Who we are

KZMU is a grassroots, community radio station isolated in the dramatic landscapes of Canyonlands and the Colorado Plateau. Our home is the small tourist town of Moab, Utah, more than 100 miles from the nearest city. For 23 years, KZMU has truly been an aural oasis in the desert airwaves of Southeastern Utah.

Local volunteer DJs program our airwaves, along with a small part-time staff. Our public affairs programming includes Moab City Council meetings broadcast live, and interviews with community movers and shakers. We air Democracy Now, Alternative Radio and a selection of regional productions.

KZMU is also about music, all kinds of music, connecting community members to one another, to the wider world and having fun while we’re at it.  We aren’t particularly polished, we don’t always know what we’re going to do next, but you can be sure that whatever you hear will be spontaneous, fun and full of positive energy. Indeed, our mission statement is to “inform, educate, engage, entertain and delight.”


We were born in 1992 in a dilapidated old trailer, a cast-off from the National Park Service. Seven years later, we completed our modest but comfy permanent station high atop Rocky Road overlooking the Moab valley with the help of our loyal listeners who made it financially possible. In 2008, with the assistance of a grant from Rocky Mountain Power and the support of listeners like you, the KZMU studio became solar powered.  Now we are the greenest and wildest sound this side of the Rockies!
We wouldn’t exist without our Moab community — without monetary support from our underwriters and local donors, without the energy and engagement of our DJs, producers and guests, and the many who listen online and support us from afar.  Thank you!

KZMU's mission is to "inform, educate, engage, entertain and delight."


We have mostly two-hour shows that feature the intuitive whim of the DJ the the helm, allowing maximum creativity and freedom.  We’ve got 24 hours of local programming, with live, local volunteer DJs usually covering the clock from 9 am to around midnight. Our overnight jukebox rotates thousands of rare and tasty tracks from KZMU’s library.

KZMU music programming showcases the best of independent unsigned artists, blending jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, country, Americana, Latin American, African, Cuban, Creole, Reggae, Native American, Broadway Musicals, Big Band, Alternatwang, Technohouse, TripHop and all shades of Rock.

We also focus on area youth.  “Children’s Shine Time” airs at 9 am with parents and kids (usually between 6 and 8 years old) playing music that inspires and amuses.  “Tween Time” airs at 4pm Saturday, and the teens take over from 7 to 9 pm Saturday with the “Teenage Wasteland’.  Our daily module “Word of the Day,” produced in cooperation with Moab’s Helen M. Knight Elementary School, features sixth graders spelling and defining challenging words.

In a world of radio that is overwhelmingly corporate, impersonal, over-commercialized, canned, unimaginative, misinformed, and disengaged, we at KZMU are proud to open our doors, empower an engaged community,  to encourage authentic personality, to hear the spice of life through diversity in story and song. Our call letters say it all, “Krank Zee Music Up!”

Our call letters say it all, “Krank Zee Music Up!”

News, Information and Spoken Word

  • Biweekly live broadcasts of Moab City Council meetings
  • Two hours of weekly public affairs programming with This Week in Moab (Mondays at 5 pm) and Free Speech Friday (Fridays at 5 pm)
  • The Trading Post, aired mid-day Fridays, connecting you to everything from a lost parrot to the nearest yard sale through the warped and wonderful stylings of various local hosts.