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City of license Denver, Colorado
Branding Colorado Public Radio
Frequency 1340 kHz
First air date 1940
Format Public; adult album alternative
Power 1,000 watts
Class C
Facility ID 34585
Former callsigns KMYR, KDEN, KKYD, KCFR
Affiliations Colorado Public Radio, NPR
Owner Public Broadcasting Of Colorado
(Public Broadcasting Of Colorado)
Sister stations KCFR, KVOD
Webcast Stream
Website www.openaircpr.org

KVOQ (1340 AM) is a radio station licensed to Denver, Colorado. The station is owned by Colorado Public Radio (CPR), and recently launched the "Open Air" service, which consists of adult album alternative music.

The station was launched by Frederick W. Meyer, a wholesale grocer, in 1940 as KMYR with 250 watts of power.[1] The station's sale in 1956 brought a call letter change to KDEN. In December 1993, after an eight-month period off the air 1340 AM became KKYD "Radio AAHS", the Denver outlet of the first nationwide network of radio programs for children. The downfall of Radio AAHS came when the Walt Disney Company established a competitor, Radio Disney. After the sign-off of Radio AAHS in January 1998, Children's Broadcasting Corporation needed programming for the network of stations until it could find buyers. KKYD and the other nine CBC-owned and operated Radio AAHS affiliates became an outlet for "Beat Radio", which broadcast electronic dance music 12 hours a night until late October 1998. KKYD then switched to a religious format, which it aired until sale from Catholic Radio Network to Colorado Public Radio. The announcement of CPR's purchase February 9, 2001, also mentioned plans to convert the station from commercial to non-commercial status.[2]

In 1999, CPR acquired the then-classical station KVOD-AM 1280. In 2001, KVOD replaced KCFR at 90.1 FM and KCFR was moved to 1340 AM. On July 9 of 2008, KCFR moved back to 90.1 FM.

On October 31, 2011, CPR launched OpenAir on 1340 AM, billing it "New Music from Colorado Public Radio." It has a broad based format that focuses on current independent artists with a great deal of current Colorado talent. OpenAir also streams online at www.openaircpr.org.

Main article: Colorado Public Radio


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Coordinates: 39°41′00″N 105°00′24″W / 39.68333°N 105.00667°W / 39.68333; -105.00667