KMPS Format Change Imminent?

Entercom took control of the CBS Radio stations in Seattle and immediately flipped 94.1 KMPS to All-Christmas music. Most observers see this as meaning a format change will happen after the holiday.
There are many stations to keep an eye on. Format changes could happen at 102.9 (iHeart) and 104.9 (iHeart) as these stations will be sold off.
Also, watch what happens at KJAQ 96.5 (iHeart), or 102.5 KZOK (iHeart).
Anything is possible!
Some radio station websites are now being moved to new addresses.
Deanna Lee, jock at KMPS, denies the rumors: Hey 941Family, please listen to me and not the fake rumors people are spreading about KMPS. ❤️The only thing coming to an end is our #CBSRadioFamily. This group of radio veterans made my life at CBS a delight every single day! We worked hard together, won together, and loved each other! Many of the people… will go to work for iHeartMedia. So I will not have the pleasure of seeing them daily. The CBS/Entercom merger will leave some … looking for new opportunities, and all of them are highly skilled and are valuable assets to anyone who is lucky enough to hire them. As for the #941 on air staff, promotions, and production crew, we are moving to Entercom. We are all still here. None of us lost our jobs. We weren’t fired. So please take a breathe, and let me share that KMPS will always be Country! We are just shaking things up a bit with Christmas music. 🎄 After the holidays, we will have a KMPS that you will recognize and love!

6 comments

  • Steven Smith

    Does that make sense? Isn’t Kmps still the top country station in the region? Country formats are good business if run right.

  • radiofollower

    First of all I wouldn’t believe Deanna Lee if I had to.Fact is that no ownership will run two stations in the same city running the same format…you would be competing against yourself and that is not what you do in radio.Either KMPS or KKWF will most likely end up being changed…my bet is KMPS which cannot compare to what it was when it started out here.In my 30+years in radio I have never seen two stations run the same format and be owned by the same company in the same city.After all the stations KMPS beat down in the past,I was glad to see KKWF come along and beat them.I really don’t care what happens to either of them because there is only one “real country” station in this area which I listen to and that’s KKXA.

  • Steven Smith

    Thanks for the comment. Not being up to date with all the ownership changes in Seattle, I did not realize there were now two country stations under one umbrella.

  • radiofollower

    So again things are going as I said they would.Today 12-4-17 KMPS dumped the Christmas music and went to Soft Comtempary…soft rock basically.They say they are going to play 10,000 songs(I’m not going to count,haha) and then mostly on 1-1-18 will find their new format, being most likely what they switched to today.They dropped their Facebook page,the website for the “old” KMPS is no longer and goes to the KKWF site.They did come up with a new website for the new station which apparently will continue with the KMPS call letters which is very rare today when stations switch things.I said Entercom would drop the country format on KMPS because they have to much involved with 5 years or more ownership with KKWF.They came here with the plan to beat KMPS and they did it, many times.Now that they own that 94.1 dial location,they finally have the chance to really beat KMPS by getting rid of it which I am glad to see since I was a big fan of the Original KAYO and kmps destroyed them.

  • pugetsound

    I was also a KAYO 1150 fan…and not happy when they changed format.

  • radiofollower

    So now in the ever continuing saga of format changes,we now have a New country station coming along as KMPS went poof.It’s at 98.9 fm known as KVRQ currently(but most likely will change call letters) and owned by Hubbard.They say that they are going to be the top country station in the area so the battle between KKWF and them will continue as it did with KMPS.Meanwhile,Entercom is planning on sending the KMPS letters to a station they own out of state and bringing new call letters to the 94.1 spot that use to be on a station that is no longer around in Los Angeles.I’ll stick with KKXA but should would like them to get a better dial location for the FM because I cannot receive it in south king county.In order to listen,I have to stream and that eats up data pretty fast.What else or who else will change/happen in radio here…stay tuned.

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