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CSU-Pueblo Celebrates 20 years of The Revolution this weekend

Release Date: July 09, 2015

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo


Press Release

PUEBLOThe student-operated radio station at Colorado State University-Pueblo, The Revolution, REV 89, KTSC-FM 89.5, will celebrate its 20th anniversary as The REV this weekend by featuring music from its early years. The station will go back in time starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5, with the greatest modern rock and alternative songs from the 1980's and 1990's that Rev was playing between 1995 and 1999. You'll hear Nirvana, The Cure, The Smashing Pumpkins, Sublime, Pearl Jam, Jane's Addiction and Green Day all weekend long. 

While KTSC-FM received its license to broadcast from the Federal Communications Commission in October of 1970, on July 4, 1995, KTSC listeners woke up to “The Revolution, Rev 89,” Southeastern Colorado’s first modern rock station This was the first time in its 25-year history that the station had an actual name, rather than being known by its call letters and frequency. 

KTSC 89.5 has seen a variety of changes in formats, branding, logos and slogans. During its inception, the station served as a sterile media lab that had an eclectic mix of block programming cumulating in a combination of blues, rock, jazz and classical music. The 80’s added artists like The Cure,  Metallica, and Public Enemy to the mix exposing Southern Colorado to Alternative, Metal, and Hip-Hop for the first time. By 1992, listeners were hearing U2, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Nirvana every hour - KTSC was beginning to evolve into one of the best rock stations. The alternative rock mix was warmly received both by students and the Pueblo community. Within six short months, the station was reaching over 12,000 audience members in a city of just over 120,000.

During the mid-90’s, Rev 89 was instrumental in breaking out the careers of several new artists. Before the inception of music videos, before the tour, dozens of modern rockers including Blink 182, Weezer, and Beck got their start in Southern Colorado on Rev 89.  

As The Revolution, the station has received a number of awards, including being crowned first place in the Best of Radio and Radio Excellence categories from the Rocky Mountain College Media Association in 1998 and again in 2002. Most recently, the Broadcast Education Association selected Rev 89 as being the best out of 471 college radio stations and named it the Signature Radio station for 2014. Station students and staff have also been nominated and received awards from the Southern Colorado Press Club.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.

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