The Birth of KCFR
Denver 1970 - "Colorado Free Radio"
FIRST FM BROADCASTS
KCFR-FM signed on in mono first time, stereo thereafter.
First sign-on. Nov.
4, 1970 6pm MST MP3/30MB/32min
Second sign-on. Nov.
6pm MST MP3/11MB/12 min
The initial "hiss" sound
here is a
creative rain storm effect bed; nothing
wrong with the transmitter nor the reception!; as well, the LP vinyl
are in lousy shape - pops, ticks, and groove noise that were routine
staples of music listening before digital media such as CDs.
STUDIO PICTURES OCTOBER 1970
The first KCFR broadcasts above came from this building.
Previous to FM upgrade, station was carrier current AM KVDU to
the Denver University campus only (hi-res jpgs). The
decrepit building was later demolished.
~ Production studio ~
TRANSMITTER SITE PICTURES
Original site was on Denver University library tower.
ERP was 19 watts.
and tower ~
View from transmitter tower to NNW ~
All photos, recordings, and media transfers
by James Duncan, RF Engineer 10/70-2/71
Duncan - 2010 40 years later
KCFR/KVOD Colorado Public Radio 40 years later
KCFR technical info
KVOD technical info
Other historic radio station information
KSFR, San Francisco, California
Scotts Valley, California
ID package - 4:33 - of pirate
station shut down by FCC July 31, 1979 = FM 107.9 - 6 watts
and AM 1600 - 30 watts simulcast - R.I.P.
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