KKCW
Kkcw logo.jpg
Broadcast areaPortland metropolitan area
Frequency103.3 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingK103
Programming
FormatAdult contemporary
Ownership
Owner
KEX, KFBW, KKRZ, KLTH, KPOJ, KXJM
History
First air date
February 24, 1984
Former call signs
KTJA (1982-1984, CP)
Call sign meaning
KK-Columbia & Willamette Rivers (major rivers in Portland area)
Technical information
Facility ID68210
ClassC
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT470 meters (1,540 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
45°31′21″N 122°44′45″W / 45.52250°N 122.74583°W / 45.52250; -122.74583
Links
WebcastListen Live; Direct stream access (AAC)
Websitek103.iheart.com

KKCW (103.3 MHz, "K103") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Beaverton, Oregon and serving the Portland metropolitan area. It is owned by iHeartMedia and airs an adult contemporary radio format. From mid-November to the 31st of December (to the end of December) each year, it switches to all-Christmas music. The studios and offices are on SW 68th Parkway in Tigard, while the transmitter is located off Northwest Skyline Boulevard in Portland's West Hills, amid the towers for other local FM and TV stations.[1][2] KKCW broadcasts in the HD Radio hybrid format.[3]

History

In 1984, the Columbia-Willamette Broadcasting Company acquired and built out the license for a new FM station for Portland licensed to Beaverton.[4] It intended to sign on the station with a country music format, and the "CW" in the station's calls would have held a dual meaning for 'country and western' had it gone to plan.

KUPL (98.7), which had been an easy listening station on FM, instead had the country format airing on sister station 1330 AM KUPL bumped to 98.7 on February 24, 1984. Thus, KKCW instead went on the air with a soft adult contemporary format and de facto traded formats with KUPL. KKCW has never changed its format since sign-on, outside adjustments to fit industry trends.[5]

In 1986, the station was sold to Trumper Communications of Portland.[6] San Antonio-based Clear Channel acquired the station in 1999.[7]

HD programming

The station currently does not carry any HD Radio subchannels outside an HD1 simulcast, though it had two subchannels in the past.

KKCW-HD2

From August 2007 until 2019, an automated smooth jazz format with a resemblance to that of KIJZ, which switched to oldies after that point, was programmed. It eventually took the automated playlist heard on the iHeartRadio web/app Smooth Jazz channel until its demise.

KKCW-HD3

The channel carried the Educational Media Foundation's Air1 Christian worship music network, which was also relayed on FM translator K224DL (92.7 FM), until November 2019. Air1 then moved to KLVP-HD2 after that station was moved into the Portland market, which is translated by K235CU (94.9).

References

  1. ^ K103.com/contact
  2. ^ FCCdata.org/KKCW
  3. ^ HDradio.com/stations
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1984 page B-209
  5. ^ "The Portland Radio Guide -- K-103 Radio (KKCW)".
  6. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1990 page B-253
  7. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2000 page D-365