|City of license||Seattle, Washington|
|Broadcast area||Seattle metropolitan area|
|Branding||1590 The Answer|
|Slogan||News. Opinion. Insight.|
|First air date||1958 (as KTIX)|
|Callsign meaning||K LiFE|
|Former callsigns||KTIX (1958-1961)
KZOK (1977-1982, 1990-1994)
(Inspiration Media, Inc.)
|Sister stations||KGNW, KKOL, KKMO, KNTS|
KLFE (1590 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a conservative talk radio format. Licensed to Seattle, Washington, USA, it serves the Seattle metropolitan area. The station is currently owned by Salem Communications.
1590 went on the air in 1958 as KTIX with a full-service format that operated only during daytime hours (and would upgrade to full-time status two years later). In 1961, the station flipped to a country format and took the call letters KETO. The station also launched an FM counterpart on 101.5 (now KPLZ-FM). The station then shifted to adult contemporary as KSND and soft AC as KUUU, "KU16" before becoming KZOK in 1977 with an automated "Gold AC" format as "Solid Gold 16 KZOK". On Memorial Day, 1982, at Midnight, 1590 became KJET with an alternative rock format, which was starting to emerge in popularity at the time. The first song on "KJET" was "I Love Rock & Roll" by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. The station gained immediate popularity with its primary target audience of young adults, as the market did not have an alternative station on FM radio, which was where most music formats were migrating to. However, due to financial troubles, KJET signed off on September 23, 1988 with "We're Through Being Cool" by Devo. After that, the station became KQUL, with a 1950s/60s oldies format before changing its call letters back to KZOK and becoming Seattle's home for the Z-Rock network, and then a simulcast of KZOK-FM in 1993. On September 8, 1994, the station was sold and became KPOZ with a Christian format. The KLFE call letters came into effect on August 1, 1995.
Before its switch to its current talk radio format, KLFE aired a brokered Christian and Russian language format.
On November 15, 2010, KLFE switched to its current conservative talk format, featuring hosts such as Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Dennis Miller, Hugh Hewitt, and Mark Levin. Salem's own Michael Medved, based in Seattle, is not heard on the station due to his existing contract with KTTH. In August 2014, Salem Radio announced a name change from Freedom 1590 to AM 1590 The Answer, following suite with most of the other conservative talk radio stations operated by Salem nationwide.
- Completing The Seattle Trifecta: Salem To Add Conservative Talker Radio Insight. November 12, 2010. Accessed November 14, 2010
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KLFE
- Radio-Locator Information on KLFE
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KLFE
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