Friends of 88.5 FM Update: August 18

Dear Friends,

This week the FCC approved the “Assignment of License” to Friends of 88.5. It is the last major hurdle before becoming a fully independent station. The transaction will be finalized on August 31. Tune in that day to hear our new, community-owned station for the first time!

Thank you for your incredible commitment to ensuring a bright future for 88.5 FM. We did it! Together, we bought a radio station and will continue the tradition of news, jazz and blues in our community. We also look forward to creating new and exciting shows on KNKX that will connect with you in meaningful ways.

This will be our last Thursday update for the successful, and completed, Save KPLU campaign.

OLYMPIA PARTY DETAILS

Join us in the lobby of the Washington Center in downtown Olympia on Friday, August 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. All ages are welcome! Meet KPLU staff, air hosts and fellow 88.5 fans. Enjoy complimentary food and drink. Win fun prizes, score free swag and listen to live music from the David Deacon-Joyner Trio. More details are on the KPLU Calendar page. Hope to see you there!

YOUR SUPPORT

Thanks to your support, 88.5 is in a sound financial position to assume ownership of the station. Your continued support of Friends of 88.5 ensures that your new radio station will keep bringing you the jazz, blues and news that you count on every day and is critical in this first year of independence.

Please become one of the founding members of our shared station with your annual gift today. You can become a sustaining member of Friends of 88.5 here.

Thank you!

— Friends of 88.5

 

FRIENDS OF 88.5 FM TAKES OVER KPLU (KNKX) THE END OF AUGUST

Tacoma, WA — Friends of 88.5 FM, a nonprofit community organization formed to preserve local National Public Radio affiliate KPLU, announced today that they have received approval from the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to take over operations of the station. The sale of KPLU to the Friends of 88.5 FM is expected to close August 30th or August 31st.

The station chose KNKX as its new call letters. Listeners were asked to submit their ideas to help decide which call letters best embody the success of the campaign, the future programs of the station and the spirit of the new community-owned station. Over 2,000 people submitted their ideas. The KPLU management team narrowed down the submissions, met with members of the Friends of 88.5 FM’s board, KPLU listeners and staff, as well as a local marketing firm, and decided on KNKX. The new call letters begin their on-air use on August 31st once the sale is complete.

An unprecedented “Save KPLU” fundraising effort among the station’s listeners resulted in more than 24,000 donations from over 18,000 donors contributing to the $7 million goal, which was reached on May 26, 2016. Additional contributions since that date have helped build a reserve fund to cover operations after the sale closes.

The purchase price for the station and its assets is $8 million: $7 million in cash plus $1 million of in kind-underwriting announcements to be provided to PLU over 10 years. As part of the agreement, Friends of 88.5 FM will use broadcast and office space in the Martin J. Neeb Center on the PLU campus and KPLU’s broadcast equipment in Seattle and Tacoma, at no cost, through June, 2019. It will also take ownership of all KPLU translators and transmitters. The community group will retain all KPLU employees, including the 14-member independent local news team.

“We are humbled and deeply gratified by the outpouring of support from the community,” said KPLU General Manager Joey Cohn. “Our listeners saved something they felt a personal and emotional connection to, and told us KPLU felt like their friends or family. We want to grow that connection and ingrain ourselves even more into the community. We want to be a resource that tells illuminating stories and plays wonderful music, so 88.5 FM can continue to be, as listeners have said, ‘a soundtrack to our daily lives’.”

Friends of 88.5 FM, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is the entity responsible for the Save KPLU campaign and, after the closing of the sale, will oversee all station governance issues, including fiscal oversight, FCC compliance and policy decisions. A list of members of the Friends of 88.5 FM’s Board of Directors can be found at https://savekplu.org. As mandated by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the station will also maintain a Community Advisory Council. Together, these two groups are the primary means by which the community will have influence on the operations and direction of the station. About one-third of all public radio stations in the U.S. operate as community licensees, most notably WBEZ in Chicago, WNYC in New York, KQED in San Francisco, as well as local stations KEXP and KING-FM.

Additional information is available at https://savekplu.org.

CONTACT:

Brenda Goldstein Young, Friends of 88.5 FM

brenda@friendsof885.org

Office: 206-922-1027

Cell: 425-941-5205

IT’S OFFICIAL — KPLU HAS NEW CALL LETTERS: KNKX

 

Over 2,000 members of the community weigh in on new call letters after the unprecedented success of the Save KPLU campaign.

(Tacoma-Seattle, WA) — Friends of 88.5 FM, a nonprofit community organization formed to preserve local National Public Radio affiliate KPLU, announced new call letters today. The new community-owned station will be called KNKX, which stands for “Connects.” The community feels connected to us and we to them.

