The Rock and Roll Report Radio Spotlight is on: KCDX FM Florence, Arizona USA

This week’s Radio Station Spotlight is a bit different in that it doesn’t stream on the Internet. To listen to KCDX you actually have to be in Arizona using an actual radio. On top of it all, I have never actually listened to KCDX so I am not talking about this station from personal experience. Why am I listing a station that I have never listened to and that only broadcasts in some state where I will most probably not be able to visit to check it out for myself? Very simple. Barbara Flaska at Flaskaland sent me a link to the Phoenix New Times article “Ghost Radio: Who’s behind Arizona’s nonstop oddball rock time capsule?” and I immediately ordained it with the coveted Radio Station Spotlight of the Week but you will have to read the article to see why. Somebody actually programming music, on the radio because they love music. Wow, what a concept! Now I understand that due to economics and market realities, outside of the webcasters and listener sponsored radio stations that I crow about that this is probably just a one off radio station run by a guy who can afford to do it. But doesn’t reading this article infuse in you just a little tinge of excitement and longing for radio like this? Doesn’t it actually make you wish that you had a station like KCDX? It’s like discovering some long lost dusty book in the attic that you had forgotten all about because now all you do is watch TV and the next thing you know you just spent the last two days reading it non-stop and you now find yourself pawing through your old books looking for more because all of a sudden, TV is not nearly as stimulating to you as it once was. Radio doesn’t have to be bland and bloated, playing the same stuff over and over. People will listen to the weird, the eclectic, the forgotten, the “B” sides and the unknown if somebody would just give it a chance and do it right. No, it will not be a colossal money generating business per se but maybe that’s the problem, maybe good radio is supposed to be about something more than money. Maybe it is supposed to be about the art of playing great music in an artistic and caring way by music fans for music fans that generates enough money to pay the bills and keep the records turning. Why can’t this work other than in the deserts of Arizona? I want my own KCDX, what about you? I am now being forced to remove my rose coloured glasses. Sigh.
Later.

23 Comments

  1. KCDX is a great station. I’m from Tucson and whenever I go north I immediately tune the radio to 103.1. Ted Tucker is the last DJ that Tom Petty sings about “…who plays what he wants to play.” I was wondering when someone would finally figure out that the “B” sides and the deeper cuts from those “old” albums where why people became fans. Bravo to Ted Tucker! Keep on rockin’ in the free world!

  2. I didn’t think music like this would ever be heard on the airwaves again. I just can’t stop listening at every opportunity. This format is very cool!

  3. We stumbled across this station when renting a
    car in Phoenix; the car radio was tuned to it!
    What a treat. I kept wondering when the commercials would start and attributed it to
    a three-day holiday weekend. Come Tuesday, still no commercials!
    Great music too, I haven’t heard anything like it in Southern California (or anywhere else).

  4. KCDX still going strong! I keep thinking I will wake up and this great station will be gone! Keep up the good work Mr. Station Owner. For others go to comments@kcdxfm.com to check out playlist.

    Jim McAllister
    Scottsdale, AZ

  5. KCDX still going strong! I keep thinking I will wake up and this great station will be gone! Keep up the good work Mr. Station Owner. For others go to comments@kcdxfm.com to check out playlist.

    Jim McAllister
    Scottsdale, AZ

  6. I love KCDX – it’s brought back great long lost memories. No need to listen to any other station. I’ve made a few tricked-out bumper stickers for myself & friends to help get the word around. Hale to the Guru!

  7. KCDX – Finally we have a real music station in AZ!! I never have to touch the dial again. Boost your Signal. I have trouble Downtown PHX!

    Thanks!

  8. Donovan’s Epistle to Dippy? Molly Hatchett’s Dreams I’ll Never See? any & all of the Beatles’ stuff, and no shrieking testosterone-dripping voices screaming at me for endless minutes at a time? Holy mackerel–have I died and gone to radio heaven?

  9. There is nothing like KCDX in Phoenix. My car radio and now my home stereo are tuned to 103.1 exclusively. What a great selection of tunes, an no commercials.

  10. If it wasn’t for signal problems on occasion, this would be a nearly perfect station. What a spectacular experiment! Hey Ted, if you need a warm body for something, let me know. Would be happy to volunteer.

    TJ Jehl
    Chandler AZ

  11. Nothing could be finer! I went and bought a high-end antenna and installed it in my attic so I could listen clearly in Avondale. All hail the B-sides! Don’t ever change a thing. I’ll donate to the cause before I’ll let advertisers on. Rock on!

