In continuous operation since 1969, the original broadcasts took place over cable systems followed by AM as well as FM band transmission before its current broadcast by way of 1620 AM in the college community area, on local digital cable channels, and live online at http://22.214.171.124:8000/listen.pls
KCR Radio has long been considered one of the nation’s original college radio stations. Its freeform music format has provided a launching pad for then undiscovered musical talents like the Police, the Clash, REM, Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails. Despite changes in the way music is distributed and consumed, college radio is still considered a critically important platform for new, emerging and alternative musical artists.
Scores of media and entertainment professionals got their start in KCR’s studios, including:
Bryan Scott and Lisa Tucker, Emmy-award winning producers of "Kathy Griffin: Life on the D-List"; Emmy-award winning San Diego radio host and television reporter Ken Kramer, one of KCR’s founders; Mort Marcus, former Miramax and Disney executive and currently co-president of Debmar-Mercury Productions ("South Park" and "House of Payne";) Wayne Hagen, broadcast voice of the New York Mets; Keith Royer, executive vice president and general manager at Rincon Broadcasting. Other notable KCR alumni include: Orange County Register political reporter Martin Wisckol; and U-T San Diego reporter/columnist Karla Peterson; Ted Giannoulas, better known as the iconic "San Diego Chicken"; Numerous radio personalities, DJs and on-air talent can be heard over the airwaves broadcasting throughout San Diego, Los Angeles and Southern California.
KCR boasts, "If you hear it on commercial radio stations, you won't hear it here," a testament to the fierce devotion of its DJs to independent, free-form radio. With DJs as diverse as the SDSU student population, the resulting broadcast variety of music and talk shows appeals to a wide cross-section of listeners with a loyal following locally, domestically, and even internationally on occasion.