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City of license Seattle, Washington
Broadcast area Seattle metropolitan area
Branding KUOW 94.9
Frequency 94.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
94.9 HD-2 for KXOT
94.9 HD-3 for BBC World Service
Translator(s) K212FG 90.3 Bellingham, K258BJ 90.5 Everett, KUOW AM 1340 Tumwater/Olympia
First air date 1952
Format Public radio
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 224 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 66571
Callsign meaning University Of Washington
Affiliations NPR
Owner University of Washington
Webcast Listen live

KUOW-FM 94.9 is a National Public Radio affiliate radio station in Seattle, Washington. It is the second-most listened-to radio station in the Seattle/Tacoma media market[1] and the most listened-to news radio station in the state. It is a service of the University of Washington.


About KUOW

KUOW's site states its mission as, "to create and serve an informed public, one challenged and invigorated by an understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and cultures."

The station was founded in 1952 as a commercial radio station owned by Fisher Broadcasting. In 1964, not seeing the commercial viability of FM broadcasting, Fisher donated the 94.9 frequency to UW. It is one of the few public radio (or any non-commercial educational) stations on a commercial frequency outside of the reserved band. For years, it served as a training ground for UW students to learn about broadcasting. Programming consisted of classical music, classroom lectures, local news, and Washington Huskies sports.

In the 1960s, however, KUOW began branching out, adding more news programming. It was a charter member of NPR in 1970. In 1992, it changed format from music to news and information[2], and in 2001 it moved into a newly refurbished studio space.[3]

KUOW broadcasts from Capitol Hill in Seattle with a power (ERP) of 100 kW. The studios are located in Seattle's University District. The station is heard in the Puget Sound region on KUOW-FM 94.9, in Bellingham on K212FG FM 90.3, in Everett on K258BJ FM 99.5, in Olympia on KUOW AM 1340 (Tumwater being its actual city of license), and on the Internet at It has also made two applications at the same site for an FM broadcast translator in Olympia, on 98.5 and 107.3.

KUOW discontinued traffic reports during its broadcasts of Morning Edition and All Things Considered starting May 9, 2008.


KUOW's 2008 annual report states that the station served an average of 375,800 listeners each week in fiscal year 2008. [4] These listeners averaged eight and a quarter hours of listening per week to total more than 3 million weekly listener hours. In the same year, KUOW ranked second among all radio stations in the Seattle Metro market, with a 4.8% share of the market's radio audience.


KUOW's 2008 direct support (money received) totaled $10,116,910. [5] Its sources were:


KUOW produces several programs, most of which are concerned with local news and events:

  • The Conversation – Hosted by Ross Reynolds, The Conversation is a call-in program that covers news-oriented and other topics.
  • KUOW PresentsKUOW Presents airs local and national program specials.
  • Sound Focus – Hosted by Dave Beck, Megan Sukys and Jeannie Yandel. The program presents engaging interviews with people who define the Northwest character. National guests join the conversation to share ideas that can change the way listeners look at life around the Puget Sound.
  • Speaker's Forum – Speaker's Forum airs speeches and presentations from a wide variety of specialties.
  • The Swing Years and Beyond – Hosted by Amanda Wilde, The Swing Years and Beyond airs American music from the 1920s through the 1950s.
  • Weekday – Hosted by Steve Scher, Weekday is an interview/call-in talk show that covers various topics usually related to local and national news.

KUOW also broadcasts the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library's Evergreen Radio Reading Service to blind and handicapped listeners on its 67kHz subcarrier. KUOW is one of three major FM stations in Washington to do so; KPBX-FM in Spokane and KFAE-FM in Yakima are the others. However, this requires a special FM radio capable of receiving such broadcasts; it cannot be received on a standard FM radio.

KUOW alumni

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