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KBCO
KBCO
(97.3 FM) is a AAA radio station licensed to Boulder, Colorado, United States, that serves the Denver-Boulder area. The station's format, dubbed "World Class Rock," is an eclectic variety of pop, rock, blues, reggae and folk, from the late-1960s to the present. The iHeartMedia, Inc. outlet broadcasts with an effective radiated power of 100 kW. KBCO's studios are no longer located in Boulder. They now broadcast out of the iHeartMedia, Inc. broadcast facility in south Denver. The transmitter is located southwest of Eldorado Springs, Colorado, at the top of Eldorado Mountain
Eldorado Mountain
at an elevation of 8,400 feet above sea level, or 469 meters above average terrain. Scott Arbough, who started as a part-time DJ at KBCO
KBCO
in 1985, is the current Program Director. KBCO
KBCO
can also be heard via translator K232AC
K232AC
(94.3 FM) located west of Denver
Denver
in Summit County on Baldy Mountain.

Contents

1 History 2 HD radio 3 References 4 External links

History[edit] KBCO, whose slogan is "World Class Rock," has been in the adult rock format since its sign on in June 1977. The format on the station was derived in part from Boulder station KADE (1190 AM) which had gone on the air in 1973. KADE was a solar-powered station, which signed on and off the air in conjunction with the rising and setting of the sun. KADE was purchased in 1975 by Bob Greenlee. Two years later Greenlee also purchased FM station KRNW, which then became KBCO. The original studio was located in an office complex at 1900 Folsom Street. The station's original transmitter was located on a tower atop Lee Hill with a low-power 610-watt signal. Bob Greenlee worked with consulting engineers and petitioned the FCC to increase the power to its current 100,000-watt signal. The original format was co-designed by Dennis Constantine and Randy Morrison (formerly of KBPI
KBPI
Denver
Denver
and WLS-FM/WDAI Chicago; he had also designed the format for KADE). At launch the airstaff included Dennis Constantine, the station's original program director, in the mornings; Bob Lynch overnight, Music Director Judy McNutt and production director Richard Ray. Jon Steele
Jon Steele
hosted 6-10 in the evenings. The freedom allowed to the airstaff in the early days bred exceptional creativity. The station produced an award-winning series of yearly broadcasts, collectively known as "Intervention Day: Planet Earth's Premier Holiday." Intervention Day broadcasts were set in the future and celebrated the day the Inter-Galactic Community intervened to prevent Earth's leaders from destroying the planet. Celebrations were marked by music from the time prior intervention day. The broadcasts won the 1987 International Radio Festival of New York "Grand Award for Best Entertainment Program of the Year". Worldwide competition included ABC, National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the BBC. Greenlee moved KADE and KBCO
KBCO
to a state of the art studio complex at 4801 Riverbend Road in East Boulder and then sold the stations to Noble Broadcasting in 1987. During this time of KBCO's history, deejays selected the songs to play on their own shows from a broad music library. In 1982, KBCO
KBCO
was the first station in Colorado
Colorado
to play music from CDs. In a partnership with local audio retailer Listen Up, CDs and playback equipment were shipped in from Japan. KBCO
KBCO
has occasionally been rated #1 in the Denver-Boulder Arbitron ratings with overall listeners 12+, the first time in 1988. KBCO
KBCO
is often rated #1 with its target audience 25- to 54-year-olds.[citation needed] The station's sale to Clear Channel in the mid-1990s has resulted in a tightening of the formerly unpredictable format, and KBCO
KBCO
DJs no longer have control over any of the tracks they play except during special features. Music played on the air is chosen by the station's programming staff. In 1988, KBCO
KBCO
Studio C was created by Production Director Tom Koetting with a performance by Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge
in a small cramped production studio. The studio has since upgraded, and many artists in Colorado for a concert tour or promotion tour stop by to play live on the radio. The station releases a CD every year in late November or early December with the best or most memorable Studio C performances. The CDs, titled KBCO
KBCO
Studio C followed by the volume number, sell out in a matter of hours and all proceeds from the album are donated to Boulder County AIDS Project and Food Bank of the Rockies. Two retrospective CDs have been released combining the best of the previous CDs and a couple of unreleased songs. KBCO
KBCO
carries the noncommercial show Etown every Sunday. The show, hosted by Nick and Helen Forster, originates from Boulder and features live performances and an emphasis on environmental issues. HD radio[edit] In 2005, KBCO
KBCO
received an experimental permit from the FCC and became the first FM radio station in the state of Colorado
Colorado
to implement "Multicasting" a second program channel using the Ibquity Digital HD system. The station debuted a HD2 sub-channel playing only songs recorded in Studio C. The Studio C Channel is also available on KBCO's web site, along with the New Music Channel, an Internet channel playing 100% new releases.[1] References[edit]

