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    Old KRKO Studios for Sale

    The former studios and transmitter site of KRKO radio on Lowell-Larimer Road is up for sale. I've driven by there numerous times recently not realizing how nice it looked inside. Check out the pics in the listing below.

    https://www.windermere.com/listing/W...98208/79957394

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    I worked in that building in 1965-66, for Bill Taft. Seriously different inside now. Wow! The radio home of so many in the 60s, including Russ Rebel, Big Jim Martin, Gary Vance, Dale Good, Shirley Bartholomew, Sparky Taft, younger brother Billy, etc
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    I did some engineering for them in the mid-'70s (Shirley Bartholomew was still ND there). Older gear but well-equipped and in reasonable shape. Doesn't look like the same building. Is Andy keeping the corner for the old transmitters, or are they somewhere else now?

    Wondering about that little outbuilding. When I was there, the station had a government-provided generator and a "fallout shelter" with some very old production gear that, as I recall, was more likely to go up in a puff of smoke than provide a working studio.

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    I barely recognize it.....Wow.

    But for a house? Well, it's mostly private (aside from people doing u-turns via your parking lot and radio geeks looking around - not much left here, I see.) 7 acres? Do those include the towers?

    It still appears to be the KRKO backup. So if one were to mortgage the place and towers came included, every so often, do you have to give them a key to the gate so they can paint the towers or other work?

    I want to look in that fallout shelter, sounds like a great place for parties...
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    I would be curious how the arrangement with KRKO works. Are you required to keep the towers on the site? Do they pay you rent for the land? Do they maintain the towers? That makes a huge difference in terms of who will end up buying the place.

    Think about it this way: A similarly-sized house in similar condition in Seattle city limits would cost you the exact same price. The only difference is you get about 7 1/2 additional Acres that hopefully generate revenue via rent or just topple the towers, subdivide it into two additional parcels (I don’t know what the zoning laws are, but 2 Acres for rural residential is reasonable), and re-coop 1/4-1/3 of the closing price.

    Unless it’s a sweetheart deal for the buyer with rent, or Andy has a long-term lease for the site, my guess is the buyer will likely knock em down. Let’s just be frank, the housing market for radio geeks in the Seattle area is a bit weak these days. And nobody besides radio geeks want towers nearby. Spoils the view...
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    [reply to Grounded Grid] Once we picked up the FM translators, Larimer Road became unnecessary as a deep backup. We had quotes at one time to rehabilitate Larimer Road as a 1000 Watt backup for KRKO and KKXA including converting the Gates BC-5 to 1520 AM. The infrastructure was mostly in place including audio processors and STL gear, but the translators do a better job of covering “Everett” than Larimer Road ever did with its night signal. The “fallout shelter” wasn’t going to do much in a disaster. It was a 12’ X 12’ Concrete cell with a steep wood ladder down a hatch to get to it with a single ceiling lightbulb and an electric baseboard wall heater, with most of the exterior exposed to the south, east, and north. That foul smelling, dark, disgusting echo chamber under the generator shed would have been completely worthless in the event of a nuclear attack, but rodents loved it.
    Last edited by Andrew Skotdal; 07-14-2018 at 10:41 AM. Reason: Tagging Grounded Grid

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    Quote Originally Posted by seattlesarchiebunker View Post
    I would be curious how the arrangement with KRKO works. Are you required to keep the towers on the site? Do they pay you rent for the land? Do they maintain the towers? That makes a huge difference in terms of who will end up buying the place.

    Think about it this way: A similarly-sized house in similar condition in Seattle city limits would cost you the exact same price. The only difference is you get about 7 1/2 additional Acres that hopefully generate revenue via rent or just topple the towers, subdivide it into two additional parcels (I don’t know what the zoning laws are, but 2 Acres for rural residential is reasonable), and re-coop 1/4-1/3 of the closing price.

    Unless it’s a sweetheart deal for the buyer with rent, or Andy has a long-term lease for the site, my guess is the buyer will likely knock em down. Let’s just be frank, the housing market for radio geeks in the Seattle area is a bit weak these days. And nobody besides radio geeks want towers nearby. Spoils the view...
    The towers are no longer required for KRKO. Someone can have the entire building. If there is a ham operator, they can keep the towers and transmitters and reuse them at new frequencies. There’s $250,000 in free infrastructure for the right user. Otherwise, we have a quote to drop the towers and we’d likely be taking a hack saw to the transmitters if someone wants them out. There is no lease back arrangement. We can take the generator and use it elsewhere if someone doesn’t want it. The generator has very few hours on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bongwater View Post
    I barely recognize it.....Wow.

    But for a house? Well, it's mostly private (aside from people doing u-turns via your parking lot and radio geeks looking around - not much left here, I see.) 7 acres? Do those include the towers?

    It still appears to be the KRKO backup. So if one were to mortgage the place and towers came included, every so often, do you have to give them a key to the gate so they can paint the towers or other work?

    I want to look in that fallout shelter, sounds like a great place for parties...
    The fallout shelter is not what you imagine. It’s a 12’ X 12” concrete cell/echo chamber with one lightbulb, one baseboard heater, and nothing else. It’s dark, cold, and has a steep wooden ladder to get down with a 7’ ceiling. It’s pretty depressing. And if there were a nuclear strike, the need to #2 would drive you out of the shelter unless you really planned ahead with a bucket and kitty litter. The terrible vent on the lid would let more fallout into the shelter than you’d have if you’d remained inside the studios. That hole in the ground was dismal and dark. It wasn’t what you imagine at all.

    As for using the site as a backup, KRKO and KKXA are out. We’re pulling the remaining gear out now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Skotdal View Post
    we’d likely be taking a hack saw to the transmitters if someone wants them out.
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