|City of license||Everett, Washington|
|Broadcast area||Snohomish and Northern King County, Washington areas|
|Slogan||Independent Public Radio for the North Puget Sound.|
|Frequency||90.7 MHz FM|
|First air date||February 9, 1991|
|Format||News, Public Affairs, Talk|
|Callsign meaning||Snohomish County Everett Radio|
KSER (90.7 FM) is a non-commercial radio station and airs a mix of music and news/public affairs. The station, which is owned and operated by the non-profit KSER Foundation, broadcasts at 90.7 MHz with an ERP of 5.8 kW and is licensed to Everett, Washington.
KSER's roots traces back to 1962, when KRAB signed on at 107.7 MHz. This Seattle radio station, later owned by the Jack Straw Memorial Foundation, provided an eclectic mix of jazz, world music, Pacifica radio features, and much more. But the station was also dangerously close to insolvency. Its management realized the station could be sold to a commercial broadcaster and an endowment created, allowing the foundation to broadcast in the non-commercial part of the radio dial, which exists between 88.1 MHz and 91.9 MHz. The owners of KRAB originally applied to share time with KNHC, owned by the Seattle Public Schools. However, this action was seen by the school district as a hostile take-over bid. Ultimately, the owners got a license for 90.7 MHz in Everett, Washington. The Seattle frequency was sold and became KMGI (now today's KNDD).
Six years later, on February 9, 1991, KSER signed on from its studios in nearby Lynnwood, Washington. By 1994 the foundation sold the station to its current owners, who relocated the studios to Everett and its transmitter to Lake Stevens, Washington, giving them complete coverage in Snohomish County. Although its signal also reaches King County, coverage is limited due to signal coverage from KVTI/Tacoma, which broadcasts adjacent at 90.9 MHz.
In the fall of 2013, the KSER Foundation signed on a second signal: 89.9 KXIR, Freeland. The second tower is located on Whidbey Island in the town of Freeland. At present, KSER and KXIR simulcast programming.
As of 2014, KSER has a board of directors, staff, and over 100 volunteers. It has an FM transmitter, and HD transmitter, and an emergency alert system. KSER's programming consists of news, public affairs, talk and diversified music shows and the latest world news from the BBC.
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