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KZUM FM Logo.png
City Lincoln, Nebraska
Broadcast area Lincoln area
Branding Community Radio
Frequency 89.3 MHz
Format Variety
ERP 1,500 watts
HAAT 31.0 meters
Class A
Facility ID 63955
Transmitter coordinates 40°48′47.00″N 96°42′24.00″W / 40.8130556°N 96.7066667°W / 40.8130556; -96.7066667
Owner Sunrise Communications, Inc.
Webcast listen 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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