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For the AM radio network in the San Francisco Bay Area, see KCBS (AM)
KBCS-FM (91.3 FM) is a public radio station serving the Puget Sound region of Seattle, Washington, USA, and broadcasts in HD Radio at 91.3 MHz with an effective radiated power of 8,000 watts. A public service of Bellevue College, the 91.3 KBCS studios are located on the campus in the city of Bellevue, Washington.
A student sit-in protest led to the creation of the station. On February 3, 1973, 91.3 KBCS went on the air with used equipment donated by KING-FM at 10 watts of power. It remained student-run until 1988 when Bellevue College administrators hired a general manager for the station and it adopted a community radio model. Over time the station became self-sustaining, funded primarily by listener donations.
A very wide variety of music, including world, jazz and Americana, is heard on 91.3 KBCS, as well as local and national news and information. It is managed by a small staff, along with over 150 volunteer hosts, producers, journalists and administrators. The station offers training in broadcast production and journalism to the public. KBCS has launched the careers of a number of noted regional and national public radio professionals.