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92.5 Movin’ KQMV
6 am-10 am Brooke Fox & Jeffrey Dubow
10 am-2 pm Deanna Cruz
2 pm-7 pm Kel Walker
7 pm-12 am Julian Nieh
12 am-6 am Natalie Melendez

93.3 KUBE
5 am-11 am Eric “Strawberry” Fielden & Lizette Love
11 am-3 pm Shaun Samuels (DJ SupaSam)
3 pm-7 pm Eric Rosado
7 pm-12 am Besa Gordon
12 am-5 am Seattle’s #1 For Hip Hop

94.1 The Sound KSWD
5 am-10 am John Fisher
10 am-3 pm Delilah Rene
3 pm-5 am Relaxing Favorites

95.7 The Jet KJR FM
6 am-10 am Jodi Brothers & Bender Cunningham
10 am-3 pm Robin Rock (VT)
3 pm-7 pm Matt Case
7 pm-12 am Mark Kroshel
12 am-6 am Marc “The Cope” Coppola (VT)

96.5 Jack FM KJAQ
6 am-9 am Lee Callahan
9 am-6 am Jack FM Playing What We Want

98.9 The Bull KNUC
5 am-9 am Cory Fitz
9 am-10 am The Bull #1 for New Country
10 am-2 pm Wingnut
2 pm-7 pm Bryan B-Dub Washington
7 pm-12 am TicTak (VT)
12 am-5 am Nat @ Nite

99.9 ROCK KISW
5 am-10 am BJ & Migs
10 am-2 pm Ryan Castle
2 pm-6 pm Robin Fox – Miles Montgomery – Thee Ted Smith – Mike Hawk
6 pm-10 pm Taryn Daly
10 pm-5 am Classic Rock

100.7 The Wolf KKWF
5 am-9 am Matt McAllister, Emily & Slow Joe
10 am-3 pm Katie & Company (VT)
3 pm-7 pm Kimo & Heather (VT)
7 pm-12 am Rob Stone & Holly Hutton (VT)
12 am-5 am #1 For Country

101.5 Star “So Northwest” KPLZ
6 am-10 am Curt Kruze & Corine McKenzie; Leonard Barokas – producer
10 am-3 pm Jill Taylor
3 pm-6 pm Kent Phillips
6 pm-10 pm Jen Pirak
10 pm-6 am Popular hits all night

102.5 Classic Rock KZOK
5:30 am-9:30 am Danny Bonaduce & Danni Sarah
9:30 am-3 pm Aly Young (VT)
3 pm-7 pm Doc Reno (VT)
7 pm-12 am Big Rig (VT)
12 am-5:30 am Classic Rock

103.7 HOT KHTP
5 am-10 am Bre Ruiz
10 am-2 pm Tiffany Warner
2 pm-6 pm Eric Powers
6 pm-11 pm Suga Rae
11 pm-6 am Top 40 music

106.1 Hits 106.1 KBKS
6 am-11 am Jubal Fresh
11 am-2 pm Raphael (VT)
2 pm-7 pm Zann
7 pm-12 am EJ (VT)
12 am-6 am Top 40

106.9 WARM KRWM
5 am-9 am Seth Hughes
9 am-2 pm Shellie Hart
2 pm-7 pm Jay Kruz (VT)
7 pm-12 am Adult Contemporary music
12 am-5 am Laurie Hardie

107.7 The End KNDD
5 am-6 am Alternative music
6 am-10 am Gregr Greg Shishman
10 am-3 pm Nicole Alvarez (VT)
3 pm-7 pm Megan Holiday (VT)
12 am-5am Bryce Segall (VT)

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88.5 KNKX Jazz, Blues & NPR News
88.9 KMIH “The Bridge” Hip-Hop music, sports; Student-operated
89.5 KNHC C89.5 – Seattle’s home for dance music; student-operated
89.7 KWFJ Christian religion – Roy
89.9 KGRG “Today’s Rock in HD” Student-operated – Auburn
90.1 KUPS Alt/Hip Hop/Electronic; Student & volunteer operated – Tacoma
90.7 KSER Progressive/Talk – Everett
90.9 KVTI Classical music/NPR news – Lakewood
91.3 KBCS Folk, Jazz, Progressive/Talk
91.7 KYFQ Christian music and programming – Tacoma
94.5 KRXY Contemporary & Classic Rock – Shelton
94.9 KUOW Classical music/NPR news
95.3 KGY Oldies – McCleary
96.1 KXXO Adult Contemporary – Olympia
96.9 KYYO KAYO Country – McCleary
97.3 KIRO News/Talk (CBS)
97.7 KOMO News (ABC)
98.1 KING Classical music
101.1 KGHO Classic Rock-Oldies – Olympia
102.9 KZTM Hispanic music – Centralia
104.5 KLSW K-LOVE Christian Rock – Covington
104.9 KTDD Christian ministries – Eatonville
105.3 KCMS Spirit 105.3 – Christian music – Edmonds

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570 KVI Conservative Talk (ABC)
630 KCIS Christian ministries – Edmonds
680 KBRD 20s, 30s Big Band music – Lacey
710 KIRO ESPN Sports talk
770 KTTH Conservative talk; FOX news
820 KGNW Christian ministries
850 KHHO Black Information Network news – Tacoma
880 KIXI MOR, Oldies, and Old Time Radio programs; (NBC)
920 KGTK Right wing political talk shows
950 KJR Sports talk; FOX Sports network
1000 KOMO simulcasts FM
1030 KMAS News/Talk – Shelton
1050 KBLE Catholic ministry
1090 KFNQ KJR-2 Sports talk; CBS Sportsradio network
1150 KKNW Alternative talk; brokered programming; (NBC)
1180 KLAY Catholic ministry – Lakewood
1230 KWYZ Korean programming – Everett
1240 KBUP Catholic ministry – Olympia
1250 KKDZ Southeast Asian programming originating from Hanford, CA.
1360 KKMO Hispanic music
1380 KRKO Oldies; Tim Hunter, mornings 6-9. – Everett
1450 KSUH Korean programming simulcasting KWYZ – Puyallup
1460 KARR Oldies – translator 98.5 FM – Kirkland
1520 KKXA Classic Country – Everett
1540 KXPA Multicultural programming
1590 KLFE Conservative talk
1680 KNTS Hispanic religious programming

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570 KVI (ABC News-Talk) Sinclair Broadcast Group -SEATTLE
Originally licensed to Tacoma back in 1928 [1280/1060/760] With over 80 years of history serving the Pacific Northwest, KVI is known as one of the pillars of Seattle radio. From humble beginnings in November 1926 in Tacoma, the station bounced around the AM dial a little bit before settling at its current 570 position at 5000 watts in the 1930s.
We were located in the historic Camlin Hotel (now a private residence) for awhile, as our first move from Tacoma to Seattle. When Gene Autry’s Golden West bought the station in the late 1950’s, it moved to the nearby Tower Building (7th and Olive) into what were considered state-of-the-art studios at the time. We carried the “pre-Mariners” (Seattle Rainiers) for many years, and stepped up to the real major league team when the Mariners showed up in town!
Through the 1960’s, 70’s and early 80’s, KVI was a dominant personality station, featuring incredible talent such as Robert E. Lee Hardwick, Jack Morton [came to KVI from KMO in 1963], Robert O. Smith, Michael O’Shea, Bill Taylor, Jack Spencer, along with so many others.
In the mid-1980’s, KVI moved to an “oldies” format. True to the heritage of the station, it not only “did” the format, but became an “Oldies Powerhouse” with a unique emphasis on Northwest artists as well as worldwide artists such as Elvis, the Beatles, and Rolling Stones. Dick Curtis and Scott Burton were among those who defined and grew this format over the years.
In the early 1990’s, KVI led the way as one of the first conservative talk stations in the country. Soon, it became one of the most emulated and most successful, and helped establish Rush Limbaugh as a nationally-known talent.
A few years later, Gene Autry’s estate was liquidated and KVI (and sister KPLZ) were sold to Fisher Broadcasting, owner of KOMO-AM and KOMO Television. That move brought three of the most exceptional radio stations with Seattle heritage under one roof, and the three continue to operate collaboratively today.
In 2002, the station left its home of over forty years in the Tower Building (although it had moved in 1990 from the 8th floor to the 2nd floor) to join the rest of the Fisher operations in the brand new Fisher Plaza, a state-of-the art communications facility on the site of the old KOMO Television building across from the Space Needle. [kvi] November 7, 2010 [Sunday, one day ahead of scheduled switch] – KVI switched from conservative talk to Oldies rock ‘n roll. DJs to be introduced in January 2011: Tom Hutyler and Marina Rockinger mornings, Mark Christopher PM drive time, and Ric Hansen in the evening. “Seattle’s Greatest Hits – 570 KVI” – KVI switched back to Conservative Talk in January 2013. Fisher Communications sold their TV and radio properties to Sinclair Broadcast Group in August 2013.

Seattle Times-June 4, 1992
Radio Personality Commits Suicide, Police Report
By Tomas Guillen, Kit Boss

Longtime Seattle radio personality Bob Hardwick was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound yesterday, Chelan County Sheriff’s Detective Bill Patterson said today. Robert E. Lee Hardwick, 61, of Kent, was once the king of Seattle morning radio, making his mark on KVI-AM. In 1978 he was Billboard magazine’s Radio Personality of the Year.
He was found dead about 3:20 p.m. yesterday in a pickup truck on an embankment of Highway 2 just east of Stevens Pass. He had been shot in the head with a handgun. It was undetermined when Hardwick apparently killed himself, but a suicide note was dated 10 p.m. on Tuesday, said Patterson. The note, Patterson said, simply asked police to notify his wife and “be gentle with her.”
Hardwick wrote several notes before he killed himself, said Patterson. One note indicated “he was getting older and unemployable and he didn’t want his wife to support him,” Patterson said.
Apparently Hardwick first tried to asphyxiate himself with the exhaust of his truck, Patterson said. When that didn’t work, he shot himself in the right temple with a .38-caliber automatic pistol.
`A TRUE SEATTLE LEGEND’
Most recently, Hardwick was morning co-host at news-talk KING-AM. He joined KING in February 1990 and was released last April because of ratings – the morning show was rated 14th in the Seattle-Tacoma market – and because the
station wanted a younger audience. Hardwick was replaced by Pat Cashman. Said Jack Swanson, general manager of KING-AM-FM: “Over the years, his talent brought happiness to hundreds of thousands of radio listeners. He was, and always will be, a true Seattle legend. . . . All of us in the Seattle radio industry were better for what he gave us, and all of us feel a real loss at his passing.”
For years, Jack Morton worked with Hardwick at KVI. Morton now does the weekend marine report for KIRO-AM.
“It was a big shock,” said Morton. “They don’t come any bigger or better than Robert. That’s a fact. I’ll always remember his laugh. He loved to set people up and laugh in the background.
“He’d always mention that we were getting older. The business is getting younger. You have to scratch to hang on.”
ADVENTUROUS LIFE
Hardwick worked at KVI from 1959 to 1980. Those 21 straight years were interrupted only by a four-month sojourn at Los Angeles station KMPC-AM in 1963.
On his KVI morning show, Hardwick would sometimes play only two or three records an hour. The rest of the time was filled with jokes, skits, ad-libbed advertisements and promotions for his latest escapade. In 1965, Hardwick piloted a tugboat to British Columbia to haul back Namu, the killer whale, for the Seattle Aquarium.
He jet-skied 740 miles from Ketchikan to Seattle, about the time it was reported he had was the highest-paid radio personality in Seattle, hosting the highest-rated program on local radio.
In 1980, he swam the Bremerton-Seattle ferry route. That same year, disgruntled with KVI’s decision to abandon its successful music format and switch to all-talk, he quit – walking out in the middle of the 8 a.m. newscast.
“I was so frustrated. Emotionally I was a wreck,” Hardwick said later. “I don’t know what happened. I took my briefcase and walked out the door. That wasn’t a businesslike way to do things.”
Later he popped up at the old KAYO-AM. Several months passed. One Friday he called in sick and didn’t return the following Monday. “Seattle radio is a bore and I have been boring right along with it,” he said at the time.
DEALING WITH TRAUMA
His two disappearing acts were not publicity stunts, Hardwick said, but “an emotional trauma in my life.”
He eventually landed at an AM station in Tacoma, did another hitch at KVI, had a failed venture to transmit computer programs via radio and spent a year at KIXI-AM.
Then in 1987 the Seattle native left the medium altogether. He worked for a time as communication director at Pacific Institute and helped several local drug- and alcohol-rehabilitation centers market their programs.
Said Hardwick, when asked once to sum himself up: “I’m a professional smartass. I love to tease people. I love to make people laugh. I’m a communicator.”

KVI Personalities:
Harry Stewart [Yogi Yorgesson] in the 1920s, when KVI was located in Tacoma, Bill Goff, Jack Hemingway, Harry Holland, Buddy Webber [appointed Program Director in 1962 when Bob Cooper left for KEX/Portland], Buck Richey [23 years at KVI], Jerry Dexter, Lou Gillette, Dick McGarvin, Don Riggs, Cliff Murphy [Air Traffic reporter], Dick Stokke, Robert Hardwick, Dick Keplinger, Lee Lucas, Ray Court, Jack Morton, Tracy Steele, Don Furhman, Dick Cross, Ed Kaufmann, Jim Blossey, Bob Hawkins, Dave DeSoto, Roall Erickson, Humble Harve, Dick Curtis, Jack Allen, Brian Gregory, Al Vanik, Sky Walker, Paul Thompson, Johnny Carver, Heidi May, Kirby Wilbur, Michael Medved, Dave Allen, Scott Burton, Art Kevin, Peter Boam, Greg Aust, Joe Fiala, Jim Martin, Terry McManus, Clark Race, Bill Taylor, Bill Cavanah, J.J. Valley, Michael O’Shea, Bill Cooper, Brian York [news], Buzz Barr, Perry Allen, Tam Henry, Tom Reddick, Robert O. Smith, J. Michael Kenyon, Jack McDonald [promotion director], Rip Collins (newsman), Dave Henderson (newsman), Jack Spencer (news director), Bob Roberts (newsman and commentator), Bill O’Mara (newsman), Jack Barton (newsman), Bob Robertson (sportscaster), Bill Schonely (sportscaster), Al Cummings [1972] (DJ), Dave Clarke (DJ), Jim French (DJ), Terry Rose (DJ), Ron MacDonald (DJ), Bill Doane (DJ), Johnny (Bolton) Novak (program director) [thanks to Bill Taylor for filling in some of the gaps and jogging my memory, I should have remembered how to spell “Roall Erickson” — I grew up listening to KVI! Oldies 570: Tom Huytler, Ric [Richard Mattson] Hansen, Mark Christopher, Marina Rockinger; SMART TALK 570: Mark Christopher, Elisa Jaffe, Scott Carty;

630 KCIS (Christian) Christa Ministries -EDMONDS
KGDN signed on in November 14, 1954 [3 P.M.] and for many years was a 6am – sunset daytimer [info: Mike Cherry] KCIS personalities: Bill Wippel, Dick Harris [host] and Glen Lambertz [Anchor] mornings, Suzanne Strickland/Suzanne Thunder, Loren Hoy [host] and Roger Grossenbacher [anchor] afternoon, Mike Kellogg, Roger Basick;

680 KBRD (Big Band/Swing/Jazz) BJ & Skip’s For The Music Foundation -LACEY
AM 680 originally KLDY, owned by Josie Baine [July 1985], wife of KMO Tacoma owner, Jim Baine. KBRD from 02/17/1995; KLDY, station was purchased by Larry “Skip” Marrow in 1995. When the KBRD call letters became available, Marrow moved the KLDY calls to 1280, he had just purchased 1280 KTOL. The KBRD call letters went to 680. Marrow died in 2005, but the eclectic format of KBRD still runs today through donations from listeners to the non-profit group operating the station.
According to KBRD website: KBRD was founded in 1995 by Larry “Skip” Marrow and was named in honor of Skip’s Moluccan Cockatoo, BJ. As the story goes, Skip would play songs for BJ from his extensive compilation of recordings, and if BJ danced along to the song then it was deemed fit for the radio.
Skip was as eclectic as his, or BJ’s, taste in music would suggest. Before moving to the Olympia area, where he founded Apex Mailing in addition to KBRD, Skip was a United State Marine and then lived in San Diego and owned a topless bar (the kind with waitresses, not dancers). The gentleman’s club closed at 6 PM as per Skip’s desire. The bar was always back open for breakfast though, and was frequented by many an FBI agent who were rumored to be fond of the flapjacks.
True to form, Skip set up KBRD on a Sunup-to-Sundown frequency so that he could shut the station down and then have a few hours for himself around the house before going to bed. Each month the startup and shutdown times change corresponding to the corresponding sunup and sundown times on the 15th day of that month. After dark 680 AM beams a San Francisco sports radio signal. One time, according to DeBee, Skip forgot to turn the station off for a couple of hours past dark. After hurriedly shutting down the station he called down to the San Francisco station and said, “Sorry. I think I may have ‘stomped’ on your signal a little up here in Olympia.” The station replied with a baffled, “Who are you?”
In the 17 years since its inception, KBRD has danced around the dial a bit, beginning on the FM side of the dial before Skip curiously, yet also predictably, wanted to move to AM. After purchasing a new tower in Oakville, KBRD was up again on 1310 and 680 AM simultaneously. The 1310 AM signal was eventually traded for what amounted to roughly $1,000 in station operating finances. Some years later, Seattle media powerhouse KOMO purchased the 1310 AM signal for one million dollars from its new owner.
Shortly after celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the station, Skip died of cancer. In his will, Skip transferred ownership of the station to a newly formed non-profit foundation, BJ and Skip’s For the Music Foundation. During the flagship years of KBRD, Adrian DeBee and Skip Marrow forged a bond over their shared enthusiasm for obscure music, and their passion for restoring and converting their original recordings for preservation. As such, it was only natural that DeBee would pick right off where Skip prematurely left off.
The station still plays only “the music Skip likes,” explained DeBee. All of the songs played on KBRD are from Skip’s personal collection and were in his house when he died. And that is a lot of music. Skip had such a massive collection that his floor collapsed in 1997. “That’s why they are on hard concrete floors now,” says DeBee, being certain not to disclose the exact location.
Some of the songs were digitalized already but the rest are slowly being converted. “We clean them up, but if you process too much. . . All of a sudden you don’t have anything.” According to DeBee, that process is the most time consuming part of maintaining the station. By his estimate he converts 20 songs per day, whenever the notion strikes him. “This morning I woke up at 2 AM and said, ‘I think I will go do some songs now.’ I just do them when I feel like it!”
One time a Los Angeles based music company called up KBRD in search of a song that they owned the rights to but did not own a copy of. “We had three different copies!” bragged an ecstatic DeBee. Currently the station has an astounding 23,000 rare and forgotten tunes in its rotation.
As a part of KBRD’s non-profit legacy they are permitted free use of a large radio tower in north Olympia, so long as they pay for all of the required maintenance and associated costs. That radio tower is a whopping 465 feet tall, making it the tallest structure in Thurston County (the tallest building is The Great Wolf Lodge, in Grand Mound). From atop its mighty perch, the 250 watt KBRD signal can be heard as far south as Chehalis, all the way around the south Puget Sound, and north up to Seattle, before skipping the cities’ tall buildings and remerging again around Edmonds.

710 KIRO (Sports/ESPN) Bonneville -SEATTLE
1926 KPCB [650] KIRO [650] KIRO began broadcasting on April 1, 1927, as the 100-watt station KPCB. The station shared frequencies with 1300 kc. KCCL in 1927 and 1210 kc. KPQ in 1929, finally getting the 650 frequency in 1930. Its founder was Moritz Thomsen of the Pacific Coast Biscuit Company. Among its announcers was Chet Huntley, later of television’s Huntley-Brinkley Report. In 1935 Saul Haas’s Queen City Broadcasting Company took over the station. He changed the call letters to KIRO and increased its power to 500 Watts. Haas, who was well connected in liberal politics and the business community, wanted a simple, pronounceable, and recognizable word for his new station. KING, after King County, Washington, was not available at that time.
In 1934, KIRO was assigned the 710 frequency and increased its power to 1,000 Watts [in 1936]. Soon after, the Seattle CBS affiliation moved to KIRO from KOL. Known as “The Friendly Station,” KIRO personalities broke from the formal announcing style that was commonplace during the early days of radio.
On June 29, 1941, KIRO’s new, 50,000-Watt transmitter on Vashon Island became operational. From the 1930s through the 1950s, KIRO recorded countless hours of CBS programming for time-delayed rebroadcast. These electrical transcriptions are, in many cases, the only recordings made of World War II-era news coverage over the CBS network. The discs were donated to the University of Washington in the early 1960s and are now held at the National Archives as the Milo Ryan Phonoarchive Collection.
In 1948, the original KIRO-FM (now KKWF) took the air at 100.7 MHz, initially rebroadcasting its AM sister’s programming. Preparing for a future television allocation, KIRO moved in 1952 from downtown studios to a larger building on Queen Anne Hill. This peak was already home to the KING-TV transmitter and would soon be the site for KOMO-TV as well. Queen City Broadcasting was awarded Seattle’s last remaining VHF license in 1958.
Haas sold KIRO in 1964 to Bonneville International Corporation, part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bonneville executives Lloyd Cooney and Ken Hatch arrived in Seattle to lead the combined broadcast group, which included KIRO AM, in 1964. Like many network radio affiliates following the demise of full-time block programming, KIRO spent the 1960s playing Middle of the road music in addition to long-form news and interview shows. Morning host Jim French spent many years broadcasting from the rotating restaurant atop the Space Needle and was live on the air from that perch during a 6.5-magnitude earthquake in April, 1965. Bonneville moved its Seattle radio and TV stations to the newly constructed “Broadcast House” at Third and Broad in 1968.
In 1973, KIRO ended a 35-year affiliation with CBS—an affiliation it has since resumed—and switched to the Mutual Broadcasting System. Around this time, KIRO also picked up Herb Jepko’s “Nitecap,” a groundbreaking overnight telephone-talk show from Salt Lake City sister station KSL. KIRO “Newsradio 71” debuted in June 1974, with news and talk segments replacing most music programming.
Station leadership and ownership remained constant through the next decades. In 1980, Cooney left to run for US Senate and Hatch became President, CEO and Chairman – a position he held until 1995. Under Hatch’s leadership, KIRO Inc. (which included KIRO TV, AM, FM, KING AM, FM and Third Avenue Productions) became one of the nation’s premier regional broadcast groups. KIRO AM received much national recognition and was lead very successfully by General Manager Joe Abel during this period.
For 25 years, KIRO’s morning news, anchored by Bill Yeend, consistently placed at or near the top of the Seattle Arbitron ratings. Yeend now anchors the morning news at cross-town rival KOMO AM. Gregg Hersholt was the station’s morning news anchor for the next 10 years until he left the station on May 28, 2010, ending his 26 year career there. Linda Thomas now hosts Seattle’s Morning News.
Sports play-by-play has been a staple of the KIRO schedule throughout its years as a news/talk station. Since the team’s inception in 1976, KIRO has been the flagship broadcaster for the Seattle Seahawks. About that same time, it was the flagship station for the Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League. From 1985 to 2002, the station originated Seattle Mariners baseball broadcasts; the broadcasts returned to KIRO in 2009. From 1978 to 1987 they were the flagship station of the Seattle SuperSonics. Additionally, KIRO has carried Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars college football for stints during the ’80s and ’90s.
KIRO was also the radio home to popular sportscaster Wayne Cody, who did live sideline reports during Seattle Seahawks football games, Washington Huskies college football play-by-play, NASL Seattle Sounders pro soccer play-by-play, and hosted a sports radio talk show weeknights that was the only one of its kind at the time in Seattle.
Reporter Dave Ross joined the station from Atlanta station WSB in 1978 and took over as noon to 3 p.m. talk host in 1987. He moved to the 9 a.m. to noon timeslot after the retirement of Jim French in 1992. Ross unsuccessfully ran for Washington’s eighth Congressional district as a Democratic candidate in 2004. While Ross unofficially announced his candidacy in May, he did not leave his on-air position until just prior to the July filing deadline. In response to complaints from state Republican party officials, Ross claimed that he was contractually bound to continue working for KIRO until he was a bona fide candidate.
Though he returned to the air immediately following the November election, the station’s ratings did not recover entirely, and Ross was moved to the afternoon drive-time shift in February, 2005. Ross moved back to his 9am-noon shift in May, 2006.
In addition to his KIRO work, Ross does a daily commentary on the CBS Radio Network and is a frequent substitute for Charles Osgood on CBS Radio’s “Osgood File” segments.
After selling KIRO-TV to A.H. Belo Corp. in 1995, the Bonneville Seattle radio stations moved to facilities on Eastlake Avenue. KIRO (AM), KIRO-FM (now KKWF) and KNWX (now KTTH) were sold to Entercom Communications of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, in 1997. Bonneville reacquired KIRO, KTTH, and KBSG (now KIRO-FM) from Entercom in 2007.[2] KIRO was one of the most listened-to stations in Seattle for several decades, but the recent switch of the news format to FM, coinciding with a new, more accurate ratings methodology (known as the Personal People Meter), dropped the station’s ratings significantly and it no longer has the stature it once did. [Wikipedia]

