KVI
CitySeattle, Washington
Broadcast areaSeattle-Tacoma Metropolitan Area
Frequency570 kHz
BrandingTalk Radio 570 KVI
Programming
FormatConservative Talk
AffiliationsWestwood One Network
Premiere Networks
ABC News Radio
Ownership
OwnerLotus Communications
(Lotus Seattle Corp.)
KOMO, KOMO-FM, KPLZ-FM, KOMO-TV
History
First air date
November 24, 1926 (on 1280)
Former frequencies
1280 kHz (1926-1928)
1060 kHz (1928)
760 kHz (1928-1932)
Call sign meaning
K Vashon Island (refers to the transmitter location)
Technical information
Facility ID35853
ClassB
Power5,000 watts unlimited
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitewww.kvi.com

KVI (570 AM) is a commercial radio station in Seattle, Washington. Owned by Lotus Communications, it airs a conservative talk radio format called "News Talk 570 KVI." Its transmitter is on Vashon Island and its studios and offices are located with former sister station KOMO-TV at KOMO Plaza (formerly Fisher Plaza) in Seattle.

On weekdays, KVI airs both local and nationally syndicated shows. Local hosts include John Carlson; Markley, VanCamp and Robbins (whose show is syndicated nationally from the KVI studios); and Kirby Wilbur. National hosts include Sean Hannity, Dana Loesch and Red Eye Radio. Two versions of the Lars Larson Show are heard, one for the Northwest at noon and a national show at 2 a.m. Weekends feature shows on money, health, wine, cars and home improvement, some of which are paid brokered programming. Most hours begin with ABC News Radio.

History

Early Years

KVI's history can be traced back to its debut on November 24, 1926. It was licensed to Tacoma, Washington, and first broadcast at 1280 AM. By the spring of 1928 its frequency shifted to 1060 AM, followed by another shift to 760 AM in the fall. By September 1932, it had moved to its permanent home at 570 AM.[1] It was powered at 1,000 watts and was owned by the Puget Sound Broadcasting Company. During the Golden Age of Radio, KVI was a network affiliate of CBS, carrying its schedule of dramas, comedies, news, sports, game shows, soap operas and big band broadcasts. It also carried programs from the Don Lee Network.

In 1949, KVI relocated its city of license to Seattle and got a boost to 5,000 watts.[2] KVI broadcast from a single tower on Vashon Island and it moved its studios into the Camlin Hotel in Downtown Seattle. With its arrival in Seattle, it shifted its network to the Mutual Broadcasting System, since KIRO was already the CBS affiliate in Seattle.

AC and MOR Music

In 1959, Gene Autry's Golden West Broadcasters added KVI to its portfolio.[3] KVI switched to a very successful personality adult contemporary format in 1964. By 1973, KVI had evolved into a middle of the road (MOR) direction. It was during this period that it became established as a dominant player in the market. KVI was the flagship station for the ill-fated Seattle Pilots baseball team in their only season of play in 1969. It later became the radio home for the successful Seattle Mariners, from their inaugural season of 1977 until 1984. KVI was also the original home of the Seattle Sounders (NASL) from their inaugural season in 1974 until 1976, and was the westside flagship station of the Washington State University Cougars from 1972 until 1979 and again from 1983 until 1987.

In 1976, KVI acquired an FM radio station, KETO (101.5 FM).[4] Under Golden West, the new KVI-FM became a successful Adult Top 40 station, now currently known as KPLZ-FM. With the beginning of the 1980s, music listening on AM radio was shifting to FM and KVI added several talk shows.[5]

Oldies and Talk

On July 23, 1984, KVI switched to oldies.[6] That direction would last less than a decade, and by 1992, KVI had a fulltime talk radio format. At first, the station used the slogan "the balanced alternative" with a line up alternating liberal and conservative talk hosts, but by 1993, KVI dropped all its liberal hosts except Mike Siegel. Siegel, formerly a liberal, swung right in his views during this period and remained on the station. The other slots were filled by a line up of both local and nationally syndicated conservatives. By May 1994, the year KVI and KPLZ were sold to Fisher Communications, KVI had an almost entirely conservative-talk format.[7]

KVI returned to a full service format at 4 p.m. on November 7, 2010, with a mix of oldies and recent hits, news and traffic updates.[8][9][10]

Smart Talk

Due to the failure of the format, which only garnered an average of a 0.5 share of the market, KVI began stunting with Christmas music on Thanksgiving Day, 2011. On January 3, 2012, the station flipped back to talk, this time as "Smart Talk," with an emphasis on entertainment reports, lifestyle and health info, and local news. Programs included "Sunrise Seattle", a Good Morning America-type program hosted by Mark Christopher and Elisa Jaffe, Don Imus, Clark Howard, Phil Hendrie, "The Buzz" with Scott Carty, the "Daily Wrap from the Wall Street Journal" with Michael Castner, ConsumerMan with Herb Weisbaum, as well as paid brokered programming on weekends.[11][12] After only nine months, the "Smart Talk" format was dropped on September 4, 2012 in favor of a return to conservative talk.[13][14]

On April 11, 2013, Fisher announced that it would sell its properties, including KVI Radio and KOMO-TV, to the Sinclair Broadcast Group.[15] The price for all the stations was $373.3 million.[16] Although nearly all of Sinclair's broadcast properties are television stations, the company has retained KVI, KPLZ-FM, KOMO and KOMO-FM.[17] The deal was completed on August 8, 2013.[18]

On June 3, 2021, Sinclair announced they would sell KVI, KPLZ and KOMO-AM-FM to Lotus Communications for $18 million. Sinclair will retain KOMO-TV.[19] The sale was completed on September 28, 2021.[20]

References

  1. ^ "Broadcasting Yearbook 1935 page 61" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Broadcasting Yearbook 1950 page 316" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Broadcasting Yearbook 1960 page 249" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 page 227" (PDF).
  5. ^ "1983 KVI 570 Promo on KSTW".
  6. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1980s/1984/RR-1984-07-20.pdf
  7. ^ "570 KVI Talk Radio - TV Television Commercial - Fox News - Seattle AM (2004)".
  8. ^ "KVI-A Goes Oldies on Nov. 8th". All Access. November 1, 2010. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  9. ^ KVI to switch to oldies format next week. KOMO. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
  10. ^ "570 KVI Seattle To Go Oldies - RadioInsight". 7 November 2010.
  11. ^ "KVI To Return To Talk - RadioInsight". 20 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-27. Retrieved 2011-11-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Payne, Patti (August 28, 2012). "KVI makes a right turn - back to conservative talk". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
  14. ^ "KVI Seattle Returns To Conservative Talk; KOMO Expands News - RadioInsight". 29 August 2012.
  15. ^ Malone, Michael (April 11, 2013). "Sinclair to Acquire Fisher Stations for $373 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  16. ^ www.bizjournals.com https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2013/04/11/sinclair-broadcast-fisher-communications.html. Retrieved 2020-09-04. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ Allison, Melissa (April 11, 2013). "KOMO owner Fisher Communications agrees to sale". The Seattle Times. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  18. ^ "Sinclair Broadcast Group Closes On Fisher Communications Acquisition". All Access. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  19. ^ Lotus Broadcasting Acquires Sinclair's Four Stations in Seattle
  20. ^ Venta, Lance (September 28, 2021). "Lotus Closes On Purchase Of Sinclair's Seattle Radio Properties". RadioInsight. Retrieved September 29, 2021.