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KUCO (FM)

KUCO is a classical music radio station serving the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area and is owned by the University of Central Oklahoma. Studios are located at Central's campus in Edmond.

KUCO
KCSC logo.png
CityEdmond, Oklahoma
Broadcast areaOklahoma City Metroplex
BrandingKUCO/KBCW
SloganOklahoma's Choice for Classical Music
Frequency90.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s)K297BB (107.3 MHz, Edmond)
Repeater(s)KBCW-FM 91.9 McAlester, Oklahoma
KCSC-FM 95.9 Woodward, Oklahoma
First air date1966 (as KCSC)
FormatClassical music
HD2: Gospel Music (KTGS)
HD3: Oklahoma Vietnamese Public Radio
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT255 meters (837 ft)
ClassC1
Facility ID66632
Callsign meaningUniversity of Central Oklahoma[1]
Former callsignsKCSC (1966–2014)
OwnerUniversity of Central Oklahoma
WebcastListen Live
Websitekucofm.com

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HistoryEdit

KUCO signed on in 1966 as KCSC, the student-run station of what was then Central State College. When the school was elevated to university status as Central State University, it tried to change the calls to KCSU, but those calls were already being used by Colorado State's student station. In 1978, it built a new 400-foot tower and expanded its signal to 100,000 watts, extending its coverage to nearly all of central Oklahoma. The station started becoming a more professional operation in 1983, and by 1985 had become Oklahoma City's main NPR station. Oklahoma City had been one of the largest cities without a full-market NPR station. Previously, parts of the city got grade B coverage from Oklahoma State's KOSU and the University of Oklahoma's KGOU.

In 1993, however, KGOU built a repeater in Spencer to better serve Oklahoma City. Central and OU agreed to adopt non-conflicting schedules in 1996. Although KCSC was the more powerful station, it dropped all NPR programming to become an all-classical station, while KGOU became central Oklahoma's main outlet for NPR programming.[2] This left most of central Oklahoma without a clear signal for NPR news and talk programming until KOSU moved its tower closer to Oklahoma City in 2005.

KBCW signed on in 1999.

Although Central had adopted its current name, the University of Central Oklahoma, in 1990, it was not until April 1, 2014 that the radio station became KUCO.[1]

RepeatersEdit

Call sign Frequency City of license State Power
W
ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
KBCW-FM 91.9 FM McAlester Oklahoma 700 136 m (446 ft) A FCC
KCSC-FM 95.9 FM Woodward Oklahoma 6,000 100 m (330 ft) A FCC

TranslatorsEdit

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
K297BB 107.3 MHz Edmond, Oklahoma 156917 28 260.7 m (855 ft) D FCC

HD RadioEdit

KUCO is also broadcasting in HD Radio. On HD-2 is Gospel Music have 2 translator covers that is K297BB 107.3 in Edmond and K268BR 101.5 in Oklahoma City.

Office LocationEdit

KUCO is located at University of Central Oklahoma on 100 N. University Dr. in Edmond, OK.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Radio KCSC 90.1 FM now KUCO". Edmond Sun. April 1, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Station history

External linksEdit