Everett radio stations Fox Sports 1380 AM coming soon to 95.3 FM, and Classic Country 1520 AM coming

Monday, October 03, 2016

For Immediate Release
October 3, 2016

Everett radio stations Fox Sports 1380 AM coming soon to 95.3 FM, and Classic Country 1520 AM coming soon to 101.1 FM

EVERETT, WA. - Everett area fans of local radio stations Classic Country 1520 (KKXA-AM) and Fox Sports 1380 (KRKO-AM) will soon have a new way to hear their favorite shows and music.

KKXA-AM, the only radio station playing the greatest country music hits from the 50’s to the 90’s currently plays classic country on your radio dial at 1520 AM. The same programming will soon also be available on your FM radio dial at 101.1 FM in November.

KRKO-AM, the Seattle area home of the Dan Patrick Show, Jeff “The Fish” Aaron Show, and flagship radio station for Silvertips Hockey and Aquasox Baseball games, currently transmits on your AM radio dial at 1380 AM. Next month, KRKO’s programming on 1380 AM will add a new simulcast of its live sports talk and play-by-play games on 95.3 FM.

“Radio reaches 91% of all Americans age 12 or older every week,” said Keith Shipman, President and CEO of the Washington State Association of Broadcasters. [1] “Radio is the original social media and still has greater audience reach than social media, mobile devices, or television.”[2]

“Adding FM signals means we’ll reach new listeners who never knew these radio stations existed while continuing to serve listeners who’ve loved these radio stations for years and years,” said licensee, Andrew Skotdal.

Chuck Maylin, General Manager of the stations said, “When FM licenses were issued in the 60’s and 70’s, Snohomish County and Everett were basically ignored. Now Everett finally has two commercial FM radio stations of its own. Local business owners who advertise and local listeners both win with the addition of these new FM radio signals.

“This is a historic milestone in Everett’s history and in KRKO’s 94-year history of serving the Everett area,” continued Skotdal. “Our family has been fortunate to work with many people to revitalize Everett’s downtown and participated with some of those same people to grow Everett’s reputation as a great community. This family effort to bring more radio signals to the city will allow us to share what’s great about our community and area with the rest of the region. It’s one more way we can make Everett and the surrounding area more vibrant.”

Recent rule changes at the Federal Communications Commission made it possible to add new FM signals to a crowded Seattle radio dial. Pairing FM signals with existing AM radio stations is part of a broader initiative championed by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai called “AM Revitalization.”[3] So far, the FM demand among AM station licensees has been strong. On September 22, Commissioner Pai offered statistics while speaking to broadcasters attending the 2016 Radio Show in Nashville, TN. Pai indicated 939 FM license applications have been filed since AM station licensees were offered the chance to pair their stations with an FM starting in January. 824 have been granted. [4]

Contacts:

Keith Shipman, President/CEO
Washington State Association of Broadcasters
360-705-0774 (office) 541-419-0141 (cell)kshipman@wsab.org

Andrew Skotdal, licensee
KRKO-AM, KKXA-AM
425-304-1381 x 102andrew.skotdal@skotdal.com

Chuck Maylin, GM
KRKO-AM, KKXA-AM
425-304-1381 x 105chuck.maylin@krko.com

Additional Information:

KRKO 95.3 FM Coverage Map
https://www.bing.com/maps/?mapurl=https://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/contourplot.kml?altcolor=FF7700%26appid=1734197%26call=K290AX%26freq=95.3%26contour=60%26city=EVERETT&state=WA%26fileno=BPFT-20160729AFK%26.kml&ignoreoptin=1 

KKXA 101.1 FM Coverage Maphttps://www.bing.com/maps/?mapurl=https://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/contourplot.kml?altcolor=FF7700%26appid=1734214%26call=K262CJ%26freq=101.1%26contour=60%26city=EVERETT&state=WA%26fileno=BPFT-20160729AEX%26.kml&ignoreoptin=1

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KRKO 1380 AM/95.3 FM and KKXA 1520 AM/101.1 FM are licensed to third-generation Everett natives Andrew and Craig Skotdal. The brothers are partners in Skotdal Brothers, LLC. which develops and operates commercial office and multi-family real estate projects in Everett’s downtown core. The Skotdal family participated as initial investors and founders of Coastal Community Bank. The companies are all headquartered in Everett.

[2] Source: http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2016/the-media-universe-a-bounty-of-boundless-choice.html

[3] https://www.fcc.gov/media/radio/am-revitalization

[4] http://www.radioworld.com/article/pai-pushes-for-new-fm-class-c/279693 “On a related matter, Pai updated the numbers in the windows for AM translators. He said that in the first window, the FCC had received 671 applications, and as of last week, had granted 624. So far in the second window, it has received 268 applications and granted 200. “In sum, that’s 939 applications received and 824 applications granted.”