|City||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Broadcast area||Colorado Springs-Pueblo|
|Branding||Southern Colorado's NPR Station|
|Format||Public radio news/talk (days) |
Eclectic music (evenings)
|HAAT||687 meters (2,254 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||Radio Colorado College|
|Affiliations||National Public Radio, American Public Media, Public Radio Exchange, Rocky Mountain Community Radio, BBC World Service|
|Owner||Colorado College |
(The Colorado College)
KRCC broadcasts non-commercial News/Talk programming, mostly from National Public Radio (NPR) and American Public Media during the daytime hours. In the evening it airs eclectic music including adult album alternative, world music, jazz, reggae and other genres. The BBC World Service is heard overnight. KRCC music programming is provided by staff announcers weekdays from 7pm to 10pm and by volunteers from 10pm to 12am. The station is also a member of the Mountain West News Bureau.
Studios and offices are on North Weber Street in Colorado Springs. The transmitter is located on Cheyenne Mountain amid other Colorado Springs-area TV and FM stations. KRCC is also simulcast on a network of repeater stations around Southern Colorado.
KRCC officially signed on in 1951. But the station's history began in 1944 as a public address system for the campus of Colorado College. It became a carrier current station two years later. In April 1951, it received the first non-commercial FM license in the state of Colorado, operating from a World War II surplus transmitter. It had an effective radiated power of only 280 watts, broadcasting from an antenna that was at minus 770 feet in height above average terrain. So it could not be heard much beyond Colorado Springs.
Originally a training program for radio and speech students, it became a conventional college radio station in 1968 after Colorado College dropped radio and speech classes. In 1978, the station opened its microphones to the greater Colorado Springs community, paving the way for it to become Colorado's third NPR member station in 1984.
From the 1980s onward, it built a series of translators to help better penetrate its largely mountainous service area. It also increased the power of the primary transmitter, first in the 1970s to 1,600 watts. Then in the 1980s, the tower height was boosted to over 2100 feet, making the signal comparable to other major FM stations in Colorado Springs.
Programming is on the main transmitter in Colorado Springs KRCC 91.5 FM (2100 watts), and is simulcast on three other FM stations:
- KECC in La Junta (740 watts at 91 meters/299 feet)
- KCCS in Starkville (just south of Trinidad) (370 watts at 303 meters/994 feet)
- KWCC in Woodland Park (100 watts at -132 meters/-432 feet).
KRCC also operates seven translators:
- K203AT 88.5 FM Westcliffe / Gardner (250 watts)
- K210CC 89.9 FM Limon (250 watts)
- K211AW 90.1 FM Manitou Springs (86 watts)
- K216DQ 91.1 FM Trinidad / Raton, New Mexico (80 watts)
- K231BR 94.1 FM Walsenburg (50 watts)
- K238BP 95.5 FM Lake George / Florissant / Hartsel (10 watts)
- K239AE 95.7 FM Salida / Buena Vista / Villa Grove (250 watts)
- K289AH 105.7 FM Cañon City (75 watts)
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