KNRK (94.7 MHz) is a commercial, FM radio station, licensed to Camas, Washington, serving the Portland metropolitan area. It is owned by Entercom and airs a modern AC-leaning alternative rock radio format. KNRK's studios and offices are located on SW Bancroft Street in Downtown Portland.
|Broadcast area||Portland metropolitan area|
|Branding||94/7 Alternative Portland|
|Slogan||It's Different Here|
|Frequency||94.7 MHz (HD Radio)|
|First air date||November 1, 1992 (as KMUZ-FM)|
|Format||FM/HD1: Modern AC-leaning Alternative rock|
HD2: Local and Pacific Northwest bands
|HAAT||403 meters (1,322 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||K New RocK|
|Former callsigns||KMUZ-FM (1992-1995)|
|Owner||Entercom Communications |
(Entercom License, LLC)
|Sister stations||KFXX, KGON, KMTT, KRSK, KWJJ-FM, KYCH-FM|
|Webcast||FM/HD1: Listen Live or .PLS File|
HD2: Listen Live
|Website||FM/HD1: 947.Radio.com |
The transmitter is located off SW Fairmont Court in Portland. While several Portland FM stations are powered at 100,000 watts, KNRK's effective radiated power (ERP) is 6,300 watts. But it uses a tall tower, 403 meters (1,322 ft) in height above average terrain (HAAT).
The station plays mostly familiar alternative rock tracks recorded between the 1970s and 2010s, ranging from David Bowie to Of Montreal. It also features specialty shows such as "Passport Approved," which focuses on international rock music. On Sundays, an experimental program known as "The Bottom Forty" is heard, an alternative to conventional Top 40 Countdown shows. There is also "Greasy Kid Stuff," a Saturday morning program specializing in music for youngsters.
On November 1, 1992, KMUZ-FM signed on the air. It was owned by Pacific Northwest Broadcasting, along with AM 1230 KMUZ (now KRYN). The station aired the Bonneville Beautiful Music format, led by veteran program director and then VP of KMUZ, Claude Rorabaugh. William F. King, now deceased, was CEO. It was powered at 3,200 watts on the 223-foot PGE tower on Mt. Scott in SE Portland, so it only could be heard from north to south - Battleground to Wilsonville, west to east - Forest Grove to Troutdale.
On March 6, 1995, KMUZ-FM switched to modern rock as KNRK. It was re-branded as "94-7 NRK". The station's playlist was made up of alternative rock music by bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam and Nirvana. Radio personalities Stephanie Steele and Mike Chase hosted a morning show dubbed "S & M." A DJ who only goes by his middle name, Gustav, hosted weekday afternoons. Gradually the station's format began to shift towards harder rock music in the late 1990s. The conventional DJs like Gustav and Daria O'Neill were gradually replaced by "shock-jocks." Music from bands like Limp Bizkit, Korn, Puddle of Mudd and Godsmack made up much of the playlist.
The station's harder edge came to an end on May 12, 2004. Two morning DJs played audio recordings of Nick Berg's violent death on the air and added their own snide commentary. Hundreds of angry phone-calls and e-mails flooded into the station. KNRK's General Manager fired both of them, along with their producer.
Following the incident, KNRK temporarily pulled all of its DJs off the air and played only music and commercials, in addition to the nationally syndicated talk show Loveline in the evenings. Brief messages by station program director Mark Hamilton explained the changes and plans to reshape the station. Listeners were encouraged to submit their ideas via an online survey or to call in with their own suggestions. Soon thereafter, KNRK became "94/7 FM." A staff of personalities returned and the station's music, while still alternative, leaned a bit more pop.
KNRK broadcasts in the HD Radio format. The HD2 subchannel carries "94/7 Too," playing rock music.
In 2007, KNRK introduced "94/7 Too," an online station focusing entirely on bands based or initially established in the Pacific Northwest. It was added to over-the-air radio on 910 AM in July 2010. That station flipped format to sports talk in 2013, with 94/7 Too moving to 94.7FM's HD2 signal and streaming online. New personalities were added in 2015 (Derric in the evenings) and 2016 (Middays with Pepper).
- "Shows - 94/7". KNRK. 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
- Carlin, Peter Ames (2 October 2010). "Portland Couple Keeps "Greasy Kid Stuff" Going for Fifteen Years and Counting". The Oregonian. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
- Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1993 page B-295
- Schulberg, Pete (March 19, 1996). "Raunchy radio". The Oregonian.
- "DJs Who Laughed at Recording are Fired". KATU. 2004.
- "Oregon DJs fired for playing tape of Berg's death". NBCNews.com. May 14, 2004. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
- Williams, Lee (January 19, 2005). "KNRK is Singing a Different Tune". The Oregonian.
- Mannheimer, Michael (8 June 2010). "94.7 KNRK Introduces "Northwest Bands Only" AM Station". Retrieved 18 December 2010.
- http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=24 HD Radio Guide for Portland
- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KNRK
- Radio-Locator information on KNRK
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KNRK