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KUOW-FM 94.9 is a National Public Radio member station in Seattle, Washington. It is the larger of the two full-fledged NPR member stations in the Seattle/Tacoma media market, Tacoma-based KNKX is the other. It is a service of the University of Washington, but is operated by KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio, a nonprofit community organization. Studios are located on University Way in Seattle's University District, while the transmitter is on Capitol Hill.

CitySeattle, Washington
Broadcast areaSeattle metropolitan area
BrandingKUOW 94.9
SloganSound stories. Sound voices.
Frequency94.9 MHz FM (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s)90.7 K214EW Bellingham (KUOW2)
107.3 K297BK Olympia (KUOW 1340)
Repeater(s)KQOW 90.3 FM Bellingham
KUOW 1340 AM Tumwater
First air date1952 (at 90.5)[1]
FormatFM/HD1: News/Talk
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT224 meters
Facility ID66571
Callsign meaningUniversity Of Washington
Former frequencies90.5 MHz (1952-1958)
OperatorKUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
OwnerUniversity of Washington
WebcastListen Live



KUOW is also carried on the following satellite and broadcast translator stations to improve reception of the station:

About KUOWEdit

KUOW's site states its mission as, "to create and serve an informed public, one challenged and invigorated by an understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and cultures."[2]

KUOW went on the air in 1952 on 90.5 FM.[1] Its transmitter was on the University of Washington campus atop the Administration Building, now Gerberding Hall. In 1958, Dorothy Stimson Bullitt moved KING-FM to 98.1 and gifted KING's 94.9 FM transmitter and antenna to the Edison Vocational School. That same year, KUOW started using the 94.9 FM transmitter operated by Edison. KUOW is one of the few public radio (or any non-commercial educational) stations on a frequency outside of the reserved band (88-92 mhz)[3]. For years, it served as a training ground for UW students to learn about broadcasting. Programming consisted of classical music, classroom lectures, local news, and Washington Huskies sports.[citation needed] From 1954 until 1987, KUOW was a sister station to educational television outlet KCTS-TV (channel 9).

In the 1960s, however, KUOW began branching out, adding more news programming. It was a charter member of NPR in 1970. In 1992, it changed format from music to news and information, and in 1999 it moved off campus to its current location on University Way.[4] Also in 1999, UW outsourced the station's operation to Puget Sound Public Radio.

The station operates two repeaters in the Puget Sound region in Bellingham on KQOW FM 90.3, in Olympia on KUOW AM 1340 (licensed to Tumwater), and on the Internet.

HD ProgrammingEdit

KUOW-FM broadcasts in HD.[5]. On March 7, 2018, KUOW made the decision to discontinue the HD2, HD3, and HD4 subchannels. "KUOW2" continues to be transmitted on translator K214EW 90.7/KQOW-HD2 in Bellingham, while KUOW Jazz was discontinued. [6] The main analog signal continues to be simulcast on HD1.


KUOW's 2008 annual report states that the station served an average of 375,800 listeners each week in fiscal year 2008.[7] These listeners averaged eight and a quarter hours of listening per week to total more than 3 million weekly listener hours. In the same year, KUOW ranked second among all radio stations in the Seattle Metro market, with a 4.8% share of the market's radio audience.


KUOW's 2010 (fiscal year) direct support (money received) totaled $10,134,882.[8] Its sources were:


KUOW produces several programs, most of which are concerned with local news and events:

  • The Record: Hosted by Bill Radke. This midday news magazine covers a mix of local, national and international news every weekday (Excluding Fridays).[9]
  • Week In Review: Hosted by Bill Radke. The Friday edition of The Record.[10]
  • Speaker's Forum: Speaker's Forum airs speeches and presentations from a wide variety of specialties.[citation needed]
  • The Swing Years and Beyond: Hosted by Amanda Wilde, The Swing Years and Beyond airs American music from the 1920s through the 1950s.[citation needed]

KUOW also broadcast the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library's Evergreen Radio Reading Service to blind and handicapped listeners on its 67kHz subcarrier, until the service's closure on August 15, 2014.[11] KUOW was one of three major FM stations in Washington to do so; KPBX-FM in Spokane and KFAE-FM in Yakima were the others.[12] However, this required a special FM radio capable of receiving such broadcasts; it could not be received on a standard FM radio.

KUOW alumniEdit

KUOW lobby
  • Dave Beck: Host of Classical Afternoons with Dave Beck, on KING-FM
  • Luke Burbank: Host of Too Beautiful to Live,[13] Co-host of KIRO's "Ross and Burbank"[14]
  • Heather Dahl: Senior Manager/Global Analyst, Neustart Inc.[15]
  • Orlando de Guzman: Archipelago TV[16]
  • Cynthia Doyon: deceased[17]
  • Sam Eaton: Freelance environmental journalist[18]
  • Erin Hennessey: News Director KPLU[19]
  • Jill Jackson: Capitol Hill Producer, CBS News[20]
  • Juris Jansons: General Manager KASB radio
  • Lesley McClurg: Producer/reporter, Colorado Matters. Colorado Public Broadcasting[21]
  • John Moe: Host of Marketplace Tech Report[22]
  • Bill Radke: Host of The Record and Week in Review[23]
  • Dana Davis Rehm:[24] NPR Senior Vice President, Strategy & Partnerships
  • Robert Smith: NPR correspondent, National Desk, New York
  • Ken Vincent: Anchor/reporter at RR Broadcasting, Palm Springs.[25]
  • Andrew Walsh: Host, KIRO Radio[26]
  • Brie Ripley: Social Media Producer[27]


  1. ^ a b History Cards for KUOW-FM, Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "About KUOW". Archived from the original on 2018-02-07. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "KUOW History". 2002-07-05. Archived from the original on July 5, 2002. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  5. ^ "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
  6. ^ "KUOW discontinues some of our HD channels". KUOW-FM. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  7. ^ [1] Archived September 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ [2] Archived January 12, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "The Record - KUOW". Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  10. ^ "Week In Review - KUOW". Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "Evergreen Radio Reading Service Ending". Archived from the original on 2015-01-07. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  12. ^ "How Do I Receive the Evergreen Radio Reading Service?". 2012-02-20. Archived from the original on 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  13. ^ "TBTL with Luke Burbank - TBTL with Luke Burbank". Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  14. ^ "The Ross and Burbank Show on News Talk 97.3 KIRO FM - Ross and Burbank". Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  15. ^ "Heather Dahl | National Press Foundation". Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  16. ^ "Archipelago". 2011-08-15. Archived from the original on 2015-08-01. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  17. ^ [3][dead link]
  18. ^ "Sam Eaton". LinkedI.comn. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  19. ^ "Erin Hennessey | KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest". 2001-09-11. Archived from the original on 2015-03-20. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  20. ^ "Jill Jackson of CBS News - Journalist on Muck Rack". Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  21. ^ [4] Archived October 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ [5] Archived December 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ "Bill Radke of Seattle's Morning News - 97.3 KIRO FM". Archived from the original on 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  24. ^ [6] Archived July 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ "Ken Vincent". Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  26. ^ "KIRO Radio". Archived from the original on 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  27. ^ "Brie Ripley". Brie Ripley. Retrieved 2019-05-31.

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