KNRK

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KNRK
KNRK Logo.PNG
CityCamas, Washington
Broadcast areaPortland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Vancouver, Washington
Branding94/7 Alternative Portland
SloganIt's Different Here
Frequency94.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air dateNovember 1, 1992 (as KMUZ-FM)
FormatModern AC-leaning Alternative rock
HD2: Local/NW bands
ERP6,300 watts
HAAT403 meters
ClassC2
Facility ID51213
Transmitter coordinates45°29′20″N 122°41′40″W / 45.48889°N 122.69444°W / 45.48889; -122.69444Coordinates: 45°29′20″N 122°41′40″W / 45.48889°N 122.69444°W / 45.48889; -122.69444
Callsign meaningK New RocK
Former callsignsKMUZ-FM (1992-1995)
OwnerEntercom Communications
(Entercom License, LLC)
Sister stationsKGON, KYCH-FM, KWJJ-FM, KRSK, KMTT, KFXX
WebcastListen Live or .PLS File
Listen Live (HD2)
Website947.fm

KNRK is a commercial, modern AC-leaning Alternative rock music radio station broadcasting to the Portland, Oregon area on 94.7 FM. KNRK's studios are located near downtown Portland and its transmitter is located in Portland's west hills.

History[edit]

Originally, 94.7 MHz was KMUZ-FM, broadcasting an easy listening music format.

On March 6, 1995, KMUZ-FM switched to modern rock and was re-branded as "94-7 NRK". In the years following its debut, the station's format consisted almost entirely of alternative rock music by bands including The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam and Nirvana. Radio personalities Stephanie Steele and Mike Chase hosted a morning show dubbed "S & M."[1] A DJ who only goes by his middle name, Gustav, hosted a show during the afternoon hours on weekdays. Gradually, however, the station's format began to shift towards harder rock music in the late 1990s. Moderate on-air DJs like Gustav and Daria O'Neill were gradually replaced by "shock-jocks." Music from bands like Limp Bizkit, Korn, Puddle of Mudd and Godsmack made up the playlist.

The station's harder edge came to an end on May 12, 2004. Two morning DJs played audio recordings of Nick Berg's violent death on the air and added their own snide commentary.[2] Hundreds of angry phone-calls and e-mails flooded into the station. KNRK's General Manager fired both of them, along with their producer.[3]

Following the incident, KNRK temporarily pulled all of its DJs off the air and played non-stop music and commercials, in addition to the talk-show Loveline in the evenings. Brief messages by station program director Mark Hamilton aired explained the changes and plans to reshape the station. Listeners were encouraged to submit their ideas via an online survey or to call in with their own suggestions.[4] Soon thereafter, KNRK became "94/7 FM."

The station now airs rock music recorded between the 1970s and 2010s ranging from David Bowie to Of Montreal. It also features specialty shows such as "Passport Approved," which focuses on international rock music[5] and Greasy Kid Stuff, a Saturday morning program specializing in music for kids.[6]

In 2007, KNRK introduced "94/7 Too," an online station focusing entirely on bands based or initially established in the Pacific Northwest. It was added to over-the-air radio on 910 AM in July 2010.[7] The station flipped format to sports talk in 2013, with 94/7 Too moving to 94.7FM's HD2 signal and streaming online.[8] New personalities were added in 2015 (Derric in the evenings) and 2016 (Middays with Pepper).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schulberg, Pete (March 19, 1996). "Raunchy radio". The Oregonian.
  2. ^ "DJs Who Laughed at Recording are Fired". KATU. 2004.
  3. ^ "Oregon DJs fired for playing tape of Berg's death". NBCNews.com. May 14, 2004. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  4. ^ Williams, Lee (January 19, 2005). "KNRK is Singing a Different Tune". The Oregonian.
  5. ^ "Shows - 94/7". KNRK. 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  6. ^ Carlin, Peter Ames (2 October 2010). "Portland Couple Keeps "Greasy Kid Stuff" Going for Fifteen Years and Counting". The Oregonian. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  7. ^ Mannheimer, Michael (8 June 2010). "94.7 KNRK Introduces "Northwest Bands Only" AM Station". Retrieved 18 December 2010.
  8. ^ http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=24 HD Radio Guide for Portland

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