KDUS, also known as "NBC Sports Radio AM 1060," is a sports talk radio station broadcasting out of Tempe, Arizona and serving the Phoenix metropolitan radio market. It is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. and licensed to Phoenix FCC License Sub, LLC. Its studios are located in Tempe and its transmitter is in Guadalupe.
KDUS local programming consists of 11 hours Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 9 AM and 11 AM to 8 PM. (NBC Sports Radio is broadcast from 9 AM to 11 AM.) Evening, overnight and weekend programming is syndicated by NBC Sports Radio. The station also has a history of carrying play-by-play for various Valley sports teams.
Currently, KDUS is the radio home of Notre Dame football. The station also broadcasts AIA high school sports, as well as NCAA and NFL football games and NCAA men's basketball games via the Sports USA Radio Network or Compass Media Networks. KDUS is the flagship station for Arizona State University baseball and Arizona State Sun Devils Women's Basketball.
1060 was originally KUPD (pronounced "Cupid") in the 1960s with Phoenix veteran Bill Heywood in the morning and a full-service middle of the road format competing with KOY, which then broadcast at 550. It went to a mainstream Top 40 format in the early '70s. Around 1971, they added a simulcast on 97.9/KUPD-FM, which remained Top 40 until about 1978 when the FM station switched to rock and became a dominant presence in the Phoenix radio market.
At that time, the station became "The New KQ" under Program Director Steve Casey (ex-KHJ and later one of the co-creators of MTV) The station played oldies with a less talk more music approach. Staff included Joe Bailey - mornings; Don Richards - Middays; Steve Casey - Afternoons. Don Richards would later take over as PD when Steve Casey left for MTV.
In the 1980s and early 1990s, the AM 1060 station cycled through various musical formats such as R&B as KKKQ, country ("KQ Country") as KUKQ, and then alternative as KUKQ, before flipping to sports talk in 1995.
For a brief period of time before the 1995 switch, some local radio references, considering its mix of alternative rock and its sister station status to KUPD, labeled the station "KUPD2". After the switch to sports, the station played off this handle and started referring to itself as "The Deuce," and the call letters officially shifted to KDUS in 1997. Once its identity as a sports talk station become established, KDUS stopped using "Deuce" in its slogans, and adopted "The Fan AM 1060" as its identifier ("The Fan" for short) and "The Voice of the Fan" as its slogan.