^ http://www.hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=22 HD Radio Guide for Denver

External links[edit]

Official KBCO
KBCO
Website Query the FCC's FM station database for KBCO Radio-Locator information on KBCO Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KBCO Query the FCC's FM station database for K231BQ Radio-Locator information on K231BQ Query the FCC's FM station database for K232AC Radio-Locator information on K232AC FCC history cards for KBCO Daily Camera Article About 2008 CD Sales Daily Camera Jan. 2010 article: KBCO
KBCO
to leave Boulder for new studio in Denver
Denver
Tech Center

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Radio stations in the Denver– Boulder, Colorado
Boulder, Colorado
market

By AM frequency

560 630 670 710 760 810 850 910 950 990 1060 1090 1150 1190 1220 1280 1340 1390 1430 1490 1510 1550 1600 1650 1690

By FM frequency

87.7¹ 88.1 88.5 89.3 89.7 90.1 91.1 92.1 92.5 92.9 93.3 93.7 93.9 94.1 94.3 94.7 95.1 (Commerce City) 95.1 (Boulder) 95.3 95.7 96.5 96.9 97.3 97.7 98.1 98.5 98.9 99.5 99.9 100.3 100.7 101.1 101.5 101.7 (Evergreen) 101.7 (Boulder) 101.9 102.3 102.7 103.1 103.5 103.9 104.3 104.7 (Erie) 104.7 (Denver/KOMF-LP) 104.7 (Denver/K284CI) 105.1 105.5 105.9 106.3 (Denver) 106.3 (Boulder) 106.7 107.1 107.5 107.9

¹ Audio for TV channel 6 (KXDP-LP/Spanish Sports)

NOAA Weather Radio frequency

162.45 162.5 162.55

Digital radio

560 670 710 760 810 910 950 990 1090 1220 1340 1390 1490 1600 1690 88.5-1 89.3-1 89.3-2 89.3-3 90.1-1 90.1-2 92.1-1 92.5-1 92.5-2 93.3-1 93.3-2 95.7-1 95.7-2 97.3-1 97.3-2 98.5-1 98.5-2 98.5-3 99.5-1 99.5-2 100.3-1 100.3-2 100.3-3 101.1-1 101.1-2 103.5-1 103.5-2 104.3-1 104.3-2 104.3-3 105.1-1 105.1-2 105.9-1 105.9-2 106.7-1 106.7-2 107.5-1 107.5-2

By callsign

K225BS K231BQ K232FK K236CQ K245AD K249EX K251AB K255DA K260AL K264BO K269AE K269CL K274BW K280GB K284CI K292FM K292GW K300CP KALC KBCO KBJD KBNO KBPI KCFC KCFR-FM KCKK KDCO KDMT KDSP KEC76 KEPN KETO-LP KEZW KFCO KFWA KGNU KHOW KIMN KJAC KJHM KJMN KKCL KKFN KKSE KLDC KLDV KLTT KLVZ KLZ KMXA KNRV KNUS KOA KOMF-LP KONC-LP KOSI KPOF KPTT KQKS KQMT KRCN KRFX KRKS KRKS-FM KTCL KUVO KVCU KVOD KVOQ-FM KWBL KWOF KXKL KXPK KXGR KXWA KYGO-FM WNG550 WXJ45

Defunct

KBUD (93.7 FM)

Nearby radio markets Aspen Cheyenne Colorado
Colorado
Springs Ft. Collins–Greeley Pueblo

See also List of radio stations in Colorado

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iHeartMedia

Corporate officers

Bob Pittman (Chairman/CEO)

Board of directors

Lowry Mays Irving Azoff B. J. "Red" McCombs J. C. Watts John H. Williams

Radio stations

List of radio stations owned by iHeartMedia

Radio networks

Evolution Fox Sports Radio Premiere Networks Premium Choice Total Traffic and Weather Network

Miscellaneous

Clear Channel Outdoor Clear Channel UK iHeartRadio List of programming syndicated by iHeartMedia Mediabase Radio Computing Services

Coordinates: 39°54′47″N 105°17′35″W / 39.913°N 105.293°W

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