Thursday, May 31, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 1991-93

Rio Salado 40th anniversary banner with text: An innovative leader in higher education.  Below, a 1993 clipping from Arizona Republic with headline: Birth of a Station.  It took 7 years, lots of hard work to get KBAQ on air.  By Julie Newberg

Everybody all aboard! We’re resuming our 40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday journey with a look back at 1991-1993.

scan of Arizona Republic article in its entirety.
This 1993 Arizona Republic story by reporter Julie Newberg announces the long-awaited arrival of Classical KBAQ 89.5 FM, a member-supported community service of Rio Salado, licensed to the Maricopa Community Colleges. (Click on image to see full article).

The radio station, which is known today as KBACH in honor of Johann Sebastian Bach, is one of the top classical music stations in the country-- serving more than 200,000 weekly listeners. Learn more and tune in at

Here’s a look at other historical achievements from this time.

  • Rio Salado receives Governor’s Pioneer Award for Quality for applying business principles to an educational environment

Do you remember this time? Share your photos, stories and memories via email to or social media using the hashtag #RioSaladoCollege40th.

Here's to Celebrating 40 Years as an Innovative Leader in Higher Education.

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