Personalities: KIRO- Pete Gross, Dick Bingham, Jim Gearhart, Mark Wayne, Ross McGowan, Steve Montgomery, Mike Altman, Bill Yeend, Bob Piatt, Bart Cronin, John Pricer, Ron MacDonald, Dave Ballard, Ron MacArthur, Ed Jacobsen, Jerry Mason, Robert L. Scott, Mike Moran, Steve Knight, Al Cummings, Wayne Cody (Sports), Dave Stone, Jim French [joined the station as morning man in 1959], John Burgess, Paul Brendle-traffic, Dave Dolacky, Gregg Hersholt, Jack Allen, Brian Gregory, Tommy Hough, Gary Ryan, Johnny Forrest – newsman, Rich Johnson, Ken Levine, Bill Wippel, New York Vinnie Richichi, Ed Evans, Don Clark, Ed Jacobsen, Grant Neilsen; SportsRadio 710: Bob Stelton & Dave Grosby, Pete Gross, Brock Huard & Mike Salk, Kevin Calabro, John Clayton;

770 KTTH (News/Talk–FOX) Bonneville -SEATTLE
KTCL, leased by Birt Fisher in early 1925, using the old KFQX facilities, now in new location at Magnolia Bluff. [1926 KTCL became KOMO in preparation of Fisher’s lease on another station in Seattle. KOMO then moved to a new frequency, replacing what had been KGFA. Then, KTCL call letters assigned again to the old KFQX facilities. KTCL went dark, shortly thereafter – KTCL was purchased and renamed KXA, by Vincent Kraft in 1927, after he sold KJR. The new station, with new state of the art studios and equipment, operated from the Bigelow Building in Seattle. The closer tie to bootlegger Roy Olmstead’s KFQX, was that Birt Fisher leased the old KFQX facilities for his station, KTCL “The Charmed Land.” KTCL became KOMO, until those call letters were moved to replace Harbor Island station KGFA. There were several frequency, facility and call letter changes for the old KFQX. If any station is more directly tied to Olmstead’s KFQX, it might be KOMO.
KXA call letter changes: KRPM [1985], KULL [1992], KNWX [1997] KKXA; **
Personalities: KXA: Bill Apple, Mike Altman, John Sherman, Rudy Perez, Al Cummings [playing classical music in morning drive 1976, quitting in November of that year to go into business repairing boat motors], Bill Taylor, Chuck Bras, Don Riggs, Ryan & Ryan, Lloyd Allen, Bill O’Mara, Dick Stokke, Bob Summers, Del Olney, Brent Larson, Pat O’Day, Jerry Kaye, Robert Wikstrom, Jeff McIntosh, Dale Parsons. KTTH: David Boze, Michael Medved; R.P. McMurphy, Ann D’Angelo, Mark Pierce, Tom Church, Dewey Boynton, Lia Knight, Brady Wright, Romi Cole [KRPM],

820 KGNW (Christian) Inspiration Media Incorporated (Salem) -BURIEN

850 KHHO (Black Information Network) iHeart -TACOMA
1937 CP for 1420AM 250 Watts. Studios to be situated at 204 S. 11th Street, Tacoma. ON AIR: Originally at 1490 kc., 1942 KTBI [810 kc.] 1944, Harold S. Woodworth, treasurer of KTBI Tacoma, Wash., was granted his re- quest for sale of 150 of his 179 shares common stock in KTBI to H. J. Quilliam, manager of KIRO Seattle, for $18,000. Mr. Quilliam, who is to relinquish his minor holdings in KIRG, will assume additional duties as manager of KTBI, application stated. Mr. Woodworth had become major stockholder in the Tacoma outlet several months ago. – 1946/application for frequency amended from 870 kc.] KTBI [Center at Pine, Tacoma, 810 kc 1 kw -D. ONE OF the last stations to belicensed by FCC before the war, KTBI was established by a group of local businessmen under the corporate name Tacoma Broadcasters Inc., in 1941. H. J. Quilliam, president of Muzak in, Seattle, bought the station in 1945 and moved in as president in the spring of 1946, when the station was shifted from 1490 kw 250 w fulltime to the present daytime assignments.[Broadcasting Magazine 1949] —
1954-KTAC Tacoma, Wash .-Transfer of control of Tacoma Broadcasters Inc. to Jerry P . Geehan through purchase of 140 shares of stock for $9,000. [1966]KTAC-AM-FM Tacoma, Wash.: 1966-Sold by Jerry P. Geehan, Richard R. Hodge and other stockholders to RADIO 850 CORPORATION- M. Lamont Bean, Dan L. Starr and Ronald A. Murphy for $191,381. Mr. Bean is a partner in a Seattle investment firm; Mr. Starr has printing interests there. Mr. Murphy, a Seattle lawyer, has broadcasting holdings including KELA Central ia and KUEN Wenatchee, both Washington, and KFQD Anchorage. KTAC went on the air in 1942 and operates fulltime on 850 kc with 1 kw. KTAC-FM was added in 1948 and operates on 103.9 mc with 830 w.–MOR format changed to Top 40 in the late 60s and KTAC competed with KJR & KING for at least the South Sound listenership; KTAC/KMTT later purchased by Entertainment Communications of Philadelphia [1973]. ENTERCOM 850 was briefly a simulcast of KMTT-FM 06/19/1992 and sported the KMTT-AM calls during this period. The call letters changed to KMTT on June 19, 1992, simulcasting with then-sister station KMTT-FM. Entercom sold the station to Southwave Wireless, LLC (Steve West and Dan Walker) in 1996. On March 11, 1996, the station changed its call sign to the current KHHO. It launched a news/talk format (K-H-2-O, The Voice of the South Sound) featuring Manda Factor, Jeff Walker and Bruce Cannon.
Sports and Talk – In 1998, the station was acquired by The Ackerley Group and adopted an all-sports format, featuring programming from ESPN Radio, then CBS Sports Radio and later NBC Sports Radio. For a time, it simulcast 1090 KFNQ in Seattle.
In 2002, it was acquired by iHeartMedia, Inc. KHHO changed from sports radio to a conservative talk format on February 8, 2018.
On June 29, 2020, 15 stations owned by iHeart, including KHHO, began stunting with speeches targeting African American audiences. The stations, all in markets with large African American populations, were promoting “Our Voices Will Be Heard” and an announcement took place Tuesday, June 30 at Noon. At that time, the stations launched a nationwide news/talk network deemed the “Black Information Network”, as several domains with that branding were registered by iHeart the previous Friday, the 26th Changed to BIN Black Information News, 24/7 news format June 30, 2020.
From the KTBI website, Tom Read explains the history of the KTBI call letters:
The call letters KTBI were first used in the 1920s when the Bible Institute of Los Angeles was granted a radio station. The B I stood for Bible Institute. The Bible Institute of Los Angeles became known as BIOLA which is now a Christian college in the LA area.
The next use of the call letters was in Tacoma, Washington. KTBI went on the air in the early 40s at 1490 on the AM dial with 250 watts which was the maximum power for what were know as Class 4 radio stations. KTBI was owned and operated by a corporation, Tacoma Broadcasters, Incorporated. Obviously the TBI in the call letters meant Tacoma Broadcasters Incorporated.
This is the station at which Tom Read, President of modern day KTBI, began learning the broadcasting business. After the war in the late 40s, KTBI was granted permission to move from 1490, 250 watts to 810, 1000 watts daytime. The studio was moved from the second floor of the Puget Sound Bank Building in Tacoma to a beautiful new, studio/transmitter located at 2715 Center Street, literally in the center of Tacoma. 1942 – CP to change frequency from 1490 to 1050 kc. and make changes in vertical antenna, requested and then dismissed at request of applicant. 1943 CP requested to change frquency to 1220 kc., requested and then dismissed at the request of the applicant.
In the early 50′s, KTBI received permission to move from 810 to 850 and go full time. On 850, the station call letters changed to KTAC [Call letters switched to KTAC April 1952.]. 810 was used for a short time by a station in Western Canada and then became available as a major 50,000 watt facility for Central Washington to proclaim the Gospel.

[40s & 50s] 810 KTBI presented local Tacoma Tigers baseball, local events and news with MOR music format. Call letter change in early 60s, MOR format, ABC Radio affiliate, local news and sports. Moving up the dial to 850, KTBI became KTAC and changed to Top 40 format late 60s competing head to head with KJR, KOL, and KING during those years. Adult Contemporary format adopted in mid-80s. [KTBI 1490 prior to move to 810]

May 90: Entercom, a small family-owned Philadelphia company, hires G. Michael Donovan to turn around their waning Northwest radio properties KTAC-AM and KBRD-FM. Donovan moves from Chicago to Tacoma to take over the simulcast beautiful music stations (”the perfect blend of relaxing vocal and instrumental favorites”). Donovan hires programmer Chris Mays from KLSY, and they determine that there’s a need in the market for a rock/adult contemporary radio station. Mountain Program Director Chris Mays is promoted to Station Manager/Program Director, grabbing the office vacated by Mountain General Manager G. Michael Donovan, who is promoted to President of Entercom Seattle and moves across the street to KBSG [from an old KMTT web page about the station’s history]

1996 – The Entercom station at 850 AM becomes KHHO, with live and local Northwest personalities and a focus on the South Sound– This snippet from a Seattle Times column, TV-Radio Beat {Chuck Taylor}

Station of destiny: Here comes the new, South Sound-oriented news-talk station in Tacoma.
KHHO-AM (850), to be known as K-h3O, was expected to be on the air forthwith – when we chatted with Steve West, the longtime Seattle-Tacoma radio exec who’s one of the principals. Listen for news during drive times, local talk during the midday and sports talk at night. National and international news will come from CNN. And traffic reports? “The bridge we will talk about is the Narrows Bridge” West said.
Among the voices: Charlie Johnson, former anchor and news director of Tacoma-based KSTW-TV (Channel 11); Bruce Cannon, a South Sounder since the days when 850 AM was Top-40 KTAC; former Metro Traffic anchor Sue Romero; and Jeff Dennonholz, most recently from KRWM.

ACKERLY GROUP BUYS KHHO [1997] SEATTLE, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ — The Ackerley Group announced today that it has signed a letter of intent with Southwave Wireless Communications, LLC to purchase KHHO Radio (Kh2O), an AM station with a community news/talk format and broadcast rights to the Tacoma Rainiers, WSU football and the Tacoma Sabercats hockey team. The sale is subject to the signing of a definitive purchase agreement and approval by the FCC.
“Currently we’re exploring the synergistic opportunities between KJR Sportsradio and Kh20 programming,” said Denis Curley, co-president of The Ackerley Group. “We want to retain Kh20’s distinct Tacoma identity, while also bringing Sonics games now broadcast on KJR to fans in the south Puget Sound region.”
Once a final purchase agreement is signed, The Ackerley Group will enter into a local marketing agreement

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Personalities: Jim Nelly worked at KMO as GSM — was hired by Ron Murphy at KTAC and was General Manager at 850 KTAC/Tacoma 1969-1974. KTAC was purchased by Joe Field [Entercom] in 1973. Jim Nelly was let go shortly after the purchase of KTAC by Entercom. Nelly had a short career, approx. 3 months, at KZAM/Bellevue in 1974. From there, he became GM at KORL/Honolulu – hiring Lan Roberts in 1975. In 1976, Jim Nelly purchased KUJ/Walla Walla, he acted as GM & PD there until selling the station in 1980; Roall Erickson, Bill Luckhurst-Chief Engineer in the 60s, Murray Morgan, Del Courtney [News], Clay Huntington [KTBI], Jerry Geehan, Len Higgins [KTBI], Burt McMurtrie, Rich Ellis, Dick Weeks, Ric [Richard Mattson] Hansen, Gary Crow, Bruce Cannon, Bruce Bond (KTAC Production Director late 80s), Bobby Simon [1973 mid-days and mornings in 1988], Steve West, Chris Hill/Dale Unruh, Rick Austin, Bobby McAllister, Bob Case, Robert E. Lee Hardwick, Paul Thompson, Derek Shannon, Greg [Grant Broadwell] Cook, Dudley, Robert O. Smith, Fred Ross–News, J.J. Valley, Don Wade, Ron Ericson/Ron Hoon [FOX 10 News/Phoenix], Ed Jacobsen, Doug Klippert, Joe Fiala, Bill Ogden [Marc Taylor 1968-1970] newsman at KTAC 1988-1991, Jefferson Kaye [Roger Dale], Dale Hubbard, Lou Robbins, Jaynie Dillon, Steve Lloyd, Todd Mitchell, John Nelson, Sean [Vic Orlando] Carter, Rick Donovan [moved to KING AM in 1973], Tom Reddick, Dudley [weekends at KJR 1972], Lee Askervold, Program Director-1967 [from KING Radio], Bob Robertson, Rob Sherwood, Paul Chambers, Kacie Sommers, Robert Brokman (sales manager), John Williams, Ken Copper, Dick Haugen, Nick Diamond, Don Patrick, Chuck Bolland, Mike Garland, Scotty McKay; and the following info from Bill Taylor, news director 1967: Jack Allen (DJ); Dave Allen (DJ); John Welch (DJ); Lee Knudsen (DJ) from KING FM -1967; Bruce McMichael (news director, 1966).

880 KIXI (Nostalgia) Hubbard -MERCER ISLAND
originally at 910 AM which was previously 910 KLAN [Renton-1947] KXRN [1220 Renton] KLAN [1947 1230/910 in 1957] Interlake Broadcasting Corporation KQDE [1958] == Music Concessions Inc/Dolton Records & Wally Nelskog 1958 [910] – Cutie Radio Inc. KQDE call letters changed to KUDY 1960 — Wally Nelskog maintains 50% ownership and Hale Bondurant, president of KWG Broadcasting Co. (KWG Stockton, Calif.) purchases 50% interest in KUDY (formerly KQDE) Seattle, Music Concessions/Dolton’s interst in the station, in June 1959, Rock format continues. Call letters changed again to KIXI 1961 Beautiful Music [910] also aired 18 hrs of Negro programming, as it was called, each week. From Wikipedia: A partnership led by J. Elroy McCaw, owner of Tacoma television station KTVW and father of future cellular telephone tycoon Craig McCaw, purchased a 50-percent interest in KIXI in 1963. The group [Metropolitan Radio Corporation] also acquired FM beautiful music station KGMJ from Rogan Jones, founder of the pioneering radio automation firm IGM. KGMJ became KIXI-FM and simulcasted the AM station’s programming. McCaw died suddenly of a stroke in 1969, exposing a considerable amount of debt accumulated from his speculation on radio and television stations, including WINS in New York and KYA in San Francisco. With the exception of a small cable television system in Centralia, McCaw’s entire broadcasting portfolio was sold off to pay down the debt service. Wally Nelskog and two Richland physicians purchased KIXI and KIXI-FM in 1971. The beautiful music simulcast ended in 1980, with the AM side adopting an Oldies format and the FM station programming adult contemporary as “KIXI Lite.” In 1982, KIXI (AM) began running a satellite-fed adult standards format. A move to the 880 kHz frequency a year later allowed for a daytime power boost to 50,000 watts, and in 1986, a nighttime increase to 10,000 watts. That same year, Nelskog sold the station to Thunder Bay Communications, who in turn sold the AM station to Sunbelt Communications. The FM station, which had become KLTX, was sold to Ackerley Communications.
Personalities: KLAN: Mike Altman; KQDE: Dave DeSoto, George Hayes DJ/PD, Bob Carmichael replaced Hayes as PD in 1959, Les Williams, Les Beigel—-KUDY: Bob Carmichael, morning DJ/PD [from KREM Spokane] *see KQDE. He was PD for KIXI in 1963; Lee Hurley, Jerry Sweet, Steve Wray, Les Williams, Gene Hosteter; KIXI: Bob Carmichael/PD, Norm Bobrow, J. Scott Harrington [News], Jack Spencer, Ron McArthur, Dave Langley, Ken Stuart [News Director replacing Martin Tobin], Logan Stewart (from KOL), Phil Johnson, Robert E. Lee Hardwick, Jim Martin, Del Olney, Penny Tucker, Mike Webb, Jim Dai, Jack Morton, Bob Liddle, Jim Kampmann, Bob Dearborn, Jack Hemingway, Bobby Rich, Bill Wippel, Don Riley, Martin Tobin, Dave Ballard, Wally Nelskog, Rudy Perez, Jim Willis, Janet Wilson, Bill Harvey, and Dean Smith
The VOICE of KIXI Radio, Bob Liddle passed away at the age of 88, on May 19, 2010.

920 KGTK (Business-Talk) KITZ Radio Inc. -LACEY
KGTK from 03/30/2004 – KGHO from 12/23/1999 – KAYO from 04/13/1999 – KGHO from 05/24/1996 – KCPL from 07/31/1993 – KQEU from 02/17/1982 – KITN Olympia _____ KITI October 1954: 1420 kc; 1 kw-D. St. Helens Hotel (98531). 748-3370. KITN-KITI Corp. (acq 7-1-55). Donald F. Whitman, pres, gen mgr, prog & sis mgr; Elizabeth M. Whitman, vp; Lee Hurley – engineer Sold by KITN Corp. to National Communications Inc. [1981] for $700,000. Seller is owned by Donald F Whitman (98.8%) and son, Douglas R. (1.2%), who have no other broadcast interests. Buyer is owned by S. Walter Richey and F. A. Koscielak (50% each). KITN is 1 kw day and 500 w night.
KQEU [1982] Tom Cook-News Director/KQEU 1984…Cook, named program director 1985; Don Wesel from KQEU(FM) Olympia joins KNBQ(FM) Tacoma, as account executive 1986; (oldies) 2004-2008 – automated oldies with a large playlist and PAMS jingles.

950 KJR (Sports) iHeart -SEATTLE
Pat 0’Day station manager leading the station to dominance in the rock & roll era of the 60s. KJR battled KOL, KAYO, KING, KTAC and other challengers, beating them all – hands down. The station went to a Classic Rock format in 1988. Four short years later, the music died, 95 KJR switched to a Sports format as an ESPN affiliate. Seattle’s oldest radio station, founded as an experimental station in 1921 by Vincent Kraft. Dial position for KJR varied, from 950, 970 and 1000, switching with co-owned KOMO when the stations were operated by the Fisher family. KJR and KOMO operated as NBC radio affiliates.

Here is the history of KJR ownership—KJR ownership changes 1928 to present
A rather complete history of KJR can be found at The Radio Historian
Here are excerpts from the site, mainly just a timeline of KJR ownership:
KJR in Seattle, begun by amateur radio operator Vincent I. Kraft, was the first radio station to be licensed in the Pacific Northwest.
Over the ensuing years, Kraft built or became controlling partner in four radio stations and a small “Network” called ABC – The American Broadcasting Company.
Kraft sold his interests in the four radio stations, KJR, KYA, KEX and KGA, in the Spring of 1928, to Adolph Frederik Linden, who was the co-owner with Mr. Edmund Campbell of the ritzy new Camlin Hotel on 9th Street in downtown Seattle Both men were also directors of Puget Sound Savings & Loan.
However, Kraft continued to own KXA in Seattle, which he had recently acquired. Kraft finally sold KXA, his last station, in 1946.


In 1928, KJR and the other stations KYA, KEX and KGA and the ABC Network, began to expand nationally, as did the balance sheet. Under the direction of Linden, this operation ran into financial difficulties and Linden had scrambled to sell the operation, actually had a buyer lined up, [20th Century Fox] and nearly regained financial footing — until the stock market crashed and the deal with Fox fell through.
On October 1, 1929, receiver-in-bankruptcy Ralph A. Horr took control of KJR, KYA, KEX and KGA.
In October of 1931, all four radio stations and the new Northwest Broadcasting System network, were sold to the National Broadcasting Company. NBC had been operating its Orange Network on the West Coast from San Francisco since 1927, rebroadcasting the programs of its East Coast Red Network in the West. The Northwest Orange Network affiliates were KOMO in Seattle, KGW in Portland and KHQ in Spokane. In the East, NBC also operated a second network called the Blue Network, and it planned to set up a second West Coast network to bring its Blue Network programs out West, to be called the “Gold Network”.
Still the height of the depression years, this NBC West Coast network failed and NBC began leasing the individual stations to other stations in the local markets. KJR went to KOMO – the price, $1 per year. In 1941, Fisher’s Blend Station finally purchased KJR outright, ending its eight year lease of the station.
A year later, the F.C.C. passed a new duopoly rule that prohibited a single entity from owning two radio stations in a single city. This forced the Fishers to divest themselves of one of their stations, and so the Fishers sold KJR to Birt Fisher. He operated the station only two more years before selling KJR to Marshall Field Enterprises in 1947.


Meanwhile, KJR continued to grow and prosper as an independent station in the 1950’s and 60’s. On August 13, 1952, Marshall Field Enterprises sold KJR to the Mt. Rainier Radio and Television Broadcasting Corp., principally owned by Ted R. Gamble of Portland. The company also purchased KOIN AM/FM in Portland at the same time.
The new owners were interested in television, and KJR had recently filed an application with the F.C.C. for the Seattle channel 7 TV assignment, but they lost their bid for the channel to KIRO Radio. They were more successful in Portland, however, where KOIN-TV soon reached the airwaves.
After their unsuccessful Seattle TV bid, KJR and the Mt. Rainier Radio and TV Broadcasting Corporation was sold again, this time to Lester M. Smith and John Malloy, for a reported $800,000. Malloy was the owner of KVSM in San Mateo and KROY Sacramento, both in California, and Smith was the manager of KVSM after starting his career as an NBC page boy in New York. Smith’s arrival in the Northwest began a 44 year broadcasting dynasty that would also involve KXL in Portland (purchased in 1955), and KNEW in Spokane (which became KJRB), and stations in Cincinatti and Kansas City, and with Smith manning the helm for the entire period.
On June 7, 1958 Smith and Malloy sold their interest in KJR, KXL and KNEW to siinger Frank Sinatra and actor Danny Kaye for $2.5 Million. The station was now licensed by Essex Productions, Inc. & Dena Pictures, Inc., a joint venture doing business as Seattle, Portland & Spokane Radio, Inc. (Essex Productions was owned by Sinatra and Dena Pictures was owned by Kaye.) Les Smith became the General Manager of the station group.


