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City Salt Lake City, Utah
Branding KCPW
Frequency 88.3 and 105.5 FM
Format Public Broadcasting
ERP 2,350 watts
HAAT -61 meters
Class A
Facility ID 13481
Transmitter coordinates 40°45′48″N 111°53′23″W / 40.76333°N 111.88972°W / 40.76333; -111.88972 (KCPW-FM)
Callsign meaning Reversal of the two internal letters of former sister station KPCW, which in turn stands for K Park City Wireless
Former callsigns KBQA
Affiliations American Public Media
Public Radio International
Owner Wasatch Public Media
Webcast MP3 Format
Website www.kcpw.org

KCPW-FM is a public radio station in Salt Lake City, Utah which broadcasts programming from American Public Media, BBC, PRI, as well as local programming. It broadcasts from a studio at Library Square at the Salt Lake City Public Library in downtown Salt Lake City.

It broadcasts at 88.3 MHz FM (KCPW-FM) in Salt Lake City. The FM frequencies are both owned by Wasatch Public Media. KCPW-FM's transmitter is located atop the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Salt Lake City. The 88.3 FM frequency does not broadcast in stereo audio, to improve reception in marginal signal areas. Because of FCC allocation considerations, 88.3 FM cannot use as much power as most of the other Salt Lake City FM stations.


The station was assigned the call letters KBQA, beginning on August 9, 1991. On November 1, 1992, the station changed its call sign to KCPW.[1]

KCPW was originally owned by Community Wireless of Park City, owner of KPCW in Park City. Originally only heard in the Salt Lake Valley on its FM frequencies, the station added KCPW (1010 AM) in early 2005 in order to capture a larger audience. In January 2008, the 1010 AM frequency was devoted entirely to 24/7 BBC World Service programming. In March 2008, Community Wireless put the KCPW stations up for sale;[2] on March 28, Wasatch Public Media signed a letter of intent to purchase KCPW-FM.[3] A sale contract was signed in June 2008;[4] had this not occurred, KCPW-FM would have instead been sold to the Educational Media Foundation.[3] KCPW's AM 1010 facility was separately sold to Immaculate Heart Radio;[3][4] that station became KPCW, simulcasting KPCW-FM, in March 2009, and then Catholic radio station KIHU that August.

KCPW-FM ended its longtime NPR membership on June 24, 2013, allowing the station to reduce expenses as well as decrease duplication of the area's other main NPR station, KUER-FM (90.1 FM). Following the change, KCPW's national programming was supplied by Public Radio International, American Public Media, and Public Radio Exchange; the station also continued to produce its local programming.[5] In June 2014, the station announced that it would need to raise $42,000 by July 3 in order to pay for its American Public Media programming; if the goal was not met, KCPW would have closed down and the money donated during the fund drive would be returned to the contributors.[6] The goal was reached on July 2, 2014.[7]

On October 10, 2015. KCPW translator moved from 105.3 to 105.5 FM.

Local programs[edit]

KCPW-FM produces a daily, local public affairs program, CityViews, hosted by Jennifer Napier-Pearce. It airs Monday through Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. and is rebroadcast each night at 8 p.m. On Fridays at 9 a.m., KCPW airs Politics Up Close, hosted by Jeff Robinson. It is rebroadcast on Sunday at 6 a.m. on Sundays from 6pm to 10pm KCPW airs "Jazz Time with Steve Williams" hosted by Steve Williams, a 35 year veteran of public radio.

In the past, KCPW-FM produced two local affairs programs, Midday Utah (shared with sister station KPCW) and Midday Metro. Midday Utah was hosted by Blair Feulner and covered topics of statewide and regional interest. Midday Metro, which was renamed to The Public Square, was hosted and produced by Lara Jones and covered topics of interest in the Salt Lake Valley. It was put on hiatus in late 2008. Former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson was an occasional guest host on Midday Metro.


  1. ^ "KCPW-FM Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ Everhart, Karen (March 3, 2008). "After a big score, deals sour and Utah station pulls back". Current. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Salt Lake’s KCPW has a shot at keeping its license". Current. March 28, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Everhart, Karen; Behrens, Steve (June 9, 2008). "Contract signed to preserve Salt Lake pubradio news station". Current. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ Mook, Ben (June 18, 2013). "Salt Lake City’s KCPW cites program costs, duplication in canceling NPR programs". Current. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ McFall, Michael (June 27, 2014). "KCPW needs $42K by July 4, or it likely goes dark". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ Mook, Ben (July 3, 2014). "Salt Lake City’s KCPW hits fundraising goal to keep programming". Current. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 

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