About Us

KAWC, Colorado River Public Media, is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as a non-commercial, educational radio station. KAWC's licensee is the Arizona Western College District Governing Board. Within AWC, KAWC is part of the Office of the President.

With studios and transmitters located on the main campus of Arizona Western College in Yuma, KAWC AM-1320 began broadcasting on July 11, 1970. KAWC FM-88.9 was added in 1992. In early 2006, KAWC began simulcasts of the FM service over the Internet at kawc.org. In the summer of 2008, simulcasts of KAWC AM began.

Beginning in November 2009, KAWC began its partnership with the KJZA Radio Network through a Leased Management Agreement (LMA) to rebroadcast the KAWC AM program stream in Williams, Flagstaff, Kingman and Prescott, Arizona on weekdays.

In November 2013, KAWP-FM-88.9 in Parker went on the air and currently broadcasts our NPR and BBC News programming stream.

Currently, KAWC has authorization to build two new transmitters in Quartzsite and Wellton, Arizona. We anticipate that Quartzsite will be on the air in 2014.

Mission Statement

KAWC is dedicated to educating, informing, and entertaining our listeners through high-quality radio and internet broadcasts. We serve the diverse needs of our audience with music, news, public affairs, and fine arts programming.

Financial Reports

KAWC is qualified to receive support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting through a Community Service Grant. As a condition of that grant, KAWC prepares an annual audit. 

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