KNDD (107.7 MHz, "107.7 The End") is a commercial FM radio station in Seattle, Washington. It is operated by Entercom Communications and airs an alternative rock radio format. Its studios are located on Fifth Avenue in Downtown Seattle. The station broadcasts with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 68,000 watts. It transmits from a tower 707 meters (2320 ft) in height above average terrain (HAAT) near Issaquah, Washington, on Tiger Mountain.
|Broadcast area||Seattle metropolitan area/Puget Sound|
|Branding||107.7 The End|
|Frequency||107.7 MHz FM (HD Radio)|
|Translator(s)||103.3 K277AE (Seattle, relays HD2)|
|First air date||September 15, 1962 (as KRAB)|
|Format||Analog/HD1: Alternative rock |
HD2: LGBTQ Talk/EDM (Channel Q)
|HAAT||707 meters (2320 ft)|
|Call sign meaning||K The END D|
|Former call signs||KRAB (1962-1985)|
|Owner||Entercom Communications |
(Entercom License, LLC)
|Sister stations||KHTP, KISW, KKWF, KSWD|
|Webcast||Listen Live or .PLS File|
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The station first signed on the air on September 15, 1962, as non-commercial KRAB. It was founded by Lorenzo Milam and eventually owned by the Jack Straw Memorial Foundation. The station was powered at 20,000 watts, a third of its current output. KRAB broadcast an eclectic mix of Pacifica radio features, world music, jazz, and much more. But the station was also dangerously close to insolvency.
Its management realized the station could be sold to a commercial broadcaster and an endowment created, allowing the foundation to broadcast in the non-commercial part of the radio dial, which exists between 88.1 MHz and 91.9 MHz. The owners of KRAB originally applied to share time with KNHC, owned by the Seattle Public Schools. However, the school district did not want to give up air time. Ultimately, the foundation got a license for 90.7 MHz in Everett, Washington. KRAB's legacy remains on the air at KSER. In April 1984, after Sunbelt Communications bought KRAB, the 107.7 FM frequency went dark for the next 11 months.
The first commercial station on 107.7 signed on March 9, 1985. It played oldies-based soft adult contemporary music and was known as KMGI, "Magic 108." The station had limited success for four years under the format; under the ownership of the Noble Broadcast Group, in August 1989, KMGI would refocus as a Hot AC station and rebranded as "I-107.7."
KMGI brought together the morning team of Kelly and Alpha, who remained with the station throughout its days as "I-107.7". All forms of AC tried on the station resulted in low ratings.
"The End" debutsEdit
At 3 p.m., on August 16, 1991, KMGI began stunting with TV theme songs, and had different voices stating "The End is coming" between some songs and during its commercial breaks. A week later, on August 23, at 3 p.m., the station flipped to modern rock, and changed its name and call letters to "107.7 The End," KNDD. The End's first songs were "It's The End of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M., followed by "Sex (I'm A...)" by Berlin. The station initially went by the slogan "The Cutting Edge of Rock." This positioning statement borrowed directly from its San Diego/Tijuana sister station XETRA-FM. It was the Seattle market's fourth attempt at a modern alternative format, dating back to KZAM AM 1540 in the late 1970s (now KXPA). Other stations in the format at one time or another included KJET AM 1590 and KYYX FM 96.5, which both trace their histories to the 1980s.
Within six weeks of The End's first broadcast, three albums by local artists — Ten by Pearl Jam, Nevermind by Nirvana and Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden — were released. These albums helped come to define the sound known as grunge, and the station quickly became one of the leaders in alternative rock radio. KNDD was also the first commercial station to play the band Weezer, when in June 1994, the station added "Undone (The Sweater Song)" to its playlist.
In 1998, MTV's The Real World was taped in Seattle and required the season's cast to work at KNDD as "modulators".
On December 18, 2003, the station moved to a classic alternative rock direction. CBS Radio followed suit 29 hours later by flipping KYPT ("96.5 The Point") to KRQI ("96-5 K-Rock") to provide competition. Shortly after KRQI's sign-on, KNDD moved back to a current-based direction, although it dumped most hard rock bands. KRQI only remained as an alternative rock station for two years, flipping to adult hits in 2005 as KJAQ.
Program Director and Morning show changesEdit
For many years, the station's morning show was titled "The Morning End", and was hosted by Andy Savage. Savage was let go in 2003 when his contract expired. After a period of music-based shows, The Adam Carolla Show, syndicated from Los Angeles, began airing in morning drive time in 2006.
In May 2006, long time program director Phil Manning announced that he was leaving the station. Scott Geiger, also known as Lazlo, of sister station KRBZ in Kansas City, was named the new program director on June 1, 2006. In November 2006, he began hosting afternoons with a simulcast of his KRBZ show, which was co-hosted by his wife, Afentra Bandokoudis under "The Church of Lazlo" moniker.
