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KPTK logo
City of license Seattle, Washington
Broadcast area Greater Puget Sound region, Washington
Branding AM 1090
Slogan Seattle's Progressive Talk
Frequency 1090 kHz
First air date October 28, 2004
Format Progressive talk
Power 50,000 watts
Class B
Callsign meaning Progressive TalK
Affiliations Air America Radio
Owner CBS Radio
(CBS Radio Stations Inc.)
Sister stations KJAQ, KMPS-FM, KZOK-FM
Webcast Listen live

KPTK is a liberal-oriented radio station based in Seattle, Washington, broadcasting at 1090 kHz.

Billing itself "Seattle's Progressive Talk," KPTK broadcasts syndicated progressive/liberal talk programs hosted by personalities such as Ed Schultz, Mike Malloy, Randi Rhodes, Thom Hartmann, Rachel Maddow and Stephanie Miller. KPTK is also the flagship station of Air America Radio's Ron Reagan Show.[1][2]

The station is owned by CBS Radio. It began broadcasting as KPTK, and as a progressive talk station, on October 28, 2004.[3]

Since spring 2005, when KPTK received a 1.4 market share on the Arbitron scale, its ratings have doubled to 2.8 in winter 2006 in the Seattle-Tacoma market.[4]



For several decades the 1090 kHz frequency in Seattle was home to KING-AM, founded in the late 1940s by broadcasting pioneer Dorothy Stimson Bullitt, which focused on left-leaning political talk during the final years as KING. During the 1970s, the station was known as 11/KING and was in a heated Top-40 music battle with KJR. When KJR unveiled its "Sunshine" window sticker, KING followed with its own red "Sunburst" sticker. The line-up at the time included such Seattle radio personalities as Gary Lockwood (who later defected to KJR) and Bruce Murdock, with the Murdock in the Morning show. As AM music radio lost young listeners to FM, KING eventually gave up on Top-40 (around 1980) and moved to a softer Adult Contemporary approach, described in its slogan as "Soft Rock and More". This format was parodied on one April Fool's Day by rock station KISW.

On October 4, 1982, [5] KING adopted a talk format, primarily with local personalities, including Jim Altoff, Mike Siegel and Pat Cashman. Following a complicated series of transactions between 1994 and 1996 that involved several Seattle-area radio stations changing owners, formats, call letters, and even frequencies, the 1090 frequency was acquired by Infinity Broadcasting (later called CBS Radio), which was either used to simulcast one of the three Country stations that were Infinity-owned in the mid-90s (KMPS, KRMP (now KBKS), or KYCW (now KJAQ), or as a Classic Country station, a talk station, or a different type of Classic Country station, before changing the station's call letters to KPTK and returning liberal talk radio to the Puget Sound airwaves in 2004.


Rachel Maddow hosting Changing the Media, Changing America on KPTK on June 10, 2006


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Coordinates: 47°23′38″N 122°25′25″W / 47.39389°N 122.42361°W / 47.39389; -122.42361



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