Casper, Wyoming assigned the ICAO code KCPR, see Casper/Natrona County International Airport.
Broadcast area San Luis Obispo County, California
Branding "Independent"
Slogan Where Different Matters
Format Campus radio
ERP 310 watts
HAAT 432 meters
Class A
Facility ID 8324
Callsign meaning K Cal Poly Radio
Owner California Polytechnic State University
Webcast [1]
Website kcpr.org

KCPR San Luis Obispo is a non-profit freeform college radio station at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, California. Its operating frequency is 91.3 MHz FM. KCPR also streams its programming online 24 hours a day.[1]

KCPR's first broadcast occurred with a small two-watt transmitter in the fall of 1968.[2] According to station lore, the first words spoken on-air were, "Is this the damn switch?"[3][4]

Alfred (Weird Al) Yankovic was a DJ at KCPR when he was an undergraduate architecture student at the university.[5] Yankovic recorded his iconic parody song "My Bologna" in the bathroom that stands across the hall from the station's original location on the second floor of the Graphic Arts Building (building 26) on the Cal Poly campus.[6][7] He later returned to the station for an interview during the 1990s, where he recorded a station ID that can still be heard on air.[8] In the summer of 2008, KCPR moved to a new studio in the same building after 39 years of continuous operation.[7]

Former KCPR DJ and Cal Poly professor Jim Cushing described the station's musical philosophy this way: “to provide people with a blend of music that they will not find on any other station, to remind people that the musical culture belongs to them.”[7]

KCPR is currently known as "Cal Poly Radio," and previously "Burnt Dog Radio," an axiom that is reflected in one of the station's early logo designs that featured the RCA Victor dog.[9]

Notable programs that have anchored the KCPR program schedule for years include "The Breakfast Club", "Afternoon Delight", "The Comedown", "The Lounge", and "Club 91."

Notable KCPR Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ KCPR Online Stream
  2. ^ "Since its beginnings, Cal Poly's KCPR has been host to all kinds of DJs - Mustang News". Mustang News. 2006-10-18. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  3. ^ "Since its beginnings, Cal Poly's KCPR has been host to all kinds of DJs - Mustang News". Mustang News. 2006-10-18. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  4. ^ [Brad Brown, personal interview]
  5. ^ "'Weird Al' Yankovic: Cal Poly alum still getting laughs after 35 years". sanluisobispo. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  6. ^ "From Cal Poly bathrooms to No. 1 on Billboard 200: Weird Al through the years - Mustang News". Mustang News. 2014-08-14. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  7. ^ a b c Mendonca, Kylie (November 25, 2008). "A long, strange trip". NewTimes. San Luis Obispo, California. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ KCPR Weird Al Promo
  9. ^ Town, Local. "Cal Poly University, CA Radio Stations". Local Town. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  10. ^ http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1398&context=calpoly_magazine
  11. ^ http://mustangnews.net/mustangs-tune-into-the-music-industry/
  12. ^ http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/san-luis-obispo/palm-theatre-san-luis-obispo-jim-dee.html
  13. ^ "Your KCPR Playlist". Cal Poly Magazine. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  14. ^ http://www.newtimesslo.com/cover/1444/a-long-strange-trip/
  15. ^ http://mustangnews.net/thestateofthereunion/
  16. ^ http://www.calpolylink.com/s/699/alumni/index.aspx?sid=699&gid=1&pgid=1209
  17. ^ "Your KCPR Playlist". Cal Poly Magazine. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  18. ^ "Your KCPR Playlist". Cal Poly Magazine. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 

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Coordinates: 35°21′40″N 120°39′25″W / 35.361°N 120.657°W / 35.361; -120.657