106.1 Kiss-FM Seattle Relaunches Dead Serious About Finding New Morning Host
Update 10/31: After a week of stunting, iHeartMedia CHR “106.1 Kiss-FM” KBKS Tacoma/Seattle relaunched following a statement from iHeartMedia Pacific Northwest Region President Robert Dove.
Dove’s statement exaggerated a claim that the station was in the process of changing formats but due to the calls and messages from listeners they have decided to instead place the entire station “Under Construction” to make it a “much better station” taking shots at the Brooke & Jubal show on Hubbard’s “Movin 92.5” KQMV with their “fake callers” and actors while wanting a station “that is real, connected to the community, positive, and proud to live in Seattle”. To do so they are “DEAD SERIOUS” about finding “Seattle’s Funniest Person” to host mornings and giving away $10,000 to a listener who recommends someone.
No word on the status of the rest of the airstaff, all of whom have been deleted from the KBKS website. Looking at the contest rules attached to the promotion, the station will hold multiple evaluation periods with seven finalists auditioning in early January 2019. The rules include nearly a page of what can and cannot be included in the submission.
KBKS dropped from a 3.2 to a 2.2 share in the October Nielsen Audio ratings released yesterday. Hubbard’s KQMV rose 5.8 to 6.8 to retake top spot in market.
106.1 KISS FM is DEAD Serious about finding Seattle’s Funniest Person! pic.twitter.com/yYwNn6EKEx
— 106.1 KISS FM (@KISSFMSEATTLE) October 31, 2018
Former morning host Bender Cunningham made the following comment regarding his exit on Monday:
— Bender (@TheBenderNation) October 29, 2018
Update 10/29: The “Kiss Is Dead” stunting continued all weekend and into today. The station is now telling listeners to “Listen Wednesday at 4pm” upon which time we will see the end result of the stunting.
Update 10/25: The stunting at KBKS has taken on a more “sinister” tone this morning.
The station continues to run jockless but all the music includes segments where the pitch changes and a demonic voice saying “KISS IS DEAD“. With Halloween less then a week away it appears that the stunting is leading towards a payoff connected to the holiday.
iHeartMedia has confirmed that morning host Bender Cunningham has exited. Bender joined KBKS in 2000 from “Mix 103.7” WMXB Richmond VA where he served as PD/Morning co-host. He has also worked at “B94” WBZZ and “96.1 The River” WDRV Pittsburgh, “Z100” KKRZ Portland and WHTZ New York.
Original Report 10/24: iHeartMedia CHR “106.1 Kiss-FM” KBKS Tacoma/Seattle is currently running jockless stunting with sweepers such as “All great things must come to an end, Seattle thank you,” “No matter what happens, we just want to say thank you” and “Anyone else notice it’s a bit quiet around here today? Where’d everybody go?” between songs.
Morning hosts Bender Cunningham and Molly Mesnick have been wiped from the station’s website while the rest remain. Cunningham had been in mornings at the station since 2000 with Mesnick joining in 2014.
KBKS returned to CHR from Hot AC in May following the relaunch of Rhythmic CHR 93.3 KUBE. The station registered a 3.2 share in the September 2018 Nielsen Audio ratings up from a 2.6 in August, but it still trailed Hubbard’s “Movin 92.5” KQMV’s 5.8 share by a wide margin.