KRWM
CityBremerton, Washington
Broadcast areaSeattleTacoma Metropolitan Area
Frequency106.9 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingWarm 106.9
Programming
FormatAdult contemporary
SubchannelsHD2: Christmas music
HD3: Adult standards (KIXI simulcast)
Ownership
OwnerHubbard Broadcasting
(Seattle FCC License Sub, LLC)
KIXI, KKNW, KNUC, KQMV
History
First air date
August 1964 (as KBRO-FM)
Former call signs
KBRO-FM (1964–1979)
KWWA (1979–1984)
KHIT (1984–1986)
KNUA (1986–1990)
KKNW (1990–1992)
Call sign meaning
K RWM (Spelling of "warm" shuffled - station branding)
Technical information
Facility ID53870
ClassC1
ERP49,000 watts
HAAT396 meters (1,302 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
47°32′39″N 122°06′29″W / 47.54417°N 122.10806°W / 47.54417; -122.10806 (KRWM tower)Coordinates: 47°32′39″N 122°06′29″W / 47.54417°N 122.10806°W / 47.54417; -122.10806 (KRWM tower)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Listen Live (HD2)
Websitewarm1069.com

KRWM (106.9 FM) is a commercial radio station licensed to Bremerton, Washington, serving the Seattle/Puget Sound region. It is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting, and airs an adult contemporary radio format. The station switches to all-Christmas music from mid-November to December 25.

KRWM broadcasts with 49,000 watts of effective radiated power (ERP) on a tower 1,302 feet in height above average terrain (HAAT). Its transmitter is located near Issaquah on Cougar Mountain, with its studios and offices located at Newport Corporate Center in Bellevue. KRWM broadcasts in HD.[1][2] Its HD-2 signal plays year-round Christmas music (the main station plays Christmas music as well from mid-November through Christmas Day), and its HD-3 signal simulcasts sister station KIXI.

History

KBRO-FM

In August 1964, the station first signed on as KBRO-FM.[3] It was the FM companion to AM station KBRO, owned by the Bremerton Broadcasting Company, and aired an automated Top 40 format, separate from the AM station. Its tower was only 86 feet high, limiting its coverage to the area around Bremerton, not trying to market itself to the Seattle metropolitan area.

In 1972, KBRO-FM switched to country music. On July 4, 1984, it changed call letters to KWWA as Bremerton Broadcasting received permission from the Federal Communications Commission to boost its tower height to 1380 feet, enough to cover the larger Seattle radio market. The station tried a second run at Top 40 music from July 4, 1984, to September 5, 1987, as KHIT.

New Age and Smooth Jazz

In 1986, the station was acquired by the Pacific & Southern Corporation (a division of Gannett), which flipped it to a new-age music format the following year as KNUA, using the slogan "Music for a New Age."[4][5][6]

In August 1990, after Brown Broadcasting bought the station, it moved to a smooth jazz format as KKNW, calling itself "Sound FM".[7][8]

Warm 107/Warm 106.9

On October 16, 1992, the station switched to a soft adult contemporary format as KRWM, calling itself "Warm 107."[9]

As KRWM, the station competed against "95.7 K-Lite," KLTX, an established Soft AC station. At first, it looked like Warm 107 did not have a promising future and was about to change formats, but when KLTX unexpectedly flipped formats in 1994, KRWM picked up most of KLTX's former listeners, and ratings increased dramatically. (KLTX is now KJR-FM.) Sandusky Radio, owner of longtime rival KLSY, bought KRWM in September 1996, and would rebrand the station as "Warm 106.9". In the early 2000s, KRWM moved to a more mainstream adult contemporary direction, eliminating some of the softer artists and adding a bit more tempo.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]

In July 2013, Sandusky announced it would sell its radio holdings in Seattle and Phoenix, Arizona, to Hubbard Broadcasting. The sale was completed that November.[21]

KRWM had been the flagship station of Delilah Rene's syndicated evening program for Premiere Networks. Delilah lives in the Seattle area and the show had been heard on KRWM before its nationwide rollout. In mid-July 2014, KRWM discontinued airing the show. The program currently airs on Soft AC competitor KSWD.

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-22. Retrieved 2015-05-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) HD Radio Guide for Seattle-Tacoma
  2. ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/sta_det.pl?Facility_id=53870 KRWM digital status
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1966 page B-161
  4. ^ "KNUA Radio - TV Spot 1".
  5. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1980s/1987/RR-1987-09-11.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Mediatrix/Mediatrix-Seattle-1986.pdf
  7. ^ "KNUA - Sound FM 106.9 - Seattle Washington Radio Station - TV Commercial (1989)".
  8. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1990s/1990/RR-1990-08-31.pdf
  9. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1990s/1992/RR-1992-10-23.pdf
  10. ^ "Warm 106.9 TV Commercial (Winter 2016 :15 A) (KRWM-FM Seattle)".
  11. ^ "Warm 106.9 TV Commercial (Winter 2016 :15 B) (KRWM-FM Seattle)".
  12. ^ "Warm 106.9 TV Commercial (Winter 2016 :15 C) (KRWM-FM Seattle)".
  13. ^ "Warm 106.9 TV Commercial (Winter 2016 :15 D) (KRWM-FM Seattle)".
  14. ^ "Warm 106.9 TV Commercial (Winter 2016 :30) (KRWM-FM Seattle)".
  15. ^ "Warm 106.9 Seattle's Number One Choice TV Commercial (Winter 2018 :15A) (KRWM Seattle)".
  16. ^ "Warm 106.9 Seattle's Number One Choice TV Commercial (Winter 2018 :15B) (KRWM Seattle)".
  17. ^ "Warm 106.9 Seattle's Number One Choice TV Commercial (Winter 2018 :30A) (KRWM Seattle)".
  18. ^ "Warm 106.9 Seattle's Number One Choice TV Commercial (Winter 2018 :30B) (KRWM Seattle)".
  19. ^ "Warm 106.9 Seattle's Number One Choice TV Commercial (Winter 2018 :30C) (KRWM Seattle)".
  20. ^ "Today's Hits. Yesterday's Favorites".
  21. ^ Hubbard Acquires Sandusky Broadcasting