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KDUS

KDUS, now dubbed "The Fan 1060", is a sports talk radio station broadcasting out of Tempe, Arizona and serving the Phoenix metropolitan radio market. It is owned by Sandusky Radio and licensed to Tempe Radio, Inc.

Programming

Programming on The Fan AM 1060 originates from the Sporting News Radio network, along with some local sports talk. The station also has a history of carrying play-by-play for various Valley sports teams.

The Fan's current local sports talk lineup includes the following shows:

  • Lunch with Kevin McCabe and Friends (Monday-Friday, 11 AM-1 PM)
  • The SportsZone with Bob Kemp (Monday-Friday, 1-4 PM)
  • Calling All Sports with Roc & Manuch (Monday-Friday, 4-7 PM)

Other locally sourced brokered programming includes the following shows:

  • The Red Zone with Russ Bliss (Tuesday/Thursday, 7-9PM and Wednesday, 8-9PM)
  • Balls to the Wall Fantasy Baseball Show with Jonathan L and Brett V (Wednesday, 7-8PM)
  • Monday Night Golf with Ray Adams (Monday, 7-8 PM)
  • Great American Golf Show with Ray Adams (Saturday, 6-7 AM)
  • Outdoors Arizona with Darla (Saturday, 7-9 AM)
  • Calling All Sports Saturday (Saturday, 10 AM-1 PM)
  • Xplor the Southwest with Jim Soloman (Sunday, 7-9 PM)

Play-by-Play

KDUS was the flagship station of the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes on AM from the team's first year in 1996 through the 2007-08 season, after which its rights were acquired by KGME.

KDUS carried the National Football League's Arizona Cardinals on AM from 1997 through the 2004 season, after which its rights were acquired by KTAR.

Since The Fan's AM signal doesn't completely cover the Phoenix area, particularly at night, both the Cardinals and Coyotes arranged to have their games simulcast on FM sister stations KDKB or KSLX.

Currently, the Fan is the radio home of Nebraska football in the Phoenix metro area, thanks to a brokered arrangement with local Cornhuskers alumni. The station also broadcasts AIA High School, NCAA and NFL football games, as well as being the flagship station for Arizona State University baseball.

Station History

KDUS was originally KUPD (pronounced "Cupid") in the 1960s with Phoenix veteran Bill Heywood in the morning and a full-service Middle of the road format competing with KOY, which then broadcast at 550. It went to a mainstream Top 40 format in the early 70's. Around 1971, they added a simulcast on 97.9 FM KUPD-FM, which remained Top 40 until about 1978 when the FM station switched to rock and became a dominant presence in the Phoenix radio market.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, the AM 1060 station cycled through various musical formats such as R&B as KKKQ, country ("KQ Country") as KUKQ, and then alternative as KUKQ, before flipping to sports talk in 1995.

For a brief period of time before the 1995 switch, some local radio references, considering its mix of alternative rock and its sister station status to KUPD, labeled the station "KUPD2". After the switch to sports, the station played off this handle and started referring to itself as "The Deuce," and the call letters officially shifted to KDUS in 1997. Once its identity as a sports talk station become established, KDUS stopped using "Deuce" in its slogans, and adopted "The Fan" as its identifier.

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