Oldest Northwest Radio Stations

1922 It was a big year for broadcasting in Washington. The first radio station in the State of Washington was not located in Seattle or Tacoma, but in Spokane. 590 KAQQ, later KHQ, now KQNT, [Feb 28].

Next was Vincent Kraft’s experimental station, which became KJR, the first radio station for Seattle and Western Washington [Mar 9].

South Sound residents got their own station on March 30, as KGY 1240 began broadcasting. Those original call letters were used by the station until the Kerry family sold the station in 2014 to Sacred Heart Radio.

Tacoma’s KMO 1360 took to the airwaves on March 30. The station dropped those great call letters in 1984, for KAMT. The station later went with the call letters KKMO.

KTW 1250 Seattle started programming on April 22. The station is now KKDZ.

Finally, another station for Seattle on May 23, 1300 KDZE, which later became KOL. The station became KMPS in 1975, and was acquired by Salem in 1997, changing call letters to KKOL [not quite KOL].

Milestones

January 1981 – Michael O’Shea named GM at KBLE FM. O’Shea previously was group PD for Golden West Broadcasters…
February 1981 – Ken Kohl is appointed Program Manager for KOMO, coming from Denver where he headed his own consultancy, replacing Larry Nelson, who concentrates on his morning show…
KZOK hires Larry Snider away from KGON Portland as Asst. PD, and Michael Knight from KKSN Portland as MD, while KZOK MD Brad Hoffman steps down…
KZAM AM switches format from Modern Music to Soft AOR…
March – KZOM Beaumont PD Dave Scott exits for middays at KZAM Seattle..
April 1981 – Former KJR morning man Charlie Brown to program First Media’s KBLE- FM ..
KTAC PD Tom Jeffries and air staffer Kirk Russell walk Washington state coastline for March of Dimes…
May 1981 – KYYX MD Sean Lynch promoted to Special Projects Assistant and is replaced by Elvin Ichiyama…
Tom Jeffries out as KTAC PD replaced by Bruce Cannon …
June 1981 – Bonneville Broadcast Consultants and the newly-created Satellite Music Network team with plans to take Bonneville’s Beautiful Music format nationwide via satellite…
KMPS-AM & FM GM Jim McGovern adds VP responsibilities at Affiliated Broadasting…
July 1981 – . Ivan Braiker named VP /GM for the Satellite Music Network, coming from his previous post as GM at WIRE Indianapolis…
KZAM -AM switches from Soft AOR to Jazz…
KZAM PD Paul Sullivan exits and MD Marion Seymour drops MD title…
Bob Sharon takes on the VP /GM duties, which include supervising KZAM -AM & FM, at Bellevue Radio Inc. ..
Former KAYO News Director Jay Johnson returns to rival KVI as AM news anchor…
August 1981 – Ric Hansen, formerly Station Manager at KTAC, forms Champion Broadcasting Management Services and purchases KMED Medford, OR …
Peyton Mays exits as PD of KZEL Eugene for PD post at KEZX Seattle…
KZAM -AM switches call letters to KJZZ…
Joe Martell exits PDship of KVI; he is replaced by Jack London, most recently PD of KDWN Las Vegas…
September 1981 – Monty Grau promoted to VP /GM for KOMO from his previous post as Station Manager there …
October 1981 – Edie Hilliard takes the GM post at KING, coming from her GSM position at KJR ….
Tim Williams is promoted to Operations Manager for KEZX. Williams had held the position on an interim basis for the past four months ..
Dave Scott takes on MD post at KZAM …
Tom Mann moves from middays at KAYO to all-nights at KVI
November 1981 – Gale Johnson becomes GM at KZOK from GSM at KING …

Again: Talk Of FOX Acquiring KCPQ

(FTVLIVE.COM) …sources are telling FTVLive that Sinclair and Fox are looking to make a deal where Fox will keep renew their affiliation agreements with Sinclair, but that Sinclair will agree to sell some of their Fox stations to Fox. The stations Fox is looking to buy are in NFL markets. So, that means after the Tribune deal goes through, stations like KCPQ (currently owned by Tribune) in Seattle will be turned around and sold by Sinclair to Fox. Same thing could happen in Denver, St. Louis, Kansas City and Indianapolis…Former KCTS-TV Seattle pledge drive host George Ray died November 23. (30 years at KCTS) NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS…WARM 106.9, KMPS 94.1, Praise 106.5/Lynden, Spirit 105.3/Edmonds and Star 101.5 KPLZ – Your Christmas stations. Rumors of KMPS switching to a new format after the Christmas Holiday persist. Why did Entercom sacrifice KMPS, telling listeners to switch to 100.7 “sister” station KKWF “The Wolf” for those great Country hits? Maybe KMPS will switch to Classic Country…Clay Freinwald has suggested that KLAY 1180/Lakewood could be considering 102.9 FM/Centralia to compliment the AM signal (Clay’s Corner)
Remember, PERSONALITY RADIO? Well, those days seem to be behind us. Consultant and talent coach, Tracy Johnson is the founder of the Tracy Johnson Media Group. He programmed stations such as KKLQ (Q106) and B100-FM/KFMB-AM (all San Diego), taking these stations from worst to first in that market. In this audio clip from an In Radio interview, Johnson talks about some the problems with personality radio today.

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