KJR’s fledgeling rock and roll format took on new life in 1959 when Smith hired a young disk jockey named Pat O’Day. He was soon joined by other popular disk jockeys such as Larry Lujack, Lan Roberts, Emperor Smith and Dick Curtis.
By March of 1960, the station’s ratings zoomed to number one with an amazing 37% of the Seattle audience. Advertisers who had been reluctant to associate themselves with the new music started lining up at the door.
On October 14, 1964, Sinatra sold his interest in the stations to Danny Kaye and Les Smith, and they formed Kaye-Smith Enterprises, with Kaye having majority ownership. (Smith bought out Danny Kaye in 1981.)
In 1980, at the height of its popularity, Metromedia purchased KJR from Kaye-Smith Enterprises for $10 million.
In 1984, KJR was sold for only $6 million to Ackerley Communications, headed by billboard mogul Barry Ackerley.
Ackerley Communications sold a majority ownership in KJR to New Century Seattle in July of 1994 for $30 million. Michael O’Shea was the new President of KJR and a part-owner of New Century, but Barry Ackerley bought back O’Shea’s shares in 1998. In 2001, Clear Channel Communications acquired the Ackerley group of stations, including KJR. Clear Channel later changed identity to iHeart Radio.

See: KOMO

Personalities: Al Priddy and Bill Gunning [1940s], Gil Henry, Terry Rose, Bill Shela, Lou Gillette, Del Olney, Larry Lujack, Pat 0’Day, Dave Clark, Rod Hammett, Ward Lucas [News], Don Clark, Don Hedman, Bob Reece, Sandy Hamilton, Chris Lane, Les Parson [news], Dale Starkey, Bob Salter, John Stone, Lee Perkins, Lan Roberts, Steve West, Delilah Rene, Scott Forrest, Tracy Mitchell [hired June 1975], Dick Keplinger, Jerry Kaye, Emperor Lee Smith, Frank Thompson [news], Nick Anthony, Ichabod [Randy Hansen] Caine, Don Burns, Buzz Barr, B.R. Bradbury, Scotty Brink, Chris Hill/Dale Unruh, Charlie Brown, Norm Gregory, Gary Shannon, Tom Hood, Bwana Johnny, Tom Larson, Gary Lockwood, World Famous Tom Murphy, Kevin O’Brien, Mike Phillips from 1964

Bill Rice, Dick Stokke, Bobby Simon, Jim Martin, Don Courtenay Chuck Ellsworth, Tom Connors, Chuck Knopf, Stacy Hanson, Jim Sims, Marion Seymour, Scott Forrest, Bob Brooks, J.J. Valley, Chuck Bolland, Ted Bryant, Wally Beethoven, Alan Walters, Sky Walker, Eric Chase, Ric [Richard Mattson] Hansen, Candi Chamberlain, Matt Alan, Ross Shafer, Mike Morgan, Kacie Sommers, Tom Watson, Dancin’ Danny Wright, Mark Allen, Scott Campbell, Diane McKenzie, Craig Edwards, Jimmy Darren, Jimmy Anderson, Dan Packard, Chet Rodgers [real name Ron Favor], Bob Wright-weekends, Steve Mills-weekends, Allen Stewart-weekends; SportsRadio 95: Dick Fain, Mitch in the Morning, Dave ‘Softy’ Mahler, Ian Furness, Mike “The Gasman” Gastineau. Rob Tepper/Rob Dibble [FOX]

Tom Murphy began his radio career in his hometown of Portland, Oregon while still in high school. After working at a couple of small stations he joined KISN in 1959. Tom stayed at KISN for almost six years, enjoyed big ratings and enjoyed the company of another KISN employee, Connie, whom he married. Radio station romances are not known for their longevity but this one “took” and they’ve been together ever since.
Next stop was Seattle and the “Legendary” KJR. It was at KJR that Larry Lujack and now “World Famous” Tom Murphy would work together for the first time. Another six year run at KJR came to an end when Tom moved to Los Angeles and KRLA. After KRLA, Tom would head east to Chicago where, once again, he and Larry Lujack would work together at the former WCFL. (There seems to be a pattern emerging here!) After three years in Chicago, and a quick stop in Cleveland, Tom headed back to Los Angeles where he worked at several stations including KIIS-FM and KFI. In the mid-80s, Tom began working in radio syndication writing, producing and hosting a variety of radio shows. Tom also did commercials and voices on cartoons Recently, Tom wrote, programmed and hosted a weekly oldies show heard on satellite and cable systems nationwide and that brings us up to “Most Recently.”
“Most Recently,” Tom has returned to Chicago radio here in the afternoons on Real Oldies1690. This is the third time Larry and Tom have worked together. [Editor’s note: Real Oldies 1690 now defunct, Murphy is “retired” and lives outside Los Angeles] Finally, regarding “World Famous” – “The simple truth is, I became ‘World Famous’ when it dawned on me that I wasn’t. Amazingly, ‘World Famous’ stuck and when you pull one off like that, you stick with it.” [from his bio at Real Oldies 1690 – Chicago] ******* Murphy is now retired — living in Los Angeles.

1000 KOMO (News–ABC) Sinclair Broadcast Group -SEATTLE
“What happens NEXT, happens HERE.” KOMO positioner [2012] – Call letters originally used/temporarily, at the old KFQX facilities, call letters had been KTCL. The station was operated by Birt Fisher. When Fisher took possession of KGFA on Harbor Island, he changed those call letters to KOMO. 1926 KGFA changes to KOMO [980] –KOMO [980/1080/980/920/970/950] In July 1926, KOMO was founded on Harbor Island as KGFA 980 by Birt F. Fisher, whose lease on Seattle radio station KTCL was about to run out. [Birt Fisher, in partnership the Fisher brothers of Fisher Flouring Mills (no relation), who had been on the island since 1911.] In preparation for the switch to the new station, he changed KTCL’s call letters to KOMO. In December, his lease ended, and he took the call letters with him to KGFA. KOMO 980’s first broadcast was December 31, 1926. Studios moved to Downtown in 1927. The station also began a long-running affiliation with NBC that year as well, primarily with the Red Network, but also with the short-lived west coast Orange Network from 1931 to 1933. Over the following years, KOMO’s frequency would go from 980 to 1080, back to 980, down to 920, up to 970, then back to 920, and settled at 950 after the NARBA frequency shakeup in 1941. Fisher Communications sold their TV and radio properties to Sinclair Broadcast Group in August 2013.
Fisher’s Blend Station, owner of KOMO, bought NBC-Blue affiliate KJR from the network in 1941. In 1944, KOMO switched frequencies with KJR (then at 1000 kilocycles) and sold KJR off two years later. At its new frequency, KOMO began broadcasting with 50 kilowatts of power from its current transmitter site on Vashon Island in 1948. New studios at the corner of Fourth and Denny, near what is now the Seattle Center, were also inaugurated that year and included space for an expansion into television broadcasting.
KOMO-TV’s former broadcast facility at the current site of Fisher Plaza, near the intersection of 4th Avenue North and Denny Way.


This building was completed in 1948, expanded in 1975, and demolished in 2000 to make way for building 2 of the Fisher Plaza complex.In 1953, KOMO-TV took the air on Channel 4 as an NBC affiliate. Channel 4 swapped affiliations with KING-TV in 1958 and became an ABC station. KOMO radio followed suit the next year. By 1964, old-line network programming had been phased out and KOMO carried a MOR music format. Long-time morning drive personality Larry Nelson began in 1967. From 1967 to 1978, KOMO was the original flagship station of the Seattle SuperSonics of the National Basketball Association with Bob Blackburn on play-by-play. Norm Gregory, formerly of KJR and KZOK, joined the staff as afternoon disk jockey in 1984. KOMO carried a full-service diet of music, personality, news and Washington Huskies sports well into the early ’90s. Dayparts gradually changed from music to talk and by 1995, the conversion to news-talk was complete.
In January 1981 former FM Rock Programmer Ken Kohl joined the team at KOMO and put a fresh coat of paint on this gray lady of the Pacific Northwest. When Kohl arrived the station had fallen from grace and its ratings languished in the middle of the pack. After building the station’s news commitment and implementing KOMO’s first major marketing effort, Kohl and his KOMO team inched to within a tenth of a point of market leader KIRO. In January 1987 Kohl departed Seattle for KFI Los Angeles. For the next several years, KOMO unsuccessfully attempted to directly compete with market leader KIRO. Following an outcry from loyal fans following his firing at KIRO-FM (“The Buzz 100.7”) in 1999, local comedian Pat Cashman took over as morning-drive host. In late 2002, Fisher Communications announced a six-year contract for Seattle Mariners play-by-play rumored to be worth at least $10 million annually, a record for any Major League Baseball radio broadcast agreement. To shore up the surrounding broadcast schedule, KOMO dropped its talk shows and became an all-news station with reports from an enlarged radio news staff and material from KOMO-TV newscasts. Some notable anchors include Bill Yeend, Manda Factor, Brian Calvert (who also works as a reporter and weathercaster on KOMO-TV), Lisa Brooks, Bill Rice, Art Sanders, Nancy Barrick.
It was announced on May 11, 2009 that KOMO will be simulcast on KFMY, an FM station in Oakville, starting on May 15, 2009. The station is now known as “KOMO Newsradio.” KFMY changed its call letters to KOMO-FM in August 2009 to reflect the new ownership of the station and the simulcast. The move was made to improve KOMO’s daytime coverage in the southern part of the market. Fisher Broadcasting has stated that there are currently no plans to move KOMO Newsradio to the FM band only, as Bonneville did with KIRO earlier in the year. [wikipedia] Personalities: KOMO: Personalities: KOMO: Bruce Vanderhoof, Gil Henry, Larry Nelson, Dick Cross, Al Cummings, Bill McDonald, Bill Chase, Don Allen, Jay Ward, Rod Hammett, Nick Lacy, Larry Walker, Eric McKaig, Don Cannon, Don Chapman, Katherine Wise, Lisa Foster, Keith Jonasson, Norm Gregory, Joe Coburn, Bob Rondeau, Gary Johnson, Keith Shipman, Clint Jones, Bob Gillespe, Buddy Webber, Jaynie Dillon, Jon Ballard, Harry Sloane (News), Ed Ives, Dick Goodman, Dick Courier, Lloyd Allan, Gary Hoffman, Mike Hamilton, Stan Orchard, Gina Tuttle, Lee Sommerstein, Heather Bosch, Lee Duncan, Brian Gregory, Bill Yeend, Manda Factor, Lee Hall, Tom Hood, Tim Hunter, Bob Mathers, Bryan Johnson [news], Bill Rice, New York Vinnie Richichi, Gregg Hersholt, Herb Weisbaum, Jane Shannon, John Carlson, Ken Schram

1030 KMAS (News-Talk) iFiberOne-SHELTON
KMAS Sept 21, 1962: 1280 kc; 1 kw-D. ABT Inc. Robert E. Sheetz, pres, gen mgr, prog dir & chief engr, Thomas C. Townsend, coml mgr; Bruce E. Jorgenson, stn mgr. Format: COUNTRY & WESTERN;
Changed frequency and format in 1984 to 1030/Adult Contemporary, same ownership. In 1987, Harold S. Greenberg became pres, gen & gen sls mgr [Sound Broadcasting Co.]; the station was purchased by Olympic Broadcast & Media (President and General Manager Dale Hubbard, Secretary, Treasurer Jerry Eckenrode) in 2006. KMAS went to the Oldies format in August 2007.Switched to News-Talk format January 3, 2012 [America’s Radio News Network & ABC News] Purchased by local CableTV company iFibreOne in January 2016. Personalities: Dale Hubbard, Dedrick Allen [News], Randy Roadz, Jeff Slakey

1050 KBLE (Catholic) Sacred Heart Radio -KIRKLAND
1948-KRKL personalities: Jack Hemingway; Anita Busek [AM Operations/FM Station Manager], Bud Harrington [PD]; 1953-KNBX [Kirkland]; 1963-KNBK; 1964-KBLE

1090 KFNQ (Sports-Talk “1090 KJR”) iHeart Radio -SEATTLE
KGBS 1926 licensed to Arthur Dailey in 1926 sharing a frequency with station KKP; became 1370 KVL 1927, sharing the frequency with KFBL Everett; KVL becomes 1120 KEEN 1937; KEEN becomes 1400 KEVR 1940 – switched to 1090 kc in 1941; [1947] KING, KINF [when KING was acquired by Bonneville from the Bullitt family in 1995 – frequency later switched to 770 replacing KULL which had been simulcasting country KRPM FM, KKNW, KRPM, KYCW; KPTK/Progressive Talk format with call letter switch in November 2012 to KFNQ, in anticipation of switch to CBS SportsRadio format January 2, 2013. Switched branding to 1090 KJR when iHeart took over the station in February 2018.



In 1947, Bullitt bought a small AM radio station, KEVR. She immediately applied to the Federal Communications Commission to change the station’s call letters to KING (for King County, Washington), but KING was already registered to an old merchant ship, the SS Watertown. Undaunted, Bullitt negotiated with the freighter’s owner and acquired the letters. (According to legend, Bullitt personally rowed out to the freighter with a bottle of champagne to meet the captain, who didn’t care what call letters he used and asked only that Bullitt make a donation to his church.) The following year, Bullitt received a license for an FM station, KING-FM, and used it to broadcast classical music, her favorite.
In 1949, Bullitt purchased an eight-month-old television station, KRSC-TV, and renamed it KING-TV. Initially an affiliate of the then-poor-performing ABC network, KING-TV became an NBC station in 1959 after Bullitt persuaded the more successful network to switch its affiliation from rival station KOMO-TV. KING-TV remains an NBC affiliate today.
Bullitt turned the presidency of King Broadcasting, as the company was called, over to her son Charles Stimson “Stim” Bullitt in 1961, remaining on the board as chairperson for several years thereafter. Dorothy and Stimson both believed strongly that the stations of King Broadcasting should serve the public, and not just be driven by ratings and revenue. At Bullitt’s insistence, KING-TV built one of the first local TV news operations in the country, and through the 1950s and 1960s the station’s news programming earned a national reputation for quality, on the strength of its locally produced documentaries and tough investigative journalism. Through the influence of the Bullitts and King Broadcasting executive Ancil Payne, KING-TV and its sister stations developed a corporate culture characterized by political liberalism, expressed through broadcast editorials and a dedication to the Bullitts’ notion of public service. In 1952, Senator Joseph McCarthy threatened to have KING-TV’s license revoked after the station barred the senator from delivering an allegedly libelous attack on the air. In 1966, Stimson Bullitt himself made the only televised appearance of his career when he delivered an impassioned and controversial editorial against the Vietnam War, long before the American public as a whole began to turn against the conflict’s prosecution.

[Wikipedia as of 2018] What is now known as KFNQ began as KGBS in 1927, changing to KVL in 1928, then KEEN in 1936 and KEVR in 1940. The station is considered the third oldest radio station in Seattle, the first being KJR, which began broadcasting in 1922, and the second being KOMO, which began in 1926.

KING
In 1947, broadcasting pioneer Dorothy Bullitt bought KEVR and almost immediately asked for permission to change the calls to KING (for King County, Washington). After Bullitt bought the calls from a merchant ship, the FCC granted the request a few months later.

Under the Bullitts’ watch, the once-small station became a powerhouse in Seattle. KING was known as the “Mighty 10-90,” and featured legendary radio personalities such as Frosty Fowler, Ray Court, Mark Wayne, Buzz Lawrence, and late night talk with Irving Clark’s “Clark on King.” The station was an NBC Radio network affiliate which had many monitor features and local news, often using KING-TV anchors. The format of music was MOR, but also mixed in with jazz, bossa nova and some swing. When compared to KJR, KING had a light-hearted and upbeat direction, an opposition to KJR’s hip direction, as well as not being as staid as KIRO (AM). The late ’60s personalities defected to KIRO and other markets. Bob and Jim, a duo team was brought in from KREM in Spokane, but by then, personality Larry Nelson on KOMO (AM), and KIRO’s news was beginning to gain traction in the market. Later in its life, KING focused on left-leaning political talk during the final years.

During the 1970s, the station flipped to CHR and changed monikers to “Musicradio 11 KING” and competed even more closely with KJR. The line-up at the time included such Seattle radio personalities as Gary Lockwood (who later defected to KJR) and Bruce Murdock, with the Murdock in the Morning show (he would later move to KLSY and is now heard at KKCW in Portland). When KJR unveiled its yellow “Sunshine” window sticker, KING followed with its own red “Sunburst” sticker.

Soft rock and more
In April 1980, KING experienced a major change. As AM music radio lost young listeners to FM, KING gave up on Top 40 and flipped to Soft AC, while retaining the “Musicradio 11 KING” moniker. KING’s slogan was “Soft Rock and More”. The station’s tagline used in advertising was “You grew up with us, now we’ve grown up for you”. This format was parodied on April Fool’s Day, 1981 by rock station KISW. Ratings for KING at this time were low.

Talk, country and sports eras
On October 4, 1982, at 4 a.m., KING adopted a news-talk format, primarily with local personalities, and branded simply as “KING NewsTalk 1090”. Personalities included Jim Althoff, Carl Dombek, Jeff Ray, Randy Rowland, Mike and Candace Siegel and Pat Cashman. This format produced moderately high ratings, though never as successful as the Top 40 format had been.
On September 2, 1994, at Noon, the station fired all on-air personalities and began carrying AP News’ radio service “All News Radio.” In February 1995, the Bullitts sold the station to Bonneville (the family sold their TV sister station to the Providence Journal Company in 1991), who would then sell it to EZ Communications later that year. The long-running KING call letters would be dropped for KINF, then KKNG shortly after, followed by KNWX. In November 1995, the station swapped formats (but not call letters) with KULL (who was simulcasting KRPM) and became KRPM-AM, an AM simulcast for KRPM-FM/KCIN (now KBKS-FM). The simulcast would continue after KCIN’s flip to Rhythmic AC in March 1996, as well as their shift to Top 40 (CHR) in May 1997. (EZ would merge with American Radio Systems in July 1997; ARS merged with Infinity Broadcasting just two months later in September; Infinity would be renamed CBS Radio in December 2005.) The simulcasting stopped on February 1, 1999, and 1090 flipped to a locally programmed Classic Country station (with a simulcast of KMPS’s morning show). 1090 also carried the call letters KMPS, and then KYCW. The station began broadcasting in AM Stereo in March 2001.

Beginning August 4, 2001, the station ran promos promoting a new format that advised listeners to “listen at their own risk”. At 5 a.m. on Monday, August 6, the station flipped to hot talk as “Extreme Radio 1090” featuring Bob Rivers’ “Twisted Radio” in mornings (who was also simulcasted on KZOK-FM), Jim Rome, Ron and Fez, Opie & Anthony, Don and Mike, and Phil Hendrie. The station was also a Sporting News Radio affiliate. The station’s ratings were abyssmal, usually peaking at a 0.4 share. KYCW would return to classic country at 11 p.m. on May 19, 2002.[12] The station’s second version would include the return of personalites previously heard on the first incarnation of the format, including “Tall” Paul Fredericks from 5-9 AM, Mike Preston from 9-noon, PD Becky Brenner from Noon-3 PM, “Buffalo” Phil Harper from 3-7 PM, and Sheldon Smith from 7-Midnight. The station, however, still had low ratings, usually peaking at a 1.3.

On October 25, 2004, at Midnight, the station flipped to progressive talk and changed call letters to KPTK days later. During its tenure as “Seattle’s Progressive Talk,” KPTK broadcast syndicated progressive/liberal talk programs hosted by personalities such as Ed Schultz, Mike Malloy, Randi Rhodes, Thom Hartmann, Norman Goldman, Rachel Maddow, Stephanie Miller, Leslie Marshall, and Bill Press. KPTK was also the flagship station of Air America Radio’s Ron Reagan Show. Beginning in 2011, KPTK became the flagship station of Seattle Storm and Seattle Thunderbirds broadcasts, though it was met with some controversy. The station’s weekend programming included a mix of specialty syndicated and local programs, such as “The Ric Edelman Show” (a financial advice show), “Ring of Fire”, “Democracy Now!”, “Swirl Radio” (a show targeting the LGBT community), “Community Matters” with CBS Seattle’s director of public affairs and morning traffic reporter Lee Callahan, “Gardening In the Northwest with Scott Conner”, “The Tina and Drew Show”, and “Crash Talk with Mike Harber”.

Logo as “1090 The Fan”, used from January 2, 2013 through February 8, 2018
In July 2012, CBS and Cumulus Media announced a new sports radio network dubbed “CBS Sports Radio” to be launched in January 2013. The initial affiliate list that would carry the network’s full lineup included most of CBS O&O low-performing AM stations (predominantly talk radio stations), while others would be affiliates and carry certain programs and hourly “CBS Sports Minute” updates. After much speculation, on November 14, 2012, CBS announced that KPTK would flip to the new network on January 2, 2013, branded as “1090 The Fan” (this would be further confirmed by the station changing call letters to KFNQ on the same day). This was met with much controversy on the station’s Facebook page, as well as being brought up by several of the station’s hosts. To please displaced listeners, Lakewood radio station KLAY (1180 AM) would announce they would carry Ed Schultz’ and Stephanie Miller’s programs after the station’s flip, as well as KBCS (91.3 FM) picking up Thom Hartmann’s program.

Since the station’s flip to sports, the station aired a local afternoon show hosted by Steve Sandmeyer and Bill Swartz (later replaced by Jason Churchill). However, on July 11, 2015, the show was cancelled, resulting in KFNQ airing the entire CBS Sports Radio program lineup around the clock.

On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Entercom (which locally owns KHTP, KISW, KKWF, and KNDD). On October 10, CBS Radio announced that as part of the process of obtaining regulatory approval of the merger, KFNQ would be one of sixteen stations that would be divested by Entercom, along with sister stations KJAQ and KZOK (KMPS-FM was retained by Entercom). On November 1, iHeartMedia announced that they would acquire KFNQ, KJAQ and KZOK. To meet ownership limits set by the FCC, KFNY (formerly KFOO) and KTDD (formerly KUBE) were divested to the Ocean Stations Trust in order to be sold to a different owner. Until the completion of the divestment of KFNY and KTDD to the trust, CBS placed KFNQ, KJAQ and KZOK into the Entercom Divestiture Trust. The merger of CBS and Entercom was approved on November 9, and was consummated on the 17th. iHeart then began operating KFNQ under a local marketing agreement. The sale to iHeart was completed on December 19. On February 8, 2018, the station relaunched as a brand extension of sister station KJR and added the Fox Sports Radio programs The Dan Patrick Show, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and The Doug Gottlieb Show.

