OFF-AIR & COMMUNITY LOW-POWER

OFF THE AIR

660 KFOA Seattle – May 23, 1922 this station signed on as KDZE. At the time, the station was testing equipment, for an hour or so each day they would play a few phonograph records. Certified listener reports from as far as Philadelphia were registered. The station was owned by Rhodes Department Store. The station changed call letter to KFOA in March 1924 and then to KOL when Archie Taft bought the station in 1928.

800 KQIN Burien (KQIZ CP in 1969. Station went on air as KQIN a 500 watt daytimer in October 1970 – Golden Oldies – John Mowbray the owner, and then Beautiful Music [mid 70s, sold to KETO Co., KETO FM, John Mowbray takes 30% ownership of the new company] station format Adult Contemporary in mid-80s, CP in 1985 to move to 820 frequency)
KQIN personalities: Don Chambers, Burl Barer, Steve Wray, Joe Salvatore, Alan Archer, Mark Edwards, R.C. Bannon, Brian Calkins, Bill Fitzhugh, Jay Hemingway, Leilani McCoy, Tom Reddick, Bob [Spinning Bear] Peters, Cedric James, JJ Hemingway, Mike Moran

1400 KTNT Tacoma – MOR/Easy Listening – Tacoma News Tribune
1983-KPMA [bartered programming]

KTNT Personalities: Bob Cleland – News Director, Murray Morgan, Ted Knightlinger, Bill McClain, Gene Lewis, Jerry Holzinger, Bruce Vanderhoof [May 1968, sits in with Al Cummings for one week and then takes over the afternoon drive shift, Cummings continues the morning drive shift], Al Cummings [started May 1967 morning drive and afternoon 4-6pm…1970 hosts an afternoon talk show on 1400 KTNT “The Ombudsman”], Mike Altman, Bob Piatt, Dick Thompson, Don St. Thomas, Glen Brook, Dewey Boynton, Carl Sawyer, Bruce Bond, Roger Pasquier, Bob [Spinning Bear] Peters, Frank Catalano, Bill Doane, Jaynie Jones, Len Higgins, John Burgess, Bob Robertson, Max Bice-Chief Engineer, John Allgood, Ed Dollar, Dewey Boynton, Bob Church, Mike Lonergan, Jerry Dimmitt, Mike Moran


The 1400 frequency is now used by KITZ/Port Orchard as a business/talk affiliate of KGTK 920 AM Olympia, KBNP 1410 AM Portland, and KSBN 1230 AM Spokane. The signal is not heard in the Tacoma area. KITZ personalities: Al Munroe and Fred Miles, Marina Rockinger, Brad Lee, Jeff French, Jerry Van Dyke, Lysa Dufourc
…..Broadcaster Tom Read worked out of the old KTNT control room in Tacoma at 11th and Grant . During the 1960s and early-1970s, Read broadcast radio shows from the Winthrop Hotel downtown.

