KLFE

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KLFE
City Seattle, Washington
Broadcast area Seattle metropolitan area
Branding 1590 The Answer
Slogan News. Opinion. Insight.
Frequency 1590 kHz
First air date 1958
Format Talk
Power 20,000 watts day
5,000 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 12031
Callsign meaning K LiFE
Former callsigns KTIX (1958-1961)
KETO (1961-?)
KSND (?-1970s)
KUUU (1970s-1977)
KZOK (1977-1982, 1990-1994)
KJET (1982-1988)
KQUL (1988-1990)
KPOZ (1994-1995)
Owner Salem Communications
(Inspiration Media, Inc.)
Sister stations KGNW, KKOL, KKMO, KNTS
Webcast Listen Live
Website am1590theanswer.com

KLFE (1590 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a conservative talk radio format. Licensed to Seattle, Washington, United States, it serves the Seattle metropolitan area. The station is currently owned by Salem Communications.

History[edit]

1590 went on the air in 1958 as KTIX with a full-service format that operated only during daytime hours (and would upgrade to full-time status two years later). In 1961, the station flipped to a country format and took the call letters KETO. The station also launched an FM counterpart on 101.5 (now KPLZ-FM). The station then shifted to Adult Contemporary as KSND. During the 1970s, the callsign changed to KUUU, and rebranded as "KU16". At the time, a daytime transmitter in South Seattle and a nighttime transmitter on Bainbridge Island was needed, due to the need of a shaped antenna pattern so as to not interfere with a station on the same frequency in Oregon. KUUU later became a sister station with KZOK-FM, and the station became KZOK in 1977, and flipped to an Oldies format as "Solid Gold 16 KZOK". On May 31, 1982, at Midnight, 1590 became KJET with an Alternative Rock format, which was starting to emerge in popularity at the time.[1][2] The first song on "KJET" was "I Love Rock & Roll" by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. The station gained immediate popularity with its primary target audience of young adults, as the market did not have an alternative station on FM radio, which was where most music formats were migrating towards. In addition, the station also had a following outside of Seattle, particularly at night, due to its signal strength, where it was receivable in Eastern Washington and as far north as Alaska. However, due to financial troubles, KJET signed off at 3 p.m. on September 23, 1988, with "We're Through Being Cool" by Devo as the final song.[3][4] After that, the station became KQUL, with a 1950s/60s oldies format before changing its call letters back to KZOK on February 2, 1990, and became Seattle's home for the Z-Rock network, which then changed to a simulcast of KZOK-FM in October 1993. On September 8, 1994, after the station was sold to current owner Salem Communications, KZOK-AM became KPOZ with a "positive Country" format, which would later transition to Christian music.[5] The KLFE call letters came into effect on August 1, 1995. Brokered Russian programming would be added in 2000.

On November 15, 2010, KLFE switched to its current conservative talk format, featuring hosts such as Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Dennis Miller, Hugh Hewitt, and Mark Levin. Salem's own Michael Medved, based in Seattle, is not heard on the station due to his existing contract with KTTH.[6] In August 2014, Salem Radio announced a name change to "AM 1590 The Answer", following suit with most of the other conservative talk radio stations operated by Salem nationwide.

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Coordinates: 47°39′19″N 122°31′06″W / 47.65528°N 122.51833°W / 47.65528; -122.51833