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KTAOS Solar Swing Fever
May
04
Wed
7:30
pm
Katy P and the Business
May
05
Thu
9:30
pm
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
May
06
Fri
4:00
pm
Solar Cinema and Fish Fry
May
06
Fri
6:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
May
07
Sat
9:00
am
2016 Kentucky Derby Party & BBQ
May
07
Sat
3:00
pm
Diegos Umbrella
May
07
Sat
8:30
pm
KTAOS Solar Swing Fever
May
11
Wed
7:30
pm
Katy P and the Business
May
12
Thu
9:30
pm
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
May
13
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
May
14
Sat
9:00
am
KTAOS Solar Swing Fever
May
18
Wed
7:30
pm
Katy P and the Business
May
19
Thu
9:30
pm
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
May
20
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
May
21
Sat
9:00
am
Bones Of Romeo
May
21
Sat
7:30
pm
KTAOS Solar Swing Fever
May
25
Wed
7:30
pm
Katy P and the Business
May
26
Thu
9:30
pm
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
May
27
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
May
28
Sat
9:00
am
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Jun
03
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
Jun
04
Sat
9:00
am
"Off the Cuff" Live!
Jun
06
Mon
7:00
pm
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Jun
10
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
Jun
11
Sat
9:00
am
"Off the Cuff" Live!
Jun
13
Mon
7:00
pm
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Jun
17
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
Jun
18
Sat
9:00
am
"Off the Cuff" Live!
Jun
20
Mon
7:00
pm
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Jun
24
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
Jun
25
Sat
9:00
am
"Off the Cuff" Live!
Jun
27
Mon
7:00
pm
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Jul
01
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
Jul
02
Sat
9:00
am
"Off the Cuff" Live!
Jul
04
Mon
7:00
pm
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Jul
08
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
Jul
09
Sat
9:00
am
"Off the Cuff" Live!
Jul
11
Mon
7:00
pm
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Jul
15
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
Jul
16
Sat
9:00
am
"Off the Cuff" Live!
Jul
18
Mon
7:00
pm
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Jul
22
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
Jul
23
Sat
9:00
am
"Off the Cuff" Live!
Jul
25
Mon
7:00
pm
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Jul
29
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
Jul
30
Sat
9:00
am
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Aug
05
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
Aug
06
Sat
9:00
am
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Aug
12
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
Aug
13
Sat
9:00
am
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Aug
19
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
Aug
20
Sat
9:00
am
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Aug
26
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
Aug
27
Sat
9:00
am
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Sep
02
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
Sep
03
Sat
9:00
am
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Sep
09
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
Sep
10
Sat
9:00
am
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Sep
16
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
Sep
17
Sat
9:00
am
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Sep
23
Fri
4:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Garage Sale and Taos Trade Days
Sep
24
Sat
9:00
am
KTAOS Solar Volleyball League
Sep
30
Fri
4:00
pm

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History of KTAOS Solar Radio
Thirty-five years ago, a small radio station began along a dirt road in Taos. Since then, the station has grown into the world’s most powerful solar radio station and the most popular FM radio station in Taos County. The origins of FM radio in Taos extend back to Chicago when the owners of successful station WXRT decided to bring their formula to Taos. In 1975, Taos Communication Corporation (TCC) was formed, and a year later KXRT was on the air. In 1979, Brad Hockmeyer moved to Taos to work at the station, but by 1982, it was clear “the big city” approach would not work in the unique mountain art colony.

Brad took control of the company in 1986 and changed the call letters to KTAO. Five years later, KTAO received international attention when it became the first radio station in the world to be powered by the sun. A super-structure holding 150 solar panels (more have since been added) was installed on the top of the 10,800 ft. Picuris Peak and racks of batteries along with the transmission equipment were housed in an “earthship” made of recycled materials that maintains a safe, constant temperature range year round. In 1996, KTAO grew again, adding staff and doubling the size of its building on Blueberry Hill Road. In 1997, Brad started the KTAOS Solar Music Festival, which attracted an audience of thousands. The three day show was renamed the Taos Solar Music Festival in 1999 and over the next ten years Solar Fest became an internationally recognized event that continues to grow in popularity.

What’s Solar Radio?
In 1991, KTAO installed a structure holding 150 solar panels on the top of the 10,800 ft. Picuris Peak. Racks of batteries along with the transmission equipment were housed in a self-sustaining Earthship – a partially underground building constructed of tires, rammed earth and other recycled materials – that maintains a constant and safe temperature range year round. Over the past 20 years, the number of solar panels has grown and KTAO is now licensed at 100,000 watts, earning it the title of the world’s most powerful solar powered radio station. 50,000 watts is considered big in solar radio, making KTAO huge in comparison. The photovoltaic panels are virtually maintenance free and cut the electric bill to almost nothing, while allowing KTAO the capability to transmit over a 100-mile radius from Taos. KTAO has not only made a commitment to bringing a great variety of music to the Taos community, but on a larger scale, it is committed to making a lasting difference on the planet with its use and advocacy of solar power.

Awards:
New Mexico Broadcasters Association, 2011
1.    NMBA Station of the Year – and 7 of the last 11 years!
2.    Public Service Announcement: “Holiday Shop Local Campaign”
3.    Station Promotional Announcement: “Testimonial Campaign”
4.    Complete Newscast: Paddy Mac in the Mornings
5.    Website: ktao.com – 3 straight years
6.    Single Topic News: Brad Hockmeyer interview with Tom Udall
7.    30 Second Commerical: “Gay Pride Taos – Gayest Dog Wash EVER”
8.    60 Second Commercial: “Taos Solar Music Festival 2010”
9.    NonSports Talk Show: Paddy Mac in the Mornings Valentine’s Day Matchmaking
10. Sports Talk Show: Tigerbeat
Best of Taos, 2011
1.    Best Radio Station – 13 straight years
2.    Best DJ: Paddy Mac – 7 straight years
3.    Best Live Music Venue: The KTAOS Solar Center
4.    Taoseno who deserves a pat on the back: Paddy Mac for gas crisis coverage