DENVER — Coloradans looking for old school crate classics, new vibe music, or the state’s most promising independent artists can now tune their radio to 104.7 FM to listen to THE DROP, “The People’s Station for R&B and Hip Hop.”
A part of Rocky Mountain Public Media, THE DROP is one of just five “urban alternative” public radio stations in the country. Program Director Nikki Swarn is also the first female African American radio station general manager in Colorado history.
THE DROP debuted in 2019 and was quick to garner a loyal following and some major accolades, like Westword Magazine’s award for “Best New Radio Station in 2020.”
The programming is commercial free and THE DROP’s hosts—DJ Dif’Rent, Amerykah Jones, Unique, DJ Bella Scratch, Maleman and weekend hosts DJ Cavem and PK—will take suggestions from listeners via social media and the station’s text line (303-893-DROP).
“This station has always been about the people. From our name to how we engage with our listeners, it’s all about our Colorado community,” Swarn said. “Without this local support our 104.7 FM signal wouldn’t be as impactful. This is such a special time for public media especially here in Colorado. We owe a huge thanks to our community, our listeners and our partners for helping make this possible.”
“104.7 THE DROP is so much more than a radio station,” Swarn added. “We are truly a lifestyle brand. The station provides a place in the media landscape for a variety of musical genres and reinforces a sense of community for a diverse listenership. Listeners can DROP into the music, cultural issues and community resources in one place. It’s a movement built by and for the people of Colorado.”
“We are thrilled to make an investment in acquiring the 104.7 FM radio home for THE DROP,” said Amanda Mountain, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Public Media. “The format of this radio station plays a critical role in shaping the public media of the future and in creating a Colorado where everyone is seen and heard.”