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KIRO-FM (97.3 FM) is a radio station in Seattle, Washington, United States (licensed to serve nearby Tacoma), with a news/talk radio format. The outlet is associated with the CBS Radio Network. The station's transmitter is on Tiger Mountain near Issaquah, while its studios are located in Seattle's Eastlake district.

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CityTacoma, Washington
Broadcast areaPuget Sound region, Washington
BrandingKIRO Radio 97.3 FM
("KIRO" pronounced as "Cairo")
SloganSeattle's News. Seattle's Talk.
Frequency97.3 MHz FM (also on HD Radio) 97.3-2 FM: KIRO simulcast
97.3-3 FM: KTTH simulcast
First air dateOctober 26, 1948[1]
ERP55,000 watts
HAAT729 meters
Facility ID33682
Transmitter coordinates47°30′14″N 121°58′29″W / 47.50389°N 121.97472°W / 47.50389; -121.97472 (KIRO-FM Tower)Coordinates: 47°30′14″N 121°58′29″W / 47.50389°N 121.97472°W / 47.50389; -121.97472 (KIRO-FM Tower)
Callsign meaningSee KIRO (AM) for history and reasoning
Former callsignsKTNT (1948-1976)[2]
KNBQ (1976[2]-1988)[3]
KBSG (1988-1989)[3]
KBSG-FM (1989-2008)[3]
AffiliationsCBS Radio, KIRO 7, Seattle Seahawks.
OwnerBonneville International
(Bonneville International Corporation)
Sister stationsKTTH
WebcastListen Live

KIRO-FM broadcasts in the HD (digital) radio format.[4]



For an earlier history of KIRO, see KIRO (AM).

Early yearsEdit

The station was founded as KTNT-FM and was owned by the Tacoma News Tribune. It began broadcasting October 26, 1948.[1] The station exclusively targeted Tacoma and South Puget Sound. In 1976, the call letters were changed to KNBQ,[2] which were later used on 102.9 FM. At that time, the station carried a Top 40 format branded simply as "97.3 KNBQ". When the Tacoma News Tribune sold KNBQ to Viacom in 1987, the station enforced a 'silence over music' policy. The station would move its transmitter to Tiger Mountain during this time to better target the Seattle market as a whole. On February 1, 1988, the station flipped to its long running oldies format as "K-Best 97.3" and picked up the KBSG call letters.[5][6][7][8] Entercom bought the station in 1996. For many years, KBSG was simulcast on 1210 AM; this lasted until 2002. On August 1, 2007, after Entercom traded KBSG, KIRO and KTTH to Bonneville (as part of a multi-market station swap), the station was rebranded from "KBSG 97.3" to "The New B97.3", and dropped the word 'oldies' from the station title.[9][10]

Exactly one year later, on August 1, 2008, the station's call letters were changed to KIRO-FM.[11]

KIRO (AM) to KIRO-FM transitionEdit

Logo for 97.3 KIRO-FM as used from 2008 to 2012.

On August 12, 2008 at 4:23 a.m., KBSG's frequency began to simulcast sister news/talk radio station KIRO; the final song as a classic hits station, Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones, faded out as the FM station joined KIRO AM's Wall Street Journal This Morning in progress. Jane Shannon was first to mention the simulcast of KIRO-AM on 97.3 during the 4:30am local newscast.[12][13][14][15][16]

On April 1, 2009, KIRO-FM became the primary station and the simulcasting on KIRO (AM) came to an end, marking the completion of the station's transition to the FM frequency that began in August 2008.[17] KIRO (AM) is now a sports talk station, branded as "710 ESPN Seattle."

Also moved from KIRO to KIRO Radio 97.3 FM was the NFL broadcasting duties for the Seattle Seahawks Radio Network (now named the Bing Radio Network). KIRO-FM will continue to simulcast the game and portions of the pre and post-game shows as a member of the network. The Seahawks have been broadcasting on 710 AM in Seattle since the NFL franchise was launched in 1976.

Shows and hostsEdit

(note: This section includes only live, local shows)

  • Seattle's Morning News with Dave Ross, hosted by Dave Ross and Colleen O'Brien
  • The Tom and Curley Show, hosted by Tom Tangney and John Curley
  • The Dori Monson Show, hosted by Dori Monson
  • The Candy, Mike & Todd Show, hosted by Candy Harper, Mike Lewis, and Todd Herman
  • KIRO Nights, hosted by Gee Scott
  • Gardening with Ciscoe, hosted by Ciscoe Morris
  • Seahawks Pre-Game hosted by Dori Monson, with Jordan Babineaux, Paul Moyer, Dave Wyman, and Ray Roberts.
  • Seattle Seahawks hosted by Steve Raible and Warren Moon.
  • Seahawks Post Game hosted by Dori Monson, with Jordan Babineaux, Paul Moyer, Dave Wyman, and Ray Roberts.
  • Home Matters hosted by Pete Lisoskie.
  • It's Raining Cats and Dogs hosted by Shawn Stewart.
  • Seattle Kitchen hosted by Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau.
  • Geekwire hosted by Todd Bishop and John Cook.
  • Reporters: Mike Lewis and Hanna Scott
  • Traffic Reporters: Chris Sullivan and Tracy Taylor
  • Business Reports: The Wall Street Journal

Former programsEdit

  • The Ron and Don Show, hosted by Ron Upshaw and Don O'Neill
  • The Jason and Burns Show, hosted by Jason Rantz and Zak Burns
  • KIRO Morning News, hosted by Bill Radke and Linda Thomas
  • Northwest Nights, hosted by Frank Shiers
  • Mike Webb Show, hosted by Mike Webb
  • John Procaccino, hosted by John Procaccino
  • Alan Prell, hosted by Alan Prell
  • Northwest Sports, hosted by New York Vinnie
  • Horses' Ass Radio, hosted by David Goldstein
  • Bryan Styble Show, hosted by Bryan Styble
  • My Northwest Weekend, hosted by Larry Rice, later hosted by Josh Kerns
  • The John Curley Show, hosted by John Curley. Dan Mitchinson News Anchor
  • The Bill Radke Treatment, hosted by Bill Radke
  • The News Chick Show, hosted by Linda Thomas
  • The Andrew Walsh Show, hosted by Andrew Walsh
  • The Dave Ross Show, hosted by Dave Ross
  • The Ross and Burbank Show, hosted by Dave Ross and Luke Burbank
  • Too Beautiful to Live, hosted by Luke Burbank (continues as a present-day podcast)
  • On The Water hosted by Captain Bob McLaughlin.
  • Seattle Sounds hosted by Josh Kerns.



  1. ^ a b "Paper Heralds Opening of KTNT (FM) Tacoma" (PDF). Broadcasting. November 15, 1948. p. 109. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b c History Cards for KIRO-FM, Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Call Sign History, Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "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
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  9. ^ Virgin, Bill (August 1, 2007). "KBSG-FM refocuses as B97.3". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
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  11. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved August 2, 2008.
  12. ^ "KBSG-FM will stop music for news, talk".
  13. ^ Bonneville International (July 30, 2008). "KIRO Radio to begin simulcast on 710 AM and 97.3 FM". Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  14. ^ Gardner, Carl. "KIRO to simulcast on 97.3FM". Bonneville International. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  15. ^ "The music died at 4:23am on 97.3". Archived from the original on August 22, 2008.
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  17. ^ "Make the Switch". News Talk 97.3 KIRO FM. Archived from the original on February 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-23.

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