In June 2008, KNDD announced that Mike Kaplan would be replacing Geiger as program director. Kaplan had previously served as operations manager for two of Entercom's stations in New Orleans. KNDD also announced that Geiger, known on air as Lazlo, would stay on as a DJ, and continue to host his afternoon show "The Church of Lazlo." On July 17, 2008, Lazlo and Afentra announced that they would depart KNDD. On August 25, 2008, both "Afentra's Big Fat Morning Buzz" and "The Church of Lazlo" returned to Kansas City on KRBZ.
In February 2009, the syndicated Adam Carolla Show was cancelled, leaving KNDD without a morning show. After an on-air search for a new morning host that featured well known DJs and local musicians, Whitney "Red" Knoerlein was named host of a freshly resurrected version of The Morning End. The current wake-up host is Gregr.
According to the radio playlist database "Yes.com" KNDD played the "Weird Al" Yankovic song "Amish Paradise" at 2:55pm on Monday, October 2, 2006, just hours after Charles Roberts killed 5 young girls in a Pennsylvania Amish schoolhouse.
On October 6, 2006, Entercom Seattle Vice President Jerry McKenna issued the following statement. DJ No Name was "less respectful of the event than he should have been. We are dealing with it internally."
In 2007, the station was nominated for the "Alternative Station of the Year" award by Radio & Records magazine. Other nominees included WBCN in Boston; KROQ-FM in Los Angeles; KTBZ-FM in Houston; KITS in San Francisco; and WWDC in Washington, D.C.
KNDD-HD2 Channel QEdit
Channel Q also airs on Entercom HD subchannels in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Sacramento and Houston. Hosts include Jai Rodriguez, John Duran, Julie Goldman and Shira Lazar. Channel Q is also heard on an FM translator in Downtown Seattle, 103.3 K277AE, which formerly relayed co-owned KHTP.
- 1077 The End's Summer Camp
- First occurring in 2007 Summer Camp is summer festival held at Redmond's Marymoor Park.
- An annual holiday concert since 1992.
- Concerts for a Cause
- A concert series benefiting local charities.
- Intimate, mostly acoustic performances from current End Artists since 1997.
- An annual summer festival since 1992.
- Are You On The List
- A free concert series held throughout the year. End listeners won their spot on the list to check out some of the stations hottest new up and coming artist.
- 1077 The End's Beach House
- Located in the heart of Alki Beach, The End's Beach House was KNDD's summer headquarters for two summers (2007 and 2008). Listeners were encouraged to stop by check out and sometimes join in the daily broadcast, enjoy exclusive performances from national and local artists, and have a free beer and some food at the weekly Friday Night Beach BBQ.
- Andy Savage
- Marco Collins
- Jordin Silver
- Bill Reid
- DJ No Name
- Brian Beck
- Steve the Producer
- Kim Monroe
- Jim Keller
- Norman B.
- Scott Alexander
- Tony Morigi
- Tommy Hough
- Reverend Adumb Green
- Sarah Bradley (News Director)
- Megan Seling
- Pepper Smith
- Bryan Jones
- The New Music Show: One Hour Specialty Show of the most interesting new music Hosted by Harms. Show featured the United States debut of bands like Muse and The Killers. Created and Hosted by harms
- People's Choice Countdown: The top five most requested songs of the day. Played at 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Friday's show featured the top ten requested songs of that week.
- End to End Music: Three hours of non-stop music, 9 a.m. to Noon Monday through Friday
- The Adam Carolla Show
- The Church of Lazlo: Afternoon drive show hosted by Lazlo, wife Afentra, and sidekick Slimfast
- The Daily Special: The End's all-request lunch hour, the music played is generally wrapped around a central theme. While Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays have fixed themes (1990s music, Resurrection Flashback, and general all-request, respectively), Tuesday and Thursday's themes are essentially wild cards and can range from an hour's worth of music by one artist, to songs whose titles or content all have something in common.
- Gabba Gabba Hey: Punk rock from the 1970s through today. Hosted by Rob Femur.
- The Young & the Restless: Alternative music from the Pacific Northwest.
- Resurrection Flashback: An hour of music from the beginning of alternative rock, going from the 1970s, 80s, and early 90s. Formerly hosted by Jim Keller.
- Ultrasound: Electro and dance rock, Saturdays 9 p.m. to Midnight
- What's Next: New Alternative music, ranging from the latest singles by top artists, to album tracks (occasionally whole albums), to local music. Hosted by harms.
- etown, a syndicated radio program played Sunday morning from 6 to 7. In September 2013 - August 2014, KNDD started broadcasting etown shows after sister station KMTT flipped formats.
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- KNDD-FM Public File
- 107.7 The End
- A brief history of Seattle radio
- KNDD in the FCC's FM station database
- KNDD on Radio-Locator
- KNDD in Nielsen Audio's FM station database
- K277AE in the FCC's FM station database
- K277AE on Radio-Locator
- KRAB Archives and History - 107.7-FM Seattle, Washington 1962-1984