Update 7/2: Following the end of its LMA, 91.7 KXOT has temporarily gone dark as it awaits a new programming provider.
Original Report 5/15: Public Radio Capital’s 91.7 KXOT Tacoma, WA will drop its “KUOW2” NPR News/Talk programming on June 29.
The station had been operating under an LMA to Puget Sound Public Radio, the operating name for the University of Washington’s 94.9 KUOW Seattle. The station states Public Radio Capital’s loan made to purchase the station from Bates Technical College in 2005 recently went into default and the bank will be taking over operation of the station. KUOW declined to use its option to purchase KXOT in 2009 and its contract to operate it has been running on a month to month basis since July 2011.
KUOW2 programming will continue to be heard on 94.9 KUOW-HD2 and online.
91.7 has a Construction Permit that will see it convert from a C2 to C1 while moving its transmitter from Tacoma northwest to near Bremerton. It will operate with 4.3kW at 582 meters while putting a city grade signal over parts of downtown Seattle.