KING 1090 Personalities: Charles Herring, Bill O’Mara, Dan Hemingway, Mark Wayne, Jonathan Spring, Frosty Fowler, Russ Norman, Al Cummings, Andy Barber, Bruce Murdock, Buzz Lawrence, Steve Knight, Ed Ives, Stu Collins, Bill Terry, Al Vanik [Gary Mitchell], Joel Martin, China Smith, Tim Hunter, Rob Conrad, Dan Foley, Joe Cooper, Freddie Mertz, Phil Harper, Buzz Barr, Tom Franklin (News), Hal Widsten [PD], Jim Martin, Bob Adkins, Kirk Wilde, Dick Roth, Irving Clark Jr [talk show in the evening], Jim Johnston, Joe [Fleischauer] Michaels, Tony Miner, Bob Hardwick, Deb Henry, Rick Donovan, John Erickson, Jeannie Lockhart, Dean Shepherd, Scott Lawson, Jim Althoff, Chris Brecher, Mike Siegel, Gary Lockwood, Ron Mercer, Eric McKay, Robin Mitchell, Bob Shannon, Frank Catalano, Russ Norman, Bruce Vanderhoof, Mark Allen, Mike Brody, Steve Lloyd, Mike Rivers, Ray Court, Dan Shannon, Scott Forrest, Jim French, Lee Askervold, Greg Connors, Tom Connors, Ted Bryant, Pat Lewis, Jack Frost, Dick Albertson, Dick Guthrie, Harry Jordan, Dick Staub, Jack Barton, Al Wallace, Gerry Gawne, Tracy Smith, Pat Cashman, Lisa Brooks, Dori Monson, Rick Mauser, Jim Kelly, Dana Middleton, Steve Alexander [News], Dave Smith [News], John Hinterberger, Rick Miller, Andee Beck, Jane Shannon, Fran Martin, Candace Siegel, John Burgess, David Arneson, Carl Gardner, Colleen Patrick, Karen Denard, Carl Dombeck, Dennis Kelly, Steve Becker, Ed Scott, Doc Maynard [Charlie Busch], Bill Gardner [in an email to Brian Lord, Gardner writes: I was the afternoon, (3-7PM) guy from late 1971 to early 1973. I’ve still got a picture of that great old studio with the turntables mounted in sand for stability. I left KING-AM to go to San Diego and work for Jack McCoy at the legendary KCBQ-AM San Diego as morning drive guy. By the way, virtually the whole list of where I’ve been is at my website, under “resume.” –Bill Gardner]

CALL LETTER ORIGINS | FCC HISTORY CARDS | HISTORICAL RADIO-TV SCHEDULES

1150 KKNW (Alternative Talk) Hubbard -SEATTLE
[1926] In 1952, Jessica Longston, who owned newspaper & radio stations in Oregon and Montana, bought a radio station [KRSC originated in 1926 by the Radio Sales Corporation, located at 5th & Seneca. The station was located at the home of P.K. Leberman, President of the company, 252 40th Ave. North. Some early programming was rather simple and inexpensive, such as nightly rebroadcasts of KDKA Pittsburgh programming, from over the air reception at Leberman’s Seattle home.] in Seattle from J. Elroy McCaw, and gave it the call letters KAYO – “for knockout,” her son said – and built it into one of the top-earning radio stations in the region for decades to follow.
KAYO was a Top 40 competitor against KJR until KAYO switched to a Country format on April 22, 1963. Jessica Longston owned KAYO at that time. Sold to Obie Communications in 1979 News/Talk format, then back to country – 1982 KSPL MOR [KAYO call letters picked up by an Aberdeen, WA broadcaster] and then AC “MusicRadio 1150 KSPL, 1984 then became KEZX [Park Broadcasting] soft AOR/Jazz, KGNW from 09/24/1984 – KGMW from 12/23/1986 – KEZX from 12/31/1986 -KSRB R&B (Sandusky) 01/01/1999 – KKNW from 06/01/2001

Personalities: Bill Shela, Bill Goff, Rod Hammett, Ron Dini, Hal Raymond, Ray Willis, Bobby Ryan, Gary Ryan, Don Chapman, Russ Norman, Andy Nilsen, Claude Brimm, Herb Hall, Johnny Knight, KC O’Hara, Bob Dean, Chris Lane, Jeff Mitchell, Lee Perkins, Bill Taylor, Chet Rodgers, Don Chapman, Martinn “Marty Party” Mandles, Bill Schonley, Brian Calkins, Ray Golden, Buck Richey [10 yrs at KAYO, died in 1973 at age 58 of cancer], Wally Nelskog, Pat O’Day, Bobby Wooten, Skip Piper, Al Vanik, BR Bradbury, Jaynie Dillon, Dick Ellingson, Jack Hemingway, Tom Kelly, Mark Roberts, Mike Phillips, Jerry Kay, Bob Hardwick, Jerry Dimmitt, Dick Harris, Mark Wayne, Paul Scott, Ben Peyton, Bo Wiley, David Buckle, Don January, Bob Fredericks, Norm Apple, Tad Jones, Russ Norman, Lee Lucas, Paul Smith; KSPL: Gary Mitchell, Chuck Urban, Steve Lawson/Scott Terry, Joe Micheals, Colleen Patrick [News], Bill Taylor, Chet Rogers, Steve Nicolet, Ron Hansen, Joe Sargent, Jack Spencer, Hardwick, Bob Robertson, B.R. Bradbury (formerly Bill Munson, KOL), Deb Henry (a future Mrs. Bradbury), Bill Baker (former KING TV newsman), Gary West, and Dick Goodman (former KOMO newsman). KKNW: Cedric James

1180 KLAY (Catholic/religious) Sacred Heart Radio -LAKEWOOD
KLAY from 06/28/1990 – KDFL from 05/01/1990 – KLAY from 03/24/1980
Clay Huntington has operated stations KFHA-Lakewood, KLAY FM Tacoma, KQLA-Lakewood and now KLAY 1180-Lakewood, serving the Tacoma and South Sound area for well over 50 years. Huntington’s early sports broadcast career includes stints at KTBI, KTNT and KMO radio stations and both KTVW and KTNT television. All of this, as well as sports broadcasts on a 14-station network that covered Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. His vast record of community involvement includes helping to fund the construction of Cheney Stadium in 1960 and bring Triple A baseball back to Tacoma.
KLAY 106.1 FM was the first STEREO FM station in the Puget Sound region. At that time, KLAY FM was a Beautiful Music station. Ahhh…the sounds of Mantovani, Enoch Light and Richard Claydermann. Beautiful music orchestrations, programmed as background music, pleasant, relaxing and suitable for the office, home or in the car. Listeners stayed with KLAY FM for hours each day at work and at home. This format was relaxing and almost hypnotic when programmed right.
Competition for this format grew during the 60s and early 70s, with several stations adopting the format for some period. Over time there was KEZX, KBRD, KSEA, KIXI and KBIQ. Oceans of Beautiful Music emanated from some great Puget Sound area radio channels.
KLAY FM switched to a very different sound in the latter part of the 60s, Progressive Rock. Again, the station performed well and many people still recall that era and the DJs of KLAY. For example, Steve Slaton, who went on to a career at Album Rock stations in Seattle.
The FM was sold in the early 80s and became KRPM FM [now KBKS]. Clay Huntington continued to operate the AM Talk-formatted station, located in Lakewood, until his death in 2011. Sold to Catholic religious broadcaster Sacred Heart Radio November 2018.
June 2, 2011–Clay Huntington, the sports and civic icon whose contributions ranged from wooing Triple-A baseball back to Tacoma in 1960 to the formation of the Tacoma Athletic Commission, died Wednesday at Allenmore Hospital. He was 89.
Born in Vancouver, B.C., on April 21, 1922, Huntington moved to Tacoma with his family when he was 5 months old. Huntington’s grandfather, Samuel Adams Huntington, was an early influence. A journalist and sports-facilities promoter, Samuel Adams Huntington helped lead the Tacoma Chamber of Commerce’s effort toward the construction of one of Tacoma’s first baseball parks, at 12th and I streets, in 1910.
Clay Huntington’s interest in broadcasting began as a child, “at the age of 10 or 11,” he recalled in “Playground to the Pros: An Illustrated History of Sports in Tacoma-Pierce County.”
“The neighborhood gang would play games in a vacant lot that we converted into a football and baseball field, and we attached a hoop to an old barn at the end of the lot for basketball. When I wasn’t playing, I’d climb up into a tree and sit on the branches overlooking the field and practice my play-by-play.”
By the time the former Lincoln High School student was 19, in the fall of 1941, he was conducting radio interviews on KTBI. His first guests were Vic and LaVerne Martineau, local baseball players.
Huntington would remain in the broadcasting industry for the next seven decades, working behind the microphone on radio and TV and, later, at KLAY, the Lakewood radio station had he owned since 1991.
Between 1946 and 1951, Huntington was the voice of the Class A Tacoma Tigers of the Western International League. (A signature call: “Two out, two on, two in – deuces prevail!”)
During the 1950s, Huntington and Rod Belcher re-created wire accounts of big league baseball games for a 14-station radio network in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.
“When I was growing up, every kid in Tacoma knew Clay,” former broadcaster and longtime sports public-relations fixture Doug McArthur once said. “When he wasn’t working on the radio, he was handing out a trophy at some all-star game, or organizing an event with the Tacoma Athletic Commission.”
Huntington’s role in the creation of the TAC was typically astute. A high school student interested in organizing a benefit football game on behalf of former Lincoln star Billy Sewell – then on duty with the 2nd Bomber Command in Spokane – Huntington presented his proposal to Tacoma mayor Harry Cain.
Although the exhibition game fell through, Huntington’s proposal paved the way for the Tacoma War Athletic Commission, which begat the Tacoma Athletic Commission.
In 1960, Huntington answered another call to civic duty by leading the effort to build Cheney Stadium, a crucial step toward relocating the Pacific Coast League’s Phoenix Giants to the South Puget Sound.
“Not to say this in a bragging way,” Huntington said in a 1999 interview, “but I was instrumental in getting Cheney Stadium built – exactly 50 years after my grandfather helped put up a ballpark.”
Warm, accommodating and naturally inquisitive, Huntington’s charm rubbed off on everybody from casual acquaintances at the ballpark to national celebrities. He managed to persuade the likes of Henry Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Arnold Palmer, Joe Namath and Frank Leahy to attend state Sports Hall of Fame banquets as honored guests.
“One of the things I admired about him,” said Ron Huntington, “was his ability to make friends. Wherever he went, he was the brightest light in the room.” [Excerpts from article in the Tacoma News Tribune] Featured are many local hosts, such as well known civic leader Mike Lonergan and longtime horse racing expert and broadcaster, Vic Cozzetti, known as Victor the Predictor.
Personalities: Bruce Bond, Lynn Benson, Mike Lonergan

(SILENT) 1210 KMIA —–SILENT * April 2020 (Spanish) Bustos Media -AUBURN
June 30, 2010, transferred to NAP Broadcast Holdings LLC, a company named for and controlled by its senior lenders, pending FCC approval. Bustos Media of Seattle was in default to the lenders. KASY [originally broadcasting on 1220 AM, switched to 1210 and increased daytime power to 10kW and added nighttime broadcasting with 1kW] went on the air from Auburn studios in 1957. KBSG from 07/26/1989 – KTTH from 12/30/2002 – KNWX from 01/06/2003 – KDDS from 12/17/2004 – KWMG from 06/22/2005 – KTBK from 11/02/2007 – KMIA from 11/07/2011
Personalities: KASY: Mike Altman, Bruce McMichael, Brian Calkins, Carl Sawyer, Lou Robbins, Sandy Hamilton, Gary Crawford, Bruce Cannon, Bill Doane [news], Bill Ogden [news], Mark Allen, Rockwell Smith

1230 KWYZ (Korean) Radio Hankook -EVERETT
In the 1930s, this frequency was the home of KVOS AM, which moved to 790 in 1945. This station signed on the air in 1947 as KXRN owned by Robert McCaw, of the famed wireless telephone company – station became KQTY broadcasting with 250 watts of power on a frequency of 1230 kHz. KQTY was originally licensed to the Snohomish County Broadcasting Company which, along with stations in California, North Dakota, and Montana, was part of the Walter N. “Wally” Nelskog stations group. In 1960, the station was granted a construction permit by the FCC to increase its daytime signal power to 1,000 watts while maintaining a 250 watt signal at night.
On April 1, 1962, the station was acquired by the Snohomish County Broadcasting Corporation, owned by Clifford H. Hansen who also served as the station’s general manager. The new owners had the FCC change the station’s call sign to KWYZ. This situation remained stable until February 16, 1972, when the Snohomish County Broadcasting Corporation was acquired by Robert Brown. The new owners dropped the station’s middle of the road music format in favor of country music. In May 1975, Brown changed the name of the license holder to Prime Time Broadcasting, Inc.
Facing a petition to deny its license renewal and a financial crisis, the broadcast license for KWYZ was involuntarily transferred in November 1991 from Prime Time Broadcasting, Inc., to Richard D. Carlson acting as receiver. The transfer was approved by the FCC on November 14, 1991. In June 1992, receiver Richard D. Carlson reached an agreement to sell this station to Quality Broadcasting Corporation. The deal was approved by the FCC on March 29, 1993, and the transaction was consummated on June 28, 1994.
In March 1999, Quality Broadcasting Corporation agreed to sell KWYZ to Jean J. Suh, doing business as Radio Hankook, for a reported price of $480,000. The deal was approved by the FCC on April 27, 1999, and the transaction was consummated on August 3, 1999. Until this deal was consummated, KWYZ maintained its traditional country music format. Suh applied to the FCC in October 2002 to transfer the broadcast license for this station to her company, Radio Hancook, Inc. The transfer was approved by the FCC on November 15, 2002, and the transaction was consummated on December 1, 2003.
Jean J. Suh worked for five years as an actress as South Korea’s Korean Broadcasting System before emigrating to the United States in 1964. While studying at Columbia College Hollywood in 1965, Suh began hosting a 30-minute weekly program of music and news in Korean on a Los Angeles radio station. In 1966 the program was extended to one hour per week and in 1967 to two hours each weekday. In 1970, Suh and two financial partners launched an independent Korean-language radio station in Los Angeles, the first in the United States. Suh purchased KKBY (1450 AM, now KSUH) in 1997 and KWYZ in 1999 to cover the southern and northern halves of the greater Seattle metropolitan area, respectively, as Korean-language “Radio Hankook” [Wikipedia] KWYZ personalities: Jack Allen, Jim Reed, Wayne Cordray, Dick Knapp, Rich Johnson, Bob McCoy, Larry Sharp, Dennis Arlington, Al Monroe, Tony McCullough, Bill O’Mara, John Lawson, Robert O’Brien, Dennis Wills, Athen James, Paul Richards-weekends, Sally Rae-weekends

1240 KBUP (Catholic Religion) Sacred Heart Radio -OLYMPIA
KGY is one of the oldest radio stations in the state of Washington. It was licensed in 1922 and began broadcasting at St. Martin’s College, for a while out of a log cabin, as 7YS. “The log cabin station, where the cedars meet the sea.” The affiliated station KGY-FM began operations in 1992. The AM and FM stations’ studios are both now located on Port of Olympia property at the southern end of Budd Inlet.– The Kerry family sold KGY AM 1240 to Sacred Heart Radio in 2014, ending family operation of the station held since 1939. Call letters changed to KBUP November 2014. KGY’s morning show was hosted by General Manager Dick Pust, who has been at the station since 1959. He has continually hosted the morning show since 1967–the longest continually running morning radio show in the state of Washington, until Pust was fired after nearly 50 years at KGY. [Wikipedia] KGY personalities: Ty Flint, Bob O’Brien, PJ Kirkland, Ed Evans, Willy Kelly, Smilin’ Jay Andrews, Randy Roadz, Rick Schaeffer, Mike Altman, Dick Pust, Bob MacLeod.

UPDATE– January 6, 2011 [Olympian]– After a career spanning 51 years with KGY Radio, local broadcasting legend Dick Pust’s career with the station ended suddenly Wednesday when he was let go as the station’s general manager. He hosted his final early-morning radio show Wednesday at the iconic station that overlooks Budd Inlet, the last installment of a six-day-a-week broadcast that began at 5:30 a.m. and has run since 1967.

1250 KKDZ (East Asian) Radio Desi -SEATTLE
[1920] KTW shared broadcast time on 1250 Kc. with station KLAN. KTW owned by the First Presbyterian Church of Seattle, changed ownership a couple times between 1965 and 1975. Owned by Wonderful Sound of Seattle, the format catered to a teen audience. This was short-lived, the format changing within a year to Country music. KTW became a Beautiful Music station in 1965. Later, under Nordawn Inc ownership, a slight format switch to MOR.
KTW challenged KIRO in 1974 with news blocks, and KTW affiliated for a time with Group W Network for news. Talk shows were popular with KTW listeners. The station competed with KIRO, KTNT, KING AM, and other stations in the talk genre. Bill Carter’s Party Line goes way back to 1959 at KTW. Carter was a pioneer in talk radio for Seattle.
When 1460 went to an Album Rock format under new ownership of Glo-Lee Broadcasting, Carl-Dek Inc acquired 1250 in 1975 and changed the call letters to KYAC, instituting their R&B (Soul) format. 5/20/1981 -Financial issues ended the KYAC run and the station call letters became KKFX with a Contemporary Hits format under new owners, North Star Broadcasters and later purchased by Bingham Communications which kept the KKFX call letters but switched to an R&B format. Became a Radio Disney affiliate in 1993. KKDZ from 04/07/1993

Here is an account of the KTW history from the vantage of a KTW employee of the time:
KTW AM, prior to their sale to David M. Segal of Denver, Colorado in 1964, was a daytime only station and owned by the First Presbyterian Church with studios at 710 Madison Street. KTW played “beautiful music”, and the two full time radio personality’s were Hal Links and Lee Knudsen. Prior to the sale to Segal, the Church had bought a construction permit for an FM on 102.5. Segal hired three radio personality’s from Butte, Montana’s KOPR AM and one who said he had worked at KISN in Portland. Later, it was found out that he had lied about that. Segal thought he was being funny when he gave the 4 radio personalitys their names. He called them Tom Morgan, Dick Jones, Harry Smith, and Sam Kelly. So it was Tom, Dick and Harry….and of course, Sam. At midnight on Aug. 1, 1964, Segal took control and KTW switched to top 40. At the time, only KJR was playing top 40. A funny thing did happen right away. Segal was listening to Harry Smith stumble over the news in his afternoon till sunset slot, got fed up and two nights later he had switched the radio personality known as Sam Kelly with the one known as Harry Smith. So they guy called Sam Kelly became Harry Smith and visa versa and they switched time slots. Another thing that happened was the station fired they guy known as Tom Morgan after a few months and brought in another guy and he became Tom Morgan.
Unfortunately, KTW had to sign off at local sunset. A teen station signing off in the late afternoon shortly after kids got home from school was a real ratings killer. The stations hours were 11:15 PM until local sunset average the following day. They were a share time station with KWSU in Pullman which had priority over them, but they signed off at 11:15 PM. Segal hoped that when they signed on KTW FM on January 1, 1965, simulcasting the format would bring in more listeners. But there weren’t that many FM radios out there, so KTW struggled. It also didn’t help that the FM antenna was installed on the AM tower at Pigeon Point in West Seattle. It should have been installed at a higher location from the start. “The Wonderful Sound of Seattle” lasted only 9 months and the format was changed to a so-called “Nashville Sound” country station. The only radio personality holdover to the new format was the guy called Tom Morgan and he started using his real name, but I don’t remember it.
Brian Lord [A part-timer at KTW during this period; Later a part-timer at KSCR, Renton] —November 1966 Segal sells KTW AM & FM to Norwood Patterson & wife for $250,000. Patterson, a consulting engineer, owner of radio & TV in Fresno, CA. Later became RADIO DISNEY under ownership of that company. In 2015, was sold to Universal Media Access and became Radio Desi, with a format focused on the Middle Eastern community within Seattle.
KTW personalities included: Bill Wade, Jerry Holzinger [fired May 1971 from his morning talk show for being too controversial, and voicing opions against many station policies and methods], Hal Links, Lee Knudsen, Johnny Hayden, Al Vanik, Dick Jones/Rick Knapp, Tom Morgan/Leo Minton, Harry Smith/Rhys Berryman, Brian Lord, Don Riggs, Greg Palmer, Wayne Cody, Joni Balter, Harry Smith/Bill Bray and Kevin Kelly, Rick Richards, Mike Hamilton, Dick Byrd, Kearney Barton, Linda Sullivan, Linda Gist, Burt Light, Phil Cogan, News Director, Dave Newton, Bob Warnes, John Dayle, Bill Wade
KYAC: Robert L. Scott, Tom Reddick, Don Shorter, Sonny Buxton, Robert Summerise, Frank Barrow, Tom Cross, Tam Henry, Lloyd Jones, Cliff Winston, Vince Ash, Barbra Carol, Tee Alexander, Harry Robinson, Eddie Modkins, Marty Wyatt, Paul Cutchlow, Andrew Alexis, Robert Nesbitt; KKFX: Mike Webb, Steve Mitchell, Steve Walker, Tom Reddick, Nikki Hill-Garrett, Deacon Baker, Eddie O., Les Metro, Robert L. Scott, Brandi Walker

1280 KLDY Iglesia Pentecostal Visperia Del Fin-LACEY
[rebroadcasts KBRO-KNTB] – Station began as KTOL [Lacey/Olympia], then KLDY under operator Skip Marrow, KLDY’s final days under Skip Marrow were an all-classical format; Before KTOL signed on, 1280 was the original daytime-only frequency for KMAS Shelton (now on 1030 full time) [thanks for the info, cjjazz] KTOL personalities: Jay Andrews, KLDY personalities: Jimmy Anderson, Bill Carter, Bob Hards, Brian Burgett, Bruce Pedersen, Dennis Lloyd/Dennis Soapes, Don Winget, Doug McDowell, Jeannie Lucke, Jim Kenney, John DiMeo Jr., John DiMeo Sr., Lisa Church, Terry A. Swartos
Dennis Soapes recalls: The programming was primarily from the Satellite Music Network, the Country Coast to Coast format. KTOL was one of the first SMN affiliates in the US and one of the first and few AM Stereo stations in the US.
After a year or so we dropped SMN for local Country programming. Bob Hards did morning drive, I was on mid days. Jim may have been on PM drive.
The station was purchased in 1984 of 1985 by Pioneer Broadcasting and the format was changed to AC. Doug McDowell (now in Grays Harbor with Jodesha Broadcasting) did morning drive. I was on the air in mid-days (as Dennis Lloyd) I left the station in November of 1986.
Also on the staff at various times were radio veterans Bill Carter (recently retired from Bicoastal Centralia,) and Bruce Pedersen. The late Brian Burgett, Lisa Church, Terry A. Swartos and many others were on air at various times.
The station was later sold to the late Skip Marrow, who through a series of facilities changes wound up at 680khz as KBRD-AM. But it was the acquisition of the 1280 frequency that started the change. This station was part of a Northwest chain of stations broadcasting (ESPN Desportes) owned by Seattle Streaming Radio LLC until sold to Iglesia Pentecostal Visperia Del Fin in April 2015, which put a Spanish-religious format on the small network.

