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City of license Tucson, Arizona
Slogan "Tucson's All Time Favorites"
Frequency 1400 (kHz) (also on HD Radio)
First air date July 10, 1926
Format Oldies/Adult Standards
Power 1,000 watts
Class C
Callsign meaning TUCson
Owner Citadel Broadcasting
Sister stations KCUB, KHYT, KIIM, KSZR
Webcast Listen Live

KTUC (1400 AM) is a commercial radio station located in Tucson, Arizona. The station is under ownership of Citadel Broadcasting. KTUC airs a combined adult standards and oldies music format.


KTUC is one of the oldest stations in Tucson. In the early 1970s it used the slogan 'Formula 1400', which referred to its practice of airing 35 minutes of news programming and 25 minutes of beautiful music programming to round out the hour. The hour started with the news programming then went to the music programming.

In the late 70s the station segued to a news/talk format, airing news all day and syndicated talk shows at night. It was an affiliate of the Arizona Broadcasting System and picked up newscasts from KTAR in Phoenix on a phone line. By 1977, it was airing a 20-minute newswheel format, with CBS, ABC and Mutual radio newscasts leading each piece of the pie—ABC and Mutual were both tape-delayed. Larry King aired overnight, although he was replaced by Enterprise Radio (a progenator of ESPN Radio)by 1979.

It was the AP Broadcast News Station of The Year in 1980.

Throughout the entire period from the 70s until the Arizona Diamondbacks came into existence, KTUC was the exclusive Tucson affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers radio network syndicated from KABC radio in Los Angeles. It also carried California Angels broadcasts picked up from KMPC in Los Angeles, and would tape delay the AL games when the Dodgers were on the air. In the days before cable television, when baseball games could be seen once a week on NBC, the Dodgers radio broadcasts developed a huge following in Tucson. Sports were always huge at KTUC, and its 1970s sports director Rory Markas is now voice of the Angels Radio Network. General manager Tom Maples vowed he could sell ads for a play-by-play of two kids playing basketball with peach hoops.

In the late 1980s they were also the Tucson affiliate of the Arizona State University Sun Devils radio network (the Sun Devils are the Phoenix-area based Pac-10 arch-rival of the locally-based Arizona Wildcats of the University of Arizona), and also the Tucson affiliate of the Phoenix Suns radio network.

In the early 1990s, KTUC went through several new owners and went to an adult standards format, and today they air the present combination of rock oldies and adult standards.


  • 1992 Broadcasting Yearbook, page A-21

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