KMO “The Voice of Tacoma” – 1942

Mutual affiliate 1360 KMO marketing brochure showing studio/transmitter building – 1942

KMO founder & original owner Carl E. Haymond

Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

2 thoughts on “KMO “The Voice of Tacoma” – 1942

  1. In looking through the image collection of the Northwest Room of the Tacoma Public Library, it appears that KMO was once located at
    914 1/2 Broadway. However, the numbering of that street must have slightly changed over time…for KMO was supposedly in the Keyes Building on Broadway, which was 916-918 Broadway. Now the building at 916-918 Broadway was a theater, and the building occupying the area from 902-914 Broadway was also a theater. In fact the 902-914 area was the location of the Music Box Theater (known by two previous names) had a fire on April 30, 1963; this building had been constructed in 1890 and was demolished after the fire.

    Below is a brief description of that building along with other businesses located there.
    Keyes Bldg .
    -black vitrolite and nickel-silver trim exterior
    TDL 12/8/1931 Old Colonial to be stores (theater to be converted into
    store bldg. by J.E. Bonnell & Sons, contr.)
    TDL 3/6/1932 p.D6 (progress)
    TDL 4/3/1932 p.A3 Vogue Beauty Shop in new location
    TDL 5/22/1932 p.C6 (progress)
    You can find a photo of the building prior to its 1931 renovation here:
    This building was built in 1914 and demolished in 1988, which is when it was purchased and turned into a parking lot.

  2. It could have served as the basic structure of the KMO building in Fife. It was definitely renovated by the 1960s; I remember that it was painted brown. They had an entrance on the west side of the building. It would have been located at approximately 4501 Pacific Highway.
    I grew up not far from there.

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