“88.5 KNKX connects you to jazz, blues and NPR news.”

“We are humbled and deeply gratified by the outpouring of support from the community,” said 88.5’s General Manager Joey Cohn. “Our listeners saved something they felt a personal and emotional connection to, and told us 88.5 felt like their friends or family. We want to grow that connection and ingrain ourselves even more into the community. We want to be a resource that tells illuminating stories and plays wonderful music, so 88.5 can continue to be, as listeners have said, ‘a soundtrack to our daily lives’.”

Listeners were asked to submit their ideas to help decide which call letters best embody the success of the campaign, the future programs of the station and the spirit of the new community-owned station. Over 2,000 people submitted their ideas. The management team at 88.5 then broke it down to the top 5 choices, met with the Friends of 88.5 FM’s board, 88.5 listeners and staff, as well as a local marketing firm, and made a final decision. The winning submission came from an 88.5 listener who wishes to remain anonymous.

The new call letters go into effect once Friends of 88.5 assumes ownership of the station, which is tentatively scheduled for August 30.

An unprecedented “Save KPLU” fundraising effort among the station’s listeners resulted in more than 24,000 donations from over 18,000 donors contributing to the $7 million goal, which was reached on May 26, 2016. Additional contributions since that date have helped build a reserve fund to cover operations now that the station is independently owned.

Friends of 88.5 FM, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is the entity responsible for the Save KPLU campaign and, as of August 30th, will oversee all station governance issues, including fiscal oversight, FCC compliance and policy decisions. A list of members of the Friends of 88.5 FM’s Board of Directors can be found at https://savekplu.org. As mandated by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the station will also maintain a Community Advisory Council. Together, these two groups are the primary means by which the community has influence on the operations and direction of the station. About one-third of all public radio stations in the U.S. operate as community licensees, most notably WBEZ in Chicago, WNYC in New York, KQED in San Francisco, as well as local stations KEXP and KING-FM.

Additional information is available at https://savekplu.org.

CONTACT:

Brenda Goldstein Young, Friends of 88.5 FM

brenda@friendsof885.org

Office: 206-922-1027

Cell: 425-941-5205

 

 

Friends of 88.5 FM Update: August 11

Dear Friends,

Last month we had two incredible listener parties in Seattle and Tacoma, and now we’re throwing a party to thank our friends in Olympia for their tremendous support in helping to make 88.5 FM an independent, community-licensed station.

OLYMPIA PARTY DETAILS

Join us in the lobby of the Washington Center in downtown Olympia on Friday, August 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. All ages are welcome! Meet KPLU staff, air hosts and fellow 88.5 fans. Enjoy complimentary food and drink, win fun prizes, score free swag and listen to live music from the David Deacon-Joyner Trio. More details are on the KPLU Calendar page. Hope to see you there!

CALL LETTERS + INDEPENDENCE

We received over 2,000 suggestions for our new call letters! Thanks to everyone who took the time to offer a suggestion. We plan to announce the new call letters live tomorrow morning, August 12, at 7:30 a.m. Tune in!

The FCC is still in the process of approving the license for Friends, and it appears we may take ownership of the station as soon as August 30th. We will keep you updated on the process.

YOUR SUPPORT

Thanks to your support, 88.5 is in a sound financial position to assume ownership of the station. Your continued support of Friends of 88.5 ensures that your new radio station will keep bringing you the jazz, blues and news that you count on every day.

Become a sustaining member of Friends of 88.5 today.

— Friends of 88.5

 

 

Friends of 88.5 FM Update: July 28

Dear Friends,
We find ourselves frequently humbled and inspired because of amazing supporters like you that show us just much 88.5 means to you. We have a commitment to provide our community with the best in jazz, blues and news, and it’s the times we hear from you that we’re really able to gauge the impact and quality of our work.

That’s why when a friend of 88.5 saw a Reddit post from a Texan who accidentally broke his paramedic roommate’s “most prized possession”– a now collectable KPLU mug– our team quickly played detective to try and find this out-of-stock thank you gift from a couple of years past for him.

