UCCS Radio: Twenty Years & Still Growing

The UCCS Internet Radio Station was built from the ground up by the student members of the UCCS Chapter of the ACM beginning in 2003. During the first 2 years of existence, the station operated as a group within the ACM Student Club and was affiliated with the Computer Science Department within the College of Engineering and Applied Science. UCCS’s Internet Radio provides streaming audio content for the UCCS campus, the Colorado Springs community, and beyond. We are the official UCCS Campus Radio Station, and provide broadcast media infrastructure to students, alumni, &  staff or faculty members from our studio on campus. During the Fall of 2005, the UCCS Internet Radio Station became an official organization within the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and received sponsored funding from a number of the different schools on campus.

In the Spring of 2015, UCCS Radio received its first three Intercollegiate Broadcast System Awards in New York City, including a nomination for “Best Online Streaming College Radio Station,” in the entire United States.

In 2020, the station went offline due to COVID and was then rebuilt and rebranded in the summer of 2022. In 2023, the station won “Best Online Streaming College Radio Station” internationally for its variety of student and staff created programming and content.

Over the past 20 years, the station has received 12 award nominations overall, and four first place submissions. UCCS Radio Station now operates as an independent organization within UCCS’s Student Life and Leadership program, and through Student Media funding, continues to provide programming for students, by students!

You can find a timeline of the past 10 years with descriptions from each of the station managers about what the station was like when they were manager here!

Mission Statement

The mission of the UCCS Internet Radio Station is to provide an innovative medium for creative expression of thoughts and ideas to students, staff and faculty at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and the community at large. The UCCS Internet Radio Station seeks to provide a platform for the dissemination of information, news and entertainment to the campus and the community. We encourage and support unique, non-traditional, and diverse programming that is not found in commercial radio.

Our Staff includes:

  • Caitlyn Branine – Station Manager
  • Tristan Snook – Sound Engineer
  • Brody Schmidt – Director of External Affairs
  • MJ Arjomandi – Faculty Advisor

Station Contributors and Show Hosts

  • Stephen Cucchiara – Director of Student Engagement

  • Dr. Tom Francis – Host of Dr. T’s Psychological Playlist
  • Jess Haag – Host of Better, Louder, Faster
  • Justin Harris – Host of Local Lowlight
  • Jackson Hicks & Travis Seitz – Hosts of Peaked in High School
  • Cole Mahon – Host of The Mountain Lion’s Den
  • Bram Rihn – Host of Cupholder Mixtape
  • Jake Ross – Host of Mountain Lion Chalk Talk
  • Kamren Walker – Host of Kamren on the Radio

If you are interested in getting involved with UCCS Radio, please email [email protected] for more information.

If you love music but you’re sick of radio, TUNE IN!