And of course the radio station was moved to Bellingham, turned into Kgmi, and Kvos became a TV station. I had heard the calls stood for Voice of Seattle. Up here, the TV station employees said it was Voice of the Sound…the “the” being non-represented. I guess that was just making the best of what you got.
I’ve always been under the impression KVOS stood for “Kessler’s Voice Of Seattle” & defer to this description in David Richardson’s “Puget Sounds”. There is even a chapter in it called ‘Voice Of Seattle’ which tells the story of KVOS radio then later TV. 50-watt KVOS was located on the west side of Queen Anne hill & only remained in Seattle a few months before Kessler moved it to Bellingham, where it became “The Mt Baker station” He couldn’t make a go of it there either & soon sold it to colourful & successful owner Rogan Jones who DID make history with KVOS radio & TV
Several of the local stations here in Whatcom County had calls that could be in some way translated. Kbfw was Bellingham Ferndale Whatcom. Kgmi was good music inc…Rogans automated music service. Kpug was obvious….tied to Puget. Klyn was Lynden. Kvos was voice of Seattle, although as I said I heard locals substitute Sound for Seattle. Kgmi fm became Kvgm…I think. Hazy on that, for voice good music. Then to Kism which I think was just good call letters as in KISN Portland. Keri became Knwr..northwest rock and then Kafe…again good calls. I do not know that Keny stood for anything, just decent calls…country Keny. Koqt was put on the air by AV Bamford out of Texas and he had a QT bear in Texas and QT up here.
KBFW Bellingham-Ferndale-Whatcom – you win! I would have guessed the “W” for Wash. Yes KGMI-FM 92.9 became KVGM & the imaging slogan was “Bellingham’s Voice of Good Music”. In spite of it’s religious talk format, KOQT would become KNTR “News-Talk Radio” for a short time. I don’t think KARI or KERI had any particular significance to their calls
Mike, I would have thought Washington vs. Whatcom. But Fred Danz of Sro corrected me one day. Since Fred came up with the calls, I figure he was right.
If we look at some of the newer changes, Saga changed the Kbfw calls to something they called Country Kix. Honest to goodness I do not remember exactly, maybe Kixt. They had no clue on earth how to run anow AM country station and a month after taking it over, their billing was 1/3 our average monthly. I think they dumped country in less than a year and went to Kbai. Klyn changed calls I think, and not sure what 1550 goes by now. I really don’t have much interest anymore, it seems like the fun days of radio are past.back to Koqt, the guy who started it was a country music promoter, one of the last guys to see Hank Williams alive, and he wanted to get a group of country format stations. His other one, another day timer in a trailer, was Kber but he called it cutie bear. So when he could actually get QT up here, I think it turned him on righteously. I actually have quite a history of Keny and Koqt but not had time to write either. I have a number of QT jingles and voices from pre-Ellison days and early Ellison church oriented days.
I too have paid little attention to more recent changes in Bellingham radio which pale in comparison to years ago. I had forgotten 930 had the KIXT calls for awhile & a tepid approach to country music to go with it. i also now vaguely recall that 930 was adult standards/MOYL-type format for awhile but don’t know which calls were in place. 1550 these days is KRPI “Radio Punjabi International” currently programmed by Sher-i-Punjab from Surrey BC. They will soon sign on AM 600 & 1550 will be left looking for a new programming source. Likely this will be another South Asian broadcaster from the metro Vancouver area as a number of these have had no success obtaining license & in some instances have shot themselves in the foot operating quasi-legal FM signals until the CRTC shut these down. The return of 1550 to a locally programmed source from Bellingham/Ferndale seems unlikely as I’m sure Bellingham advertising dollars are stretched thin enough for Saga
Mike….I think when they dumped KiXT and country, they went to Kbai with a Music of Your Life adult format. Then didn’t they do a classic rock format for awhile before going liberal talk.
Steven-Some wishful thinking: Saga could move the sports format on 1170 over to 930 with anew set of calls then turn KPUG into the classic rock n roll animal we know it cold be!!
In today’s FCC releases the current owners of KRPI 1550 do some corporate paper re-shuffling & KRPI is “sold” for $100.00 which may even have something to do with an upcoming change in programming source. Hmmm… I think I might have $100 kicking around in the ol’ cookie jar…
Also worthy of note is the article at the bottom describing the”DX” reception of KDKA Pittsburgh, KMOX St Louis, KGO San Fransisco & Chicago stations 4,000 miles away in the mid-Pacific. This is no small accomplishment, especially considering the crude regenerative receivers of the time with poor sensitivity & selectivity specs as compared to today’s communications sets – mostly now portables. This also illustrates the incredible distance AM radio signals can travel during darkness when “clear” frequencies aren’t polluted with layers of weaker signals to cover them up.
All Seattle Times stories refer to the station slogan “Voice of Seattle” – David Richards took some latitude, in the reference to “Kessler’s Voice of Seattle” No such mention of this phrase can be found in the radio pages of the Times.
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