KSER

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KSER
City of license Everett, Washington
Broadcast area Snohomish and Northern King County, Washington areas
Branding 90.7 KSER
Slogan A Sound Adventure; Your Independent Voice for News and Culture.
Frequency 90.7 MHz FM
First air date February 9, 1991
Format News, Public Affairs, Talk
ERP 5,800 watts
HAAT 92 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 29649
Callsign meaning Snohomish County Everett Radio
Owner KSER Foundation
Website www.kser.org

KSER (90.7 FM) is a non-commercial radio station and airs a news talk format. 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. Its on-air moniker is "A Sound Adventure."

History[edit]

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.

As of 2012, 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, including electric noise (The Tunnel) and the latest world news from the BBC and the CBC. KSER has given live coverage to Occupy Everett. KSER has been open to signing student internships.

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Coordinates: 48°01′26″N 122°06′47″W / 48.024°N 122.113°W / 48.024; -122.113