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    The "Special Interests" was Sunbelt...Norm Feurer et al. As much as I like Norm personally, I thought that company brought a VERY dark day to Seattle broadcast history when their arrogant executives went on the air to launch the end by saying what a SHAM the AC format was and how poorly it was done. Complete lack of class.

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    Broadcasters are expected to have class?
    KSWW (AC) "Sunny" 102.1-101.1 -- KJET (Hot AC) "The Jet" 105.7-93.1 -- KANY (Hot Country) "Bigfoot" 107.3 -- KBKW (NewsTalk) "The Talk of Grays Harbor" 1450-100.5 -- KSWW HD-2 (Classic Rock) "The Quake" 103.9 -- KSWW HD-3 "Timber Country" 94.7<br />Keeping radio locally-owned on the Washington Coast.<br />Still using a microphone - 6:10-7:00 am - www.kbkw.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by fremont
    Did any of their jocks make the big time?
    Madman Moskowitz (KRPM, KMPS, KYCW-AM and KSER)

    Norman Batley i.e. "Norman B" (KCMU, KXRX, KGW, KNDD)
    The president of Puerto Rico really sucks.

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    I don't think anyone came out of KRAB intentionally looking to hit the big time (P.S. I also forgot to mention Stephen Rabow (KZAM-AM, KYYX, KHIT, KNHC.) I think that just fell in their laps.

    But the fact they hosted very unique shows played a HUGE role in their post-KRAB radio success. The freedom they had to make radio the way they wanted was what made KRAB interesting. And gave Seattle radio something you can't measure in dollars

    Other famous KRAB shows:

    Life Elsewhere (hosted by Norman B.) Here's a link to a punk blog that hosts a couple files of this show.

    Listen on the 1st one for two things.

    1, He plays the UNCENSORED original 1981 UK punk version of "So What?" Anti-Nowhere League. (Younger folks know this GLORIOUS shock-o'-rama from Metallica's LAME cover version, which signed off KZOK-AM's Z-Rock format in October 1993. Which was also played uncensored.) Just COUNT the F-Bombs! Multiply by the maximum FCC fine.

    Read the lyrics and enjoy right now if you want:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6MlrPESdDI

    2. He talks about the "terrible shape" of the station's finances. If I got my timeline right, this was just after the meager government grants KRAB existed on were cut.

    Here's the Life Elsewhere audio files:

    http://yourskullismybowl.blogspot.co...tley-krab.html

    Shortwave News (Who needs Dial Global? KRAB ran the BBC World Service....via an actual shortwave radio!)

    The Lao Community Hour (my aunt who is from Laos listened to this religiously every weekend.)

    I remember you also heard a lot of dead air. KRAB had another bizarre philosophy: If no show was scheduled (or a no-show host) they just left the studio mike open and and dead air (or as we called it, "KLAM") for whatever amount of time until you heard the studio creak open and someone sits in an equally squeaky chair and does a show prep as if nobody heard him/her (which was for the most part, correct.) Then goes into their show at the top of the next hour.

    When KRAB's government funding was stripped, there was a LOT of internal turmoil (not unlike anything you see at Pacifica.) and KRAB's "dead air" became "OFF the air" to save on the power bill. I also think their cranky old transmitter was acting up part of the time too. Sometimes it went off the air in mid-program.

    I've heard some inside wanted to make KRAB more of a mainstream public station - with a dedicated format (But what format? KING-FM and KUOW owned Classical, KCMU had punk/indie rock, KBCS had the folk/Americana crowd and KPLU was just starting it's Jazz format.) Others wanted to keep things exactly as they were. As I heard it said, the infighting was unbelievable and the lack of $$$ was no help. I also remember KING-TV made KRAB the subject of their "Top Story" shortly before they gave up the ghost.

    Ater KRAB left the air for good, they made a pass at a share-time deal with KNHC. Not good. "C-89" had just launched it's hugely successful dance music format and KRAB's proposal seemed like a hostile takeover, demanding more time on 89.5 MHz than KNHC itself. Luckily, it failed. But we also lost the KRAB call letters to Bakersfield. And in an area when crab is a native food staple, that's sad. They BELONG in Seattle.

    Jack Straw had to carve out a slice of spectrum on it's own. So they went to Everett. The result was KCMU moving to 90.3 and a power boost (not sure if Jack Straw helped them in any way with that. Would have been a nice gesture.) and 90.7 open to what would become KSER (which according to an article in the old Lynnwood Enterprise, named after Lake SERene, near their former studios and transmitter site in the North Lynnwood Safeway strip mall.)

    Which was always interesting because technically, they were WAY outside their city of license in both studio and transmitter site.

    KSER initially was pretty much, for all intent and purpose, a Lynnwood station (and so much so, many publications actually listed them AS a Lynnwood station) and the Everett COL was some weird technicality. Because until they put a translator on 90.5 for a few years in downtown Everett, you could hardly hear them at all there.

    Jack Straw got out of the radio station business in the mid '90s and is now a pretty successful recording studio and public radio syndicator.

    In the late '90s, KSER finally moved their studio to downtown Everett and their tower to Gretchen Hill, near Marysville and upped to 5,800 watts and is ready to launch KXIR on 89.9 out of Freeland on Whidbey Island. The plan here is to move the music programs to KXIR and turn KSER into a KUOWish News/Talk station.

    I always loved KRAB's only known logo "KRAB 107.7 It Stays On Your Mind"

    http://www.jackstraw.org/main/about/krab.shtml

    Trivia: What were the only songs heard on all three incarnations of 107.7 (KRAB/KMGI/KNDD)?

    Answer:

    "Since You're Gone" The Cars
    "True" Spandau Ballet
    "Don't You Want Me" Human League

    All three were heard on a KRAB new wave show (possibly Stephen Rabow's, but I remember there was another - maybe it was Life Elsewhere) before KJET and KYYX took the format commercial. And the last two tracks were only available as UK imports months before their American radio release.

    "Since You're Gone" was played during the initial pre-launch testing phase of KMGI, "True" was in regular rotation on Magic 108 and "Don't You Want Me" was added during KMGI's i-107-7 phase. And they're all KNDD "Resurrection" classics.
    The president of Puerto Rico really sucks.

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    Stephen Rabow's House Party

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    More KRAB Trivia: WHO was the Jack Straw in The Jack Straw Memorial Foundation?

    Answer: http://www.jackstraw.org/main/about/jack.shtml
    The president of Puerto Rico really sucks.

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    Four years have passed, and I continue to add material to the KRAB archive. It now has 500 hours of audio, and I've begun sharing the files of the law firm that represented KRAB/Jack Straw before the FCC. The old URL still works, but there is now also http://www.krabarchive.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bongwater View Post
    Commercial broadcasters thought KRAB was a waste of an FM frequency.
    Most non-commercial broadcasters thought that too.

    Having been involved in defending against JSMF trying to shanghai KNHC's frequency after selling 107.7 to Sunbelt, I have some even less complementary terms for the group. All of the terms are not family friendly.

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