KKXA
CitySnohomish, Washington
Broadcast areaSeattle metropolitan area
Frequency1520 kHz (HD Radio)
BrandingClassic Country 1520 KXA
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatClassic country
Ownership
OwnerCAAM Partnership, LLC
KRKO (1380 AM)
History
First air date
October 11, 2011
Technical information
Facility ID160891
ClassB
Power50,000 watts (non-directional day)
50,000 watts (directional night)
Transmitter coordinates
47°52′32″N 122°04′40″W / 47.87556°N 122.07778°W / 47.87556; -122.07778
Translator(s)101.1 K266CJ (Everett)
Links
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteEverettPost.com/KXA-Classic-Country-Music

KKXA (1520 kHz "Classic Country KXA") is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Snohomish, Washington and serving the Seattle metropolitan area. The station's broadcast license is held by CAAM Partnership, LLC., an entity controlled by the Skotdal family, which also publishes the Everett Post newspaper. The KKXA studios are shared with sister station AM 1380 KRKO at the Key Tower building in downtown Everett, Washington. The transmitter is off Short School Road (115th Avenue SE) in Snohomish.[1] KKXA airs a classic country radio format.

Broadcast Signals

KKXA is licensed to broadcast a digital hybrid HD signal.[2] KKXA broadcasts at the maximum power for commercial AM stations, 50,000 watts around the clock. By day, it uses a non-directional antenna. But during night, KKXA uses a directional antenna. Because 1520 kHz is a clear channel frequency, KKXA must avoid interfering with KOKC in Oklahoma City and WWKB in Buffalo, New York, the Class A stations on the frequency.

KKXA also broadcasts on a 250 watt FM translator, K266CJ at 101.1 FM.[3]

Programming

KKXA broadcasts classic country music, branded as "Classic Country KXA." In addition to its music programming, KKXA is an affiliate of the Washington State University Cougar football and basketball network, and also carries Western Conference high school football and basketball. Occasional Everett AquaSox baseball (Seattle Mariners affiliate) and Everett Silvertips hockey games are also aired on KKXA.

History

Building The Station

In January 2004, the Skotdal family applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a construction permit for a new broadcast radio station. The FCC granted this permit on March 16, 2011, with a scheduled expiration date of March 16, 2014.[4] The Skotdal family won a comparative hearing before the Federal Communications Commission against mutually exclusive applicants hoping to place the signal in Hawaii, Whidbey Island, and on the Olympic Peninsula.[5] The station was assigned the call sign "KKXA" by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 28, 2011.[6]

Known on-air as "KXA" as a tribute to pioneering radio station KXA (770 AM),[7] the station began airing a loop of test audio in August 2011. KKXA broadcasts to the greater Seattle metropolitan area.[8] On October 11, 2011, KKXA began regular broadcasting at 4:00 pm with a classic country format branded as "Classic Country 1520 KXA". The first song was "Simple Man" by Charlie Daniels.[9][10] The station received its broadcast license on November 4, 2011.[11]

Stitch Mitchell has been doing the morning show since the Classic Country format began in 2011. Stitch was previously with KBSG/Seattle, B-87/Portland, and KMZQ/Las Vegas.

Digital (HD) Broadcasting

On October 4 and 5, 2014, KKXA was the only radio station in North America broadcasting a 100% digital signal during historic tests for NAB Labs, a division of the National Association of Broadcasters. KKXA suspended analog transmissions for four hours on Saturday and eight hours on Sunday for nighttime and daytime tests, respectively. KKXA was the third commercial AM station in North America to test all-digital daytime transmissions. KKXA currently broadcasts using HD Radio technology alongside its analog signal.[12]

Translator

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
K266CJ 101.1 MHz Everett, Washington 156877 250 149 m (489 ft) D 47°55′46.3″N 122°14′56.5″W / 47.929528°N 122.249028°W / 47.929528; -122.249028 (K266CJ) FCC LMS

References

  1. ^ "KKXA-AM 1520 kHz - Snohomish, WA". radio-locator.com.
  2. ^ FCC Internet Services Staff. "Station Search Details". licensing.fcc.gov.
  3. ^ "K266CJ-FM 101.1 MHz - Everett, WA". radio-locator.com.
  4. ^ "Application Search Details (BNP-20040129AQS)". FCC Media Bureau. March 16, 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
  5. ^ "Application Search Details (BNP-20071010ABZ)". FCC Media Bureau. March 16, 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
  6. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  7. ^ Moss, Brett (May 18, 2011). "Big AM Project at KKXA Progresses". Radio World. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  8. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  9. ^ Benbow, Mike (October 12, 2011). "Snohomish County's newest radio station is now on the air". The Herald. Everett, WA. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  10. ^ Smith, Debra (October 12, 2011). "New Everett radio station on the air". The Herald. Everett, WA. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  11. ^ "Application Search Details (BMML-20110824BCZ)". FCC Media Bureau. November 4, 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
  12. ^ "HD Radio station guide for Seattle-Tacoma, WA". Archived from the original on 2015-07-22. Retrieved 2015-05-31.