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KING-FM
KING-FM Logo.png
City of license Seattle, Washington
Broadcast area Greater Puget Sound area, Washington
Branding Classical King FM
Frequency 98.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Format Classical
ERP 57,000 watts
HAAT 714 meters
Class C
Facility ID 11755
Callsign meaning King County
Owner Classic Radio, Inc.
Webcast Listen live
Website www.king.org

KING-FM is a classical music radio station in Seattle, Washington. Its transmitter is located in Issaquah, Washington.

The station is owned by a non-profit partnership of the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Opera and ArtsFund known as Beethoven, A Non-Profit Corporation.

KING-FM was once co-owned with KING 5, but was donated to the non-profit partnership by King Broadcasting upon that company’s sale to The Providence Journal Company in 1992. Even after the sale, the radio station was long co-located with the television operation. KING-FM moved to an office building several blocks away in 1999.

History

KING-FM began broadcasting classical music in Seattle around 1948. For many decades, KING-FM was a particular source of joy and enthusiasm for KING Broadcasting co-owner Dorothy Bullitt. The station's ambitious and challenging musical programming reflected a very special enthusiasm and joy for musical arts.

Listeners have fond memories of the late 1970s when KING-FM carried syndicated concert broadcasts by the Philadelphia Orchestra (usually under direction of Eugene Ormandy), the New York Philharmonic, and the Boston Symphony. Many of the syndicated concert programs featured well-known instrumentalists and conductors performing works which they never recorded commercially - e.g. Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic in a highly memorable 1976 reading of Bruckner's Sixth Symphony in A major.

In the mid-1970s, KING-FM's schedule also included specialized programs showcasing Quadraphonic LP recordings and historical recordings. In 1983, KING-FM was the first station in the Seattle area to utilize compact disc technology for its recordings.

In 1993, KING-FM relocated its transmitter from Seattle's Queen Anne Hill to Cougar Mountain near Issaquah, Washington. This higher-altitude transmitter location provided a vast improvement in the reception quality of KING-FM's signal throughout the Puget Sound area, and the Cascades.

KING-FM was also one of the first radio stations to broadcast its programming online, becoming one of the first internet radio stations.

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