KIRO-FM

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For the former KIRO-FM at 100.7 MHz, see KKWF.
KIRO-FM
The new KIRO Radio logo from the station's Facebook page, Oct 2012.png
City of license Tacoma, Washington
Broadcast area Puget Sound region, Washington
Branding KIRO Radio 97.3 FM
("KIRO" pronounced as "Cairo")
Slogan Seattle's News. Seattle's Talk.
Frequency 97.3 MHz FM (also on HD Radio) 97.3-2 FM: KIRO simulcast
97.3-3 FM: Mormon Channel
First air date 1960
Format News/Talk
ERP 55,000 watts
HAAT 729 meters
Class C
Facility ID 33682
Transmitter coordinates 47°30′14″N 121°58′29″W / 47.50389°N 121.97472°W / 47.50389; -121.97472 (KIRO-FM Tower)Coordinates: 47°30′14″N 121°58′29″W / 47.50389°N 121.97472°W / 47.50389; -121.97472 (KIRO-FM Tower)
Callsign meaning See KIRO (AM) for history and reasoning
Former callsigns KTNT (1960-1972)
KNBQ (1972-1988)
KBSG (1988-1989, 2003-2008 )
KBSG-FM (1989-2003)
Affiliations CBS Radio
Owner Bonneville International
Sister stations KTTH
KIRO (AM)
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.kiroradio.com

KIRO-FM (97.3 FM) is a radio station in Seattle, Washington, USA, with a news/talk radio format. The outlet is associated with the CBS Radio Network. The station previously broadcast a classic hits format under the KBSG-FM callsign. The station's transmitter is on Tiger Mountain near Issaquah, while its studios are located in Seattle's Eastlake district.

History[edit]

For an earlier history of KIRO radio see KIRO (AM).

KBSG[edit]

The station was founded as KTNT-FM and was owned by the Tacoma News Tribune. The station exclusively targeted Tacoma and South Puget Sound. Sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s, the call letters were changed to KNBQ, which are now located on 102.9 FM. At that time, the station carried a Top 40 format branded simply as "97.3 KNBQ". When the Tacoma News Tribune sold KNBQ to Viacom in 1987, the station enforced a policy of not talking over music which did not help it's dismal ratings. The station would move its transmitter to Tiger Mountain during this time to better target the Seattle market as a whole. In 1988, the station flipped to its long running oldies format as "K-Best 97.3" and picked up the KBSG call letters. On August 1, 2007, KBSG was rebranded from "KBSG 97.3" to "The New B97.3", and dropped the word 'oldies' from the station title.[1]

Exactly one year later, on August 1, 2008, the station's call letters were changed to KIRO-FM.[2]

KIRO (AM) to KIRO-FM transition[edit]

Logo for 97.3 KIRO-FM as used from 2008 to 2012.

On August 12, 2008 at 4:23 AM, KBSG's frequency began to simulcast sister news/talk radio station KIRO; the final song as a classic hits station, Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones, faded out as the FM station joined KIRO AM's Wall Street Journal This Morning in progress.[3][4][5]

On April 1, 2009, KIRO-FM became the primary station and the simulcasting on KIRO (AM) came to an end, marking the completion of the station's transition to the FM frequency that began in August 2008.[6] KIRO (AM) is now a sports talk station, branded as "710 ESPN Seattle."

Also moved from KIRO to KIRO-FM was the NFL broadcasting duties for the Seattle Seahawks Radio Network, (now named the Bing Radio Network). KIRO will continue to simulcast the game and portions of the pre- and post-game shows as a member of the network. The Seahawks have been broadcasting on 710 AM in Seattle since the NFL franchise was launched in 1976.

Shows and hosts[edit]

(note: This section includes only live, local shows)

  • Seattle's Morning News with Dave Ross, hosted by Dave Ross and Colleen O'Brien
  • The Tom and Curley Show, hosted by Tom Tangney and John Curley
  • The Dori Monson Show, hosted by Dori Monson
  • The Ron and Don Show, hosted by Ron Upshaw and Don O'Neill
  • The Jason Rantz Show, hosted by Jason Rantz
  • Gardening with Ciscoe, hosted by Ciscoe Morris
  • Seahawks Pre-Game hosted by Dori Monson, with Sam Adkins, Paul Moyer, Dave Wyman, and Craig Terrill.
  • Seattle Seahawks hosted by Steve Raible and Warren Moon.
  • Seahawks Post Game hosted by Dori Monson, with Sam Adkins, Paul Moyer, Dave Wyman, and Craig Terrill.
  • Home Matters hosted by Pete Lisoskie.
  • It's Raining Cats and Dogs hosted by Shawn Stewart.
  • Seattle Kitchen hosted by Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau.
  • Geekwire hosted by Todd Bishop and John Cook.
  • On The Water hosted by Captain Bob McLaughlin.
  • Seattle Sounds hosted by Josh Kerns.
  • Reporters: Chris Sullivan, Tim Haeck, Brandi Kruse
  • Traffic Reporters: Kimi Kline
  • Business Reports: The Wall Street Journal

Former programs[edit]

  • KIRO Morning News, hosted by Bill Radke and Linda Thomas
  • Northwest Nights, hosted by Frank Shiers
  • Mike Webb Show, hosted by Mike Webb
  • John Procaccino, hosted by John Procaccino
  • Alan Prell, hosted by Alan Prell
  • Northwest Sports, hosted by New York Vinnie
  • Horses' Ass Radio, hosted by David Goldstein
  • Bryan Styble Show, hosted by Bryan Styble
  • My Northwest Weekend, hosted by Larry Rice, later hosted by Josh Kerns
  • The John Curley Show, hosted by John Curley. Dan Mitchinson News Anchor
  • The Bill Radke Treatment, hosted by Bill Radke
  • The News Chick Show, hosted by Linda Thomas
  • The Andrew Walsh Show, hosted by Andrew Walsh
  • The Dave Ross Show, hosted by Dave Ross
  • The Ross and Burbank Show, hosted by Dave Ross and Luke Burbank
  • Too Beautiful to Live, hosted by Luke Burbank

Locations[edit]

Towers: 47°30′14″N 121°58′29″W / 47.50389°N 121.97472°W / 47.50389; -121.97472 (KIRO-FM Tower), on Tiger Mountain
Headquarters: 47°38′8″N 122°19′29″W / 47.63556°N 122.32472°W / 47.63556; -122.32472 (KIRO studios), Seattle, Washington on the shores of Lake Union

References[edit]

  1. ^ Virgin, Bill (August 1, 2007). "KBSG-FM refocuses as B97.3". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved August 2, 2008. 
  3. ^ Bonneville International (July 30, 2008). "KIRO Radio to begin simulcast on 710 AM and 97.3 FM". Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Gardner, Carl. "KIRO to simulcast on 97.3FM". Bonneville International. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "The music died at 4:23am on 97.3". Radio-info.com. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Make the Switch". News Talk 97.3 KIRO FM. Retrieved 2009-03-23. [dead link]

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