|Slogan||Plays the Hits|
|Frequency||93.3 MHz FM (also on HD Radio) 93.3-2 FM-"Wild"|
|First air date||1964 (as KBLE-FM)|
|Callsign meaning||Play on the word Cube with a K in it|
|Former callsigns||KBLE-FM (1964–1981)|
|Owner||Clear Channel Communications|
|Sister stations||KBKS, KHHO, KJR, KJR-FM, KYNW, KKBW|
KUBE is a rhythmic contemporary radio station licensed in Seattle. KUBE offers a mix of personality-driven DJs and current-based hit driven R&B/Hip-Hop fare. It broadcasts at 93.3 MHz on the FM dial with an ERP of 100,000 watts, with its transmitter at Cougar Mountain, and operates from its studios in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood northwest of downtown.
The station signed on the air in 1964 as KBLE-FM, the FM sister station to KBLE (AM 1050) with a religious/country hybrid format branded as "The Nashville Sound". The station was sold to new owners in 1980. On March 17, 1981, KBLE-FM switched to a jockless Top 40 format as "The Northwest's New 93". The station's first song was "Use ta Be My Girl" by the O'Jays. On July 8, 1981, the station relaunched with a full-time air-staff. On April 2, 1982, the station picked up the KUBE calls and transitioned to "KUBE 93 FM". By January 1992, the station shifted to a rhythmic contemporary hits direction that is still programmed today. The station instantly gained Top 10 status in the Arbitron ratings among teens and young adults, their primary audience. When the station began with the Rhythmic format, it capitalized on the "gangster rap" tracks that were the popular sound of hip-hop at the time.
In 1994, likely due to the public outcry of a "gangland-style" drive by shooting of a Ballard High School student, and Ackerley (the station's then-owners) not wanting to associate the station with that music, KUBE briefly flipped to an alternative rock format, albeit with some rhythmic material. The station had the slogans "KUBE's New Music Revolution" and "Channel X", much in the style of the average modern rock station at the time. The station's playlist consisted of grunge rock (which was called the "Seattle sound"), then-current national Alternative chart-toppers, and aforementioned rhythmic tracks, as well as songs from artists that modern rock station KNDD wouldn't play, such as Sonic Youth, The Meat Puppets, Stereolab, and The Jesus and Mary Chain. However, the station's ratings were not impressive, with the station dropping out of the Top 10. A year later, the station flipped back to a full-blown Rhythmic format. The station's second time with the format capitalized on dance music, and largely ignored songs with violent and misogynistic lyrics. The station quickly jumped back in the Top 10, usually peaking at #1 in several books.
For many years, KUBE marketed themselves as "Seattle's #1 Hit Music Station, KUBE 93". Clear Channel purchased KUBE, along with sister stations KJR-AM-FM, KFNK and outdoor advertiser AK Media, from Ackerley Communications in 2001.
Clear Channel's acquisition of former rival station KBKS (a top 40 station) from CBS Radio on April 1, 2009 caused KUBE to compete only against rhythmic contemporary station KQMV (Movin' 92.5), owned by Sandusky. The station also changed slogans to "More Non-Stop Music", and then to "Hits & Hip-Hop". As of 2010, KQMV is now contemporary hit radio.
The station was famous for being the flagship station of "The T-Man Show" morning show, which aired from 1995 to 2009, when "The T-Man" retired to become a professional poker player (he is now on Fox Sports Radio as their night show host). The show featured Robert "The T-Man" Tepper, who was known for never showing his face to audiences, as well as co-hosts Pasty Dave (who was the show's producer), Hot Shot Scott, Vinnie The Pooh and Tari. The show was also briefly syndicated through Premiere Radio Networks, and was heard on KKRZ, KYLD, KHHK, and KYWL (now KBBD).
Shellie Hart, longtime midday DJ and music director for the station, was let go in November 2011 due to budget cuts issued by Clear Channel. Hart has been with the station since 1991, except for a brief 3-year period between 1996 and 1999, when Hart programmed modern rock station KEDJ/Phoenix. Hart is currently at KRWM.
On January 30, 2006, KUBE launched a HD2 subchannel that offered commercial-free, jockless non-stop hip-hop music known as "KUBE2". In 2010, it shifted to a broad-based Rhythmic format known as "WiLD". The "WiLD" format is patterned after most Clear Channel owned Rhythmic Top 40 stations by playing Mainstream Rhythmic Pop/Dance tracks and very few Hip Hop/R&B tracks.
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