History

Old KCRKCR College Radio has long been considered one of the nation’s original college radio stations. Its freeform music format has provided a launching pad for then undiscovered musical talents like the Police, the Clash, REM, Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails. Despite changes in the way music is distributed and consumed, college radio is still considered a critically important platform for new, emerging and alternative musical artists.

Scores of media and entertainment professionals got their start in KCR’s studios, including:

Bryan Scott and Lisa Tucker, Emmy-award winning producers of “Kathy Griffin: Life on the D-List”; Emmy-award winning San Diego radio host and television reporter Ken Kramer, one of KCR’s founders; Mort Marcus, former Miramax and Disney executive and currently co-president of Debmar-Mercury Productions (“South Park” and “House of Payne”;) Wayne Hagen, broadcast voice of the New York Mets; Keith Royer, executive vice president and general manager at Rincon Broadcasting. Other notable KCR alumni include: Orange County Register political reporter Martin Wisckol; and U-T San Diego reporter/columnist Karla Peterson; Ted Giannoulas, better known as the iconic “San Diego Chicken”; Numerous radio personalities, DJs and on-air talent can be heard over the airwaves broadcasting throughout San Diego, Los Angeles and Southern California.

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