Community Radio for Northern Colorado operates two public radio stations, KUNC and The Colorado Sound. Our mission is to cultivate the mind and spirit, to inform, inspire, and entertain, and to strengthen community.
- Audience Respect - honor the informed and curious nature of our listeners and members
- Content Excellence - offer quality content that presents different perspectives
- Community Engagement - serve as an essential member of the community
KUNC was established in 1967 as part of the University of Northern Colorado. In 2001, Community Radio for Northern Colorado was born when a group of community volunteers raised $2 million in 20 days to purchase KUNC's license from the University of Northern Colorado and preserve the station's independent voice. On February 29, 2016 Community Radio for Northern Colorado expanded and launched our full time music discovery station, 105.5 The Colorado Sound.
KUNC was the first Colorado public radio station to join NPR and has long been recognized as an innovative leader in public broadcasting. KUNC introduced the following programs to listeners in Colorado: All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and The Moth.
KUNC was the first public radio station in Colorado to utilize a series of translators to extend programming services to the rural Eastern plains and mountain communities of Northern Colorado. We currently have five stations and 14 translators to provide public radio programming to communities from Julesburg to Steamboat Springs and Fort Collins to Salida.
KUNC has earned honors from the Radio and Television News Directors Association's prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards, the Associated Press, the Colorado Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio Program Directors Association and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated.
"Thank you for expanding both the news and music options. It is fantastic to have an independent music station on the air!" - Sustaining Member
"Thank you for keeping me informed, educated and occupied on my 50 minute ride to work each day" - John, New Member
"Thank you for your relevant and timely journalism. I love the original music that you play as well!" Emily, Sustaining Member
"The Colorado Sound is wonderful and I love learning about music!" -Elizabeth, Sustaining Member