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KJAQ FM Logo.png
City of license Seattle, Washington
Broadcast area Seattle metropolitan area
Branding 96.5 Jack FM
Slogan Playing What We Want
Frequency 96.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1959
Format Adult Hits
ERP 49,000 watts
HAAT 696 meters
Class C
Facility ID 1091
Callsign meaning Play-on letters for Jack
Former callsigns KLSN
Owner CBS Radio
Sister stations KMPS-FM, KPTK, KZOK-FM
Webcast Listen Live

KJAQ (96.5 FM) is a commercial radio station located in Seattle, Washington. KJAQ airs an adult hits music format branded as "Jack FM".


The 96.5 frequency has a rich history in Seattle: In the 1960s it was known as KLSN, an instrumental music station broadcasting from the University Village shopping center. From the early 1970s (employing the quadraphonic sound for a short time) until 1977 it played R&B as KYAC. In 1977 the call letters switched to KYYX and they were Top-40 until late 1982 when the station flipped to New Wave. In 1984 the call letters and format changed yet again, this time to soft AC (Adult Contemporary) as KKMI. Early in 1987, 96.5 turned into KXRX, a personality-driven album rock station (Robin & Maynard mornings, Larry Snyder mid-days, Crow & West afternoon drive, Beau Roberts evenings, and Scott Vanderpool overnight). This lasted until 1994 when the format went Country. In 1999 the station changed its format into an 1980s-driven one, known as "The Point 96.5". The call letters became KYPT as well. In 2003, it flipped to Classic Alternative KRQI K-Rock 96.5 after playing the last song, Burning Down the House by Talking Heads. K-Rock never made it in the ratings, so it flipped to Adult Hits Jack FM in 2005, after playing K-Rock's last song, which was Black by Pearl Jam. As Jack Seattle the format is unusual in that it has no DJ personalities on-air.

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