US Dept of Commerce list of Wash. radio stations - 1923
Calls, city & wavelength in meters only, not kilocycles (kc/s). List has no power, ownership or other data:
KDZE Seattle 455 KDZI Wenatchee 360 KDZR Bellingham 261
KDZT Seattle 360 KFAE Pullman 360 KFBG Tacoma 360
KFBL Everett 224 KFCF Walla Walla 360 KFDC Spokane 285
KFEJ Tacoma 360 KFHH Neah Bay 283 KFHR Seattle 275
KFIO Spokane 252 KFIQ Yakima 224 KFIV Seattle 236
KFJC Seattle 233 KFZ Spokane 283 KGB Tacoma 252
KGY Lacey 258 KHQ Seattle 360 KJR Seattle 270
KMO Tacoma 360 KNT Aberdeen 263 KTW Seattle 360
KZV Wenatchee 360
Many of these stations would only broadcast for an hour or two per day, sharing a frequency with other broadcasters. Some would only broadcast on a few days per week & sometimes would alternate with others using the same arrangement.
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From the Internet Archive (www.archive.org) we reclaim some of our Lost Comments:
August 16, 2018 3:40 pm at
Consider that, not only did some stations share frequency, some also went permanently dark, turning in their license, within months of beginning operation. This was what happened to KFIV Seattle, for example.
August 16, 2018 4:10 pm at
quite right – most of these earliest of broadcasters weren’t in it for the long haul. From the above list, the KFAE calls ended up in Richland on 89.1 FM. The Leese Bros. KFBL Everett would become KRKO. KFDC & KFIO Spokane survived for many years. Thomas Read’s 1050 out there currently sports the KFIO calls. KHQ would move from Seattle to Spokane. What a shock to see a station located in Neah Bay!
August 17, 2018 11:01 pm at
Most likely it was in the town. Not “in the Bay”! I think I’m getting banned.
August 18, 2018 1:50 pm at
hey smartguy: what if it was a ship-based station such as Radio Caroline or the good ship S.S. KKOL?? Or one of Roy Ohmstead’s rum-running boats disguised as a broadcaster?