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|Broadcast area||SDSU local campus community, cable & internet|
|Slogan||The Sound of State|
|First air date||1969|
|Format||Content specifically for SDSU students and community|
|Website||KCR College Radio|
KCR-The Sound of State, is a completely independent, unfunded from the university, student-run, live broadcast radio station located on the first floor of the communications building (122) on the campus of San Diego State University in San Diego, California. KCR is a Program of Associated Students.
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 1610 AM in the college community area, on local digital cable channels Cox 956 and TWC 957, and live online at http://kcr.sdsu.edu
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. KCR now airs upcoming artists overnights and on weekends during the KCR new music mix (reference schedule) All songs played can be viewed on the tunein radio app for Android and iPhone.
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.
Back in the 70sKCR 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. In 2013, KCR changed its operations from free-form to a station programmed and operated specifically for the SDSU community. KCR airs exclusively live SDSU Ice Hockey games from the Kroc center along with a daily morning show and SDSU news.