By Todd Matthews, Editor – TACOMA DAILY INDEX
Sep 29 2006
If you lived in Tacoma during the 1960s and early-1970s and listened to local radio broadcasts, the name Tom Read should ring a bell. The Tacoma native with the smooth voice, boyish face, black thick-framed glasses, and natural talent for on-air broadcasting brought much of the city’s live entertainment to listeners at a time when AM radio was still king.
What’s more: he did it all from the third floor of the Winthrop Hotel.
“I covered the Music Box fire [in 1963] live on KTAC by stringing long microphone cords out of the studio, up the stairs, out the Broadway entrance and onto Ninth and Broadway,” says Read, during a telephone interview Thursday from Spokane. “I remember, as a young kid, describing the Daffodil Parade on KTBI from the top of the Winthrop’s Broadway marquee. I think we climbed out a window of the Crystal Ballroom for that one.”
He also remembers the Winthrop as the city’s central hub and meeting place. “It was the economic center in downtown Tacoma for many years,” says Read. “It has tremendous history from the standpoint of broadcasting.”
Last week, Read came across an article about the Winthrop in the Tacoma Daily Index (“Spokane’s Davenport Hotel provides one perspective on Winthrop renovation,” 9/22/06). Currently, two developers are looking at the hotel through separate lenses. Citizens Hotel is hoping to raise $6.1 million to purchase the 80-year-old, 12-story, 194-unit building and turn it into a four-star, historic hotel. Meanwhile, developer AF Evans, which holds a purchase and sale agreement with the building’s owner, wants to convert the Winthrop into a mixed blend of market-rate and low-income, affordable housing. Citizens Hotel has until Oct. 19 to complete due diligence on its plan before its letter of intent with AF Evans expires.
After discussing the article over lunch with a manager of Spokane’s Davenport Hotel (a building that historic hotel supporters in Tacoma point to as a model for the Winthrop), Read’s interest was piqued. He sent an email to Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma inviting him to visit the Davenport to get a better sense of the Winthrop’s possibilities (Mayor Baarsma supports the idea of restoring the Winthrop as a historic hotel; the Index attempted to contact the mayor to see if he would visit the Davenport, but he was out of the country until Oct. 3).
Read also e-mailed a letter to the Index.
During a two-hour phone interview, Read recapped his life in Tacoma and broadcasting:
— his early childhood in Tacoma (he attended Lowell elementary, Mason middle school, Stadium high, and UPS.);
— entry into broadcasting as a small child involved with Tacoma Little Theater — at first recording children’s commercials and then volunteering at the station during summers and after school (“I must have been a mature 10-year-old,” he recalls. “They made a deal with me. They didn’t want any kids hanging around the radio station. So they put me on a schedule and assigned chores. The first thing they had me do was make 4 x 5 file cards for each record that came in”);
— moving to Spokane to work in communications for the 1974 World’s Fair.
At the Winthrop in the late-1960s, Read ran his own radio production company — TWR Productions, his own initials: Thomas Wilmot Read — and didn’t have trouble finding work. Three radio stations operated out of the hotel: KTBI, KMO, and KTAC. A popular breakfast show aired from the Daffodil Room. And Read often dragged a mike down to the Crystal Ballroom and lounge to broadcast live performances.
“It was very common in the early days of radio to locate stations in hotels,” he explains. “I can’t really tell you why or how that got started other than I assume that the pioneers in the radio business probably wanted to have a studio in the center of the city. They probably wanted to be within walking distance to the business district. Certainly, in Tacoma, the businesses a broadcaster wanted to sell airtime to were right down Broadway.”
Read had his own deal with the building’s owner. When Read’s parents moved from the Stadium District to Lakewood, Winthrop owner Bill Hammond offered him a room. “We had a trade-out,” Read recalls. As part of a deal for handling advertising, the manager put Read up in a sleeping-room-turned-studio. “I looked right out the window across Ninth Street to the Roxy Theater.”
Later, as a staffer at KTAC, Read ran a microphone from his room down to the Saber Room, where he aired programs.
Today, Read, lives in Spokane and owns a network of Christian radio stations broadcasting in Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Northeast Oregon.
He still visits Tacoma. His feelings about the Winthrop are candid and twinged by disappointment.
“I think the Winthrop, in its present condition, is a disgrace,” he says. During a trip through Tacoma with his wife, he was excited about revisiting his old haunt. “I was going to show her this grand and glorious building. We walked down from the Sheraton. I knew the Winthrop was closed, but I didn’t know exactly what had transpired. The building was dingy. We walked toward the main entrance, and I felt like I needed a bodyguard with a machine gun.”
In Spokane, the Davenport Hotel was bankrolled by a commercial-real-estate investor, Walter Worthy, who sank more than $40 million into its purchase and renovation. In Tacoma, no one with pockets as deep has come forward; though two investors are currently trying to drum up support and dollars.
The story is familiar to Read. He remembers all the years when the Davenport sat empty and rundown. Some major hotel corporations looked at the property, but full restoration didn’t pencil out. Spokane was too small. A full restoration was too expensive. It wasn’t until Worthy stepped forward that the hotel was restored.
“If Tacoma could really see what’s been done at the Davenport,” says Read. “I’ve seen what restoration of the Davenport has done for Spokane. That’s why I want to get the mayor over here.
“I don’t think Tacoma sees the Winthrop the way we see it — people who were born there, raised there, and spent some great years at the Winthrop,” adds Read.

