|City of license||Spokane, Washington|
|Broadcast area||Inland Empire|
|Branding||Spokane Public Radio|
|Frequency||See table below|
|Translator(s)||See table below|
|First air date||January 20, 1980 (originally experimental c. 1971-1980)|
|Callsign meaning||PuBlic Broadcasting|
|Owner||Spokane Public Radio|
|Sister stations||KSFC, KPBZ|
KPBX-FM is a public radio station serving Spokane, Washington. It broadcasts at 91.1 MHz with an ERP of 56,000 watts and is one of three stations operated by Spokane Public Radio. KSFC and KPBZ are the others.
The station traces its history to a ten-watt transmitter erected in the early 1970s in the home of George Cole in the South Hill neighborhood of Spokane. It broadcast various kinds of music eight hours a day from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.. In 1974, David Schoengold, a record store owner and law school student, took over the station from Cole and expanded its broadcast schedule to 24 hours a day. It became very popular, with people waiting at all hours of the day to go on the air. It also gained the attention of National Public Radio, which sent tapes of All Things Considered. The nearest NPR station in the area was KWSU in Pullman, which was all but unlistenable in most of the city despite being only an hour south.
Schoengold wanted a better station for the area, so he formed the Spokane Public Broadcasting Association to raise funding for a full-power public radio station. The 10-watt transmitter went off the air at the suggestion of one of Schoengold's friends in order to make it easier to raise the money. After several years of fundraising and several delays in the on-air date, KPBX finally went on the air on January 20, 1980. The station had to postpone its first pledge drive because it was scheduled a few months after the eruption of Mount St. Helens, and Pacific Northwest Bell requested that phone lines be used for emergencies only.
KPBX also broadcasts the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library's Evergreen Radio Reading Service to blind and handicapped listeners on its 67kHz subcarrier. KPBX is one of three major FM stations in Washington to do so; KUOW-FM in Seattle and KFAE-FM in Yakima are the others. This service can be freely and legally listened to by the public. However, this requires a special FM radio capable of receiving such broadcasts; it cannot be received on a standard FM radio.
|Call sign||Frequency||City of license||Facility ID||ERP/Power
|KIBX||92.1 FM (HD)||Bonners Ferry, ID||77383||74||838 m (2,749 ft)||A|
|KLGG||89.3 FM||Kellogg, ID||172927||100||782 m (2,566 ft)||C3|
|KOMQ||88.5 FM||Omak, WA||173719||100||777.1 m (2,550 ft)||C3|
|KPBG||90.9 FM||Oroville, WA||173880||1,000||4.7 m (15 ft)||A|
|KPBW||91.9 FM||Brewster, WA||173803||1,000||755.2 m (2,478 ft)||C2|
|KPBX-FM||91.1 FM (HD)||Spokane, WA||61942||56,000||725 m (2,379 ft)||C|
|KTWP||91.1 FM||Twisp, WA||173815||110||511 m (1,677 ft)||A|
|KXJO||92.1 FM||St. Maries, ID||164128||200||6.8 m (22 ft)||A|
|City of license||ERP
|K208DB||89.5 FM||Enterprise, OR||10||523 m (1,716 ft)||D||FCC|
|K214AR||90.7 FM||Spokane, WA||48||28 m (92 ft)||D||FCC|
|K220BX||91.9 FM||Coeur d'Alene, ID||42||−42 m (−138 ft)||D||FCC|
|K220CQ||91.9 FM||Brewster, WA||46||630 m (2,070 ft)||D||FCC|
|K220DV||91.9 FM||Grand Coulee, WA||46||−2 m (−6.6 ft)||D||FCC|
|K269DU||101.7 FM||Sandpoint, ID||50||875 m (2,871 ft)||D||FCC|
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