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CityLincoln, Nebraska
Broadcast areaLincoln area
BrandingCommunity Radio
Frequency89.3 MHz
ERP1,500 watts
HAAT31.0 meters
Facility ID63955
Transmitter coordinates40°48′47.00″N 96°42′24.00″W / 40.8130556°N 96.7066667°W / 40.8130556; -96.7066667
OwnerSunrise Communications, Inc.
Webcastlisten live

KZUM (89.3 FM) is a radio station licensed in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States. The station serves the Lincoln area and is currently owned by Sunrise Communications, Inc.[1] It features a variety of programming, including jazz, blues, folk music, funk, soul and bluegrass, as well as a variety of locally and nationally focused news and talk programs.


In January 1973, several community activists from Lincoln (Ron Kurtenbach, Tom Gedwillo, Mike Carper, Mason Youngman, Dave Luebbert, Greg Preston and Bill Laughlin) formed Sunrise Communications, a non-profit corporation. Through fundraising and word-of-mouth, the necessary monies for a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) application were obtained and filed in early 1974. KZUM first broadcast in 1978 after negotiating over signal interference with Omaha TV station WOWT.[2] Several buildings housed the station until it located to its present studio and offices on South 48th Street. KZUM is also carried on Lincoln's Time Warner Cable TV system and streamed worldwide at its website.


KZUM is powered by nearly 100 volunteer programmers, 7 days a week. Several programmers have been with KZUM virtually since its inception including Eric Bachenberg, Jim Anderson, and Hardy Holm. Bachenberg's The Exposition Flyer features folk music. Anderson hosted Another Blue Monday in the 1980s and 1990s and has had a variety of blues programs under many names over the years, including today's Blues Oasis. Holm brought local music to the airwaves as well as a popular Beatles show Strawberry Fields.

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  1. ^ "KZUM Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "The origins of KZUM". Lincoln Journal Star. 3 October 2009.

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