28 years ago on August 29, 1985, the future of Colorado’s Jazz and Blues community began to take shape when KUVO, a Hispanic-controlled public radio station, went on the air. The soundproofing in the studio was constructed from egg cartons, the records were donated from the personal collections of volunteer hosts and some generous record shops and the format was jazz fusion mixed with blues and salsa.

Much has changed in the intervening 28 years: locations, technology, personnel. One constant is the station’s commitment to providing distinctive music, news, and information programming which reflects the values and cultural diversity of its listener community.

Some KUVO facts:

  • Our first was office was co-located with former mayor Federico Pena’s law office at 1658 High Street
  • The 1985 membership drive recruited 100 members.
  • It wasn’t until 1987 when mainstream jazz was first added to the format. Check our playlist to find the name of that tune.[]
  • In 1989, the music library was converted from LP to CD. Currently, we’re moving from CD to digital (although we still use the turntables!)
  •  Manfredo Fest and Hendrik Meurkens christened the Performance Studio in 1996. It was named for Phyllis A Greer and re-dedicated in 2006. Over 3,000 students have performed in the studio during our High School / Collegiate Series programs.
  • KUVO has produced 10 “Live at the Oasis” CDs, recorded in the Phyllis A Greer Performance Studio, 7 “Cancion Mexicana” CDs and the 4CD set “Caliente: Latin Jazz with Eddie Palmieri.”
  • Our Anniversary parties and Signature Events have become legendary. Over the years, we’ve hosted Marian McPartland, Hilton Ruiz, Eddie Palmieri, Junior Mance, Dave Valentin, Elaine Elias, Arturo Sandoval, Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham, Gene Harris,  Lew Tabackin, Phil Urso, Joe Bonner, Rene Marie, Ken Walker, Steve Turre, Poncho Sanchez and more!
  • KUVO was Colorado's first FM station to broadcast in Hybrid Digital (HD). We now broadcast 3 separate streams: the main KUVO programming, News/Music HD2 (airs Jazz with Bob Parlocha, and several NPR programs not available elsewhere in Colorado) and HD3 The Other Side of KUVO (an eclectic music mix). Check our Program Guide for listings.
  • Our morning program, First Take with Lando and Chavis , on-air since August 2012 has significantly enhanced our coverage of local news and culture, while providing the music that KUVO listeners crave.
  • In 2013, KUVO became partners with Rocky Mountain PBS and the I-News Network, advancing our ability to engage with community, reach more listeners and provide relevant information programming.

If you haven’t yet listened to KUVO, we invite you to tune in and try us out. Jump on board now for the next 28 years!


Rocky Mountain Public Media exists to strengthen the civic fabric of Colorado.


Integrity. We aspire to engage a diverse community in ways that build mutual trust and respect. We take seriously our responsibility to operate with the highest level of transparency, accountability, and inclusivity.

Commitment. We will engage our staff, supporters, and the Colorado community with the genuine intent to educate, inspire, and evoke meaningful conversations.

CollaborationWe believe collaboration must be embraced equally by the individual and the organization in all we do, and extended purposefully in our relationships throughout the communities we serve.


KUVO/KVJZ is an independent, public radio station dedicated to providing distinctive music, news, and information programming which reflects the values and cultural diversity of its listener community.