Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Seattle's News Talk KOL to boost signal

News Talk 1300 KOL General Manager Joe Gonzalez announced today a signal boost to 50,000 watts for the station transmitter at its new Port of Tacoma site. The power increase gives one of Seattle-Tacoma’s oldest stations access to a significantly wider audience for its news and opinion programming. The new signal increases KOL’s coverage by 2 million to more than 3.5 million area listeners.
First airing on May 23, 1922, KOL was among the earliest call letters licensed in Seattle. With its Top-40 music format, it became one of the area’s most listened to stations in the 1960s. “Kolorful KOL, 13 Double O” was home to many legendary Seattle disc jockeys including Robert O Smith, Burl Barer, and Lan Roberts. During the past several years, the veteran station has been broadcasting 1,000 watts from a 175 foot cargo ship in Elliott Bay, the ‘Coastal Ranger’ while awaiting its new tower.
(Source: Salem Communications/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog )