KMO “The Voice of Tacoma” – 1942

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Mutual affiliate 1360 KMO marketing brochure showing studio/transmitter building – 1942

KMO founder & original owner Carl E. Haymond

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Mike Cherry

Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

9 thoughts on “KMO “The Voice of Tacoma” – 1942

  1. It could have served as the basic structure of the KMO building in Fife. It was definitely renovated by the 1960s; I remember that it was painted brown. They had an entrance on the west side of the building. It would have been located at approximately 4501 Pacific Highway.
    I grew up not far from there.

  2. In looking through the image collection of the Northwest Room of the Tacoma Public Library, it appears that KMO was once located at
    914 1/2 Broadway. However, the numbering of that street must have slightly changed over time…for KMO was supposedly in the Keyes Building on Broadway, which was 916-918 Broadway. Now the building at 916-918 Broadway was a theater, and the building occupying the area from 902-914 Broadway was also a theater. In fact the 902-914 area was the location of the Music Box Theater (known by two previous names) had a fire on April 30, 1963; this building had been constructed in 1890 and was demolished after the fire.

    Below is a brief description of that building along with other businesses located there.
    Keyes Bldg .
    -black vitrolite and nickel-silver trim exterior
    TDL 12/8/1931 Old Colonial to be stores (theater to be converted into
    store bldg. by J.E. Bonnell & Sons, contr.)
    TDL 3/6/1932 p.D6 (progress)
    TDL 4/3/1932 p.A3 Vogue Beauty Shop in new location
    TDL 5/22/1932 p.C6 (progress)
    You can find a photo of the building prior to its 1931 renovation here: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/11388
    This building was built in 1914 and demolished in 1988, which is when it was purchased and turned into a parking lot.

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