KUVO (89.3 FM) is an American radio station broadcasting mainly jazz music in a public radio format. Licensed to Denver, Colorado, KUVO began operations on August 29, 1985. The station's local programming consists primarily of jazz, blues, and latin jazz music, but it also includes programs devoted to other musical genres such as acid jazz, funk, gospel, rhythm and blues, and salsa. The station also carries selected NPR and other syndicated programs such as: Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz; Riverwalk Jazz, hosted by Jim Cullum; Jazz from Lincoln Center, hosted by Wynton Marsalis; and Dee Dee Bridgewater's Jazz Set. The station has its own performance studio and will on occasion broadcast live performances and interviews by local and national recording artists. The station relies on donations for funding and does not broadcast ads by corporations.
KUVO, which commonly refers to itself on-air as "The Oasis in the City", won the Major Market Jazz Station of the Year Award in 2005 and 2006 from JazzWeek Magazine. The station has been broadcasting from the Five Points Media Center at 2900 Welton Street in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver since 1994.
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In the 1980s Hugo Morales, a radio station executive, sought to establish a Hispanic radio station in the Denver area. Florence Hernández-Ramos (born 1950), a graduate of Lamar High School in Colorado and the University of Colorado at Boulder, helped establish the station. She conducted research for the possibility of establishing the station on behalf of Morales. She also contributed by arranging for the purchase of the broadcasting and directing equipment, getting the board of directors, and establishing an orientation and training program.