1300 KKOL (Business) Tron Dinh Do’s Intelli LLC -SEATTLE
1922 KDZE, KFOA, KOL, 1975-KMPS — In the early 1960s KOL was owned by television producers and game show moguls Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. In 1967, the station was purchased by Buckley Broadcasting, which also owned KGIL Los Angeles. In the 1960s and early 1970s, KOL battled KJR as the Number 1 top 40 station in Seattle. Also, during its days as KMPS, it simulcasted KMPS-FM/94.1.
In 2002, due to losing its broadcast location, KKOL installed a temporary 1000-watt transmitter on a moored boat and began to broadcast from a 175-foot/61-meter ship in one of the waterways in Seattle. This was the only floating radio station in the US. In 2007 the station has a new broadcast facility with a 50,000-watt transmitter in the Port of Tacoma and is dedicated to news/talk. [Wikipedia] Inspiration Media Incorporated OFF THE AIR April 2018 due to loss of tower site. Then sold to Tron Dinh Do’s Intelli LLC in May 2018 in a swap for Portland KPAM.
KOL Personalities: Rod Belcher [Sports], Art Gilmore, Johnny Forrest – Newsman, Ron Bailie, Charlie Van, Chuck Ellsworth, Ray Ramsey, Paul Oscar Anderson/Paul E. Brown, Bill Shela, Ric Thomas, Mike Altman, Les Williams, Jim McGavick, Martin Tobin [news], Lee Chase, Frank Roberts [news], Fenwick, Ray Hutchinson, Art Simpson, Steve Davis, Ken Mattler [news], George Lester, John Stone, John Chambless, Jim Gearhart, Gary Todd, Jay Mack, Ed Kelly, Paul Coburn, Jeff Mitchell, Al Cummings, Ron Reynolds, Buzz Barr, Jerry Kaye, Tom Phelan, Don Chambers, Martinn “The Thriller” Mandles, Bill Munson, Les Beigel, Bobby Simon, Robin Mitchell, Chris Hill/Dale Unruh, Lan Roberts, Gary Spinnell [news] [aka Gary Loving on KUUU later moving to KIRO from KOL** ****Thanx to Brian Lord for this info****], Bill Taylor, Tommy Vance, Don January, Don Burns, Gene Collins, Burl Barer, Robin Sherwood, Jon Kertzer, Gary Crow, Rhett Hamilton Walker, Bob Waldron, Al Vanik [Allan MacKenzie], Tom Connors, Phil Johnson, Don Wade, Greg Connors, Terry McManus, Lee Perkins, Danny Holiday, George Garrett, Bob Fleming, Bill Wippel, Paxton Mills, Bill Ford, Jack Morton, Paul Cutchlow, Don Clark, Bob Watson KMPS: Don Riggs, Rick Stuart, Lee Rogers, Phil Harper, Bob Kelly, Mike O’Connor, Roger Dale, Ron Norwood, Patti Par, Gary Vance, Jim Williams, Art Lind, Big Ed Dunaway, Dewey Boynton, Charley Parker, Becky Brenner, Jay Lawrence, Don Riggs, Ichabod [Randy Hansen] Caine, Scallops, Stubbs, Tony Thomas, Jennifer Wood, Johnny Novak [Jack Boulton], Derek Murray, Jaye Albright, Jack Allen, Steve Michaels, Frank Catalano, Bill Minckler, Brady Wright, Dick Ellingson, Daryl Webster

1330 KGRG (Album Rock) Green River Community College -ENUMCLAW
KFKF – MOR/Easy Listening – Kemper Freeman – [Bellevue] -Owned by Seattle businessman Kemper Freeman, KFKF went on the air in 1958. The format was Easy Listening music simulcasting with KFKF FM 92.5 [AM was a daytimer] KFKF moved to the 1540 kc. frequency in 1968
1330 frequency lit up again in 1982 as KENU; call letters changed to KQZQ for less than a month in 1988 then back to KENU; In 1992, KENU became a simulcast of KJUN 1450 AM in Puyallup, WA and became part of the new Country Gold Network along with KBLV 1540 AM in Bellevue, WA, and KTOL 1280 AM; In early 1996, the Country Gold Network discontinued operations due to financial distress. KENU went silent and was put up for sale.
In November 1996, The Green River Foundation purchased the silent radio station, so that Green River Community College students would have internship possibilities at KENU — 1330 is now used by Green River Community College, for their student-run station, KGRG-Enumclaw
KFKF personalities: Steve Montgomery, Jerry Holzinger, Jay Ward, Jim McGavick, Jack Hemingway, Johnny Forrest, Dick Stokke, Lou Gillette, Warren Wilson, Don Vicroy, Bob Summerise; KENU: Michael Buzgo, John Porterfield.

1340 KUOW (Classical – Public Affairs) NPR – University of Washington -TUMWATER
Previous call letters: KVSN which had been KCIF [Evergreen Broadcasting Inc./religion]; KCIF originally at 1500 kilocycles. Evergreen Broadcasting had originally applied for, and was granted call letters KCIG. KVSN, Donald Trosper, opns mgr & progmg dir; Lawrence Adams, gen mgr, stn mgr, sis dir, adv dir & engrg mgr.
University of Washington purchased 1340 KVSN/Tumwater in 2005 for a price of $500,000. KUOW used 1340 AM to simulcast of its news, information and National Public Radio programming. Call letters were changed to KUOW-AM. This purchase helped KUOW solve the issue of its weak signal in parts of Thurston County, which was particularly annoying to both the station and listeners given KUOW’s news and public affairs programming on state-government issues.
KVSN is a 20-year-old station owned and operated by Gregg Neilson (he’s also the general manager for KNHC-FM at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle) and Larry Adams (who taught radio at Nathan Hale before his retirement). It had been broadcasting religious, music and news programming, both local and national, as well as local high school sports. It actually started at 1500 as a daylight-only station. KVSN was sold due to an “adverse revenue situation that has not shown needed improvement in recent years.” The deal was brokered by Public Radio Capital, a Colorado-based organization that aims to preserve and extend public-radio service. This isn’t its first deal in Washington. It acquired an FM station from Bates Technical College in Tacoma. That station was simulcasting Seattle-based KEXP-FM (90.3) for the Tacoma and Olympia areas as KXOT-FM (91.7). KUOW-FM also broadcasts its signal at 90.3 in Bellingham. [Seattle PI]

1360 KKMO (Spanish) SeaMar Community Health Center -TACOMA

1922-KMO 1180, 860, 800, 1330, 1340 kc, 1984-KAMT, 1987-KKMO, 1997-KZTS, 1998-KKMO KMO Tacoma, Wash.-As a joint venture of the Tacoma Times and Love Electric Co., KMO first broadcast in April 1922. The station was taken over by the Tacoma Radio Supply Corp. during the next four years. In 1926, Carl E. Haymond bought the outlet. Mr. Haymond increased the power to 500 w, then in 1954, sold the station to Tacoma Radio Corp. The station operates on 1360 kc.
KMO, once co-owned with KMO TV Channel 13 [later known as KTVW], by Carl Haymond. Haymond was forced to declare bankruptcy and sell the station to J. Elroy McCaw, father of cellular phone magnate Craig McCaw. Later, the station was purchased by J Archie Morton and Dana J Hunter, then sold [1962] to Edward Wheeler, who owned a station in Evansville, In. In later years, KMO was owned and operated by Jim Baine. Anyone who worked for Jim will have interesting stories to tell. He was something else…more later.

Personalities: KMO: Ted Knightlinger, Joe Lyons, Jerry Dimmitt, Tony Brooks, Murray Morgan, Ed Evans, Lonnie Bell, Chubby Howard [The Night Hawk], Burt McMurtrie, Ed Dollar, Dick Weeks, Jim Bennett, Hal Lavers, Cliff Wilson, Halley Cole, Mike Garland, Bill James, John Trimble, Buzz Barr, Mark Edwards, John Managan, Dave Perry, Tucker Simpson, Tom Connors [Program Director-1977], Harry Holland, Chuck Ellsworth, Roall Ericksen, Jack Spencer, Jack Morton [1957, his father Arch Morton owned the station. In 1963, Morton moves to KVI], Don Chapman (Woodland), Tom Henning, Greg O’Neill, Steve Avery, Dave Allen, Bill Taylor [regarding Jim Baine, “He hired me as news director in 1966, succeeding Tom Henning. And, yes, Baine was a piece of work.”], Bill Graham, Les Cole, Win McCracken, Gisela’s Original German Hour — KAMT: Mike Darling, Lou Robbins, Scott Phillips [Photo: courtesy Tacoma Public Library Northwest Collection] KKMO: Bob Alek, The Johnny Dakota Polka Show on Saturday

1380 KRKO (Oldies) S-R Broadcasting -EVERETT
KRKO station history from their website:
Few know one of the oldest radio stations in the Pacific Northwest in continuous operation from the same City of License started in the garage of an auto repair shop at 2814 Rucker Avenue in Everett, Washington. Otto Leese and his brother Robert were business owners and mechanics, and the spare parts available to them in their shop enabled them to experiment with the most exciting and still relatively unknown technology known to America at the time: broadcast radio. A car battery, some vacuum tubes, a microphone, and a long piece of copper wire for an antenna allowed the Leese Brothers to create a land-based radio station to transmit voice instead of Morse code. On August 17, 1922 when it was finally officially licensed by the United States Department of Commerce (The Federal Communications Commission wasn’t created until 1934), the Leese Brother’s experimental radio station received its first call-sign: KFBL. Later authorizations were provided under the signature of Herbert Hoover as Secretary of Commerce. (Hoover went on to become President of the United States in 1929). The station was said to have enough battery power to run an electric chair!
While some believe the call-sign had particular significance as an acronym for “First Broadcast License” alluding to a long-held belief in the station’s heritage as the first on the air in the Northwest, it’s more likely that the call sign corresponded with the timing of the application review and approval by the Department of Commerce – shortly after another famous west coast radio station was assigned its call letters for the first time: KFBK, Sacramento. The fact that the Leese Brothers had been experimenting with their radio station since at least 1920 had nothing to do with their interesting call letter assignment. It was simply a function of assigning call letters in alphabetical order!
The Leese Brother’s license granted authorization to operate in a portion of the newly established radio spectrum reserved for “general entertainment” at 833 kHz and “…used for broadcasting news, concerts, lectures, and such matter.” Like virtually all stations on the air at this time, broadcasts were at irregular intervals, and KFBL shared this frequency with stations as close as Seattle. Receivers were still not widespread, and they were expensive. Hand-held radios weren’t even possible, yet. By 1927, KFBL was assigned its first numerical frequency of 1340 kHz with 100 watts of operating power. The station evolved toward a more consistent programming schedule, but shared its time on the air with KXRO until almost 1929 when KFBL moved up the dial to 1370 sharing time with radio stations KVL and KKP.
The Leese Brothers operated their radio station until May 15, 1934 when they transferred control of the radio station to a staff member, Lee Mudgett. It was also in 1934 that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was created by the Communications Act of 1934. Mudgett moved the main studio from Rucker to the Clark building on the corner of Wetmore and Hewitt Avenue, across from Everett’s famed “Speakers Corner” where every day at noon, people would gather to hear the thoughts of anyone bold enough to take the podium. On July 12, 1934, call-sign KFBL was retired and call-sign KRKO was assigned to the radio station. (Call-sign KFBL now resides with the United States Coast Guard.) In September, the studio and transmitter were moved to 1804 Hewitt Avenue.
Mudgett made a point of requesting special authorization from the FCC to operate the radio station during non-authorized times for the purposes of airing city, county, and national election returns. He also requested special authorization to broadcast the World Series.
Mudgett remained as the licensee for almost 10 years. During five of those years, he attempted to upgrade the facilities of KRKO, and he attempted to sell KRKO several times, but those upgrade efforts weren’t realized until he sold control of the radio station to another local Everett family led by William H. “Bill” Taft in 1940. Though not listed on the license, Bill’s wife, Thelma, played a major role in the station from the beginning. Thelma describes the first day at KRKO as “walking arm in arm” into what was to be a true business partnership as well as a marriage.
By 1941 the Taft family constructed KRKO’s first vertical antenna just north of the northeast corner of Wetmore and Wall Street and west of the First Presbyterian Church of Everett on land now occupied by a parking lot. KRKO moved farther up the dial from 1340 kHz and began to broadcast at 1400 kHz from the Clarke Building (now U.S. Bank). The station had a whopping 100 watts and later 250 watts during the four years it was located on Wetmore. The station used a single vertical antenna until they purchased the KEVE studios and transmitter site south of what’s known as the Hilltop Drive-In in north Everett.
Those familiar with Everett know the area of the circa 1944 transmitter site as nearly midway down fairway 15 at Legion Memorial Golf Course. The Tafts donated land to Everett Community College to create access from Old Highway 99. The access road became known as Tower Road. It ran next to the transmitter site and exists today, a reminder of a long-gone facility. At the time, the area was a swamp with scattered homes to the west on the ridge in the area where Everett Community College now resides.
The Taft family wasn’t able to finalize the acquisition of KRKO from Lee Mudgett until October 3, 1945 in the name of the Everett Broadcasting Company, Inc. Bill Taft and his brother Archie Taft, Jr. were listed as the licensees. With the transaction complete, Archie left Bill with KRKO and moved to Seattle to operate another legendary family owned radio station: KOL. Right about this time, long-time employee and local celebrity news staffer Shirley Bartholomew joined KRKO and began her nearly forty-year run at the radio station.
Documents from this era provide evidence of KRKO’s long-standing service record in the community and provide tantalizing insights into how different the economy of Everett was following World War II. Beginning at 6:00 a.m. on a weekday, the station broadcast a mix of music, a 15 minute block of farm report news including on-air classified ads for farmers wishing to buy and sell, farm market reports, and news from the Washington State Extension Bureau, followed by a 15 minute block of national news at 7:00 a.m., back to “…musical variety with a humorous slant” at 7:15. The station then aired recorded religious programming for a good portion of the morning, including shows like the Hebrew Christian Hour, Rings of Healing, and Dr. Talbot. Thelma Taft read news, handled much of the internal business operations, and began her annual tradition of reading Christmas letters from children over the air at noon as “Mrs. Clause.” Bill handled sales and management of the station.
In 1949, the Tafts received approval for a change to KRKO’s frequency again, moving it from 1400 to 1380, increasing the power from 250 watts to 1,000 watts, and adding a second vertical antenna to push (directionalize) the extra 750 watts northwest at night to protect other stations on the air to the east, south, and southeast. The north Everett transmitter site performed poorly and didn’t cover Everett’s expanding population to the south very well. The Tafts attempted to modify the night signal in 1951 to get better coverage but the effort must have been an exercise in futility. By 1957, the Tafts purchased land for a new transmitter site 1.3 miles south of Lowell along the Lowell-Larimer Road in rural farm land within the Everett city limits.
The Lowell transmitter site was a step-up for KRKO. Two modern 225-foot steel antennas were erected along with a new building, and the station was authorized to increase its power five-fold to operate at 5,000 watts 24-hours a day. Eight acres of farmland were cleared for a new building to house the business office, studios, and equipment. The studios, designed by Thelma Taft, were state of the art for the time featuring four turntables and a top-of-the-line RCA console. The transmitter was a brand new Gates – the best available in 1959.
7115 Larimer Road is the current transmitter site for KRKO today and served the majority of it’s existence as the main office for both studios and sales until the main studios were relocated to the 14th floor of Key Tower on the corner of Colby and Everett Avenues, just two blocks from where the Leese Brothers hooked up car batteries to a home-made transmitter. The “state-of-the-art” 1959 Gates transmitter remains in place as the only back-up transmitter for KRKO and is used intermittently even today. The RCA console shown in the photo of the main studio of the new building was decommissioned in 1997 after serving its final years in an editing studio at the Larimer Road site. The antenna system in use today is the same one as originally installed in 1959. Ownership and call-sign changes: KBAE 1985; KRFE 1986; Return to KRKO 1987; Station switched from Oldies to ESPN Sports to FOX Sports and then in July 2018, KRKO reverted to an Oldies format on both the 1380 AM signal and the FM translator at 95.3 FM.
KRKO personalities: Robert O’Brien, Mike Lehnen, Jeff Chase, Jack Allen, Tom Connors, Jim Brady, Matt Alan, Mark Edwards, Rich Johnson, Jim Kampmann, Moose Moran, Renae O’Keefe/wife of Moose Moran, Bruce Stier, Bruce Butterfield- (Program Director and Middays · 1980 to 1981 and KUBE (Weekender · 1981 to 1983). Left radio to work for Prudential Northwest Realty, Toby Ryan, Al Vanik, Dick Wahl, Al Cummings [hosting an afternoon talk show in 1974], Mike Purdy.

1420 KRIZ (Gospel) Kris Bennett Broadcasting -RENTON
Old call letters: KREN Personalities: Don Riggs, Rudy Schroeder, Steve Wray, Les Belgel, Jerry Sweet; KSCR: personalities included Jeff Bach, Brian Lord, Dale Owens, Dave Keefer, Bob Campbell; KRIZ: Robert L. Scott, Bailey Coleman, Sheila Kay, Eric Dawson, Greg Miles, Jay Thomas

1450 KSUH (Korean) Radio Hankook, Inc -PUYALLUP
1950–Construction permit for 100 watt KPWN Puyallup, Clarence Wilson of Chickasha, Ok.
Modified call letters in 1952 to KPUYThis station began regular broadcasting on December 1, 1951, with just 100 watts of power on a frequency of 1450 kHz. Licensed with call sign KPUY, the station was owned and operated by Clarence E. Wilson. By early 1953, KPUY had upgraded to 250 watt operation and Clarence E. Wilson took on P.D. Jackson as a partner in station ownership.
Puyallup Valley Broadcasting Company acquired KPUY from Wilson and Jackson in April 1953. This proved short-lived as by 1955 the broadcast license had been transferred to Henry Perozzo’s Radio Station KAYE, Inc. 1956–CP issued to change frequency to 1230 AM–didn’t happen – The station was owned [1/3 interest by Buck Owens- this interest purchased in 1958] 1959–Daytime power increased to 1000 watts. The sale by Radio Station KAYE, Inc., to KAYE Broadcasters, Inc., was completed on March 27, 1966.
1968–Voluntary license assignment to KAYE Broadcasters- Jim Nicholls and Bud Blair. 1973–License returned to Henry Perozzo – Call letters change to KUPY. The station continued the country & western music format even after a 1974 change in call sign to KUPY. 1974–Jim Nicholls sells his KAYE stock to Bud Blair — Blair purchases KAYE from Perozzo and KAYE becomes Happy Valley Broadcasting, owned by Bud Blair. 1978 – Bud Blair dies. His wife Sheila takes control of station license. 1978–Sheila Blair sells the station to Ray Court [Shortsleeve Broadcasting] July 1978, KAYE Broadcasters, Inc., reached an agreement to sell this station to Shortsleeve Broadcasting, Inc., co-owned by Ray Courtmanche and wife Cheri, 50% each. The deal was approved by the FCC on July 3, 1978, and the transaction was consummated on October 12, 1978. The station, as KRPM AM, co-owned with KRPM FM, aired a country & western music format with weekly specialty shows, including one in the German language and one on Native American issues.
October 1981, Shortsleeve Broadcasting, Inc contracted to sell KUPY to Monroe Enterprises, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on December 11, 1981. The new owners had the Federal Communications Commission change the station’s call sign to KJUN on December 23, 1981.
June 1986, Monroe Enterprises, Inc., announced a deal to sell KJUN to 777 Broadcasting, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on August 15, 1986, and the transaction was consummated on September 5, 1986.
June 1990, 777 Broadcasting, Inc., agreed to sell this station to Joy Broadcasting, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on August 1, 1990, and the transaction was consummated on October 31, 1990. As part of a rebranding of the station’s classic country music format as “The Cowboy”, Joy Broadcasting had the FCC change the station’s call sign to KKBY on August 16, 1996. The KJUN call letters were then assigned to a station in Tillamook, Or.
February 1997, Joy Broadcasting, Inc., contracted to sell KKBY to Jean J. Suh. The deal was approved by the FCC on April 4, 1997, and the transaction was finally consummated on August 3, 1999. New owner Jean J. Suh had the FCC change the station’s call sign to KSUH after her family name on September 15, 1997. [ask.com]

KPUY,KAYE, KUPY, KJUN, KKBY Personalities: KAYE: Jim Nicholls, Dick Curtis, Herb Smiles, Bobby Simon, KUPY/KJUN: Johnny Clark, Lou Robbins, Bob Mathers, Sunshine Smith, Randi Thomas, Ray Brown, Heidi May, Bill Ogden [news], Kathy Magda, Bob McCoy, Steve Swan, Gisela’s Original German Hour;

1460 KARR James Dalke -KIRKLAND
KCDI Country [1961 owned by Carl Haymond] sold to group with Haymond as principal [Thank you, Mike Cherry for the info!] Carl-Dek Inc — and became KYAC R&B in 1964, personalities included: Al Cummings, Tam Henry, Robert L Scott; 1975-KILO Progressive Rock [Glo-Lee Broadcasting]; 1979- Kirkland Broadcasting Corp {Community Pacific Bcstg- group owner) bought the station and ran an MOR format; Monroe Broadcasting [KGA Spokane] bought the station in 1982 and the call letters were changed to KGAA with Format changed to Country. 1984 station format remains Country, ownership stays the same, but the call letters change to KARR. 1986 Family Stations, new owner and new format: Religion. SILENT as of February 2014… 1460 AM Sold to broadcast engineer James Dalke, a local gentleman, for $3000 in 2015.
Personalities: [KGAA] Ken Southern, Alex Ray, Charley Parker; [KYAC] – Pat Wright, Spencer Haywood

1480 KNTB Iglesia Pentecostal Visperia Del Fin-LAKEWOOD
[rebroadcasts KBRO-KLDY] ; [original station established in 1958 KFHA] went dark in the 1960s, then became KOOD; Was later KQLA under the ownership of Clay Huntington. Huntington later changed call letters to KLAY when he sold his FM to Ray Court in 1979 and applied for move to 1180 kc. KDFL-AM Lakewood Hank Perozzo operated KDFL Public Radio Associates (acq: 5-1-90) News/Talk and religious programming; Help Ministries Inc., (acq: 1993) Christian programming/German specialty program, Richard Ellison- Pres, Marty Hamstra – GM, Bud Henthorm – Ops Dir, Larry Lee- Prog Dir;
Dailey Broadcasting Inc. (acq 6-12-95). Format: Contemp Christian, Black gospel, urban. Target aud: 25-54.B Ed Dailey, pres& gen mgr; Ted Dailey, mus dir.
FTP Corp. (acq 2-5-99). Format: Hits of the 60s, 70s & 80s. Chris Hanley, gen mgr aired automated oldies with a large playlist mid-2000’s before switching to a short-lived gay/lesbian based talk format.
KNTB [call letters previously used in Bakersfield, CA.] is basically a repeater for KBRO 1490 Bremerton. This Lakewood station, at 1000 watts daytime, 111 watts night, can barely be heard in West Tacoma/University Place. An FM translator at 92.1 FM rebroadcasts this station for Tacoma/University Place. This station was part of a Northwest chain of stations broadcasting (ESPN Desportes) owned by Seattle Streaming Radio LLC until sold to Iglesia Pentecostal Visperia Del Fin in April 2015, which put a Spanish-religious format on the small network.
Personalities: KFHA- RW Burdon-owner, Clay Freinwald PD/Chief Engineer, Clay Huntington-sports; 1969-KOOD The Golden Sound – Jerry Holzinger, Doug Taylor, MOR format in 1972 [GM];

1490 KBRO Iglesia Pentecostal Visperia Del Fin -BREMERTON This station was part of a Northwest chain of stations broadcasting (ESPN Desportes) owned by Seattle Streaming Radio LLC until sold to Iglesia Pentecostal Visperia Del Fin in April 2015, which put a Spanish-religious format on the small network.

