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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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  • The Moderate Voice
    The voice of reason in the age of Obama, and the politics of the far-middle.
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    Dogged dogging of Fox News by a team who seems to watch every minute of the cable channel so you don't have to.
  • HistoryLink
    Fun to read and free encyclopedia of Washington State history. Founded by the late Walt Crowley, it's an indispensable tool and entertainment source for history wonks and surfers alike.

right-wing blogs we like

  • The Reagan Wing
    Hearin lies the real heart of Washington State Republicans. Doug Parris runs this red-meat social conservative group site which bars no holds when it comes to saying who they are and who they're not; what they believe and what they don't; who their friends are and where the rest of the Republicans can go. Well-written, and flaming.
  • Orbusmax
    inexhaustible Drudgery of NW conservative news
  • The Radio Equalizer
    prolific former Seattle KVI, KIRO talk host speaks authoritatively about radio.
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October 12, 2011


Puget Sound Blathers

"...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."

Off loading in Birch Bay is the story I've heard.

Sad that it won't be a talk station.
Is there a good book out there on the economics of talk radio vs the music format?
What's interesting is the lack of website. Are websites that passe? I know email is old hat but websites are next?
Holy crap, I wonder how long before radio stations are passe and it's straight off the 'net. For music, Radio stations are just delivery systems at this point.


To BAD! KXA Seattle was a GREAT classical music station for many years.
Now I loss the 1520 khz station from the Portland area.
Also, stop refering this new
station as KXA, its
call sign is KKXA.
Again, to BAD!


"Off loading in Birch Bay is the story I've heard."

Michael has asked that this kind of stuff stop.


Wow, total dud concept.

Listening for a while this afternoon, I heard mostly 70's/80's country crap.

Funniest thing was all the pre-recorded liners. One said something like "Local Staff, Local Music Director, Local Owner." But of course you could listen for 2 hours and not hear a single live or local word from anyone.

This is another perfect example of how government deregulation has screwed up the radio business. A local owner in a small market like Everett is running one station with all syndicated sports programming, nothing local. Now the government gives him a license to run a second station running all pre-recorded music, nothing local.

How is any of this serving the public? Answer: it's not. Like most of the slogans and jingoistic bullshit in the country, "serving the public" means another greedy multi-millionaire family gets to make even more money doing absolutely, fucking NOTHING.


And Everett NEEDS another CW station! The Buzz In will probably love it.

Puget Sound Blathers

And Everett NEEDS another CW station! The Buzz In will probably love it.

Posted by: sparky | October 12, 2011 at 06:51 PM

Nice that you stayed on topic this time, Michael's been asking that we keep on point.

Johnny Sombrerro

Yes Puget, catch the spirit.

Johnny Sombrerro

btw, why all the references to "birch bay"

"i swear i am looking for someone from birch bay..."

Posted by: Puget Sound Blathers October 09, 2011 at 11:52 AM


"Off loading in Birch Bay is the story I've heard."

Michael has asked that this kind of stuff stop.

Posted by: sparky | October 12, 2011 at 05:06 PM

that's innocuous and rather funny - point of clarification - the only one who asked that here is Sparky.

Back to the topic at hand - C & W or any music seems to be more in vogue. The general mood seems to be music is less depressing than the menu of topics on talk radio as borne out by recent listenership.


Talk radio in Everett? NEVER. If you have ever been in Everett, you know that verbal skills are not valued. Speaking as a Snohomish County resident, hopefully moving back to Seattle in the near future. It has been an experience.


Actually, this has been tried before - on 1510 KHz, licensed to Mountlake Terrace. A suburban station there in the late 70s/early 80s with a similar automated setup (calls I believe were KKNW, before those calls went to 1150) didn't last too long.

The only difference was that that was a standalone, where as this is part of a cluster; but there's still absolutely no clamor to advertise on such outlets.



The "only difference"??

1510 KURB/KKNW/KKZU was an odd little duck of a station that never should have existed. It was a 1000 watt daytime only that was interference free for about 4 hours a day in the winter. It was almost comically broke pretty much all of the time.

KRKO has been successfully in operation since 1920 or so. If you listen you will hear a nice level of local spots. Some of these advertisers have been running spots for years. I assume there will indeed be some clamor for spots on 1520 as well- certainly enough to make a profit.

12th Man

Since there's talk of a station at 740 AM in Redmond, it ought to be known as KKTW, in which it would be a tribute to the former KTW which was at 1250 AM, which is now KKDZ a.k.a. Radio Disney.

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