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KPLU-FM Logo.jpg
City of license Tacoma, Washington
Broadcast area Seattle metropolitan area
Branding KPLU 88.5
Slogan NPR News and All That Jazz
Frequency 88.5 MHz FM (also on HD Radio) 88.5-2 FM-"Jazz24"
Translator(s) (see article)
First air date 1966
Format Jazz/NPR
ERP 68,000 watts
HAAT 707 meters (2,320 ft)
Class C
Facility ID 51199
Callsign meaning Pacific Lutheran University
Affiliations NPR
Owner Pacific Lutheran University
Webcast KPLU Web Player AAC+ PLS

KPLU-FM (88.5 MHz) is a news & jazz format National Public Radio member station in Tacoma, Washington, USA, owned by Pacific Lutheran University. It is one of three full NPR members in the Seattle area, the others being KUOW-FM and KVTI, an outlet of Northwest Public Radio.

KPLU-FM broadcasts in HD on 88.5 FM.[1]

Founded on November 16, 1966,[2] KPLU broadcasts from West Tiger Mountain in the Issaquah Alps with a power of 68,000 watts. Studios are located in both Tacoma and Seattle. KPLU plays a variety of NPR programs, including All Things Considered, Car Talk, and Morning Edition. The locally produced BirdNote airs every morning. KPLU is known for its jazz programing and regional news coverage. Those who listen online can choose either a regular station feed, or listen to Jazz24, a 24/7 free online jazz station.


KPLU is also carried on the following satellite and broadcast translator stations to improve reception of the station:

The West Seattle translator serves portions of Seattle that are shielded from the main KPLU signal.

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Coordinates: 47°30′14″N 121°58′34″W / 47.504°N 121.976°W / 47.504; -121.976