88.5 KNKX (Jazz/Blues/NPR News) Friends of 88.5 – TACOMA
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
For many, many years KVTI was “I-91″ offering CHR/top 40 hosted by students.
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.
 KCPS, KPEC MOR/AC
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 –
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 KPWK (Rhythmic CHR) 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  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
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, Ron Erak, 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/Montesanoformerly 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 KMPS (****) Entercom -SEATTLE
 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] 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 (Oldies) 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 -McCleary
95.7 KJR (70s/80s) iHeart Radio -SEATTLE
 KGMJ co-owned with KVOS Bellingham,  KIXI Easy Listening , KLTX Adult Contemporary , 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
 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
 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, Ron Erak, 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, Ron Erak, 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, Brandi Kruse, 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
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 KRVQ (Classic Rock) 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…
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. [Wikipedia] Personalities: Don Riggs, Dick Lawrence, Ron Lind, Dan Wilke, Al Cummings , 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
 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
 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  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 KFNY (Alternative Rock) iHeart Radio -CENTRALIA
 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),  KELA FM — Old call letters: KELA Chehalis changes to KMNT early 1983, Steve Richert was PD.  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.
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  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  moved-in  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 (Hip Hop) iHeart Radio -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
 KJUN Country, KKBY Country with Ichabod Caine as PD and morning talent  and became KFNK in  KKBY personalities- Jaynie Dillon; KKBW: Shroom, Pyke, Aly, Klinger…
105.3 KCMS (Christian) Christa Ministries -EDMONDS
 King’s Garden: KGFM, KBIQ Easy Listening then KGDN with religion format, purchased by Christa Ministries and switched to KCMS  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
 KLAY 106.3 Easy Listening,  KRPM Country, call letters KCIN/Oldies for a few months before switched to KBKS in  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 —  KBRO-FM AC, Country 1972,  KWWA Country,  KHIT,  KNUA,  KKNW, switched to KRWM  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
 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],  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 W. No Name, Lazlo, SlimFast, Afentra, 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