|City||Greenwood Village, Colorado|
|Broadcast area||Denver, Colorado|
|Slogan||New and Independent Music From Colorado Public Radio|
|Translator(s)||90.9 K215FM (Fort Collins)|
|Repeater(s)||102.3 KVOQ-FM3 (Boulder)|
|First air date||1996 (as KAGM)|
|Format||Public; Adult album alternative (AAA)|
|HAAT||238 meters (781 ft)|
|Former call signs||KAGM (1992-2005)|
|Owner||Colorado Public Radio |
(Public Broadcasting of Colorado, Inc.)
KVOQ (102.3 FM) is a public radio station licensed to Greenwood Village, Colorado, and serving the Denver metropolitan area. KVOQ broadcasts an Album Adult Alternative (AAA) radio format known as "Indie 102.3" under the ownership of Colorado Public Radio. It is listener supported and airs no commercials. On-air fundraisers are conducted several times each year.
KCUV (as the station was previously known) originally began on 1510 AM, and moved to the 102.3 FM signal in 2005. It replaced the former KAGM (licensed to Strasburg, Colorado) that aired a country music format for many years. The station's city of license was moved to the Denver suburb of Greenwood Village.
KCUV featured a large and diverse playlist, including a mix of rhythm and blues, classic rock, folk music, alternative rock, modern rock, soul music and blues. The station's lineup included "KCUV's Live From Ebbets Field," a concert show featuring live, intimate performances from the best bands performing at Chuck Morris' Ebbets Field concert club in downtown Denver. KCUV also periodically had CD releases of "Live From Ebbets Field" performances in cooperation with Chuck Morris and Listen Up, with proceeds going to the Morgan Adams Foundation.
On September 1, 2008 at 12:00 a.m., KCUV ended broadcasting and became a simulcast of sister station KJAC (licensed to Timnath), which aired the Jack FM-branded adult hits format. It was the first U.S. station to use the Jack-FM moniker and format, which had been a big success on several stations in Canada. The simulcast gave KJAC better coverage in the Denver area.
In May 2010, the station was sold to Front Range Sports Network, LLC. In June 2011, Front Range Sports sold translator K245AD (licensed to Arvada, Colorado) to media investor Chuck Lontine.
In the Summer of 2010, after KCUV and KJAC were purchased by Moreland Properties, LLC, from NRC Broadcasting, KCUV dropped the Jack FM simulcast and began stunting. The Denver Post reported on July 15, 2010 that KCUV would be adopting an all-sports format under the new call sign of KDSP, which would make it the 4th sports station in the Denver market.
Instead, on July 26, 2010, The Denver Post reported that the sports format originally set to be heard on KDSP would make a last minute switch to another Denver station at 87.7 FM. The following day, July 27, 2010, KDSP changed to a Spanish-language sports format using the ESPN Deportes Radio Network.
On March 31, 2011, KXDP-LP and KDSP switched formats and branding, with KXDP-LP becoming the ESPN Deportes affiliate and KDSP becoming 102.3 The Ticket. On January 1, 2012, KDSP became an ESPN Radio affiliate.
Purchase by CPR
On January 5, 2015, Colorado Public Radio acquired KDSP. On January 27, CPR converted the station to non-commercial status as a simulcast of AM sister station KVOQ's "Open Air" Adult Album Alternative format. The purchase was consummated on April 29, 2015 at a price of $5.75 million. Former sister station KJAC continued airing the ESPN Radio format until December of that year, when that station was sold to Community Radio for Northern Colorado and flipped it to a non-commercial AAA format.
CPR maintains three audio services on the air in the Denver area: KVOQ airs Adult Album Alternative music, while KCFR-FM is a news and information station affiliated with NPR, and KVOD broadcasts classical music.
On July 1, 2019, KVOQ relaunched as "Indie 102.3".
- "KDSP Ownership Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
- Saunders, Dusty (July 15, 2010). "Shakeup in Denver sports talk radio, FM dial has new station". The Denver Post. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012.
- "Dealin' Doug Moreland talks about KDSP, new sports-talk station debuting next week", from Westword, 7/21/2010
- "Vic Lombardi on making the jump from ESPN Radio to the new KDSP", from Westword, 7/23/2010
- Dusty Saunders: New names, dial places for Denver's sports-talk radio
- Denver Business Journal (March 27, 2011). "ESPN Radio switching from The Fan to The Ticket". Retrieved 2011-04-04.
- "Colorado Public Radio Acquires ESPN 102.3 Denver" from Radio Insight (January 5, 2015)
- OpenAir Denver Relaunches as Indie 102.3 Radioinsihght - July 1, 2019
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KVOQ
- Radio-Locator information on KVOQ
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KVOQ