KIXI Still Kickin’ Out Oldies & Standards On The AM Dial

There’s still some life left in 880 KIXI. Gary Shipe deejays the music between NBC news, KIRO 7 weather updates, and traffic reports in the late afternoon on KIXI. Shipe also hosts Beatles Backbeat every Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The program is described as playing your favorite Fab Four songs along with Beatles history & trivia. Beatles Backbeat features those back-burner Beatles songs that never seem to get played on the radio. Beatles Backbeat is one reason to tune to 880. You can also tune in for Dick Bartley’s program, Rock & Roll’s Greatest Hits: The 60s Show. For 3-hours a week, every Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Author: Jason Remington

Creator, Admin, & Editor of QZVX.COM, former broadcaster at KAMT/Tacoma, KRPM FM/Tacoma, KJUN/Puyallup, KASY/Auburn, KTAC AM/Tacoma, KBRD FM/Tacoma, KMTT FM/Tacoma, and KOOL FM/Phoenix. -- Airchecks
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7 thoughts on “KIXI Still Kickin’ Out Oldies & Standards On The AM Dial

  1. My favorite AM station these days. Too bad their recent ratings were shockingly low. Maybe they should hit the rock n roll even harder.

    1. I agree. The standards are hurting my ears. Many of them are covers, not the originals. It weakens the effect. The oldies are the originals and easily recognizable. I have heard various versions of “Someone That I Used to Love” by various artists. It’s like playing the Best of the Beatles from the 101 Strings Orchestra.

      1. That’s like KURB when I was there, except it was The Hollyridge Strings and Floyd Cramer.

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        1. Multiple attempts at logging in OR multiple COMMENTS in a very short period of time may cause this— or its just a hiccup. Seems to be working fine.

  2. I was sure the Sunday afternoon host on KIXI was the late Dick Clark, recycling syndicated nostalgia programming from the ’80’s.

  3. KIXI is a sad station, a shadow of its former self. The cover versions of songs have been killing KIXI for a long time. Why play lounge-type singers when there are so many wonderful original adult standards? KIXI is actually playing cover versions of songs by Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson and Spandau Ballet, plus a cover of the 80’s hit Easy Lover. Gary Shipe did his last KIXI broadcast on Friday, November 20th. Said he was retiring. I wonder if a format flip is imminent. Even changing the music back to true standards with oldies mixed in would not bring the audience back. A lot more would have to change like removing John Tesh and his stepson. Those two are unlistenable. Then a lot of promotion would be needed to get listeners. KIXI’s loyal base has been eroding for quite some time. I can only listen to a few shows on KIXI now. If KIXI flips to pay for play, the syndicated programs presently on KIXI, like Sounds of Sinatra, can still be found online.

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