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KJZZ 91.5 logo.png
City Phoenix, Arizona
Broadcast area Phoenix, Arizona
Branding KJZZ 91.5
Frequency 91.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s) see below
First air date February 25, 1951 (as KFCA)
Format News/Talk (Public) NPR, Jazz, Blues (Evenings)
HD2: Jazz
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 490 meters (1,610 ft)
Class C
Facility ID 40095
Callsign meaning K JaZZ
Former callsigns KFCA (1951–August 24, 1972); KMCR (1972-1985)
Former frequencies 88.5 MHz (1951-66)
Affiliations NPR, PRI, American Public Media
Owner Rio Salado College
(Maricopa County Community College District)
Webcast Listen Live
Website kjzz.org

KJZZ (91.5 FM, "K Jazz") is a National Public Radio member station in Phoenix, Arizona. Owned by Rio Salado College, it operates from studios on the college's campus in Tempe. KJZZ serves the Valley of the Sun with NPR programming from 3:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. At all other times a variety of music programs are available playing jazz and blues. KJZZ is sister station to the area's main classical music station, KBAQ.


The station signed on February 22, 1951, broadcasting from the campus of Phoenix College in what is now the Maricopa County Community College District, as KFCA. It was Phoenix's first FM radio station, broadcasting with 10 watts on 88.5 MHz.[1][2] KFCA moved to 91.5 MHz in 1966. In 1971, KFCA joined NPR and was approved for a power increase to 100,000 watts from a new tower on South Mountain. On August 24, 1972, soon after signing on from its new, stronger tower, the station changed its calls to KMCR-FM for "Maricopa County Radio". In 1985, the call letters were changed to KJZZ to reflect the jazz musical programming featured by the station. Within a few years, the station was transferred to the umbrella of Rio Salado College, also in the Maricopa County Community College District, as part of a district reorganization. KJZZ was considered a good fit for Rio Salado College's mission; Rio Salado was conceived as a "campus without walls" and serves as the umbrella for all classes and other academic activities not specifically offered at one of the district's physical campuses.

KJZZ produces several programs, including a weekly call-in talk show, Here and Now, hosted by Phoenix journalist Steve Goldstein which includes calls and e-mails from listeners, not to be confused by the national NPR program of the same name.

In the Spring of 2008, the station produced The Aaron Brown Show, a pilot program hosted by former CNN news anchor Aaron Brown.

Also heard on KJZZ (as well as several other public radio stations in the southwest and Texas) are unique news stories under its program entitled Fronteras: The Changing America Desk.[3] This entity is one part of an initiative of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) that created seven Local Journalism Centers (LJCs) to pool the resources of public media stations across the country in FY2009.[4] These LJCs hire their own reporters and editors and concentrate on a specific area. Fronteras represents the Southwest LJC and focuses primarily on cultural and demographic shifts in the southwest U.S. and stories began airing in 2010. Other topics heard on Fronteras include immigration and the U.S./Mexico border. According to the CPB, Fronteras' Southwest LJC and the remaining LJCs were expected to become self-sufficient after 2 years.[5]

HD Radio[edit]

KJZZ's HD Radio signal is multiplexed.

  • HD1 is a digital simulcast of KJZZ's NPR and jazz programming.
  • HD2 features classic jazz during the day, and joins the simulcast of KJZZ's jazz programming from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., MST.[6]


Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
K242AC 96.3 Bagdad, Arizona 46 D FCC
K208AB 89.5 Flagstaff, Arizona 9 D FCC
K295AL 106.9 Little Acres, Arizona 15 D FCC
K211AA 90.1 Prescott, Arizona 146 D FCC
K219DZ 91.7 Rio Verde, Arizona 10 D FCC
K255AC 98.9 Tucson, Arizona 10 D FCC
K221EK 92.1 Silver City, New Mexico 10 D FCC


  1. ^ "FCC History Cards - KMCR-FM (KJZZ)" (PDF). fcc.gov. 
  2. ^ "Phoenix FM Radio Station On Air Today", The Arizona Republic 22 February 1951
  3. ^ "Fronteras The Changing America Desk". 
  4. ^ "CPB backs five local media start-ups, prototyping of a pubmedia platform". 
  5. ^ "CPB announces future of journalism projects". 
  6. ^ "Classic jazz 24/7 at jazz.kjzz.org". KJZZ.org. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 33°19′58″N 112°03′55″W / 33.3328°N 112.0654°W / 33.3328; -112.0654