  12. This is fantastic. I just found this simulcast on 95.1 while driving up to Flagstaff yesterday and had a great signal all the way and back. I have died and gone to radio heaven! Thanks.

  13. Wow,
    I can’t believe I can post my experience I just had. I just spent a day doing a Rim to Rim hike in the canyon. I’m from Tampa Fl. and I got to tell you that like everybody else who hears KCDX your blown away by not only the lack of comercials but, the obscure songs that were being played. I haven’t heard those songs since My LP collection got destroyed twenty years ago. I like so many others just want to thank you for the experience. I can’t wait to get back to Arizona for the canyon and the station. Don’t stop

  14. I can’t believe the stuff I hear on this station: old Genesis, Caravan(!!!!), King Crimson, Steve Hackett…no loud DJ’s, no corporate BS, hardly anty breaks or commercials. This is what radio was like in the ’70’s, progressive and for the love of music. Please don’t ever shut this station down or change the format. This is hands down the best rock station in this cultural wasteland since K104 in the early ’80’s. A treasure!

  15. I live in North Phoenix and discovered 95.1 FM about a month ago. Was this a fluke? Were the radio wave bounching off the clouds from California? Who were these guys? I did many searches on the web and came up with nothing. Last week, I FINALLY heard the call letters and realized I should have been looking for 103.1 FM! So now there are two locations on the dial. If you remember Virgin Vinyl on Hot Arizona Sunday nights, this station will take you back! If someone starts passing a hat around, I will be sure to donate a few duckets to keep them commercial free!

  16. I live in North Phoenix and discovered 95.1 FM about a month ago. Was this a fluke? Were the radio wave bounching off the clouds from California? Who were these guys? I did many searches on the web and came up with nothing. Last week, I FINALLY heard the call letters and realized I should have been looking for 103.1! If you remember Virgin Vinyl on hot Arizona Sunday nights, this station will take you back! If someone starts passing a hat around, I will be sure to donate a few duckets to keep them commercial free!

  17. Oh, my God!!!
    “I have seen Rock and Roll future, and it’s name is KCDX” Thanks for inspiring that one, Jon Landu…AOR radio lives in Arizona once again. Not since the early 70’s has radio sounded this good…scratch that, this GREAT!!!!Those of us who live for the spirit of Rock and Roll, must embrace and support this format.Long live KCDX!!
    “Im just a prisoner…of Rock and Roll!!!!!

  18. My last post was one year ago (3-1-04). KCDX is still happening, now also on 95.1 which covers the north valley and they are streaming online too. It is the best there is, who needs satellite? Great playlist, no commercials! I plan to do a column on them in the weekly “Independent” papers (North Scottsdale/Paradise Valley) within a few weeks. Everyone who likes R&R needs this station!

    Jim McAllister
    “Rennaissance Man”

  19. Wonderful music,thats the best i can say.Definetly a throwback too the good days of R&R and songs i grew up with.Makes me wanna roll one just like the other one.Thanks and keep up the great work.Just please please find a happy medium when you become popular.Dont get like the others.

  20. Tripped on to your station while scanning the FM band on my way up rt#70 from FL to visit my son and family in Surprise, AZ. Could not believe what I heard!When I got back to FL,I to check and make sure someone hadn’t stolen all my old LP’s! Now I have you on streaming audio at work in Melbourne,FL. and have just about everyone in the factory listening ALL day,everyday!!Now I’m thinking of trotting in my AKAI 10″ reel to reel to work and setting it up on my computer and loading up about 20-10″ reels to take home and listen to!! I absolutely love this station to death and am sooo spoiled I can’t even “tolerate” any of the “off air” stations I used to listen to on a regular basis!! Now I can’t even stand listening to my high end stereo in my truck anymore unless I put in a CD!! If I had wideband at my house (instead of my “dinosoar” dial-up)I would have you guys pumped into my 2500watt(rms)home theatre/surround system at a heartbeat!! I dare say I’d be replacing the interior walls (and possibly exterior also) on a regular basis!! Your station is the absolute best on the entire planet!! Thank GOD someone finally got smart and realized that there is “real” rock out there and a “major” audience for it!! They could blow every other rock station off the planet and as far as I’m concerned as long as KCDX exists (as it NOW does)and I can receive it—I’m a happy camper! I’m planning on relocating to AZ in the near future and you can bet EVERY pushbutton on my car radio will be set on KCDX-FM 103.1! The ABSOLUTE BEST station EVER–change “NOTHING”-don’t mess with success!! I’m seriously HOOKED!!! GOOD JOB!!!

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