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KUKQ Phoenix Launches Online; We Speak With Nancy Stevens, Craven Moorehead, and Jonathan L

See also: KUKQ Returns to Phoenix (via the Internet) The new online station bearing the call letters of bygone Phoenix radio station KUKQ has launched, streaming online at kukq.com. As we reported last week, the site's connection to the original radio station isn't literal -- though Facebook comments about the "return" of the station suggest listeners are excited about the call letters being used again.

"We want the attitude of the old KUKQ," says Nancy Stevens, a producer for Sandusky Radio Phoenix (which operates local stations KUPD, KDKB, and KSLX). Stevens launched the new site with former X103.9 SkaPunk host Craven Moorehead. The last incarnation of KUKQ went off the air in 1996.

"We're breaking new music, reaching out there to find new things as opposed to just playing the old stuff over and over and over again," Stevens says.

"We want this to be a place for new music and all the great older alternative that has no home. We will not be Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Nirvana on an infinite loop because all the FMs already have that covered," Moorehead says. "You can hear Soundgarden on any rock FM in the valley but you can't music from LCD Soundsystem, Bad Religion, Arcade Fire, Frank Turner, Sleigh Bells, or Oingo Boingo, and that is what we aim to correct."

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.