88.5 Seattle

KPLU Gives Way To KNKX

Friends Of 88.5 has closed on its acquisition of Public News/Jazz 88.5 KPLU Tacoma/Seattle from Pacific Lutheran University. With the change in ownership comes a change in call letters to KNKX. The station will be branded as “88.5 Connects“. The Friends of 88.5 group acquired the station after matching University of Washington’s originally agreed-upon $8 million purchase announced last November. The University intended to merge KPLU’s operations into that of its 94.9 KUOW-FM Seattle while flipping the station to all Jazz. Friends of 88.5 FM, a nonprofit community organization formed to preserve local National Public Radio affiliate KPLU, announced the official and final closing of the sale of KPLU. The new, community-owned station is 88.5 knkx. An unprecedented “Sav...[Read More]

Friends Of 88.5 Completes Agreement To Purchase KPLU

Friends of 88.5 has finalized its agreement to acquire Public News/Jazz 88.5 KPLU Tacoma WA from Pacific Lutheran University for $7 million in cash plus $1 million worth of underwriting over 10 years. The community group Friends of 88.5 was created to keep the station from being sold to University of Washington’s KUOW who would’ve dropped all local news programming in favor of only Jazz. The KPJZ call letters had been reserved for the station. The group had until June 30 to reach the financing goal and come to terms on the acquisition agreement or the sale to KUOW filed last November would’ve closed. Friends of 88.5 FM will continue to operate KPLU from the current studios on the Pacific Lutheran University campus rent-free through June 2019. All of the station’s as...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 2/5

Station Sales While Save KPLU attempts to raise the money to purchase the station, The University of Washington has filed its application to purchase 88.5 KPLU Tacoma, its three simulcasts, and eight translators from Pacific Lutheran University for $8 million following the sale’s announcement in November. As part of the deal, all current employees will be terminated prior to closing and the KPLU call letters are excluded. The other facilities involved in the deal are 88.9 KPLK Sedro-Woodley, 89.3 KVIX Port Angeles, 90.1 KPLI Olympia, 88.7 K204BI Bellingham, 90.1 K211AP Centralia, 90.3 K212AG Raymond, 92.1 K221FR West Seattle, 96.7 K244EV Arial, 100.9 K265DP Aberdeen, 104.7 K284BM Longview and 105.5 K288GG Mount Vernon. Marianne Barton’s Mid-Utah Radio will merge into husband Do...[Read More]

KUOW Acquires Seattle Competitor KPLU

The University of Washington’s Public News/Talk 94.9 KUOW-FM Seattle has announced it has signed a letter-of-intent to purchase its top competitor 88.5 KPLU-FM Tacoma from Pacific Lutheran University. When the sale closes in early 2016, KPLU-FM will drop its non-music programming and go to 24/7 Jazz under new call letters. Currently KPLU carries NPR’s Morning Edition from 4-9am, All Things Considered from 3-6:30pm, and Fresh Air from 6:30 to 7:25pm. Morning Edition and All Things Considered are also carried on KUOW-FM in the same timeslots. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer adds that KUOW will eliminate 88.5’s news department while adding additional Jazz hosts for the station. The University of Washington paid $7 million cash and $1 million in underwriting spots for KPLU-FM....[Read More]