|Broadcast area||Whatcom County|
|Branding||KGMI News/Talk 790|
|Frequency||790 kHz (AM)|
|First air date||1926 (in Seattle; moved to Bellingham in 1927)|
|Power||5,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
|Former callsigns||KVOS (1926-1962)|
(Saga Broadcasting, LLC)
|Sister stations||KBAI, KPUG, KISM, KAFE|
KGMI serves Northwest Washington with a signal that reaches into much of southwestern British Columbia, including Vancouver and Victoria. It and also reaches into Seattle's northern suburbs, the Olympic Peninsula.
In 1933, Jones began airing news bulletins from the Associated Press under the moniker "Newspaper of the Air." The AP obtained a restraining order, but federal judge John Clyde Bowen refused to grant a permanent injunction, saying that news reports belong to the public. Bowen's decision was reversed on appeal, prompting Jones to appeal to the Supreme Court. In 1936, the Supreme Court threw out the restraining order on the grounds that since the AP was a nonprofit organization, it couldn't incur damages. The case established that radio (and later, television) stations had the same right to news reports as newspapers.
Jones signed on the area's first television station, KVOS-TV, in 1953. He sold it in 1962, but kept the radio station, changing its call letters to the current KGMI and holding onto it until his death in 1972. The station went through several more owners before Saga purchased it.
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