*** Read operates the American Christian Network in Eastern Washington over these frequencies: KSPO 106.5 FM Spokane, KTRW 630 AM Spokane, KYAK 930 AM Yakima, KGDN 101.3 FM Tri-Cities/Walla Walla, KTAC 93.9 FM Moses Lake/Othello, KTBI 810 AM Wenatchee and Central Washington. Note the call letters, many of which were earlier used at stations in the Tacoma/Seattle market.
Read operated KTWR 103.9 in Tacoma, the precursor to KTAC FM [KBRD FM, KMTT FM – frequency switched to 103.7]

1460 KEVE Everett – KEVE owned by Cascade Broadcasting Co. Inc. existed from 1941-1945 and broadcast with 500 watts and a daily schedule of 6am – 11pm.

1510 KURB [1968] Mountlake Terrace
KKNW call letters were used with the Urban Contemporary format that began on February 8, 1983, after the station had been silent for 6 months. Joel Bernard was PD. June 19, 1984, call letters became KKZU and the format was adult contemporary.
Personalities: Dick Ellingson, Mike Moran, Peter Christiansen, Mike Lonergan, Bill O’Mara

1540 KBVU Bellevue – KBVU existed from 1964-69 before being purchased by Kemper Freeman who wanted to move KFKF off of 1330 where it was stuck with a sunrise-sunset schedule. KBVU broadcast full-time with 1000 watts and I remember it as a jazz station for some of it’s life in the mid-60′s. In 1969, KBVU signed off and KFKF 1540 signed on. [Mike Cherry]

1540 KGIB – Kitsap GI Broadcasters Inc existed from 1950-1954 and broadcast daily from 6am – sunset with 1000 watts [thanks to Mike Cherry for this info]

{Radio Annual 1951]

93.3 KOTO 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. [Mike Cherry]

102.5 KPRN Seattle – before David Segal successfully launched KTW-FM in 1965, 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. [Mike Cherry]

106.9 KFIN Seattle – 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 [Mike Cherry]

Community/LPFM Broadcasters

The following is a list of stations, based in the Pacific Northwest, which are Low-Power or LPFM [low-power FM]
Any station which is funded by the government, Corporation for Public Broadcasting or a major religious foundation, is not considered an independent community radio outlet and will be delisted.

KGHI 91.5
Pacifica/Community Radio – [LPFM]
Westport

KGHO 92.7/103.3
Classic Rock – [LPFM bringing back the KGHO call letters **not streaming on Internet at this time]
Hoquiam

KLOI 102.9
Eclectic programming – [LPFM]
Lopez Island

KMRE 102.3
Nostalgia – [LPFM]
Bellingham

KOSW 106.5
Rock, reggae, jazz, and punk [LPFM]
Ocean Shores

KTAH-LP 101.9
The Bridge, A Ministry Of The United Methodist Church
[LPFM] Tacoma

KWJD 92.1
Seventh-Day Adventist Church
[LPFM] Onalaska

KVSH 101.9
Voice of Vashon
[LPFM] Vashon Island

KWJZ Low power FM 98.5 (Fall City-Snoqualmie) went to an all-Christmas format and we have misplaced the link … Oops!

KXPB 89.1
Jazz, Blues & Folk music – [LPFM]
Pacific Beach

LCR 1610
Old Time Radio – [LPAM]
Langley-Whidbey Island

NWCZ Radio
Northwest Independent Rock
Tacoma

KSCS 101.9 LPFM – – Slavic Christian Radio Mukilteo
Christian/Slavic language programming
Mukilteo