|Broadcast area||Four Corners region, Durango, Silverton, Pagosa Springs, Cortez, Dolores & Mancos, Colo., Farmington, N.M.|
|Branding||KUTE-FM: Four Corners Public Radio; KSUT-FM: Southern Ute Tribal Radio|
|Frequency||KSUT: 91.3 (MHz); KUTE: 90.1 (MHz)(also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||June 1976|
|Format||Public radio, Native American|
|ERP||KSUT-FM: 2,000 watts; KUTE-FM: 3,000 watts|
|HAAT||KSUT: 497 meters/1,631 ft; KUTE: 599 meters/1,965 feet|
|Class||KSUT: C2; KUTE: C1|
|Transmitter coordinates||KSUT:; KUTE:|
|Callsign meaning||Southern Ute Tribe & Ute|
|Affiliations||NPR, APM, NativeVoice1|
|Owner||KSUT Public Radio
|Sister stations||KDNG-FM/Durango, KUSW-FM & KUUT-FM/Farmington, KPGS-FM/Pagosa Springs; translators in Silverton and Flora Vista|
|Webcast||Four Corners Public Radio; Southern Ute Tribal Radio|
KSUT originally signed on as a non-commercial community radio station licensed to serve the community of Ignacio, Colorado. The station has since expanded to two distinct formats, Four Corners Public Radio, with a public radio format of NPR and music programming, and Southern Ute Tribal Radio, which airs Native American music and news. While the stations have different legal call letters, both stations still refer to themselves on-air, online, and in marketing as KSUT. The stations are owned by KSUT Public Radio, a non-profit corporation, and licensed to KUTE, Inc.
On May 7, 1975, this station received its original construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission and was assigned the call letters KSUT. Originally licensed as a 10 watt community radio station serving the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, KSUT began regular broadcasting in June 1976 with a mix of tribal news and personal messages for the residents of the reservation. At the time, it was one of only eight Native American radio stations operating in the United States.
A May 1979 relocation of the broadcast transmitter and increase in signal strength allowed KSUT to begin serving the larger surrounding community as well. In 1984, the station joined NPR, adding All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and other programming sources, in order to broaden the appeal of the station beyond Native news and cultural programming. Four Corners Public Radio, as it came to be known, added several affiliates and broadcast translators to serve the greater Four Corners region.
The station adopted a daily music format called the Music Blend that focused on Americana, rock, folk, bluegrass, jazz, blues, world and other genres. Four Corners Public Radio also added more conventional public radio shows like Fresh Air and A Prairie Home Companion.
KSUT split its program stream into two stations, and two sets of similar call letters, in June, 1998. KUTE-FM assumed the Four Corners Public Radio format, serving a larger regional audience with NPR programming and varied music. KSUT-FM, now branded as Southern Ute Tribal Radio, returned to its original mission of serving the reservation and surrounding area with Native American programming.
KUTE-FM, known as Four Corners Public Radio, airs a daily adult album alternative music format known as the Music Blend, as well as NPR and other public radio programming such as Morning Edition, Fresh Air, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!, and Radiolab. In addition to the Music Blends, locally-produced programming on Four Corners Public Radio includes evening blues, alternative country, Celtic, world and bluegrass shows. KSUT-FM, known as Southern Ute Tribal Radio, airs programming from Native Voice 1. KSUT Tribal Radio airs locally-produced Native American programming in the mornings, mid-days, and some evening hours. Local programming includes the Tribal Radio Morning Show, Native America Calling, and Sounds of the Dreamcatcher.
Honors and awards
In November 1999, KSUT Four Corners Public Radio took top honors in the "Special Projects" category by the El Pomar Foundation for its annual Awards for Excellence. Based in Colorado Springs, the El Pomar Foundation is the state of Colorado's largest private foundation and funds numerous programs throughout the state.
In March 2008, then-KSUT executive director Beth Warren was honored as the Colorado Broadcast Citizen of the Year by the Colorado Broadcasters Association for her "community volunteer work, her advocacy for area non-profits and her involvement in local, regional and national public radio excellence." The station also received top honors for 2007 in the areas of community service campaign, best news feature report, and best sales promotion for an advertiser. KSUT was chosen as the Best Radio Station in Durango in the Durango Herald's Reader's Polls in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
KSUT-FM, Southern Ute Tribal Radio is heard on 91.3 FM (2,000 watts) on Southern Ute Tribal lands, Ignacio, and Bayfield. The station is rebroadcast in Farmington, N.M. on KUUT-FM, at 89.7 FM (1,350 watts).
KUTE-FM, Four Corners Public Radio is heard on 90.1 FM (3,000 watts) in La Plata County, Colo. The station is rebroadcast in central Durango on KDNG-FM, at 89.1 FM (200 watts), in Farmington, N.M. on KUSW-FM at 88.1 FM (4,100 watts), and in Pagosa Springs, Colo. on KPGS-FM at 88.1 FM (1,000 watts).
Four Corners Public Radio is also heard on the following translators:
- K216GF 91.1 FM Silverton, Colo. (45 watts)
- K287AC 105.3 FM Farmington (41 watts)
- "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
- Votel, Missy (June 8, 2006). "Three decades on the air: KSUT celebrates 30 years of Four Corners radio". Durango Telegraph.
- Draper, Electa (June 19, 2001). "At 25, KSUT's roots deep in Four Corners". Denver Post. p. B-04.
- "Application Search Details (BPED-19780808AF)". FCC Media Bureau. May 4, 1979.
- Richardson, Valerie (June 12, 1994). "Native Air". Denver Post. p. 12.
- "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01.
- "KSUT-SUTE Program Guide". PublicBroadcasting.net. Retrieved November 13, 2008.
- Henkin, Aaron (September 27, 2006). "Tribal Beat from KSUT". Station Showcase with PRX. Public Radio Exchange.
- "Tutmose founder awarded for contribution; Organizer of one of two Springs groups recognized by El Pomar 'financed' his own dream". Colorado Springs Gazette. November 19, 1999.
- Brovsky, Cindy (November 5, 1999). "El Pomar to honor programs". Denver Post. p. A-27.
- Baumgartner, Sarah (March 18, 2008). "KSUT's Beth Warren Honored". Pagosa Springs Daily News.