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City Denver, Colorado
Broadcast area Denver-Boulder, Colorado
Branding Jazz 89
Slogan Community, Culture, Music
Frequency 89.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date August 29, 1985
Format Jazz/Public
ERP 22,500 watts
HAAT 278 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 16687
Transmitter coordinates 39°43′49″N 105°14′59″W / 39.73028°N 105.24972°W / 39.73028; -105.24972Coordinates: 39°43′49″N 105°14′59″W / 39.73028°N 105.24972°W / 39.73028; -105.24972
Former callsigns KHUM (1983-1986)
Affiliations NPR
Owner Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website kuvo.org

KUVO (89.3 FM) is an American radio station broadcasting mainly jazz music in a public radio format. Licensed to Denver, Colorado, KUVO began operations on August 29, 1985. The station's local programming consists primarily of jazz, blues, and latin jazz music, but it also includes programs devoted to other musical genres such as acid jazz, funk, gospel, rhythm and blues, and salsa. The station also carries selected NPR and other syndicated programs such as: Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz; Riverwalk Jazz, hosted by Jim Cullum; Jazz from Lincoln Center, hosted by Wynton Marsalis; and Dee Dee Bridgewater's Jazz Set. The station has its own performance studio and will on occasion broadcast live performances and interviews by local and national recording artists. The station relies on donations for funding and does not broadcast ads by corporations.

KUVO, which commonly refers to itself on-air as "The Oasis in the City", won the Major Market Jazz Station of the Year Award in 2005 and 2006 from JazzWeek Magazine. The station has been broadcasting from the Five Points Media Center at 2900 Welton Street in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver since 1994.[1]

Previously operated by Denver Educational Broadcasting, on January 16, 2013, it was announced that KUVO would merge into PBS member network Rocky Mountain PBS.[2]

KUVO broadcasts in HD.[3]

Broadcast translators of KUVO
Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
FCC info
K209ED 89.7 Breckenridge, Colorado 121254 FCC
KVJZ 88.5 Vail, Colorado 89878 FCC


In the 1980s Hugo Morales, a radio station executive, sought to establish a Hispanic radio station in the Denver area. Florence Hernández-Ramos (born 1950), a graduate of Lamar High School in Colorado and the University of Colorado at Boulder, helped establish the station. She conducted research for the possibility of establishing the station on behalf of Morales. She also contributed by arranging for the purchase of the broadcasting and directing equipment, getting the board of directors, and establishing an orientation and training program.[4]

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  1. ^ Location, location, location! KUVO.org. Retrieved: 2012-02-28.
  2. ^ Ostrow, Joanne. "RMPBS, KUVO and I-News merge, redefining Colorado public media". Denver Post. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=71
  4. ^ "Florence Hernández-Ramos (1950-)." Telgen, Diane. Notable Hispanic American Women. VNR AG, 1993. ISBN 0810375788, 9780810375789. p. 203.

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