History of jazz89 KUVO
The KUVO Timeline
First home, Pena Law, 1658 High Street, 2nd Floor.
Moved to first studio, 1225 Wazee, 3rd Floor.
First Cinco de Mayo Booth.
Signed on the air at 7pm August 29th - with a music mix of fusion jazz, salsa and blues in an 18-hour/day schedule.
First host – Suze Cotton.
Conducted Production and Training workshop with national radio producers and KUVO volunteers.
Hosted Denver premiere of movie “Crossover Dreams” starring Ruben Blades.
Received first computers from Apple Corporation.
Held first membership drive - recruited 100 members.
1st Anniversary Celebration with “Vibro’Tones.”
Moved to new studios at 4460 Morrison Road.
Carlos Lando hired as Program Director.
Incorporated mainstream jazz into format.
2nd Anniversary Celebration at Mammoth Events Center with Dave Valentin.
Frank White hired as Business Manager.
$90,000 annual budget.
Voted “Best Jazz Station” by Westword.
Received Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
3rd Anniversary Celebration at Cajun’s Wharf with Eliane Elias.
First Milagro Tour conducted from Denver to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Music library converted from LPs to CDs.
4th Anniversary Celebration at Civic Center Park with Hilton Ruiz.
Voted “Best Jazz Radio Station” by Westword.
Began a 24-hour schedule, 7 days a week.
5th Anniversary Celebration with Johnny Adams, Sammy Mayfield Blues Revue and The KUVO All-Star Jazz Band under the direction of Leslie Drayton.
Tina Cartagena hired as Membership Director.
An enhanced version of Morning Edition becomes part of KUVO’s broadcast day.
1st remote broadcast from the Mall Exchange.
Moved to 2246 Federal Boulevard.
6th Anniversary Celebration with Arturo Sandoval at the MCI building; Ed Battle & Karen Davis join the Denver Jazz Artist Showcase and Jerry Krantz, owner of El Chapultepec, survives a "roasting".
Canciones del Pasado - nationally distributed radio program.
7th Anniversary Celebration with Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham and the Sweet Baby Blues Band, held at the Crystal Rose.
Mayor Wellington Webb reports on the state of Denver monthly on Morning Edition.
Book reviews with host Denise Washington-Blomberg include Dr. Robert Greer, Clara Villarosa, Manuel Ramos and Joyce Meskis.
Moved to Five Points Media Center, 2900 Welton, 2nd Floor.
KUVO host Robin Glade produces "Women in Jazz" program with Melba Liston
KUVO participates in a "Reading, Writing & All that Jazz" program with Lake Middle School.
10th Anniversary Celbration with Gene Harris, Eddie Palmieri, and Ruben Ramos.
Rodney Franks joins Programming Department.
The Performance Studio comes alive with Manfredo Fest and Hendrik Meurkens.
One day drive to raise money for Performance Studio a huge success.
JazzTown radio program goes to national distribution.
AlterNative Voices begins international distribution via airos.
Mike Papas hired as Chief Engineer.
Inauguration of KUVO Performance Studio.
High School Collegiate Series begins.
Live at the Oasis Volume 1 CD produced.
Laramie, Wyoming picks up KUVO on translator.
Jazz Satellite Network utilized during overnights.
Web site started at kuvo.org.
Barbara Burdick joins business office as KUVO staff.
Susan Gatschet-Reese hired as Receptionist/Administrative Assistant.
Oasis Music and Information Journal - first publication.
Live at the Oasis Volume 2 CD produced.
KUVO nominated by Gavin Magazine as Best Jazz Station.
KUVO reaches $1,000,000 annual budget.
Membership drives earn $476,000.
December 1-Day Equipment Fund drive garners $42,000.
Live at the Oasis Volume 3 CD produced.
$71.12 average gift achieved.
"Destination Freedom" gets distributed nationally for Black History Month.
February Drive membership exceeds 2,000 new members.
Membership Income $531,869.
140 volunteers attend Volunteer Appreciation Party in Central City.
Blue Mitchell art piece by Scott Kiemle is the station image.
Ed Danielson becomes Morning Beat host.
Summit Public Radio broadcasts jazz89 KUVO.
A year of loss: Rico Rogers and Ed Martinez - beloved Latin Jazz program hosts - pass away.
Billy Holiday photo, courtesy of Herman Leonard, is the station image.
Live at the Oasis: The High School Collegiate Series turns 5.
Cancion Mexicana CD "Tirando Chancla: The Music of Colorado Volume !" produced.
Artist Carlos Fresquez begins a five-year Cancion Mexicana project with his art on CDs and t-shirts.
Live at the Oasis: Volume 5 produced.
Miles Davis photo, courtesy of Jerry Stoll, is the station image.
Arturo Gomez hired as Music Directors
Doria Vasquez joins Development Department Staff.
Dizzy Gillespie photo, courtesy of Ted Williams and Gallery M, is the station image.
KUVO is first FM radio station to broadcast in HD quality in Colorado.
Broadcast from Boettcher Concert Hall with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Grammy Winner Dianne Reeves.
Hilton Ruiz and Dave Valentin help celebrate our 19th Anniversary with a live in-studio broadcast.
jazz89 KUVO broadcasts around the world with NPR’s "Toast of the Nation New Year’s Eve Celebration" with the Latin Giants of Jazz, special guest Eddie Palmieri and Denver’s Conjunto Colores.
Karla Johnson Grimes joins staff.
Count Basie photo is the station image.
jazz89 KUVO celebrates 20 years of public radio broadcasting with a sold-out concert at Loretto Heights, featuring Marian McPartland, Lew Tabackin, Phil Urso, Joe Bonner, and the KUVO All-Stars.
Jazz89 KUVO is awarded Major Market Jazz Station of the Year by Jazz Week Magazine.
Dr. Daddio’s House Party begins broadcasting on Saturday evenings at 7pm.
jazz89 KUVO joins 9News for a Stuff for Students Drive that features national recording artist Rene Marie and Joe Bonner along with the Mambo Teens, Joshua Trinidad Trio and the Denver School of the Arts Students.
Geoff Barber joins Development Department Staff.
Teke O’Reilly joins Development Department Staff.
Charlie Parker photo, courtesy of Ed, is station image.
"Caliente! Latin Jazz with Eddie Palmieri" 4-part series debuts during Hispanic Heritage Month.
21st Anniversary Celebration with a live performance by Winard Harper and His Sextet.
Live TV broadcast on 9News at the KUVO Studios during their "9 Cares, Colorado Shares" food drive.
KUVO wins the "Major Market Jazz Station of the Year" award for the second year in a row!
Arturo Gomez wins "Music Director of the year" again!
September 9th, 2006 is officially named "KUVO Day" by Mayor John Hickenlooper.
Record audiences attend the 5 Points Jazz Celebration at the KUVO Studios, Blackberries, Cervantes, and the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library.
KUVO receives a $25,000 grant from MetLife for the "Caliente" program.
KUVO receives a $20,000 grant from the Denver Foundation for operating support.
KUVO Denver Educational Broadcasting is approved by the FCC to build a tower and maintain a frequency in Vail, Colorado.
KUVO participates in the Capitol Hill United Neighbors People's Fair for the first time as an exhibitor -nearly 1000 people visit the KUVO booth.