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Jonathan L. 
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Jonathan L. 
Today 
Jonathan L. At 
Compadre Stadium 
Mojo Nixon/ 
Jackie Selby 
Mike 
Halloran 
RHCP at 
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RHCP 
1989 
Love And Rockets 
1989 
Violent Femmes 
1989 


* * * A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE Q * * *

Former home of The Q!
For many years, this Phoenix station was known as Top-40 KKKQ. The calls were changed to KUKQ soon after a switch to soul, funk and R&B. One day in 1987, KUKQ made an unannounced format change and became Q-Country. It was a surprise to even some of the station's own personnel -- but for the first time in three years, country fans now had a choice of two stations.

Meanwhile, over on the FM dial, trouble was brewing in the alternative world. First, KSTM "The Storm" went bilingual. Alternative fans were left with only one station, KEYX "The Key To Your Musical Future", but their transmitter was way over in Globe and the station was hard to pick up on the Avenue side of Phoenix. But soon, The Key became New Age KGRX "The Wave". (Strangely enough, KGRX kept Joe Jackson's You Can't Get What You Want ('Til You Know What You Want) in its rotation alongside the new age songs!) It got to where the only thing alternative fans had was KUPD's Sunday night modern rock show, "Virgin Vinyl", hosted by Jonathan L. (late of KEYX.)

BIRTH OF THE Q
In the fall of 1988, something happened on the FM band that would affect KUKQ. It was announced that gospel station KMLE was changing to a country format. Their last night on the air was some time in mid-October. KMLE's last song was Lee Greenwood's God Bless The USA. The announcer then invited listeners to tune to AM 1540 KASA, and then went off. For the next week, anyone who tuned in to FM 107.9 heard a computerized robot voice saying numbers (counting down from 81,949) and regularly baiting the audience with teaser statements like:
"the-sta-tion-is-be-ing-re-pro-grammed...
be-sure-you-are-list-en-ing-when-the-count-down-is-com-plete"

"a-brand-new-clear-pow-er-ful-ster-e-o-ra-di-o-sta-tion-is-
com-ing-to-this-fre-quen-cy-soon"

and quite a few other statements. On October 24, the voice got down to "5-4-3-2-1-1-1-1...now-you-have-a-choice-of-mu-sic" and Camel Country 108 was on.

KUKQ already had its work cut out for it competing against ratings giant KNIX 102.5. Now it had TWO problems. They could only take the heat for so long: less than five months after the Camel signed on at the top of the dial, Q-country rode off into the sunset. But greater things were in store for KUKQ: at 7 PM on April 12, 1989, they became one of the most innovative alternative stations the city has ever known.

Suddenly, The Ramones were on the radio again. The Pixies, Dramarama, The Sidewinders, Timothy B. Schmidt, Elvis Costello and many other groups and artists got much-deserved exposure.

The music had a certain charm to it when played on AM. It was as though the tunes they played were best suited for AM airplay. Jonathan L., Mary "The Bone Mama" McCann, Leah Miller, and a host of others brought to the valley a whole genre of artists that we never would have heard.

It was too good to last. Competition on FM came in the early '90s when 106.3 The Edge signed on with corporate alternative. KUKQ switched over to a simulcast of FM 98 KUPD. The Q did come back briefly in 1994-95, but it had a harder sound and wasn't quite the same. After a brief try at being "KUPD 2" (and hosting Dr. Demento), they became all talk. Now owned by Sandusky Broadcasting, they are currently known as all-sports KDUS. A sad finale to a great station -- but on this page and in the memories of many people, the Q lives on.

UPDATE: The Bone Mama became the Zone Mama! Well, not officially, but she spent a fair amount of time at KZON 101.5 before getting laid off in late '99.

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