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City of license Bellingham, Washington
Broadcast area Whatcom County
Branding KGMI News/Talk 790
Frequency 790 kHz (AM)
First air date 1926 (in Seattle; moved to Bellingham in 1927)
Format News/Talk
Power 5,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 34467
Transmitter coordinates 48°43′9″N 122°26′43″W / 48.71917°N 122.44528°W / 48.71917; -122.44528 (KGMI Tower)
Former callsigns KVOS (1926-1962)
Affiliations ABC Radio
Owner Saga Communications
(Saga Broadcasting, LLC)
Sister stations KBAI, KPUG, KISM, KAFE
Webcast Listen live
Website KGMI

KGMI (790 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a news/talk and information format. Licensed to Bellingham, Washington, the station is owned and operated by Saga Broadcasting, dba Cascade Radio Group.

KGMI serves Northwest Washington with a signal that reaches into much of southwestern British Columbia, including Vancouver and Victoria. It and also reaches into Seattle's northern suburbs, the Olympic Peninsula.


KGMI signed on in 1926 from Seattle as KVOS, owned by Lou Kessler. It moved to Bellingham a year later. In 1928, Aberdeen businessman Rogan Jones bought the station.[1]

In 1933, Jones began airing news bulletins from the Associated Press under the moniker "Newspaper of the Air." The AP obtained a restraining order, but federal judge John Clyde Bowen refused to grant a permanent injunction, saying that news reports belong to the public.[2] Bowen's decision was reversed on appeal, prompting Jones to appeal to the Supreme Court. In 1936, the Supreme Court threw out the restraining order on the grounds that since the AP was a nonprofit organization, it couldn't incur damages.[3] The case established that radio (and later, television) stations had the same right to news reports as newspapers.[1]

Jones signed on the area's first television station, KVOS-TV, in 1953. He sold it in 1962, but kept the radio station, changing its call letters to the current KGMI and holding onto it until his death in 1972. The station went through several more owners before Saga purchased it.

KGMI On-Air Shows[edit]

Local Programming:

  • KGMI Morning News with Joe Teehan and Alex Gray
  • The Morning Show with Dillon Honcoop
  • PM Bellingham with Tracy Ellis and Peter Wagner
  • In the Shop with the Auto Guys
  • Radio Real Estate with Mike Kent
  • Community Connection
  • The Whatcom Report
  • Wealth Wakeup
  • The Legal Docket

Syndicated Shows:

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2005 RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Small Market Feature Reporting, Region 1 [4]
  • 2006 NAB Marconi Radio Award for Small Market Station of the Year[5]
  • 2006 RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Small Market Newscast, Region 1 [6]
  • 2007 RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Small Market Newscast, Region 1 [7]
  • 2008 RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Small Market Newscast, Region 1 [8]
  • 2010 RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Small Market Newscast, Region 1 [9]


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