|Broadcast area||Seattle–Tacoma, Washington|
|Slogan||The Most Music For Your Workday|
|Frequency||106.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||August 1964 (as KBRO-FM)|
HD2: Adult standards (KIXI simulcast)
|HAAT||396 meters (1,302 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||"Warm" shuffled (station branding)|
|Former callsigns||KBRO-FM (1964–1979)|
|Owner||Hubbard Broadcasting |
(Seattle FCC License Sub, LLC)
|Sister stations||KIXI, KKNW, KNUC, KQMV|
KRWM (106.9 MHz, "Warm 106.9") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Bremerton, Washington, serving the Seattle/Puget Sound region. It is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting, and airs an adult contemporary format.
KRWM broadcasts with 49,000 watts of effective radiated power (ERP) on a tower 1,302 feet in height above average terrain (HAAT). Its transmitter is located near Issaquah on Cougar Mountain, with its studios and offices located at Newport Corporate Center in Bellevue. KRWM broadcasts in HD. Its HD-2 signal carries the adult standards format on sister station 880 KIXI.
In August 1964, the station first signed on as KBRO-FM. It was the FM companion to AM 1490 KBRO, owned by the Bremerton Broadcasting Company. It aired an automated Top 40 format, separate from the AM station. Its tower was only 86 feet high, limiting its coverage to the area around Bremerton, not trying to market itself to the Seattle metropolitan area.
In 1972, KBRO-FM switched to country music. On July 4, 1984, it changed call letters to KWWA as Bremerton Broadcasting received permission from the Federal Communications Commission to boost its tower height to 1380 feet, enough to cover the larger Seattle radio market. The station tried a second run at Top 40 music from July 4, 1984, to September 5, 1987, as KHIT.
New Age and Smooth Jazz
In 1986, the station was acquired by the Pacific & Southern Corporation (a division of Gannett), who flipped it to a new-age music format the following year as KNUA, using the slogan "Music for a New Age." In August 1990, after Brown Broadcasting bought the station, it moved to a smooth jazz sound as KKNW, calling itself "Sound FM".
Warm 107/Warm 106.9
As KRWM, the station competed against "95.7 K-Lite," KLTX, an established Soft AC station. At first, it looked like Warm 107 did not have a promising future and was about to change formats. But when KLTX unexpectedly flipped formats in 1994, KRWM picked up most of KLTX's former listeners, and ratings increased dramatically. (KLTX is now KJR-FM.) Sandusky Radio, owner of longtime rival KLSY, bought KRWM in September 1996, and would rebrand the station as "Warm 106.9". In the early 2000s, KRWM moved to a more mainstream adult contemporary sound, eliminating some of the softer artists and adding a bit more tempo.
KRWM had been the flagship station of Delilah Rene's syndicated evening program for Premiere Networks. Delilah lives in the Seattle area and the show had been heard on KRWM before its nationwide rollout. In mid-July 2014, KRWM discontinued airing the show. The program currently airs on KSWD.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-22. Retrieved 2015-05-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) HD Radio Guide for Seattle-Tacoma
- http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/sta_det.pl?Facility_id=53870 KRWM digital status
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1966 page B-161
- Hubbard Acquires Sandusky Broadcasting
- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KRWM
- Radio-Locator information on KRWM
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KRWM