Concurrent with that move Hot AC “106.1 Kiss-FM” KBKS Tacoma has returned to its heritage Top 40 presentation with a “Seattle’s New Hit Music” positioning. The KUBE format and IP had moved to the 104.9 Eatonville/Tacoma rimshot in the 2016 cluster revamp until it was placed in a divestiture trust last fall and flipped to Christian AC. Since then the brand has lived on KPWK-HD2.
KPWK registered 18th in the Seattle market with a 2.8 share in the March 2018 Nielsen Audio ratings well behind Hubbard’s market leading CHR “Movin 92.5” KQMV’s 6.8 share. KBKS was eleventh with a 3.8 share.
KPWK morning hosts Carla Marie and Anthony will remain in mornings as the station launches with 14,000 songs in a row. Mark Adams, PD of “Wild 94.9” KYLD San Francisco will add those duties for KUBE with “105.5 The Beat” WBTT Fort Myers PD Eric Rosado joining as APD/Afternoon host. 106.1 KMEL San Francisco night host Shay will host middays with “Real 92.3” KRRL Los Angeles night host Bootleg Kev in nights.
With the format changes multiple staffers have exited. KBKS/KPWK Program Director Justin Riley departs after joining the stations from “Z100” KKRZ Portland in July 2016. Megan Sosne departs as KBKS midday host and Hunter Quinn as KBKS/KPWK APD and KBKS afternoon host. Both joined the company in 2016 with Sosne previously working in the Seattle market in middays at Modern AC “Click 98.9” KLCK. Quinn joined from CBS Radio Hot AC “Now 100.5” KZZO Sacramento in January 2016 where he served as APD/MD/Night host.
iHeartMedia Seattle announced today that iconic station KUBE 93.3, Seattle’s No. 1 for Hip Hop, is back, effective immediately. The station will return with 14,000 commercial-free songs in a row.
KUBE 93.3 will play the hottest hip hop from artists including Drake, Rihanna, Post Malone, Cardi B, The Weeknd, Migos and more. The station will also entertain listeners with Carla Marie & Anthony in the morning, Shay in middays, Eric Rosado during the afternoon drive and Bootleg Kev in the evenings.
“An iconic brand has been missing in Seattle radio,” said Robert Dove, Region President for iHeartMedia Seattle. “KUBE is a name that’s been part of Seattle’s music conscience and lifestyle for over 20 years. Listeners have spoken how they’ve missed KUBE. Well Seattle, KUBE is back!”
“We heard you loud and clear, Seattle,” said Andrew Jeffries, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s West Division. “Hip Hop and KUBE 93.3 are back, and we’re giving you 14,000 songs in a row – commercial free. This is how you welcome back a legend!”
Full Programming Lineup:
Carla Marie & Anthony 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Shay 10:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Eric Rosado 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Bootleg Kev 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.