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City Tucson, Arizona
Branding 1290 AM The Source
Slogan Home of the Wildcats
Frequency 1290 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date August 1929 (as KVOA)
Format Sports Talk
Power 1,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 56051
Former callsigns KVOA (1929-1953)
Affiliations CBS Sports Radio
Owner Cumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
Sister stations KHYT, KIIM, KSZR, KTUC
Webcast Listen Live
Website 1290amthesource.com

KCUB (1290 kHz, "The Source") is a commercial AM radio station located in Tucson, Arizona. KCUB is owned by Cumulus Media and airs a sports radio format. Its studios, offices and transmitter are co-located on Oracle Road in Tucson, north of downtown.

KCUB serves as the flagship radio station for University of Arizona Wildcats football and basketball games via IMG Sports. KCUB is the Tuscon-area affiliate of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals.[1] Its studios and transmitter are co-located on Oracle Road in Tucson, north of downtown.

The format includes programming from CBS Sports Radio, including the syndicated Jim Rome Show, as well as local hosts Kevin Woodman and Iron Mike Luke who are heard in the afternoon.


In August 1929, KCUB was founded as KVOA. It was originally on 1260 kilocycles, powered at 500 watts, and owned by the Arizona Broadcasting Company.[2] KVOA was Tuscon's second radio station, going on the air three years after KTUC. KVOA was an affiliate of the NBC Red Network and carried its schedule of dramas, comedies, news, sports, soap operas, game shows and big band broadcasts during the Golden Age of Radio. By the 1940s, power was boosted to 1,000 watts and the station moved to 1290 kHz.

In September 1953, the owners put Channel 4 KVOA-TV on the air, also an NBC affiliate. Believing that TV would replace radio, the owners kept their the TV station and sold off the radio station in 1958.[3] The new owner, Sherwood R. Gordon, renamed it KCUB but kept the affiliation with NBC. In 1968, the station was sold to Rex Broadcasting, airing a country music format.[4]

In 2001, KCUB was bought by Citadel Broadcasting, a forerunner of Cumulus, which switched it to its current sports format.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1936 page 37
  3. ^ Ochs, Mark. "Channel 4 celebrates 2 decades atop news ratings." Inside Tucson Business 25 Sep. 1995: 13.
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1969 page B-11

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Coordinates: 32°16′37″N 110°58′50″W / 32.27694°N 110.98056°W / 32.27694; -110.98056