1520 KKXA (Classic Country) CAAM Partnership -SNOHOMISH
On the air during testing July 15 2011. Continous loop of songs mentioning “radio”.
The KKXA studios are shared with sister station KRKO at the Key Tower building in downtown Everett, Washington. Known on-air as “KXA” as a tribute to pioneering radio station KXA (770 AM). On October 11, 2011, KKXA began regular broadcasting at 4:00 pm with a classic country format branded as “Classic Country 1520 KXA”. The first song was “Simple Man” by Charlie Daniels.
KKXA broadcasts with 20,000 watts of power during the day and 50,000 watts during pre-sunset/post-sunrise hours and overnight utilizing a directional antenna. The station has an application on file with the FCC to broadcast full-time at 50,000 watts.
KKXA personalities: Stitch Mitchell, Ichabod Caine

1540 KXPA (Spanish) Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Licensee LLC -BELLEVUE
1964 – KBVU owned by Northwest Broadcasters Inc ; KFKF [Kemper Freeman] moved KFKF from 1330 AM purchasing 1540 AM in 1968. Call letters of Freeman’s AM changed to KBES, 1975-KZAM – KZAM-AM was KZAM-FM’s sister station. From 1979 through 1981 it played exclusively punk and new wave music as the “Rock of the 80s”. DJs included: Greg McClure (Spudboy), Cindi Bemel, Kerry Loewen, Michael Stein, Leroy Henry and Stephen Rabow. In the spring of 1981 the station’s call letters were changed to KJZZ, with a jazz format that foreshadowed the arrival of “smooth jazz.” 1983 call letters were KLSY, then in 1992-KBLV -briefly ran an automated R&B format [wikipedia info can be found at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KZAM_%28defunct%29
KBVU: Lee Knudsen, Charles Sheppard, Neil Richards, Jim Hartt, Bill Newland, Bob Gill; KFKF Personalities: Johnny Forrest – Newsman, Larry Nelson, Terry McManus, Don Riggs, Bill O’Mara, Jack Hemingway; KBES Personalities: Steve Montgomery, Frank Taylor, Jim O’Brien, Don Riggs, Chuck Mahaffey, Dick Cross, Kevin Kelly, Dave Allen, Mark Kaufman; KJZZ personalities: Jeff Hanley, Kasia Wilk, Chops Carlson, Nick Morrison, Mike Clover

1560 KZIZ (Radio Punjab) XL Broadcasting -PACIFIC previously owned by Kris Bennett 1560 KZIZ [KRIZ 1420/R&B], 1560 KDFL (Sumner) Top 40/MOR; Big Band “Vintage Radio KDFL”; KFWY MOR, KFRS/Religion.
KDFL personalities: Lou Robbins, Larry Brown, Bill West, Larry Bailey (Program Director)

1590 KLFE (News/Talk) Inspiration Media Inc. (Salem) -SEATTLE
KTIX [owned by Hugh Ben Larue 1956], KETO 1964, KSND 1968 [Oldies], 1969: KSND’s experiment as one of the early pioneers of all-oldies rock, gave up and switched to Contemp. Country before switching back to oldies with the KUUU calls KUUU [Oldies then switched to MOR] 1972, KJET, KQUL, KZOK [Z Rock], KPOZ [Pozitive Christian Country], KLFE Changed from Christian talkradio to Conservative talkradio November 15, 2010.
Personalities: KTIX- Jerry Holzinger, Jack Hemingway, Russ Norman, Don Courtenay, Bill Chase; KETO: Dan Shannon; KSND: R.C. Bannon [PD], Bob Reece, Marco Marx, Robert O. Smith, Danny Holliday, Kirk Allison, Chris Hill/Dale Unruh, Bill Davidson, Squire Worthington, Jim Breedlove; KUUU: Scott Hodges/News Director, Mike Moran, Dave Day, Roger Dale, Bob Joy, John Ross, Gary Loving, Al Vanik [aka Gary Mitchell], Buddy Clyde/Hatton [Syndicated], Bob Summers, John Maynard, Kevin O’Brien, Fran Hawkins, Bill Rice, Mark Allen, Don Cristi, RC Bannon, Ray Sebastian; KQUL- Brademan; KJET personalities: Steve Larson, Ernie Gilbert, Jim Keller and the all-nite fella Otto Pilot [didn’t say much, mainly spun the hits]

1620 KYIZ (R&B) Kris Bennett Broadcasting -RENTON

1680 KNTS (Spanish Religion) ‘RADIO LUZ’ Inspiration Media Inc. (Salem) -SEATTLE

CALL LETTER ORIGINS | FCC HISTORY CARDS | HISTORICAL RADIO-TV SCHEDULES

88.5 KNKX (Jazz/Blues/NPR News) Friends of 88.5 – TACOMA
KCPS, owned by the Clover Park School District, went on the air at 88.5 in 1955. Pacific Lutheran University came on the air with KPLU in 1966, with KCPS moving to 90.9 FM. 1966 up to mid-1980’s was 50% classical 50% jazz and a few NPR programs. Mid-80’s: dropped classical and added morning/afternoon news and NPR blocks to it’s all-jazz music programming [info: Mike Cherry] June 2016 -Listener support/donations raised $8Million necessary to take KPLU “Independent” from Pacific Lutheran University and stave off a sale of the station to KUOW. Friends of KPLU, the group formed to organize the effort, maintains the station will keep the local news and jazz format, call letters will change and the station will likely take up residence somewhere in downtown Tacoma. New call letters: KNKX announced at 7:30 am August 12, 2016 took effect just after midnight August 31, 2016.
KPLU personalities: Dick Stein, Ruby Brown, Nick Francis, Paige Hanson, Robin Lloyd, Dale Bundren, Phil Harper, Jim Wilke, Carol Handley, Abe Beeson, John Maynard, Richard Hagar, John Kessler, Steve Slaton, Gary Crawford [thanks for the update, cjjazz!]

88.9 KMIH (Hip-Hop) Mercer Island School District -MERCER ISLAND
(formerly 104.5, moved when KMCQ moved-in to 104.5 Covington)

89.1 RadioU (Christian Modern Rock) Spirit Communications Incorporated of Ohio – ISSAQUAH
Commercial-free, listener-supported with additional translators locally in Enumclaw 106.5 and Everett 91.5

89.3 KASB (Alternative) Bellevue School District -BELLEVUE

89.5 KNHC (Hip-Hop) Nathan Hale High School -SEATTLE
1971; previously, 1969, the station was on the AM dial at 1210 [100 milliwatts] –After the Jack Straw Foundation sold KRAB 107.7 to commercial interests, they first applied to the FCC for a time-share on 89.5 with KNHC. This would have forced KNHC to reduce it’s full-time schedule and co-operate with the newly licensed station to divide up the broadcast day between the two stations. KNHC vigorously opposed this and managed to rally listeners, Seattle School District students, teachers, administrators and parents to mount a protest. After wrangling in the courts for a few years, the FCC issued 90.7 Everett to the Jack Straw board, avoiding the time share issue — For many years KNHC aired black gospel on Sunday mornings

89.7 KWFJ (Religion/BBN Bible Broadcasting Network) Calvary Baptist Church -ROY

89.9 KGHP (Rock) Peninsula High School -GIG HARBOR
KGHP-FM (89.9), is a student-run high school radio station operating on a non-commercial license in Gig Harbor, Washington. Owned by the Peninsula School District #401, the station’s studio is located on the campus of Peninsula High School. With its two translators, K207AZ 89.3 and K229BL 93.7, the station’s signal covers most of Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula and portions of Tacoma.
The station came on the air in 1988 and was one of three high school radio station in the state of Washington. The first manager and teacher was Don Hofmann, a former KNBQ-FM general manager. KSTW-TV technician Max Bice was the engineer.
The multi-format station is run by students at Peninsula High School and Gig Harbor High School during the day, and in the evening to night hours it is run by community volunteers. The station gives a variety of shows from the students which range from sports broadcasts to classic rock.
A variety of genres is played, including Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Roots & Americana, Classic rock and vintage music. As the station is also an educational tool for the students, KGHP also runs news briefs and fact segments, at various times throughout the day, along with taking requests via the phone. The station also provides emergency information during power outages and severe storms, and natural disasters.

89.9 KGRG (Top 40) Green River Community College -AUBURN

90.1 KUPS (Metal/Hip-Hop) University of Puget Sound -TACOMA
1975; previously operated as a closed-circuit campus AM station (1968)

90.3 KEXP (Alternative) University of Washington -SEATTLE
KCMU 1972 (90.5) switched to 90.3 frequency in 1986
Personalities: John Kertzer KCMU/KEXP

90.7 KSER (Talk) Jack Straw Foundation -EVERETT
(Former owners of KRAB)

90.9 KVTI (Classical-Northwest Public Radio NWPR) Clover Park Schools -LAKEWOOD
KCPS, (1955) owned by the Clover Park School District, began in 1955 and also had the call letters KPEC-FM from 1972 until 1983. During this time instructors were Bill Doane and Bob Piatt Pacific Lutheran University came on the air with KPLU in 1966, with KCPS moving to 90.9 FM. From March 1988 until June 2010 KVTI For many, years KVTI was “I-91″ offering CHR/top 40 hosted by students, (with news in the morning and afternoon), Tuesday nights featured live acoustic music from 7-10PM and Talk and Public Affairs from 10PM to Midnight. Call letters were changed to KPEC FM (1973 – MOR format) KVTI (1983)
Effective Monday, June 21, 2010, Washington State University’s Northwest Public Radio assumed management of Clover Park Technical College’s radio station KVTI, 90.9 FM. With this management change came a new music format, switching from Contemporary Top 40 to Classical and NPR News. Clover Park Technical College and Washington State University announced this new partnership in April with Northwest Public Radio, a service of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. While WSU will operate the station, Clover Park will retain the license and ownership. As part of the transition, the station went off the air starting Friday, June 18 and remained off the air through the weekend. Monday morning began the first day of the new format.

91.3 KBCS (Folk, Jazz, Variety) Pacifica Foundation -BELLEVUE

91.5 RadioU (Christian Modern Rock) Spirit Communications Incorporated of Ohio – EVERETT
Commercial-free, listener-supported with additional translators locally in Enumclaw 106.5 and Issaquah 89.1

91.7 KYFQ (RELIGION) Bible Broadcasting Network Calvary Baptist Church -TACOMA
Operated by Tacoma Public Schools at Tacoma from Voc-Tech from 1949-1969; Bates Voc-Tech 1969-1986: KTOY was a great launching pad for many radio people. Many are still in the business locally and across the USA. KTOY programmed Top 40 [with R&B on weekends]. Instructors included Lee Perkins, Chuck Ellsworth, Al McMillan, Darren Lamb, Ken Keigley & Bill Luckhurst; KTPS FM Variety 1986-1992, KBTC FM Variety 1992-2004; 2004- 91.7 KXOT (Variety) NPR – Public Radio Capital licensed to KEXP; May 2006 KUOW licensed the station to broadcast secondary programming of its affiliation with the BBC and NPR. PRC had been seeking an operator for KXOT for a few years. From 2006 until July 2012 KXOT was operated by the University Of Washington as KUOW2, a secondary service of their 94.9 KUOW-FM Seattle. After a period off-the-air, KXOT was simulcasting the audio of cable public affairs network TVW, a local equivalent of C-SPAN since the start of 2013. SOLD to Bible Broadcasting Network for $2.4 million in February 2015 and given KYFQ call letters. BBN Network broadcasts began in August 2015. Sister station is KWFJ/Roy, WA.
Personalities: KTOY- Lou Robbins, Brent Stier, Lynn Benson, Dewey Boynton, David Sawyer, Slim/Leslie Nielsen, Dennis LaMarche, Rick Nordlund, Mario Briones, Martin Moreno, Jim Bach, Pat O’Day/Paul Berg, Chuck Ellsworth/Lee Perkins/Russ Stringham/Al McMillan-instructors, Ken Keigley & Bill Luckhurst -Chief Engineers 60/70s — other alumni of KTOY? Contact us!

92.1 (K221FJ) Iglesia Pentecostal Visperia Del Fin -TACOMA
[rebroadcasts KBRO-KNTB-KLDY] This station was part of a Northwest chain of stations broadcasting (ESPN Desportes) owned by Seattle Streaming Radio LLC until sold to Iglesia Pentecostal Visperia Del Fin in April 2015, which put a Spanish-religious format on the small network.

92.5 KQMV (Rhythmic CHR) Hubbard – Seattle
1961 KZAM Negro R&B, Jazz & Gospel, 1964 purchased by Kemper Freeman KFKF MOR simulcast with 1330 AM KFKF (the AM moved to 1540 frequency in 1968) In 1969, KFKF-FM was airing “Hit Parade 70″ as a top-40 station before KIRO-FM picked up the format and syndicated/automated ‘Hit Parade’ package– 1972 call letters KBES MOR – 1975 KZAM AOR — Nick Morrison, Carol Handley, Joni Baltzer, Lelani McCoy, Marion Seymour, Bruce Buls, Steve Slaton, Jeff Hanley, news director Denny Fleenor; Jon Kertzer, Wade Fisher/Chris Jeffries, Dean Carlson, 1983 KLSY Top 40, November 2010, KQMV GM Marc Kaye announces transition of Movin’ from [Hip Hop] to more mainstream “Top 40”.
Personalities: KZAM- [JAZZ} Joe Jones, Clarence Jones, Tee Alexander, Jim Babcock, Albert Tucker, Leroy Ray, Chris Wadsworth, Gordon DeWitty, Tommy Woolridge, Bob Summerise, Larry Braxton, Marty Wyatt, Sonny Buxton, Lou Coaston, Lonnie Williams …. ROCK: Tom Corddry (founding program director), Davidson Corry, Shelley Morrison, Leilani McCoy, Marian Seymour, Jeff Hanley, Jeff Heiman, Steve Suplin, Jude Noland, Lee Somerstein, Joni Balter, Nick Morrison, Jim Stutzman, Bruce Buls, Nils Von Veh, Carol Handley, Stephen Rabow, Steve Slaton, news director Denny Fleenor; Jon Kertzer, Dean Carlson, Diamond Jack Brady, Larry Snyder, Dave Scott, Bruce Funkhouser, Robert L. Scott, Paul Carlson, Matt Reidy, Steve Ward, Ken Vincent, and Michael Soto; [thanks for the updates, cjjazz & Brian Lord]; KBES- Lou Gillette [News] KLSY- John Bates, Janet Wilson, Jeff Conwell, Bobby Irwin, Larry Lomax, John Nixon, Alice Porter, John Thomas, Jim Williams, Delilah Rene, Bruce Murdock, Tim Hunter, Dave Sloan, Bob Brooks, Charlie Bush, Tony Marcus, John Rohde, Kelly Marshall, Bob Allen-weekends, Jim Bee, Jim Norwood, Randi Thomas-weekends [Lights Out], Pete Lukovich – Lights Out – Saturday; KFKF – Steve Montgomery, Ron MacArthur, Dick Ellingson, Stas Loutas, Larry Nelson, Gene Larson, John Forrest, Jack Hemingway; KQMV: Jim Kampmann, Jubal Flagg, Brooke Fox, Maynard, Mason, Justin, Kel, Cooper [weekends];

93.3 KUBE (RAP CRAP) iHeart Radio -SEATTLE
Original 1962 application by owners of KNBX 1050 Kirkland asked for call sign ‘KOTO’. Eastside Broadcasting also owned KARI 550 Blaine and had an application for 104.3 Bellingham with the KBLE calls issued! 104.3 ended up being KERI and 93.3 KBLE-FM [1964] signed-on with “The Nashville Sound” and has a few religous programs late evenings presumably after the AM had signed off at sunset. KBLE-FM maintained this mix of country and religion for it’s entire duration. KBLE-FM was always hampered by it’s mono signal and lack of audio processing which gave the music it played a very ‘flat’ sound –KUBE FM, became KPWK in a format shuffle of iHeart stations in January 2016. KUBE call letters moved to 104.9 FM – As iHeart began selling off stations, KUBE call letters were moved to an iHeart station out of state. In May 2018, iHeart returned the KUBE call letters to 93.3 FM with the crappy rap format returning. Crummy format but the call letter brand recognition was welcome. At least one corporate entity has realized the value of the call letters.
Personalities: KBLE- Norm Abel, Larry Wade, Al Workman, Al Clarke; KUBE- Charlie Brown, Eric Powers, Shellie Hart, Bob Case, Ty Flint, Tom Huytler, Barry Beck, Kelly Bridges, Stitch Mitchell, Jerry Hart, Diane McKenzie, Jeff West, Mark Andrews, Todd Baker, Scott Burns, Gary Bryan, Michael O’Shea, Scott Ingram, Rick Reynolds, Bruce Butterfield, Bill Rice, Eddie Francis, Karen Wild, Nessa, Eric Powers & Dirty Harry, DJ Supasam. Weekender: Harrison Woods.

93.7 KLSY – (Spanish-Religion)Centro Familia Cristiano – Ocean Shores/Montesano
formerly KANY-Josh Broadcasting LLC/Country “Big Foot Country” This station received its original construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission on March 25, 2005. The new station was assigned the KANY call sign by the FCC on October 13, 2005.
While still under construction, College Creek Media, LLC, reached an agreement in December 2006 to sell this station to Jodesha Broadcsting, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on January 23, 2007, and the transaction was consummated on March 16, 2007. KANY received its license to cover from the FCC on March 27, 2008. [Wiki] April 2012/FCC granted license assignment of license for KANY-FM 93.7 Montesano from Jodesha Broadcasting, Inc to Josh Broadcasting, LLC.
Personalities: Doug McDowell

94.1 KSWD (THE SOUND – Adult Pop 70s to Today) Entercom -SEATTLE
[1961] 1961:KOL-FM mono, full-time Top 40 simulcast of KOL-AM; 1967: simulcast AM 6am-6pm w/Top 40′ 6PM: “Progressive/Underground rock” – some of this was pre-recorded and voice-tracked by KOL-AM DJ Terry McManus, other shifts were hosted live. In 1970, KOL-FM boosted it’s output to 100,000 watts making it heard all over the northwest as far north as Vancouver & Victoria. To kick off their high power signal, they did a full weekend of live concert albums played in their entirety. Terry McManus and the KOL production team assembled this to sound as if it was a continuous rock concert and billed the weekend as such. CBS Radio merged with Entercom November 2017; Country KMPS flipped to Christmas music
Personalities: Bruce Buls (spelling??) Robin Mitchell Sept 1973: drops AOR, flips to automated Top-40; 1975: Purchased by Plough Broadcasting, flips to KEUT (beautiful/EZ listening); February 1, 1978:KMPS-FM (country) simulcast morning & afternoon drive, otherwise separate [thanks for the timeline: Mike Cherry] Flipped to Christmas music for 2 weeks December 4, 2017 changed format to THE SOUND Adult Pop 70s to Today, Adult Favorites/Soft AC. Changed call letters from KMPS to KSWD. KMPS call letters moved to KRAK/Hisperia, CA.
Personalities: KMPS- Fred Zaehler [KOL FM], Maxine Sartori, Dave Allen, Big Al Helseth, Peter Vail, Darryl Despie, Patrick McDonald, Rich Fitzgerald, John Chambless, Rick Stuart, Lee Rogers, Phil Harper, Bob Kelly, Mike O’Connor, Roger Dale, Ron Norwood, Todd Stacker, Ken Moultrie, Tam Henry [Weekends], Buck Wade, Steve Blackburn, Patti Par, Gary Vance, Greg Thunder, Jim Williams, Art Lind, Big Ed Dunaway, Dewey Boynton, Charley Parker, Becky Brenner, Jay Lawrence, Don Riggs, Ichabod Caine, Scallops, Tall Paul Fredricks, Stubbs, Tony Thomas, Jennifer Wood, Derek Murray, Jaye Albright, Jack Allen, Frank Catalano, Brady Wright, Dick Ellingson, Daryl Webster, Johnson & Johnson, Stephen Kilbreath, Cornbread [named 2009 Country Music Association Major Market Personality of the Year **WIL Radio], the Outlaw Pat Garrett, Dakota and Greg Valentine

94.5 KRXY (Contemporary & Classic Rock) Premier Broadcasting -SHELTON
Bobby Hart mornings, Kris Marshall, Gail Adams and Ron Harris

94.9 KUOW (Classical/NPR) University of Washington -SEATTLE
1948: KING-FM. Seattle’s first FM station, KRSC-FM was on 98.1. When KUOW launched, it was first on 90.5 which later would become the second station licensed to UOW as student-run KCMU (now KEXP 90.3). When the Bullitts purchased KRSC-FM & TV on May 6, 1949 for $375,000, (Jessica Longston retained ownership of KRSC-AM 1150), they moved KING-FM to 98.1 and donated the 94.9 facility to the Univ of Wash for KUOW [thanks for the timeline: Mike Cherry] Personalities: Mark Wayne, Bill Snoopy, Robert L. Scott, Carolyn Adolph, Ashley Ahearn, Jenny Asarnow, Elizabeth Austen, Dave Beck, Ruby de Luna, Ann Dornfeld, Phyllis Fletcher, Nathan Friend, Jim Gates, Jeff Hansen, Jamala Henderson, Arvid Hokanson, Andy Hurst, David Hyde, Tami Kosch, Liz Jones, Sara Lerner, Patricia Murphy, Guy Nelson, Arwen Nicks, Bill O’Grady, Bernard Ouellette, Jason Pagano, Amy Radil, Ross Reynolds, John Ryan, Steve Scher, Katy Sewall, Marcie Sillman, Rachel Solomon, Megan Sukys, Sarah Waller, Jack Walters, Derek Wang, Deborah Wang, Amanda Wilde, Rob Wood, Jeannie Yande

95.3 KGY [Translator rebroadcasting KYYO-HD2] (Oldies) -McCleary
Replacing the AM KGY, which was sold to Catholic radio Sacred Heart, ending local, family operation of one of the oldest radio stations in Washington State. – KGY Inc

95.7 KJR (70s/80s) iHeart Radio -SEATTLE
[1960] KGMJ co-owned with KVOS Bellingham, [1963] KIXI Easy Listening [1963], KLTX Adult Contemporary [1980], KMBX and then KBTB “The Beat” – KJR FM has flipped from Classic Rock to Oldies, most recently on December 26, 2010. THE JET moniker replaced KJR call letters in August 2014. Bob Rivers “retired” and Steve Slaton also left the station. Jodie Brothers Blau and Marty Riemer took over the morning show in October 2014 on the JET.
Personalities: KIXI: Robert O. Smith, Terry MacDonald, Dan Murphy, Jim Martin, Don Simon [PD], Bill Norton [PD], Paul Wallace, Dave Ryan [Dave Sawyer]; KLTX- Chad Douglas, Jimmy Anderson, Glen Martin, Jim Dai, Sandy Hamilton – weekends; KBTB: Bill Rice KJR FM: Todd Baker, Charlie Brown, Gary Bryan, Mark Edwards, Mike Forrester, Brian Gregory, Janet Wilson, Norm Gregory, Ric Hansen, JJ Hemingway, Jon Jensen, Jerry Kaye, Glen Martin/Glen McCartney, Michael O’Shea, Bill Rice, Kacie Sommers, Jackson Dell Weaver, Heidi May, Randy Lundquist, Suzanne Strickland/Suzanne Thunder, Dave Yates, Mark Bronson, Bob Rivers, Steve Slaton, Jodie Brothers, Lori Bradley, Seth Thompson, Dan Roberts, “Spike” O’Neil, Joe “Downtown Joe” Bryant; Marty Reimer

96.1 KXXO (Adult Contemporary) 3 Cities -OLYMPIA
KXXO personalities: Smilin’ Jay Andrews, Larry Lomax, R.P. McMurphy & Ann D’Angelo, Jennifer Mathis, Jessica West, Dave Mann, and Joe Riley. Weekenders: JJ Syrja, Cari Palmer, Tip Felts and Tammy Tillinghast, Bill Ogden, Ty Flint.

