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Thread: Early FM Top 40 in Seattle

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    Re: Early FM Top 40 in Seattle

    Yeah, that would be KISM "Bellingham/Vancouver" doing the automated oldies thing.

    That's when they were still in the massive and mostly empty IGM space near the firehall on the north side next to the freeway.

    Raise you hand if you ever worked for KISM.
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    Re: Early FM Top 40 in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by Bongwater
    I thought the original KOMO-FM was on 98.9 and 94.9 was the original KING-FM. When KRSC sold it's TV station to KING, they also threw in their FM station too and Dorothy Bullitt liked the 98.1 frequency better because it was smack in the middle of the FM dial. So she donated 94.9 to the UoW......
    That could EASILY be. I was going from memory...and completely trust your recollections/knowledge MUCH more!!!

  3. #23

    Re: Early FM Top 40 in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by LITTLEBOYBLUE
    KNBQ (now KIRO-FM) was doing an automated version of Top 40 with Drake-Chenault supplied reel tapes around the same time frame. In 1976, "the fm kvi" went on air @ 101.5 (now KPLZ), leaning slightly more Adult than pure Top 40.
    In 1976, KNBQ was still running an automated "mellow sounds in contemporary music format" -- I believe they switched to the Drake-Chenault Top 40 format around the end of that year or very early in 1977. I know that this happened shortly after the FM-KVI and KYYZ were on as FM Top 40 stations in Seattle. Within the space of just a few months, we went from having no Top 40 programming on FM, to having a choice of three stations.

    But KNBQ didn't stick with Drake-Chenault for very long, and within the space of a couple years, they went over to a different automated Top 40 supplier (probably the unannounced version of TM Stereo Rock), then to what I believe was a locally produced automated format. They finally did go to a live Top 40 format in 1979, and soon pulled ahead of KTAC, the incumbent AM Top 40 station for Tacoma.

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    Re: Early FM Top 40 in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by Bongwater
    Automated CHR survived in Bellingham during the '80s (via KISM and KNWR) I think KNWR used TM Stereo Rock
    Yes, KNWR used TM Stereo Rock. They went on with the announced version of this format (the unannounced version had run briefly in Tacoma on KNBQ a couple years earlier) in late 1979 and stayed with TM Stereo Rock until the mid-80s when they flipped to AC as "The Soft Rock Cafe, KAFE".

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    Re: Early FM Top 40 in Seattle

    Hey, is the old Country KAYO building still standing on 4th Ave, next to the old Andy's Dinner Train?
    I remember as a teenager going to visit KAYO. I think the building is still there.
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    Re: Early FM Top 40 in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by TexasTom
    Quote Originally Posted by Bongwater
    Automated CHR survived in Bellingham during the '80s (via KISM and KNWR) I think KNWR used TM Stereo Rock
    Yes, KNWR used TM Stereo Rock. They went on with the announced version of this format (the unannounced version had run briefly in Tacoma on KNBQ a couple years earlier) in late 1979 and stayed with TM Stereo Rock until the mid-80s when they flipped to AC as "The Soft Rock Cafe, KAFE".
    Actually, KNWR became KAFE In October 1989.....
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    Re: Early FM Top 40 in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by FMSteve
    Hey, is the old Country KAYO building still standing on 4th Ave, next to the old Andy's Dinner Train?
    I remember as a teenager going to visit KAYO. I think the building is still there.
    Nope..it's a transmission shop now (with same address..2939 4th ave s.). As an aside, I've been trying to track down what happened to the concrete panels where artists did hands/feet in cement when visiting the station...

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    Re: Early FM Top 40 in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Wolfenbarger
    Some of the automation systems used the paper tape for programming; at least Schafer did. The traffic person would run the spot schedule into the perforator, and the operator would run it through the one hooked up to the automation, and the memory would retain the spot schedule for the Carousels. Talk about technology!
    I remember that one... the 903. We had one in Ashland. A Teletype would wake up and print a log line on every event. It was a little clunky, but reliable.

    Of course, the owner decided the best place for the system was the engineering office.

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    Re: Early FM Top 40 in Seattle

    Quote Originally Posted by LITTLEBOYBLUE
    KOMO-FM. They decided, like many others, FM not worth the hassle so gave it to the UW.
    KRSC was 98.1...housed in the old KAYO building on 4th ave s.!
    Double bonus points. What did KRSC stand for?

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    Re: Early FM Top 40 in Seattle

    Little Boy Blue, Isn't this the old KAYO building on 4th Ave S.? I could swear this is it.

    Please advise.

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