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  • Steven Smith

    When I started listening to Kpug about Feb 1966, they were running Joe Pyne show. They were a top 40 station, but broke for an hour in the evening about dinner time. So based on the date on the article, he must have been on two stations for awhile. I always thought of Keri as a Blaine station, but now that I think about it, maybe it was Bellingham all along. I know it was Bellingham when Kpug took it over, but maybe before too. If so, they were running the studio out of the Blaine Kari studio I am pretty sure.

  • pugetsound

    COL Blaine I believe

  • mikec

    wrongo Jason – KERI’s COL was always Bellingham although programmed from the Blaine studios. The initial 104.3 application had the calls KBLE – perhaps an acronym for ‘bible’? Those calls had not yet taken hold at co-owned KNBX 1050 Kirkland & Eastside Broadcasting had the KPRN calls reserved for it’s 93.3 FM application. When 104.3 hit the air, it had the calls KARI-FM & functioned as an extension to AM 550’s daily sunset sign-off, simulcasting days & continuing airing religion evenings. Once the transmitter power was increased & location changed to Mt Constitution on Orcas Is., the calls changed to KERI & was programmed separately from the AM – now full-time & 5 kW D/1 kW N. The KBLE calls would end up on the Kirkland/Seattle signals although I’m a little confused on the acronym: catching a 1998 sunset sign-off on AM 1050, the announcement mentioned the station’s 50th year on air & that the KBLE calls referred to the Yesler Way cable car! Not the acronym for ‘bible’!

    I thought the Joe Pyne show was an ill fit for rockin’ top40 KPUG, but an even bigger anomoly on the sometimes-religious KERI. What a contrast to the 104.3 format of stereo easy-listening music & religious talk!

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