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KKDZ
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City of license Seattle, Washington
Broadcast area Seattle metropolitan area
Branding Radio Disney AM 1250
Frequency 1250 kHz
First air date May 14, 1922
Format Children's
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Callsign meaning Kid's
DZ=Disney or
Former KIDSTAR children's radio network
Former callsigns KTW
KYAC
Owner Disney/ABC Radio
(RD Seattle Assets, LLC)
Website http://www.radiodisney.com

KKDZ (1250 AM) is a radio station in Seattle, Washington, that serves as the Radio Disney outlet for the Puget Sound region. The ABC O&O operates at 1250 kHz with an ERP of 5 kW-D/1 kW-N.

History

KKDZ is one several AM stations in Seattle that signed on in the 1920s, having debuted on the air on May 14, 1922 as KTW. Originally at 833 kHz, KTW would switch signals to 740 kHz by 1924, 660 kHz by 1925, 760 kHz by 1927, 1270 kHz by 1928, and 1220 kHz by 1931 before moving to its current signal in 1941. Commercial programming would start in 1946.

After KTW was sold in 1964 they would debut a Top 40 format, which lasted only nine months before switching to the "Nashville Sound" a country format. It flipped to News/Talk in 1971. But financial problems would result in the station being sold and a format flip to R&B, along with a call letter change to KYAC in 1975. KYAC moved its format over from 1460.

In 1981 KYAC was sold again and its format remained R&B as KKFX (K-FOX). By August 1984 they would go Urban fulltime until its sign-off in March 1993.

On May 14, 1993 the station returned to the air as KKDZ, where they would serve as the flaghip station for the fledgling KIDSTAR children's radio network. However financial problems would force the station off the air on March 22, 1997. In August of that same year KKDZ returned as an affiliate of Radio Disney, who would later buy the station in 1998 and have owned it ever since.

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