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    The AM, FM, TV and digital broadcasters of Northwest Washington, USA and Southwest British Columbia, Canada. From Kelso, WA to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, BC - call letters, formats, slogans, networks, technical data, and transmitter maps. Plus "recent" news.
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right-wing blogs we like

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Ted Smith

KBCS and KNHC are probably safe from everyone but religious broadcasters because they are in the Educational FM Band. KUOW is probably more in danger because it is in the commercial part of the FM band.

Pete

Ted is incorrect; KING-FM is owned by a nonprofit foundation, so its programming would qualify for the 88-92 MHz band with a few tweaks. The real reason it wouldn't migrate to KBCS or KNHC is their vastly inferior signals. It's the same reason KUOW is going nowhere on the commercial band. Barring a major signal upgrade, KPLU is the only non-com in this area with a full market signal, and it's an NPR cash cow for PLU, not about to sell out to anyone. All the other signals below 92 MHz (KNHC, KGRG, KEXP, KSER, KBCS) don't cover the whole market.

joanie

I thought new legislation or FCC rules were supposed to help small local stations. It is all very confusing.

Really something when what used to be protected institution and like universities have to sell of assets to exist. Not everything should be valued in terms of profit. But I guess that's an old-fashioned idea.

Spotlight05

In the most recent PPM, KNHC has a steady 0.6 and KBCS a 0.1 on a downward trend, despite "The Takeaway" and Michael Eric Dyson. May not be much, but it's better than the no showing at all KUSF has in the San Francisco book (while KDFC is in the top 10, albeit with aging demos).

Gwendolyn

Didn't know they were there. Won't miss them! More junk from the liberals! Good riddance!

Bongwater

I'd be more worried for KEXP. The 98.1 MHz frequency is one many commercial broadcasting behemoths have been salivating over for years. KEXP is still licensed to the University of Washington and while by that, most people would think KUOW would the most likely choice to move if a similar offer were to occur, KUOW is actually safer because it has far higher PPM ratings than KING-FM. But anything can happen in this climate. You also have to understand KUSF didn't exactly have a "market-wide" signal coverage, Neither does KEXP. But it doesn't matter. What matters is 98.1 MHz is a commercial frequency, with excellent coverage (far better than KUOW, on a better transmitting site and using far less power) and for commercial broadcasters, it's a goldmine (or whatever it's REALLY worth in a dying industry.)

amerisleep

All the other signals below 92 MHz (KNHC, KGRG, KEXP, KSER, KBCS) don't cover the whole market.

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