The FCC granted KRKO a permit to increase daytime power to 50,000 watts. The new station signed on at 4p Tuesday. As a sign of the times: They have no website- they went straight to Facebook.
This from the Everett Herald:
The call-sign is a tribute to the former KXA, Seattle, a station identified today as KTTH 770 and one of the oldest radio stations in Puget Sound. Call-sign KXA’s heritage (1927) dates back almost as far as KRKO 1380 AM (1922), but KXA also has a bit of a storied past as a station once owned by Roy Olmstead, Seattle’s most famous bootlegger. It is claimed that Olmstead’s wife used coded messages during her children’s story hour to signal offshore boats loaded with alcohol.
This is a big victory for the Skotdal family: they beat many years of resistance to the erection of their transmitter tower which included its destruction by vandals in 2009.