KUAT-FM is a radio station operated out of the University of Arizona and serving the Tucson, Arizona, metropolitan area. It operates on 90.5 MHz and on K209AF 89.7 MHz (89.7 has a weaker signal than 90.5) on the FM dial with a classical format.

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Tucson, Arizona
Broadcast areaTucson metropolitan area
Southern Arizona
FrequencyKUAT-FM: 90.5 MHz (HD Radio)
K209AF: 89.7 MHz
BrandingClassical KUAT
FormatClassical music
OwnerUniversity of Arizona
(Arizona Board of Regents for benefit of University of Arizona)
First air date
May 19, 1975[1]
Call sign meaning
K University of Arizona Tucson
Technical information
Facility IDKUAT-FM: 2732
K209AF: 2726
K209AF: D
ERPKUAT-FM: 12,000 watts
K209AF: 38 watts
HAATKUAT-FM: 1,113.0 meters (3,651.6 ft)
K209AF: 167.0 meters (547.9 ft)
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteKUAT-FM Online

The broadcast schedule consists of playlists announced by local hosts, as well as nationally syndicated broadcasts, including those from the San Francisco Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera during their seasons, the Exploring Music program with host Bill McGlaughlin, and the Radio Netherlands Live! at the Concertgebouw series. On Sundays, the NPR program From the Top, showcasing young classical musicians, is heard on KUAT, as well as Community Concerts, a program of classical music from the University of Arizona School of Music (as well as other groups performing at local venues throughout southern Arizona). KUAT is also the broadcast home of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.[2]

During the overnight hours (generally 9 PM to 6 AM), the Music Through the Night service from Public Radio International is heard.

KUAT-FM has translators throughout southern Arizona:

Broadcast translators of KUAT-FM 90.5
Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
K208BT 89.5 Safford, Arizona 51 D FCC FM Query
K209AF 89.7 Tucson, Arizona 36 D FCC FM Query
K209AG 89.7 Sierra Vista, Arizona 38 D FCC FM Query
K216GI 91.1 Nogales, Arizona 66 D FCC FM Query


KUAT-FM first went on the air on May 19, 1975, in classical format and as a National Public Radio affiliate. The sister station KUAT-AM previously had a dual classical-jazz format, and in 1975 became solely jazz.


  1. ^ https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1976/C%20%20Broadcasting%20Yearbook%201976.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ Burch, Cathalena E. (January 4, 2018). "TSO teams up with KUAT to revive radio broadcasts". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 2021-01-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

External linksEdit

  • KUAT-FM official website
  • KUAT in the FCC FM station database
  • KUAT on Radio-Locator
  • KUAT in Nielsen Audio's FM station database
  • K209AF in the FCC FM station database
  • K209AF on Radio-Locator
  • K209AF in Nielsen Audio's FM station database

Coordinates: 32°24′54″N 110°42′54″W / 32.415°N 110.715°W / 32.415; -110.715