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KCPW-FM
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City of license Salt Lake City, Utah
Branding KCPW
Slogan Indepth, Informed, KCPW
Frequency 88.3 & 105.3 FM,
Format Public Broadcasting
ERP 2,000 watts
HAAT -61 meters
Class A
Facility ID 13481
Transmitter coordinates 40°45′48″N 111°53′23″W / 40.76333°N 111.88972°W / 40.76333; -111.88972 (KCPW-FM)(FM)
Callsign meaning Reversal of the two internal letters of sister station KPCW, which in turn stands for K Park City Wireless
Owner Wasatch Public Media
Sister stations KPCW, KCWW
Webcast MP3 Format
Website www.kcpw.org

KCPW-FM is a public radio station in Salt Lake City, Utah which broadcasts programming from NPR, BBC, PRI, as well as local programming. It broadcasts from a studio at Library Square at the Salt Lake City Public Library in downtown Salt Lake City.

It broadcasts at 88.3 MHz FM (KCPW-FM) in Salt Lake City, and 105.3 MHz FM (K287AE) in Holladay. The FM frequencies are both owned by Wasatch Public Media. KCPW-FM's transmitter is located atop the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Salt Lake City. The translator, K287AE is broadcast from a tower near Parley's Canyon in Salt Lake City.

Originally only heard in the Salt Lake Valley on its FM frequencies, the station originally added its AM frequency in early 2005 in order to capture a larger audience. In January 2008, the 1010 AM frequency was devoted entirely to 24/7 BBC programming, which changed in March 2009 when 1010 changed calls to KPCW and began simulcasting its FM sister, dropping the BBC programming. In August of 2009, the AM signal flipped call letters to KIHU, and will carry a different format, making it no longer a sister station of KCPW-FM or KPCW. The 88.3 FM frequency also does not broadcast in stereo audio, to improve reception in marginal signal areas. Because of FCC allocation considerations, 88.3 FM cannot use as much power as most of the other Salt Lake City FM stations.

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History

The station was assigned the call letters KBQA, beginning on 1991-08-09. On 1992-11-01, the station changed its call sign to the current KCPW-FM.[1]

Local programs

KCPW-FM produces a call-in program about local politics, Politics Up Close, hosted by Jeff Robinson. It airs each Friday from 11 a.m. to noon and is podcast online.

In the past, KCPW-FM produced two local affairs programs, Midday Utah (shared with sister station KPCW) and Midday Metro. Midday Utah was hosted by Blair Feulner and covered topics of statewide and regional interest. Midday Metro, which was renamed to The Public Square, was hosted and produced by Lara Jones and covered topics of interest in the Salt Lake Valley. It was put on hiatus in late 2008. Former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson was an occasional guest host on Midday Metro.

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