KXCI[2] (91.3 MHz) is a non-commercial, listener-supported, FM radio station in Tucson, Arizona. It is owned by the non-profit Foundation for Creative Broadcasting. Its call sign comes from the Roman numeral for 91 (XCI). The studios and offices are on South 4th Avenue. Its transmitter is on East Mount Bigelow Road in Whitetail, Arizona.[3]

Broadcast areaTucson metropolitan area
Frequency91.3 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding91.3 KXCI
FormatFree-form community radio
OwnerFoundation For Creative Broadcasting
First air date
November 19, 1983; 40 years ago (1983-11-19)
Call sign meaning
"XCI" is 91 in Roman numerals
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID22167
ERP340 watts
HAAT1,110 meters (3,640 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
32°24′54.00″N 110°42′56.00″W / 32.4150000°N 110.7155556°W / 32.4150000; -110.7155556
Public license information
WebcastListen Live at KXCI.streamon.fm

Primarily a music station, its programming also includes short form features about local issues and the syndicated political show "Democracy Now!" on weekdays. There are also programs on native people, the LGBTQ community and the Latino community. KXCI plays a variety of musical genres, featuring both independent artists and bands/musicians on major labels. They include alternative, progressive country, Americana, blues, jazz, Latin jazz, cumbia, reggaeton, punk rock and folk.[4]

History edit

In the late 1970s, Tucson residents Paul Bear, Frank Milan, and Roger Greer began preliminary work on the idea of a new, non-commercial radio station with a community-centered focus.[5] They received a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in November 1982 after a frequency search and FCC filings were complete.

The original concept for the naming of their call sign was to run a contest to create a call sign, and then see if it was available. However, upon receiving a letter from the FCC regarding the need to select call letters, a volunteer came up with the 'KXCI' idea, and that was the top choice out of five submitted to the FCC. Those calls were available and were assigned.[6]

The station signed on the air on November 19, 1983; 40 years ago (1983-11-19). It began at 7 p.m. with a stunt format, playing reggae music for two days to promote a station benefit concert featuring Eek-A-Mouse. The station then ran a three-week promotion called the "Big Broadcast of 1983", a historical journey from the earliest music to contemporary. It included almost every genre of music, and ended on December 5 with a live concert at the studio.

There was some controversy about the final format of the new station, including one that the station was going to play urban contemporary music 24/7, causing Top 40 station KHYT 1330 (now silent) to bill itself as "Tucson's First Rock and Soul Station". KHYT's promotion abruptly ended once the true format was known. It would be a 'music mix' during the day, and over 29 musical styles and genres during nights and weekends.[7] The station still airs many genres and styles not generally found on other stations in the Tucson radio market.[8]

The station was originally located at 91.7 FM. In the early 1990s, the station moved to its present 91.3 frequency to permit the station formerly known as KFMA 92.1 (now KCMT) to raise its power and cover more of the Tucson area.

Specialty Programming edit

Specialty shows on KXCI are heard mostly on weeknights and weekends.[8] Its Monday night show, Locals Only!, broadcasting since May 1998, features Tucson's musicians with interviews and live performance by the bands. KXCI is also a local carrier for Democracy Now!.[9]

In 1995, Michael Metzger quoted the station's then board president Shirley Shade in a Tucson Weekly article that illustrates the station's diversity of musical offerings: "If you don't like something that you're hearing at this moment, just wait a minute and something different will be on," says Shirley Shade, president of the Foundation for Creative Broadcasting's board of directors. (The foundation is a non-profit corporation holding KXCI's broadcast license and overseeing the station's operation.) "It's a learning experience, it exposes you to different types of music that you might not normally listen to."[10]

Funding edit

KXCI is a non-profit organization that operates under the corporation name The Foundation for Creative Broadcasting, Inc. and is designated as a cultural entity, according to the Arizona Corporation Commission website.[11]

Per its non-profit status, and due to FCC and grant regulations, KXCI doesn't air traditional radio commercials. Instead, KXCI's DJs read underwriters' spots that highlight the underwriters' businesses/events.[12] The disc jockeys also share public service announcements that feature Tucson's local non-profits and their initiatives/events.[13]

According to its website, "membership is the largest form of support at KXCI". Memberships range from one-time gifts in any amount to monthly sustaining members in any amount.[14]

Local Media Collaborations edit

In September 2015, the City of Tucson awarded KXCI, Brink Media and Wavelab Studios a "contract to operate Tucson's new Community Media Center, officially replacing the now-defunct Access Tucson and City Channel," according to the Arizona Daily Star, which also wrote: "The partners will oversee public-access television broadcasting and local content designed to grow the economy, and provide training in media arts."[15]

KXCI also collaborates with Tucson Weekly and Arizona Public Media's Jim Nintzel by airing the political journalist's show, Zona Politics on Sundays from 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m.[16]

KXCI has won, or been a runner-up, in Tucson Weekly's "Best of Tucson" awards for over two decades.[17][18]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KXCI". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ KXCI. "KXCI | Real People, Real Radio | Tucson's Community Radio". kxci.org. Retrieved 2024-02-09.
  3. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KXCI
  4. ^ KXCI's Programs page
  5. ^ https://mms.tucsonhispanicchamber.org/tucsonhispanicchamber/mem_555874037
  6. ^ Burch, Cathalena E. "6 Tucson musicians earn hall of fame honor". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
  7. ^ Buckley, Daniel (December 9, 1993). "KXCI survives rocky decade - Tucson Citizen Morgue, Part 2 (1993-2009)". Tucson Citizen. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  8. ^ a b KXCI Website: Programs
  9. ^ Democracy Now! Website: Arizona stations
  10. ^ Metzger, Michael (August 1, 1995). "Big Noise". TucsonWeekly.com. Tucson Weekly. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  11. ^ Arizona Corporation Commission website
  12. ^ KXCI Website: Underwriting
  13. ^ KXCI PSA Submission page
  14. ^ Support KXCI
  15. ^ Del Grande, David J. (September 11, 2015). "New partnership takes over Tucson public-access broadcasts". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved February 1, 2017 – via Tucson.com.
  16. ^ Zona Politics
  17. ^ "KXCI's Tucson Weekly Best of Tucson Awards". KXCI. March 1, 2016. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  18. ^ Nintzel, Jim. "The 'Tucson Weekly'". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved 2017-02-01.

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