KASC, The Blaze

Students work on Firestorm, a long-running political talk show aired on The Blaze.
Students work on Firestorm, a long-running political talk show aired on The Blaze.

KASC (The Blaze) is an AM radio station serving the ASU community. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day at 1330 AM during the academic year and is operated by students under the supervision of the Cronkite School. Since 1982, the mission of KASC has been to provide quality radio programming for the ASU campus and professional radio experience for ASU students. Students have the opportunity to volunteer in a variety of roles, including news, sports, programming, performance, production, promotion, sales and management.

The station offers a college radio alternative to the commercial stations in the area. New music by national as well as local bands is the focus of the KASC format. In addition, specialty programs focus on various genres of music. Music programming, done out of the Blaze station on the Tempe campus, is complemented by ASU news and sports features. KASC news and sports programming now originates from a new digital radio newsroom located in the new Cronkite/8 building on the ASU downtown Phoenix campus.

Brian Rackham is the station advisor. Rackham is a veteran broadcaster with more than 25 years experience in radio and television, including a stint at the Associated Press Radio Network in Washington, DC and as news director of network-affiliated TV stations in Colorado Springs and Albuquerque. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Cronkite, researching the future of journalism. He can be reached at brackham@mainex1.asu.edu.