96.5 KJAQ (Adult Contemporary/Classic Rock) iHeart -SEATTLE
[1959] KLSN MOR/Easy Listening original owners= Sight & Sound, KYAC R&B 1973-1977, KYYX AOR owned by Pat O’Day, co-owned with KXA by Pat O’Day
KKMI Soft AC KQKT Top 40, KXRX AOR sold in 1994 by Shamrock Broadcasting to Alliance Broadcasting, KYCW Country, KYPT 80s, KRQI Classic Alternative – CBS Radio merged with Entercom November 2017; KJAQ was sold to iHeart
Personalities: KLSN- Big Bob Anthony; KYYX- Lan Roberts, Eric McKay, Bobby Simon, Stephen Rabow, Matt Alan, Jimmy Anderson, Pat O’Day, Jerry Kaye, Brent Larson, Robin Mitchell, Moose Moran, Bob Summers; KKMI- Emperor Bob Hudson, Larry Lomax, Pat O’Day, Dick Curtis, Sam Lee; KQKT- Rick Austin, Myles Cameron, Howie Castle, Gary Semro; KYYX: Eric McKay; KYCW- Brademan, Scotty Brink, Uncle Wynn, Daryl Webster, Ken Moultrie; KYPT- Jason Prater, Tommy Hough, Bill Reid, Tami Bennett, ; KXRX- Gary Crow, Mike West, Beau Roberts, Robin Erickson, John Maynard, Marty Riemer, Brew Michaels, Dean Carlson, Scott Vanderpool, KQKT “KQ96″ aired “Art Good’s Jazztrax” syndicated show Sunday nights 7pm-11pm

96.9 KYYO (‘KAYO’ Country) KGY Inc. -MCCLEARY
Changed call letters to KYYO December 2013…February 25, 2012 KGY-FM changed their format to country, branded as “South Sound Country”. Previously, Contemporary with an Oldies mix July 2010. Previous Country format continued on an alternate HD channel.
Personalities: Doug Dahlgren, Nat George, Kevin “The Busman”, Brittni Jean, Val Vaughn, Smilin’ Jay Andrews, Kevin Huffer, Nathan Lee, Steve George [News Director], Brad Frederickson

97.3 KIRO (News/Talk–CBS) Bonneville -TACOMA
[1948] KTNT MOR [Country for a few years in the 60s], KNBQ January 1976 [Began as automated Top 40 syndicated music from Broadcast Programming Inc., Bellingham; PD was Ed Dollar]—1985 Top 40, KBSG 1985 Oldies; switched to KIRO FM August 2008;
Personalities: KTNT FM: Mike Altman; KNBQ: Tim Edwards, Dancin’ Danny Wright, Gary Bryan, Bob Reece, Jay Philpott, Jaynie Jones, Matt Alan, Jerry Hill, Steve Randall, Beau Rockin’ Roberts, Sean Lynch, Ron Harris, Harve Allen, Jennifer Michaels, Sandy Louie, Jeff Randall, Joel Block, Romie Cole [Thanks! to Brian Lord for assitions to this list]; KBSG: Ric [Richard Mattson] Hansen, Fastlane Phillips, Kacie Sommers, Wade Fisher/Chris Jeffries, Vic Orlando, Chet Rogers, Mark Christopher, Joe [Fleischauer] Michaels, Kim Wilson; Keith Abrams, Scott Burns, Laura Dane, Roger Pasquier, Mike Forrester, Jay Coffey, Danny Holiday, Jerry Kaye, Jim LaMarca, Dan Packard, Fastlane Phillips, John Ross, Kacie Sommers, Bobby Ryan, Gary Ryan, Brent Stier, Corry Reynolds, Scott Phillips, Judy St. John, Jerry Hill [weekender].
KIRO: Mike Jones, Janet Wilson [traffic reporter], Mike West, Linda Thomas, Dori Monson, Luke Burbank, Dave Ross, John Curley, Frank Shiers, Ron Upshaw, Don O’Neill, Bill Radke, Tom Tangney, Rachel Belle, Jason Rantz

97.7 KOMO (News–ABC) Sinclair Broadcast Group -OAKVILLE
KFMY (Classic Hits “The Eagle”) South Sound Broadcasting
Personalities: KOMO- Gregg Hersholt, Bill Yeend, Manda Factor, Herb Weisbaum, Jane Shannon, John Carlson, Ken Schram; KFMY: Norm Gregory

98.1 KING (Classical) Classic Radio Inc. -SEATTLE
[originally at 94.9 FM until August 25, 1949 when KING Broadcasting purchased KRSC FM/98.1 and KRSC TV 5 for $375,000] Personalities: Wayne Bryant, Mary Fain, Brad Eaton, Jim Wilke, Tom Olson, Tom Dahlstrom, George Sangrow, Bryan Lowe, Peter Newman, Dave Beck, Michael Brooks, Lisa Bergman, Marta Zekan, Sean MacLean

“KING-FM was, and is, the premier classical music station for Seattle, and the Puget Sound area.”

After purchasing Seattle’s KEVR-AM in 1947 and changing its call letters to KING, Dorothy Bullitt made the decision to bring classical music to Seattle.  She had been devoted to classical music since her childhood and believed that this type of music would raise the cultural status of Seattle.  Besides, she once said, “I just like to hear it.”
When her attorney, business associate, and friend, Andrew Haley, asked her where she wanted her station to be located on the FM dial, Mrs. Bullitt replied, “Right in the middle.”  Right in the middle, of course, would be 98.1 MHz.  So, on June 26, 1948, KING-FM came on the air at 98.1 MHz.
Although KING-FM was a commercial station from the time it went on the air, to when the station was sold by the Bullitt family, it never made a profit.  Dorothy Bullitt made the commitment to keep the station on the air whether it made a profit or not.  Consequently, it was a humble but professional and successful operation.  It just sounded good on the air.
There was a small master control studio operation located in a wooden structure just south of the KING 320 Aurora Avenue North building and there was the transmitter on Queen Anne Hill.  The control board and the transmitter, that was it.  And, of course, until the early 1970s, when stereo was introduced to the station, it was strictly monophonic.
In the photograph, the black knobs on the control board, from left to right, are (1) microphone, (2) left turntable, (3) right turntable, and (4) tape machine, NBC network, and remote (patchable).  The fifth knob on the right, the red one, is the master fader.
My association with KING-FM was that of a weekend fill in host.  It was very difficult for the station to hire someone for just one or two days of work.  So, I approached Jim Wilke, the station’s manager, about filling in one of the weekend days.
Before allowing me to go on the air, Jim gave me a short quiz to determine if I could pronounce the complicated classical music names and to see if my voice was acceptable.  Apparently, I passed both tests, since, from April 4, 1970 to April 8, 1972, I was the 6 am to 11 am Saturday morning KING-FM host.  Monday through Friday, I worked at KING-TV as an engineer, so the Saturday KING-FM experience was just an extra day.
Jim Wilke was a wonderful person to work for.  He really knew classical music and what Dorothy Bullitt wanted to hear on the station.  He once said to me, when Dorothy Bullitt makes a suggestion, it should always be interpreted as an order.
After the station went stereophonic, I requested that its old vacuum tube monophonic transmitter be donated to KBCS-FM, Bellevue Community College.  I contacted Lee Mudgett, KING transmitter supervisor, who contacted Eric Bremner, KING Broadcasting President, who contacted Dorothy Bullitt, who was very supportive of the request.  I was the engineer that initially constructed and placed KBCS-FM on the air in February of 1973, and I made sure that old KING-FM monophonic transmitter found a good home, instead of being discarded as a piece of electronic cast off, which was its ultimate fate.
One Saturday, in 1970, Dorothy Bullitt invited all KING-FM staff members up to her home on Capital Hill for a brunch.  Although she was able to meet the KING-TV people in the lunch room in the main building every day, she was not able to converse with the KING-FM people because of the diverse on air assignments.  She told all of us of her appreciation for our efforts and for our dedication.  What a nice, thoughtful thing to say.  I miss her kindness, her wisdom, and her guidance.
After Dorothy Bullitt’s passing, the Bullitt family decided to sell the company.  However, they made the wise decision to purchase KING-FM back from the new owners and to donate it to the Seattle Arts Council, thereby insuring that it would always remain a classical music station.
KING-FM continues to this day providing the kind of cultural heritage that Dorothy Stimson Bullitt always intended.  In my small way, I am very proud to have been associated with it.
Jerry Burling

98.5 KNBQ (Christian Popular Music) Educational Media Foundation. -CENTRAL PARK
Owned by Educational Media Foundation, K-LOVE religious broadcaster. Previously owned and operated by Jodesha Broadcasting, owners of several Aberdeen stations, including KBKW. KNBQ took to the air in April 2015, stunting with all-Christmas music as North Pole Radio. Testing of KOMO FM audio on KNBQ 98.5 the last two weeks of September 2016 and a return to Christmas music in early October. Sold to K-LOVE network owned by EMF in February 2017.

98.9 KNUC (Country) Hubbard -SEATTLE
1949 KOMO FM, silent in 1953; 1958 KMCS Easy Listening owner: MarketCasters Inc, [the people that brought you supermarket background music] and just a change of call letters in October 1965 KBBX Easy Listening – then in 1972 (Music Only For A Woman) –— December 1975 station sold to *Park Broadcasting and became KEZX Easy Listening; [Mike Cherry writes: “they were essentially an AAA/soft-rock format from the mid-eighties until it flipped to KWJZ in 1991. Their progressive, free-wheeling format included jazz, folk, reggae and vintage tracks. To my ears, it was the logical successor to KZAM (the 2nd one)”] …As KEZX slowly morphed from beautiful/EZ listening to an AAA/adult-progressive station during its long life, Park Broadcasting owner Roy Park had no idea that this was happening. As an out-of-market owner, he assumed his property in Seattle was airing the same ‘elevator music’ heard on his other stations. As the story is told, somewhere around 1991 he made a personal appearance in Seattle and arrived in station manager Peg Dempsey’s office. To his horror, KEZX wasn’t airing Frank Mills, Kenny G or The Carpenters but instead The Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, Robert Cray, Tom Waits & Quarterflash were blasting out of the hallway monitors with plenty of KEZX IDs – no mistaking what Mr Park heard that day!!! A few weeks later, suddenly one Monday morning with NO warning whatsoever, our beloved free-wheeling KEZX was gone and Frank Mills, The Carpenters and Living Strings were back!!! A rather vocal, noisy protest by KEZX listeners made no difference! Sometime shortly after, KEZX flipped to the newly popular ‘smooth-jazz’ format and adopted the KWJZ calls…Smooth Jazz KWJZ; switched to a Modern Rock format as Click 98.9 on December 27, 2010…Flipped to Classic Rock 3/16/16 after 5 days of stunting [Sinatra, show tunes, TV themes] in competition with long-time Classic Rockers KISW 99.9 and KZOK 102.5…flipped to COUNTRY Dec. 4, 2017 when Country KMPS flipped to SOFT ROCK. Changed call letters to KNUC on February 8, 2018.
Personalities: KMCS: Mark Wayne; KEZX:Tami Bennett, Jill Kenly, Suzanne Strickland/Suzanne Thunder, Janet Wilson, Cedric James, Robert L. Scott, Dianna Rose, Carol Handley, Peyton Mays, Abbi Kaplan, Jay Phillips, John Nelson, Jack Allen, Leilani McCoy, Alice Porter, Neil Scott, J.J. Hemingway, Norman B., Gretchen Hart, Dean Carlson, John Posey, Wes Longino, Charlie Burd. KLCK: Dan Kennedy, Alicia, Tanner, and Nic.

99.3 KDDS (Hispanic) Bustos Media Holdings -ELMA

99.9 KISW (AOR) Entercom -SEATTLE
Original owner: E.W. Lippincott; Was a Classical music station in the 60s – 1969: the station was purchased by Kaye-Smith, a partnership of famed entertainer Danny Kaye and Lester Smith. At that time Kaye-Smith, owners of the number one pop music station in Seattle, KJR-AM. By 1971 KISW had switched to a rock based progressive or underground style of format pioneered by Tom Donahue at KMPX and KSAN in San Francisco. In 1987, Nationwide Communications, a subsidiary of Nationwide Insurance, acquired KISW. Nationwide sold off its radio stations by 1997. In 1991, as an April Fool’s Day prank, the radio station changed its format to soft rock for a day. The station was bought by Entercom Communications in 1996.[Wikipedia] Personalities: Don Riggs, Dick Lawrence, Ron Lind, Dan Wilke, Al Cummings [1971], Jack Hemingway, Steve Nicolet, Steve Slaton, Duane Smart, Tracy Mitchell, Terry MacDonald, Brent Alberts, Mike West, Jim Kampmann, Steve Norby, Brent Alberts, Spencer Haywood, Gary Crow, Lee Michaels, Bob Hovanes, John Evans, John Langan later known as C. Foster Kane, Ron Chavis, Paige Claire, Jim Arnold, Tommy Hough, Steve Akrish, Larry Sharp; “Sharpie”, Steve Cooper, Paul Chambers, John Lisle, Jesse Brandon, Dr. Rock Jeff McIntosh, Carla Steele, John Napier, Rick Evens, Mike Luchino, Dan Wilke, Marie McCallister, Beau Roberts, Gary Bryan, John Maynard, Robin Erickson, Lisa Walker, Dean Carlson, Cathy Faulkner, Mike Jones, Damon Stewart, Sky Daniels, Steve Young, Jon Ballard, “Scott ‘the worm’ Vanderpool”, Mike Bell, John Rody, Twisted Radio (Bob Rivers, “Spike” O’Neil, Joe “Downtown Joe” Bryant), Steve O’Neill (Steve,O), Bill Reid, Mr. T (Mike Trochalakis), Andy Guyer, Adam Gehrke, John Sebastian, Lisa Wood, Reed Wacker, Rover, Kylee Brooks, Tommy Hough, Andy Schuon, Scott Forrest, Ditch, Kenna, Will Dixon, Seaman, Ricker, Double R, BJ Shea, Ryan Castle, Jolene, Miles Montgomery, Steve “The Thrill” Hill, Ted Smith, Ben Muppet

100.7 KKWF (Country) Entercom -SEATTLE
[1948] KIRO-FM MOR – other formats included Album-Oriented Rock (1967-1970) Top 40 “Hit Parade 70 & 71; flipping to Beautiful Music in 1971 with ads that said “Goodbye Beatles, Hello Mancini” and similar), Beautiful music (1971-1989 as KSEA), Adult Contemporary (1989-1992 as KWMX), All-News (1992-1994 as KIRO-FM, again) and All-Talk (1994 to 1997 as KIRO-FM; 1997 to 2005 as KQBZ), flipped formats to its current incarnation on November 30, 2005. [Wikipedia] Personalities: KSEA- Steve Schy, Frank Shiers, Rich Germaine, Dave Young, Dan Murphy, Jack Allen, Milo King, Mark Edwards, Bill Thomas, Bill Rice, Bill Wippel, Mike Moran, Greg Cook, Anne Barnaby, Tom Huytler, Frank Shiers; KWMX Mix 101: Greg Cook, Dan Murphy, Tom Huytler, Scott Burns, Dave Young, Fitz in the morning, DeAnna Lee, Nick at Nite, and Wingnut; [Thanks! to Brian Lord for some additions to this list]

101.1 KGHO (Classic Rock-Oldies) -OLYMPIA

101.5 KPLZ (Top 40) Sinclair Broadcast Group -SEATTLE
[1959] KETO Easy Listening then Contemporary Country in 1976, KVI-FM Top 40
Personalities: KETO-Jack Hemingway, Mike Altman, Bill Beattie, Marc Hayes, Greg Thunder, Leo Rumsey, Jim Reed, Doug Setterberg; KVI FM: Bill Rice, Fran Hawkins; KPLZ- Kent & Alan, Ric [Richard Mattson] Hansen, Eric Funk, Mark Allen, BJ Donovan, Lady Jay Davis, Todd Baker, Bill Meyer, Bill Phillipy real name Bryce Phillipy, Bill Rice, Paul Thompson, Tom Reddick, Jill Taylor, Curt & Corine and Paul Thompson

101.9 K270CJ-FM *KRXY HD2 (Classic Rock) Premier Broadcasting – Olympia

102.1 KSWW (Contemporary – Oldies) Jodesha Broadcasting -ELMA
On the air since 1998
Personalities: Rhys Davis, Rick Brady, Scott Curtis, Dave Bogart, LaLaine, and Dave Hunter

102.5 KZOK (AOR) iHeart -SEATTLE
before David Segal successfully launched KTW-FM, a previous CP was issued to another company in 1963, but never built. Plains Radio Broadcasting had a CP for 19 kW and 1090 ft antenna with KPRN call sign issued. KTW [1964] Top 40 – CBS Radio merged with Entercom November 2017, KZOK sold to iHeart
Personalities: [KZOK] Bob Rivers, Bobby Simon, Dan Wilke, Mike West, Cedric James, James Young, Jimmy Kimmel, T. J. Killorin, Susan McKenzie, Vic The Dude, Ken Carson, Chris Russell, Pete Stacker, Brademan, Gary Crow, Carey Curelop, Randy Dixon, Mark Edwards, Brian Gregory, Norm Gregory, John Langan, Gary Lockwood, Leilani McCoy, Tommy Hough, Bill Minckler, Jay Nelson, Gabby Parsons, Jeff Salgo, Norm Flint, Eddie Mason, Stacy Ireland, Nate Connors, Dan Wilke, Rockfish, Kevin Hammond, Bo Roberts, Steve Slaton, Robin Erickson, John Maynard, Burl Barer, John Rody, John Posey, Marty Riemer, Dr. Rock/Jeff McIntosh, Bob Hovanes, Mike Jones, Sue Falconer, Steve Akrish, Lori Holder, Larry Sharp, Craig Martin, Mike Bell, Jerry Hill, Connie Cole, Rick Riley/Rick Shannon, Suds Coleman, Steve O’Neill, Sara Johnson, Danny Bonaduce, Scott Vanderpool;

102.9 KZTM (Hispanic) Bustos Media -CENTRALIA
[1965] Centralia, Wash.-Charles 0. Ellsworth. 102.9 mc, channel 275, 31 kw. Ant. height above average terrain 135 feet. P. 0. address 2916 Dale Lane East, Tacoma, Wash. Estimated construction cost $9,800; first year operating cost $9,000; revenue $10,780. Mr. Ellsworth, sole owner, is instructor and program director of KTOY (FM) Tacoma. KGME (operated by Chuck Ellsworth from Chehalis), [1968] KELA FM — Old call letters: KELA Chehalis changes to KMNT early 1983, Steve Richert was PD. [1991] KMNT was assigned to Centralia, moved their transmitter site … KMNT moved dial position to 104.3 in 2005. 102.9 became KNBQ Country (Jacor Communications, which was purchased by Clear Channel in 2009) KNBQ began simulcasting 950 KJR SportsRadio on November 5, 2011 – 102.9 KNBQ flipped to HOT AC as NOW 102.9 KYNW June 14, 2013. KYNW format changed to Alternative “Tacoma’s Rock Alternative” January 2016, call letters changed from KYNW to KFOO. Clear Channel later changed identification to iHeart Radio. Call letters changed from KFOO to KFNY in November 2017 prior to sale of the station by iHeart. Format changed from Alternative to Smooth Jazz December 2017.
Sold to Bustos Media June 2019. Call letters changed from KFNY to KZTM.

103.7 KHTP (Rhythmic Hip-Hop/Old School) Entercom -TACOMA
103.9 KTWR [Thomas Wilmot Read 1958 original owner] MOR – some brokered programming which eventually ended up running on KTNT, KMO, KLAY over the years, such as polka/German music & international shows.
KTWR Tacoma, Wash.—Granted license for fm station January 1958. — station on-air July 1958; KTWR (FM) Tacoma, later months off-air for technical reasons—returned to the air Aug. 3, 1959. It had been off the air several months while installing new transmitting gear. KTWR is on 103.9 with 1 kw; KTWR(FM) Tacoma, -Cp to change frequency from 103.9 Inc to 103.7 mc and increase ERP from 830 w to 3.4 kw. Ann. Nov. 9, 1961; KTWR(FM) Tacoma, Wash.—Granted assignment of license from Thomas Wilmot Read (100’%) to Tacoma Broadcasters Inc., owned by Jerry P. Geehan, Richard R. Hodge, J. A. Woodworth, S. E. Tokstad, A. E. Blair, M. S. Erdahl, F. A. Haines Jr, John P. Condon, Louis A. Misener, C. M. .Johnson, Arthur D. Ayrault, Charles J. Ayrault, R H. Michael, W. D. Ryan, Thomas L. Dempsey, and James Dempsey. Consideration $20,000. Tacoma Broadcasters Inc. is licensee of KTAC Tacoma; April 10, 1964; Call letters changed to KTAC-FM May 1964; 103.9 KTAC [1964] MOR — later purchased by Star Broadcasting owned by M. Lamont Bean (Radio 850 Corporation) [Progressive Rock – May 1972 with Program Director Robert O. Smith] and then sold to Entercom 1973; KTAC FM 103.9 became KBRD in December 1975; switched frequency to 103.7 FM in 1978; switched call letters to KMTT [May 1990] with new AA format; Entercom, a small family-owned Philadelphia company, hires G. Michael Donovan to turn around their waning Northwest radio properties KTAC-AM and KBRD-FM. Donovan moves from Chicago to Tacoma to take over the simulcast beautiful music stations (”the perfect blend of relaxing vocal and instrumental favorites”). Donovan hires programmer Chris Mays from KLSY, and they determine that there’s a need in the market for a rock/adult contemporary radio station. Mountain Program Director Chris Mays is promoted to Station Manager/Program Director, grabbing the office vacated by Mountain General Manager G. Michael Donovan, who is promoted to President of Entercom Seattle and moves across the street to KBSG [from an old KMTT web page about the station’s history] Switched format to Rhythmic Hip-Hop/Old School August 30th, 2013 HOT 103.7 targeting women, “The Rythm of Seattle.” Call sign changed to KHTP September 12, 2013.
Personalities: KTAC FM: Robert O. Smith, Rick Nordlund, Brent Stier, Ken Sethney/Seth Buchanan, Brian Zerr, Tim Robinson, Dave Perry, Peter Talbot; KBRD FM: Michael O’Brien, Bob Cochran, Russel Neil, Cliff Clinton, Ray Brown – weekends, Freddie Williams- Weekends, Mel Scott – Weekends, Bill Conway, Lou Robbins, Bill Ogden [News], Jaynie Jones [Jane Robbins], Ed Dunaway, [KTWR] Tom Read, John Mangan, Steve Sibulsky; KMTT- Archer, Lou Robbins, Nancy Walton, Jay Phillips, Dean Carlson, Brad Dolbeer, John Fisher, John Nelson, Paul Nelson, Marlin Spear, Tami Bennett, Marty Riemer, Gary Crow

104.1 KMAS (Oldies) Olympic Broadcast & Media -SHELTON
KMAS Sept 21, 1962: 1280 kc; 1 kw-D. ABT Inc. Robert E. Sheetz, pres, gen mgr, prog dir & chief engr, Thomas C. Townsend, coml mgr; Bruce E. Jorgenson, stn mgr. Format: COUNTRY & WESTERN;
Changed frequency and format in 1984 to 1030/Adult Contemporary, same ownership. In 1987, Harold S. Greenberg became pres, gen & gen sls mgr [Sound Broadcasting Co.]; the station was purchased by Olympic Broadcast & Media (President and General Manager Dale Hubbard, Secretary, Treasurer Jerry Eckenrode) in 2006. KMAS went to the Oldies format in August 2007.Switched to News-Talk format January 3, 2012 [America’s Radio News Network & ABC News] Personalities: Dale Hubbard, Dedrick Allen [News], Randy Roadz, Jeff Slakey

104.3 KMNT (Country) Bicoastal Media -CHEHALIS
[see move from original dial position 102.9] Personalities: Pete, JB & Kathryn, Steven B, Ryan Trotter, and Michael Preston

104.5 KLSW (Religion) EMF Foundation -COVINGTON
This Dalles/Hood River station [1984] moved-in [2008] KMIH moved to 88.9 – Began as an Oldies station, no commercials KMCQ. Queen Cities Broadcasting LLC sold KMCQ to Educational Media Foundation in February 2015, a “non-profit” religious formatted operation, operated by Mike Novak [K-Love] (disclosed price: $7million)– Closest thing to the original KMCQ is VinylRadioNW.com

104.9 KTDD (Religion) Worship 24/7 -EATONVILLE
“THE BREW” Rock format began November 1, 2011. Format change November 10, 2010 to Gen X 104.9 from the [Active Rock “Funky Monkey”] Call letters switched from KFNK to KSGX Nov 2010 to KKBW December 2011– format flip to Hip Hop January 2016 with call letters KUBE [format and call letters moving over from 93.3 FM. Call letters KUBE were changed to KTDD in November 2017 prior to sale of the station by iHeart. Format changed from Hip Hop to Christian Pop December 2017. Switched to Worship 24/7 on 11/4/2020.
[1990] KJUN Country, KKBY Country with Ichabod Caine as PD and morning talent [1997] and became KFNK in [1999] KKBY personalities- Jaynie Dillon; KKBW: Shroom, Pyke, Aly, Klinger…

105.3 KCMS (Christian) Christa Ministries -EDMONDS
[1960] King’s Garden: KGFM, KBIQ Easy Listening then KGDN with religion format, purchased by Christa Ministries and switched to KCMS [1984] KBIQ personalities: John Pricer, Rich Germaine KCMS personalities: Larry Lomax, Bill Wippel, Matt Case, Duane Smart, Suzanne Strickland/Suzanne Thunder, Scott Thunder, Pat Hughes, Kip Johns, Lynette Morgan, Mark Holland, Paul Wescot-weekends, Keith Black-weekends, Scott & Sam, Tom & Sarah, Martha Hadley;

106.1 KBKS (HOT AC) iHeart -TACOMA
[1959] KLAY 106.3 Easy Listening, [1981] KRPM Country, call letters KCIN/Oldies for a few months before switched to KBKS in [1996] Personalities: KLAY- Stan Naccarato – General Manager, Bruce Bond, Steve Slaton, Win McCracken, Tom Read, George Heard, Jaynie Dillon, Larry Sharp; KRPM -Phil Harper, Bill Fink [PD], Johnny Clark, Laura Dane, Tracy Steele, Lou Robbins, Jack Morton, R.P. McMurphy, Mark Pierce, Ken Moultrie, Thane Phelan producer/weekender, Tim Edwards, Sunshine Smith, Brademan, Steve Chapman, Ellis B Feaster, George Fisher, Wade Fisher/Chris Jeffries, Kacie Sommers, Ken Speck, Jim Williams; KBKS- Karen Wild, Chris Collins, Greg MacArthur, Mike Preston, Jackie & Bender, Tyler, Sisanie, Danielle, Ben Schubert.

