KUUU

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KUUU
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City South Jordan, Utah
Broadcast area Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah
Branding U92
Slogan "Where Hip Hop Lives"
Frequency 92.5 MHz (to move to 92.3 MHz)
First air date September 1, 1979[1]
Format Rhythmic Contemporary
ERP 500 watts
HAAT 1198 meters
Class C2
Facility ID 37876
Callsign meaning U 92
Former callsigns KTLE (1979-1982)
KTLE-FM (1982-1997)
KTKL (1997-1999)
KUUU (1999-present)[2]
Owner Dell Loy Hansen
(Broadway Media LS, LLC)
Webcast stream opens on website when "Listen Live" button is clicked
Website u92online.com

KUUU (92.5 FM) is a Rhythmic Top 40 formatted radio station broadcasting to the Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah metropolitan area. The station is owned by Dell Loy Hansen, through Broadway Media LS, LLC. KUUU broadcasts R&B/Hip-Hop and Rhythmic Pop music. The station's studios are located in Downtown Salt Lake City and its transmitter site is located southwest of the city on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains.

History[edit]

The station was launched on September 1, 1979 and adopted its callsign KTLE on September 10. On May 19, 1982, it was modified to KTLE-FM. On May 9, 1997, it was slightly changed to KTKL and again to its current KUUU on March 8, 1999. The station's current Rhythmic Top 40 format began on February 27, 1999 at 92.1 FM and was licensed to Tooele, Utah.[3] In February 2005, the station moved to its current dial position and changed its city-of-license to South Jordan, Utah, allowing them to better cover the Salt Lake Valley. The station was previously broadcasting to most of the valley via a low-power booster in the Oquirrh mountains.

Current announcers include Poetik-C, Jay R and DJ Erockalypze. Past hosts included Zac Davis, Romeo on the Radio, Pat Clark after Dark, Jagger, Poetik C, Kevin Cruise, Ron T, Booker, JDub, Mark-E, & Tic-Tac.

In an article from The Salt Lake Tribune, the station is cited by music trade publications and record labels for being influential in breaking songs from artists like Flo Rida, Plies and T-Pain, especially in a radio market like Salt Lake City. Program Director at the time Brian Michel says it is because the station is not owned by a major broadcaster, who would tell the hosts what they should play instead of what the listeners really want to hear: "People in San Antonio aren't telling us what to play," he said. "We have no outside consultants. We interact with [our listeners]."[4]

On June 18, 2010, Millcreek Broadcasting, KUUU's owners, sold the station, along with KUDD and KYLZ, to Simmons Media Group. Simmons in turn sold the stations to Broadway Media in 2013. Starting in 2016, KUUU will move from 92.5 to 92.3 and upgrade its signal coverage as part of a deal that Broadway made with Community Wireless, who will move KPCW-FM down from 91.9 to 91.7 and take ownership of the 107.9 signal that Broadway is donating to them after they move KUDD's Top 40 format to 105.1, where it will replace KAUU's Country format.[5]

"The $tation"[edit]

In 2008, KUUU became the subject of an upcoming reality television series, called The $tation. The series will follow KUUU, its airstaff and management, as they look at how the station has managed to succeed in a very conservative metropolitan radio market like Salt Lake City. Program Director Kevin Cruise and producer TJ Bates (The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency and Bridezillas) are behind this project. According to Bates, "The $tation gives Hip-Hop fans a side of the music industry most have never seen." The show's pilot episode is currently in post-production and has yet to find an outlet or an airdate for the project.[6]

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Coordinates: 40°39′36″N 112°12′07″W / 40.660°N 112.202°W / 40.660; -112.202