Corrected Nov. 15, 5:42 PM to identify 97.3, 710, and 770 as being owned by Bonneville, not Entercom. Bonneville purchased those stations from Entercom when they reentered Seattle, and we deeply regret the error.
KPTK 1090 AM will drop its liberal talk format sometime in the next 90 days. Syndicators of programs heard on the station have received cancellation letters from CBS and are currently reaching out to local radio stations to find a new home for the programming. According to one syndicator who asked not to be named, CBS is eliminating content that is not their own in favor of combining 1090 AM's Seattle signal into a larger network of CBS and Cumulus radio stations around the country in an effort to create a radio platform of size and scale that is equivalent to ESPN's. 1090 AM will become Seattle's fourth all sports radio station alongside Fox Sports 1380 (KRKO-AM), 710 ESPN Seattle (KIRO-AM), and SportsRadio 950 (KJR-AM). The syndicator further confirmed that 1090 will offer a local, afternoon drive sports talk program. No word from anyone at CBS, Seattle.
1090 AM is currently the Seattle home of Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann, Bill Press, Randi Rhodes, and Mike Malloy. It is unlikely any of those programs will find a home on a major signal in the Seattle market. Sandusky Radio operates 880 AM KIXI, and 1150 AM KKNW, but the syndicator stated that Sandusky was unwilling to change formats on either station. Among the remaining Seattle owners, Christian broadcaster Salem Radio operates four AM radio stations: 1300 AM KOL, 1590 AM KLFE, 820 AM KGNW, and 1680 AM KNTS. Salem has no liberal talk outlets on any of its signals across the United States. Bonneville operates 770 AM KTTH, and 710 AM KIRO. Both stations have established formats. Christa Ministries operates 630 AM KCIS and is a conservative ministry. Fisher recently flipped 570 AM KVI back to conservative talk from oldies.
KRKO 1380 AM and KKXA 1520 AM were both approached to pick up programs currently available on 1090 AM and declined.