106.5 RadioU (Christian Modern Rock) Spirit Communications Incorporated of Ohio – ENUMCLAW
Commercial-free, listener-supported with additional translators locally in Everett 91.5 and Issaquah 89.1

106.9 KRWM (Soft Adult Contemporary) Hubbard -BREMERTON
Original call letters KFIN a 1963 CP for 35 kW & 1100 ft antenna owned by Fine Music broacasters Inc. Yes, this was licensed to Seattle, not Bremerton where KBRO would eventually launch on 106.9 — [1964] KBRO-FM AC, Country 1972, [1984] KWWA Country, [1984] KHIT, [1986] KNUA, [1990] KKNW, switched to KRWM [1992] KBRO personalities: Tom Hood; KHIT: Smokin’ Joe Dawson, John Frost, Jerry Kaye, Robert Wikstrom, Rick Shannon, Suds Coleman, Andy Barber, Randy Lundquist, A.J. Roberts, Mo Matthews, Dale Bundren, Justin Case, Peter McLaine, Steve Rabow, Jeff Chase, Wade Fisher/Chris Jeffries, Rod Jeffries, Jennifer Michaels, Howard Hoffman; KKNW: Peyton Mays and Paul Nelson, Barbara Blake, Eric Dahlberg, Cedric James, Jeff Mosier; KRWM: John Bates, Will Johnson, Sean Michaels, Laura Dane [Program Director/Music Director 2005- ], Dale Hubbard, Tony Coles, Tom McCarthy, Mike Purdy, Daryl Summers, Delilah Renee. Weekenders: Rees Kirk, Sean Michaels, Maya, Jonathan West, Shellie Hart, Sue Romero, Matt Case.

107.3 K297BD (Christian music/programming) GREENWATER/ENUMCLAW Calvary Chapel/Twin Falls, Idaho
– Local translator on the air as of February 20, 2013

107.7 KNDD (AOR) Entercom -SEATTLE
[1962] KRAB FM Eclectic [KRAB was the brainchild of Lorenzo Milam. KRAB’s programming was founded on the assumption that the listeners were intelligent and imaginative, with a lively curiosity and interest in the challenge of new ideas and information. This attitude towards the listeners cultivated a community of broad tastes and ideologies, and made KRAB into a cultural institution, providing the Pacific Northwest with otherwise unheard or neglected tastes and points of view. KRAB served as a national role model, stimulating the formation of twelve “KRAB Nebula” stations across the country, starting community radio in the United States.–JackStraw.org], [1985] KMGI Top 40, switched to KNDD [August 23, 1991] Personalities: KRAB: Jamie Garner, Jeremy Lansman, George Shangrow; KMGI [co-owned with KIXI]- Randy Lundquist, Jeff King, Ron Harris, Angie Good, Rich Ellis, Kelly Stevens, Alpha Trivette, Bobby Rich, Mark Andrews, Janet Wilson, Frank Shiers, Stitch Mitchell, Scott Mitchell, Greg Cook, Rob Conrad, Scott Phillips, Jill Taylor, Kevin Cassidy; KNDD: Marco Collins, Reverend Adumb Green, Ken Heman, Jason Hughes, Tami Bennett, Andy Savage, Bill Reid, Kim Monroe, Brian Beck, Steve The Producer, Jordin Silver, DJ No Name, Lazlo, Chris Travis, Jim Keller, Dick Rossetti, Paul Nelson, Rob Femur, Dan Pounder, Flip-Flops Windex, Kiera, Mike Kaplan, Whitney Knoerlin, Red, Andrew Harms, GregR, Bryce

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PUGET SOUND TELEVISION

Here is the current list of Puget Sound DTV “Virtual” and Over-The-Air Digital Channels.
Digital television (DTV) channels may operate on different physical channels from the displayed channels. A station branded as Channel 7, for example, might actually use channel 39 for its transmission, but a “virtual channel map” or virtual channel table (VCT) allows viewers to tune in the station on channel 7, displayed as 7.1 on a digital set.

4.1 KOMO ABC

[Digital 30] (Sinclair Broadcast Group) local news and network shows. KOMO Channel 4 Seattle, founded by Fisher’s Blend company, a family that pioneered radio in Seattle and owned KOMO Radio – went on the air on December 10, 1953. KOMO 4 took the NBC programming away from KMO TV 13. Harriet Bullitt lobbied NBC for affiliation and in 1959 NBC pulled its affiliation from KING’s cross-town rival, KOMO 4, and granted it to KING. KOMO became the ABC affiliate. Fisher sells KOMO TV & radio to Sinclair Broadcast Group – announced April 2013. -Seattle-

4.2 KOMO DT2 COMET tv

Science fiction shows and movies

4.3 KOMO DT3 CHARGE

Action movies/series

5.1 KING NBC

[Digital 25] (TEGNA — Gannett Corporation) local news and network shows. KRSC Channel 5 went on the air on Thanksgiving Day, 1948. Owned by P.K. Lieberman’s Radio Sales Corporation, the company that also owned 1150 KRSC Radio.
Channel 5 was purchased by Dorothy Bullitt’s King Broadcasting Company, owners of KING 1090 Radio, becoming KING TV in 1949. KING 5 held all the network programming DUMONT, CBS, NBC and ABC. On August 2, 1953, KMO TV 13 Tacoma, owned by Carl E. Haymond, who also owned KMO Radio, went on the air, taking the NBC affiliation, leaving Channel 5 with ABC and some Dumont programming. Harriet Bullitt lobbied NBC for affiliation and in 1959 NBC pulled its affiliation from KING’s cross-town rival, KOMO 4, which had acquired it from KMO 13 when KOMO went on air in 1953. NBC affiliation was now granted to KING. KING 5 station-owner Dorothy Bullitt died in June 1989. Dorothy Bullitt’s daughters Harriet Bullitt and Priscilla “Patsy” Bullitt Collins decided to sell the King assets in 1992 to the Providence Journal (ProJo) Company. KING-TV and other King Broadcasting stations later became Belo properties as a result of a merger with ProJo in 1997. BELO is acquired by Gannett in 2013. -Seattle

5.2 KING Justice Network

crime & cop shows

5.2 KING Quest Network

action & adventure

7.1 KIRO CBS

[Digital 23] (Cox Communications) local news and network shows. On February 8, 1958, KIRO 7 Seattle [owned by Saul Haas, who owned KIRO Radio] went on the air and became the CBS affiliate. KTNT 11 became Tacoma’s second Independent TV station. 1964- Bonneville International Corporation, part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, took ownership of KIRO-AM-FM-TV. KIRO was sold by Bonneville to Belo Corporation in 1995. The station affiliated with UPN on March 13, 1995, after CBS moved the network affiliation to KSTW 11, in a deal with Gaylord Television which included the Gaylord Dallas station as a new CBS affiliate. 1996- Gaylord announced the sale of KSTW to Cox Enterprises. KSTW’s sale was finalized on May 30, 1997.
When the Providence Journal/Belo Corp. merger happened in 1997, KSTW was sold to Viacom, KIRO to Cox, and former CBS O&O KMOV in St. Louis going from Viacom (who was selling off all non-UPN stations) to Belo. The two Seattle stations retained their respective syndicated programming, but swapped network affiliations once again, with KSTW becoming a UPN O&O, and KIRO regaining its CBS affiliation. -Seattle-

7.2 KIRO DT2 GET TV Television Network

Old movies

7.3 KIRO DT3 LAFF

comedy and archived sitcoms

9.1 KCTS PBS

[Digital 9] (KCTS Television) local news and network shows. KCTS 9 went on the air on December 7, 1954, broadcasting from the campus of the University of Washington with equipment donated by KING-TV owner Dorothy Bullitt. The station was operated by students of the Edison Technical School in Seattle, now known as Seattle Community College. The instructor was Nick Foster, formerly the operator of KFQX, bootlegger Roy Olmstead’s radio station. Network affiliation was with National Educational Television. -Seattle-

9.2 KCTS DT2 PBS Kids

9.3 KCTS DT3 Create

how-to, cooking and DIY programs

9.4 KCTS DT4 World

Science & Nature

11.1 KSTW CW Network

[Digital 11] (CBS Corporation) network shows. KTNT Channel 11, Tacoma, owned by the Baker family, publishers of the Tacoma News Tribune and owners of KTNT Radio, went on the air March 1, 1953. KTNT 11 became the CBS TV affiliate. On February 8, 1958, KIRO 7 Seattle [owned by Saul Haas, who owned KIRO Radio] went on the air and became the CBS affiliate. KTNT 11 became Tacoma’s second Independent TV station. Also in 1974 — KTNT was sold to Gaylord Entertainment Company. Gaylord changed its call letters to KSTW, for Seattle-Tacoma, Washington. 1993- KSTW agreed to become the WB affiliate for Seattle beginning in 1995, when the network was to begin operation. The affiliation actually went to KTZZ Channel 22.
In 1995, CBS approached Gaylord for an affiliation with its Dallas station, KTVT. KSTW was included as part of the agreement, and as a result, CBS returned to KSTW on March 13, 1995, in a ten-year affiliation agreement. 1996- Gaylord announced the sale of KSTW to Cox Enterprises. KSTW’s sale was finalized on May 30, 1997.
When the Providence Journal/Belo Corp. merger happened in 1997, KSTW was sold to Viacom, KIRO to Cox, and former CBS O&O KMOV in St. Louis going from Viacom (who was selling off all non-UPN stations) to Belo. The two Seattle stations retained their respective syndicated programming, but swapped network affiliations once again, with KSTW becoming a UPN O&O, and KIRO regaining its CBS affiliation.
Cox held KSTW for just three days prior to the trade. KSTW began to air UPN programming on June 30, 1997 along with sitcoms, movies, cartoons and a few first-run syndicated shows. The station brought back its 10pm newscast and dropped its news production at all other time slots. The station canceled the 10pm newscast in December 1998. On January 24, 2006, the WB and UPN networks announced they would merge into a new network called The CW. CBS-owned KSTW, the then-current UPN station, was chosen as The CW’s Seattle-Tacoma affiliate. -Tacoma-

11.2 START TV CBS stations and Weigel Broadcasting – Programming consists of strong and resourceful female leading characters in a lineup of contemporary and proven procedural dramas.

11.3 GRIT TV

classic TV & movies geared to men

11.4 DABL

a lifestyles channel

11.5 CIRCLE Network

country music

12.1 KVOS Heros & Icons

[Digital 14] Action-Adventure TV re-run programming from the 50s-70s [Weigel Broadcasting] [Started as a Seattle radio station, KVOS] – Kessler’s Voice of Seattle. Moved to Bellingham and picked up TV license. Once a CBS affiliate, KVOS struggled as an Independent and after purchase by Michael Dell’s OTA Broadcasting, moved studio facilities to Seattle. On March 12, 2015, the main feed of KVOS had adopted to KFFV’s 44.6 feed, the branding itself had been switched from MeTV KVOS to MeTV Seattle while the ident shows MeTV KVOS-KFFV. City of license is Bellingham-

12.2 KVOS MOVIES!

– old movies

12.3 KVOS MeTV

classic television

12.4 DECADES

CBS classic TV & News

12.5 START TV

CBS stations and Weigel Broadcasting – Programming consists of strong and resourceful female leading characters in a lineup of contemporary and proven procedural dramas.

13.1 KCPQ FOX

[Digital 13] (FOX) Tacoma – local news and network shows. Began as KMO 13 August 1953, owned by Carl Haymond, successful radio station owner. The TV franchise suffered financial losses, after losing NBC affiliation to KOMO in 1953. Sold to J. Elroy McCaw in 1954, the station struggled through the 1960s and early 1970s, in black and white 2ith low budget productions, a small library of 1940s films and 1950s TV reruns. J. Elroy’s son, Craig McCaw was founder, in 1987, of McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc., a cellular telephone pioneer in the United States. The company purchased MCI Communications’s mobile businesses in 1986, followed by LIN Broadcasting in 1989, giving them widespread access in all of the major US markets. Partnering with AT&T as a technology provider, McCaw introduced their “Cellular One” service in 1990, the first truly national cellular system. AT&T purchased 33% of the company in 1992, and arranged a merger in 1994 that made Craig McCaw one of AT&T’s largest shareholders. In 2002, the company was spun off from AT&T to become AT&T Wireless Services. With the sale of Channel 13 to McCaw, KMO then became KTVW 13. Having been an NBC affiliate for just a little over 4 months, Channel 13 studios, originally located at the Roxy Theater in Tacoma, relocated to the transmitter site. J. Elroy McCaw died in 1969 and KTVW 13 was purchased by Blaidon Mutual Investors Corporation in 1971 for $1.1 million. Color-capable cameras were purchased, more local programming, including an afternoon Merv Griffin-style variety show [The Tony Visco Show] and a kiddie-cartoon show with a super-hero host, Flash Blaidon were introduced.
Blaidon Mutual Investors Corporation filed bankruptcy in 1974, and KTVW 13 went dark. 1975- Channel 13′s assets were bought in bankruptcy court bidding by the Clover Park School District in Lakewood, for $378,000. The call letters were changed to KCPQ, replacing Clover Park’s UHF channel 56 transmitter which had operated under the name KPEC-TV. Channel 13 returned to the air as an educational station, an affiliate of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which had previously been National Educational Television [merged 1970] 1980- Sacramento, California-based Kelly Broadcasting, owners of KCRA-TV in its home city, purchased KCPQ 13 from the Clover Park School District for $6.25 million. Q13, was “The Northwest’s Movie Channel”. Channel 13 ran movies during middays, late nights and weekends, and uncut versions of films in primetime. The station also ran CBS and NBC shows that KIRO-TV and KING-TV respectively pre-empted, including CBS Late Night and NBC’s Saturday morning cartoons. For a short time after the relaunch, the station had an afternoon children’s program, “Captain Sea-Tac”, featuring a friendly boat captain who appeared to be in his 30s or so. 1986- KCPQ became one of the first affiliates of the FOX Broadcasting Company. The Tribune Company acquired KCPQ in August 1998, as part of Kelly Broadcasting’s exit from the television business. Following the purchase of Channel 13, Tribune merged KCPQ’s operations with those of KTWB 22, which Tribune had operated under a local marketing agreement with Emmis Communications. The two stations became co-owned in 1999, after the FCC approved same-market duopolies. Tribune stations were sold to Nexstar in September 2019. KCPQ was then to be sold by Nexstar to FOX.

13.2 Court TV

Dramas – Tacoma

13.3 Mystery

Investigative/Crime shows – Tacoma

13.4 Stadium

Sports – Tacoma

16.1 KONG DT Independent

[Digital 31] (Gannett) syndicated reruns and rebroadcasts of KING News, local sports and some NBC programming such as “Meet The Press.” KONG 16 signed on the air July 8, 1997.
It was locally owned, but managed by KING-TV (which Belo had just acquired) through a local marketing agreement. Belo bought Channel 16 outright in 2000, when the Federal Communications Commission began to permit duopolies. BELO is acquired by Gannett in 2013. -Everett-

16.2 KONG DT2

Bounce TV

16.3 KONG DT3

THIS TV

20.1 KTBW TBN Network

[Digital 21] (Trinity Broadcasting Network) religion. Signed on as KQFB on March 30, 1984. As KQFB, the station was originally locally owned by Family Broadcasting based in University Place, WA. Family Broadcasting originally was going to broadcast Christian programming from several sources. Before the station went on the air, a minority interest in KQFB was acquired by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. When TBN acquired all the interest in Family Broadcasting, the call letters changed from KQFB to KTBW -Tacoma-

20.2 KTBW DT2

Hillsong TV

20.3 KTBW DT3

SMILE TV

20.4 KTBW DT4

Enlace en Espanol

20.5 KTBW DT5

POSITIV

22.1 KZJO MyTV Network

[Digital 36] (Nexstar) off-network reruns and movies; rebroadcasts Q13 News. On June 22, 1985, KTZZ Channel 22 went on the air in Seattle, owned by Alden Television, Inc., Los Angeles, CA. 1989- KTZZ Channel 22 was sold to Dudley Broadcasting. In 1993, KTZZ became an affiliate of the WB Network. Following the purchase of Channel 13, Tribune merged KCPQ’s operations with those of KTWB 22, which Tribune had operated under a local marketing agreement with Emmis Communications. The two stations became co-owned in 1999, after the FCC approved same-market duopolies.
After Tribune acquired KTZZ, Channel 22 changed its call letters to KTWB-TV (The Warner Brothers Network). In 2004, KTWB revised its on-air brand from WB 22 to Seattle’s WB as part of a groupwide branding effort. On May 15, 2006, Tribune announced that it would affiliate channel 22 with MyNetworkTV.
On July 14, 2006, channel 22′s call letters were officially changed to KMYQ to reflect its new affiliation, and the station’s brand name was changed to myQ on August 7, 2006. On September 13, 2010, the station moved its MyNetworkTV programming to 11:00 p.m. KMYQ changed its call letters to KZJO and rebranded as JOEtv. The station airs mostly syndicated programming such as The Simpsons, My Name is Earl and King of the Hill in addition to the MyNetworkTV programming. Tribune company sold KCPQ 13 and KZJO to Nexstar effective September 19, 2019. -Seattle-

22.2 KZJO DT2

MYtv – Network rebroadcasts and off-network reruns;

22.3 KZJO DT3 Antenna TV

off-network reruns and classic television
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24.1 KBCB Shopping

Venture Technologies Group [Bellingham], originally on-air as KEGA February 1989. 21st Century FOX announced purchase for $10 million October 2014. The sale was not completed. This was a negotiating tactic with KCPQ 13 for more $$.

28.1 KBTC PBS

[Digital 27] (Bates Technical College) -Tacoma- KBTC-TV, virtual channel 28 (UHF digital channel 27), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station serving all of Western Washington. With the combined power of the station’s transmitters and translators, KBTC has the largest over the air signal footprint in the region. The robust over the air signal also provides the station with carriage on the various MSOs (cable TV) all across Western Washington. The station is available on satellite on both DISH and DirectTV as well.

The station is licensed in Tacoma to Bates Technical College. KBTC-TV’s transmitter is located on 35th Street in northwest Tacoma. The station’s studios are located on the college’s Central Campus on South 19th Street in Tacoma; the property was purchased from KSTW when that station moved to Renton in 2001.

Most recently, KBTC’s local production efforts revolve around the weekly public affairs program, Northwest Now. Managing Editor Tom Layson re-launched the show in the spring of 2012 and has since been joined by former KING/KCPQ assignment desk editor Chris Anderson who is the show’s associate producer and who shoots Digital First shorts for Northwest Now’s social media.

The station is a recipient of several important grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting including Ready to Learn, Veterans Coming Home and American Graduate. These grants support the station’s partnership work to address critical early education needs of children and families in underserved communities and to develop content that is responsive to local issues. The station regularly convenes screenings and discussions including the Insight Speaker Series, events featuring veterans’ stories of service, and summer camps and family paint nights in the furtherance of the station’s educational mission.

KBTC-TV also operates full-time satellite KCKA (virtual channel 15, UHF digital channel 19) in Centralia, whose transmitter is located atop Crego Hill. KBTC’s programming is also repeated on low-powered translators K41KT-D, channel 16 in Grays River (serving the inland areas of Wahkiakum and Pacific counties, as well as northern Clatsop County, Oregon) and K24IC-D, channel 24 in Bellingham (serving the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands regions, as well as Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, from Mount Constitution). Both repeaters remap to PSIP channel 28.

The station originally signed on the air September 25, 1961 as KTPS-TV, owned by the Tacoma Public Schools (licensed under the district’s official name, “Tacoma School District No. 10”). KTPS initially operated on Channel 62; it moved to channel 28 in 1982, and shortly after the channel change, KCKA came into operation. Bates took over both KTPS-TV and KCKA in 1992 and changed KTPS-TV’s callsign to KBTC on October 12 of that year.

KBTC’s programming became digital-only on June 12, 2009. On November 1, 2009, KBTC began broadcasting in 1080i HD on 28.1, with MHz Worldview appearing on subchannel 28.2. On May 15, 2010, K24IC-D began broadcasting in 1080i HD from Mount Constitution. On December 6, 2010, KBTC added TVW on subchannel 28.3. On June 19, 2012, KBTC added a low power, 1 kW transmitter on channel 16 to serve Seattle. On January 28, 2016, KBTC added NHK World on subchannel 28.2. MHz Worldview was shifted to 28.3, and TVW moved to 28.4.

28.2 KBTC DT2 NHK World

NHK WORLD airs on channel 28.2, a subchannel of KBTC Public Television. NHK WORLD is a 24/7 English language public media service featuring original television programming produced and scheduled by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). NHK WORLD delivers a unique and diverse blend of programming featuring domestic and international news about Japanese society, politics, scientific advancement, culture, history and lifestyles. NHK WORLD is watched by television viewers around the globe and through this partnership will be available to the 4.3 million viewers throughout western Washington
The broadcast reach for KBTC/KCKA includes all western Washington communities from the Canadian border through Bellingham, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia Centralia Chehalis onto Kelso/Longview. Viewers will find NHK World on KBTC 28.1, KCKA 15.2, Comcast HD channel 115, and through other cable services. This new television service expands on KBTC’s commitment to provide western Washington television viewers with rich media experiences that educate, inspire, and entertain.

28.3 KBTC DT3 MHz Worldview

MHz Wordlview airs on channel 28. 3, a subhcannel of KBTC Public Teleivison. MHz Worldview is a national U.S. channel presenting international news and entertainment in English.
Known for its ‘Programming for globally-minded people,’ MHz Worldview serves as a liaison in bringing programs and understanding from around the world to American audiences. With a belief in promoting and illuminating world awareness, MHz Worldview delivers a wide range of world dynamics, showing all the world has to offer, direct from the source, without political or commercial confines.

33.1 KWPX DT ION Network

[Digital 33] (ION Media Network) Entertainment and children’s programming. Former call sign: KBGE -Bellevue-

33.2 KWPX DT2

qubo -Children’s programming

33.3 KWPX DT3

ION Plus -Off-network reruns, Life-Health & DIY

33.4 KWPX SD ShopTV

33.5 KWPX SD QVC

33.6 KWPX SD Telemundo

42.1 KWDK DT Daystar

[Digital 42 – OTA 56.1] (Community Television Educators, Inc. a subsidiary of Word of God Fellowship, Inc.) religion -Tacoma-

44.1 KFFV MeTV

(OTA Broadcasting, LLC.) -Seattle-

44.2 KFFV DT2 Movies!

[Digital 16]

44.3 KFFV DT3 Heroes & Icons

44.4 KFFV DT4 Decades

46.1 KUSE LD

[Digital 46] AZTECA – Spanish-language programming – HC2 Holdings/ -Seattle –

51.1 KUNS DT Univision

[Digital 24] (Sinclair Broadcasting) Spanish-language news, serials, movies and sports. Call signs previously: KBEH (1999–2000)
KWOG (2000–2006) -Bellevue-

51.2 KUNS DT2 MundoFOX

Spanish language drama and comedy programs