KRKO Call Letters Bumped Off

February 1985 There’s a new name for KRKO 1380 Everett. The station is one of the oldest broadcast facilities in the state. The new name is KBAE, Kay Bae, which the owners hope will be pronounced K-BAY. Dean Smith might be remembered best for his daily exposure as news anchor in 1969 to 1970 when KIXI AM and FM had a News 90 format in morning drive time. Or regrettably he might be remembered for dressing as a Sasquatch for TV commercials promoting the KIXI Lite format. Wally Nelskog apparently concerned with low ratings for a KIXI FM sacked Bill Norton, program director and announcer, and introduced a syndicated music service which would return the station’s format closer to the Contemporary soft rock of KIXI Lite again. Jim Hawkins KIXI AM station manager and local sales manager, has been named manager of both KIXI AM and FM and general sales manager.

When Cable Companies Followed Regulations; The Return of KIXI Lite

March 1987 – Whodunnits are the rage at resorts, hotels and fundraising parties. Here’s a chance to wallow in a murder mystery without ever leaving your home. The talk show PM Tacoma will offer a live broadcast of a murder mystery staged at the Tacoma Sheraton, from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow on KTAC 850.
1986 Broadcasting Magazine – Attempts by independent broadcasters to stop a Seattle cable system from repositioning its channels appear to be making some headway. Last week the independents took their fight to City Hall and got a postponement of a cable transfer issue because of the realignment controversy. Broadcasters from the Seattle Tacoma Market registered their grievances during a meeting of the Seattle City council’s Urban Redevelopment committee, which was slated to consider final approval of the transfer of Group W’s Seattle franchise to TCI Communications Incorporated. The city officials postponed any decision until December 17th in order to examine the complaints raised by the broadcaster’s.
February 1985 – There’s a new name for KRKO 1380 Everett. The station is one of the oldest broadcast facilities in the state. The new name is KBAE, which the owners hope will be pronounced K-Bay… Wally Nelskog, apparently concerned with low ratings for KIXI FM sacked Bill Norton, program director and announcer, and introduced a syndicated music service which will return the station’s format closer to the Contemporary soft rock of KIXI-Lite again. Jim Hawkins KIXI AM station manager and local sales manager, has been named
manager of both KIXI AM and FM and general sales manager.

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