|City of license||Seattle, Washington|
|Broadcast area||Seattle metropolitan area|
|Frequency||94.9 MHz FM (also on HD Radio) 94.9-2 FM-"KUOW2"
94.9-3 FM-BBC World Service
|Repeaters||KQOW 90.3 FM Bellingham
KUOW 1340 AM Tumwater
KUOW 99.5 FM Everett
|First air date||1952|
|Callsign meaning||University Of Washington|
|Owner||University of Washington|
KUOW-FM 94.9 is the flagship National Public Radio member station in Seattle, Washington. It is one of the highest-rated stations in the Seattle/Tacoma media market, and one of the highest-rated NPR stations in the country. It is a service of the University of Washington, but is operated by Puget Sound Public Radio, a nonprofit community organization.
KUOW's site states its mission as, "to create and serve an informed public, one challenged and invigorated by an understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and cultures."[this quote needs a citation]
KUOW went on the air in 1952 on 90.5 FM. Its transmitter was on the University of Washington campus atop the Administration Building, now Gerberding Hall. In 1958, Dorothy Stimson Bullitt moved KING-FM to 98.1 and gifted KING's 94.9 FM transmitter and antenna to the Edison Vocational School. That same year, KUOW started using the 94.9 FM transmitter operated by Edison. KUOW is one of the few public radio (or any non-commercial educational) stations on a commercial frequency outside of the reserved band. For years, it served as a training ground for UW students to learn about broadcasting. Programming consisted of classical music, classroom lectures, local news, and Washington Huskies sports.
In the 1960s, however, KUOW began branching out, adding more news programming. It was a charter member of NPR in 1970. In 1992, it changed format from music to news and information, and in 1999 it moved off campus to its current location on University Way. Also in 1999, UW outsourced the station's operation to Puget Sound Public Radio.
KUOW broadcasts from Capitol Hill in Seattle with a power (ERP) of 100 kW. The studios are located in Seattle's University District. The station is heard in the Puget Sound region on KUOW FM 94.9, in Bellingham on KQOW FM 90.3, in Olympia on KUOW AM 1340 (Tumwater being its actual city of license), and on the Internet.
KUOW discontinued Cliff Mass' weather and science segment during its Friday broadcasts of "Weekday" starting May 20, 2011, a decision that prompted an online petition opposing KUOW's decision. The petition gained more than 4,000 supporters in the days following the announcement.
KUOW's 2008 annual report states that the station served an average of 375,800 listeners each week in fiscal year 2008. These listeners averaged eight and a quarter hours of listening per week to total more than 3 million weekly listener hours. In the same year, KUOW ranked second among all radio stations in the Seattle Metro market, with a 4.8% share of the market's radio audience.
KUOW's 2010 (fiscal year) direct support (money received) totaled $10,134,882. Its sources were:
- 60% individuals
- 29% corporate
- 9% government (largely the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the University of Washington)
- 2% other
KUOW produces several programs, most of which are concerned with local news and events:
- The Conversation – Hosted by Ross Reynolds and produced by David Hyde and Arwen Nicks, The Conversation is a call-in program that covers news-oriented and other topics.
- KUOW Presents – Megan Sukys is the managing editor. KUOW Presents airs local and national program specials.
- Speaker's Forum – Speaker's Forum airs speeches and presentations from a wide variety of specialties.
- The Swing Years and Beyond – Hosted by Amanda Wilde, The Swing Years and Beyond airs American music from the 1920s through the 1950s.
- Weekday – Hosted by Steve Scher, Weekday is an interview/call-in talk show that covers various topics usually related to local and national news.
KUOW also broadcasts the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library's Evergreen Radio Reading Service to blind and handicapped listeners on its 67kHz subcarrier. KUOW is one of three major FM stations in Washington to do so; KPBX-FM in Spokane and KFAE-FM in Yakima are the others. However, this requires a special FM radio capable of receiving such broadcasts; it cannot be received on a standard FM radio.
- Luke Burbank: Host of Too Beautiful To Live, Co-host of KIRO's "Ross and Burbank" 
- Heather Dahl: Senior Manager/Global Analyst, Neustart Inc. 
- Orlando de Guzman: Archipelago TV 
- Cynthia Doyon: deceased
- Sam Eaton: Freelance Environmental Journalist 
- Erin Hennessey: News Director KPLU 
- Jill Jackson: Capitol Hill Producer, CBS News 
- Juris Jansons: General Manager KASB radi
- Lesley McClurg: Producer/Reporter, Colorado Matters. Colorado Public Broadcasting 
- John Moe: Host of Marketplace Tech Report
- Bill Radke: Co-host of KIRO's Seattle's Morning News 
- Dana Davis Rehm: NPR Senior Vice President, Strategy & Partnerships
- Robert Smith: NPR Correspondent, National Desk, New York
- Ken Vincent: Anchor/Reporter at RR Broadcasting, Palm Springs.
- Andrew Walsh: Host, KIRO Radio 
- 'KUOW History, archived from the KUOW website in 2002'
- 'KUOW 2008 Annual Report'
- 'KUOW 2010 Annual Report'
- TBTL with Luke Burbank
- KIRO Ross and Burbank
- 'The Swing Years and Beyond' 1979 - 2003
- Marketplace Tech Report Host John Moe
- KIRO Host Bill Radke
- NPR: Dana Davis Rehm
- Ken Vincent's LinkedIn Profile
- KUOW 94.9
- Evergreen Radio Reading Service
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