 

“My roommate is a fire fighter/paramedic who moved from Seattle to Houston. His prized possession is a green/gray KPLU 88.5 coffee mug that he received after donating to the radio station. ..I know this because I have lived with him for 5 months and I have heard the story 3 times. The guy saves lives all day and the thing he is most proud of is “saving KPLU.” Well, I accidentally broke this coffee mug and have scoured the Internet for a replacement. No luck. Can someone help me find this mug? I will pay you, donate to the station, whatever. The mug is a gray/green color and features the KPLU 88.5 logo in blue and white. HELP Here is a link of him saving an elderly lady from a car in a bayou for good measure. If you don’t trust the link, google “abc 13 woman rescued from car”. The article will pop up with a video. My roommate is the one in sunglasses.”
Savvy jazz host Robin Lloyd found a spare in the kitchen this morning, and we’re hoping it’s the one that matches the description! Once we can confirm we’ll box up and mail out. It’s the least we can do for a hero who not only helped save KPLU, but saves lives on a daily basis.
From all of us at the station, know we have appreciated your commitment and listenership for nearly 50 years and look forward to providing you with even more great programming (and tote bags and mugs!) as we transition to an independent, community-owned station.
TACOMA LISTENER APPRECIATION PARTY
Our next party is in Tacoma, and it’s happening tonight from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Pantages Theater! Consider yourself cordially invited for free food and drink, giveaways, and thank-yous all around. KPLU staff and personalities will be on hand to say hello, and there will be wonderful music by the Kareem Kandi Band. Full event details here. And for those that reside closer to Olympia, stay tuned for information about an upcoming listener appreciation party coming your way soon!
CALL LETTER SEARCH
Thank you for sending us your call letter suggestions! We received almost 2,000 and we’re winnowing them down as fast as we can now. The final decision on the call letters rests with the 88.5 management team and the Friends of 88.5FM Board. If we choose your suggestion, then you will get to read the call letters for the first time on 88.5.
SUSTAINING YOUR INDEPENDENT STATION
Thanks to you, 88.5 is in a sound financial position to assume ownership. Your continued investment of Friends of 88.5 ensures our ability to continue airing news, jazz and blues for our community.

Friends of 88.5 FM Update: July 21

Dear Friends,

Last week, we threw open the doors to our Seattle studios to say thank you for helping to “Save KPLU” — and the turnout was stunning! Hundreds came to tour the studios, meet the voices behind the mic, and to express how excited they were for an independent 88.5. It was a packed house, and at one point the line stretched out to the street!

TACOMA LISTENER APPRECIATION PARTY

Our next party is in Tacoma, and this time we’re making sure there will be plenty of room. You’re invited to the Pantages Theater for free food and drink, giveaways, and thank-yous all around. KPLU staff and personalities will be on hand to say hello, and there will be wonderful music by the Kareem Kandi Band.
It all happens Thursday, July 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma.

We look forward to seeing you!

CALL LETTER SEARCH

We’ve received more than 1,500 submissions for call letters, and we’re winnowing them down as fast as we can. The final decision on the call letters rests with the 88.5 management team. If we choose your suggestion, then you will get to read the call letters for the first time on 88.5.

You still have time to submit a suggestion: click here.

Read more about how we’re crowdsourcing our call letters.

YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

Thanks to your support, 88.5 is in a sound financial position to assume ownership of the station. Your continued support of Friends of 88.5 ensures that your new radio station will keep bringing you the jazz, blues and news that you count on every day.

Become a sustaining member of Friends of 88.5 today.

— Friends of 88.5 FM

Friends of 88.5 FM Update: July 14

Dear Friends,

Thank you. You’ll hear those two words from us a lot over the coming months. Without your generosity we wouldn’t be on our way to an independent 88.5. This month we are kicking off a series of listener appreciation parties to show you how thankful we are for all your support.

LISTENER APPRECIATION

Our first party is tonight (7/14) from 5 to 7 at our Seattle studios in Belltown, 2601 4th Ave. Join us for food, drink, and music from the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. You can tour the studios, chat with the folks you hear on the air, and peer into the studio as Ed Ronco hosts All Things Considered. Click here for all of the details.

Our next party will be in downtown Tacoma at the Pantages Theater, July 28, from 5 to 7. Again, food and drink, and great music from the Kareem Kandi Band. Full details here. Read More

Friends of 88.5 FM Update: July 7

Dear Friends,

This past 4th of July was an extra special holiday for Friends of 88.5 FM as we celebrated both Independence Day and making a big step towards our own independent future. You can read more about this milestone here.

ASSIGNMENT OF LICENSE

We are progressing through the FCC application process and expect to assume ownership of the station sometime this fall.

THANK YOU OPEN HOUSES

This month, Friends of 88.5 will kick off a series of free summer and fall events to thank you for helping make 88.5 YOUR newly-independent, community station. Meet staff and fellow 88.5 fans, enjoy great food and drink, and listen to live music! It’s gonna be a fun time and we hope you can join us at either of these two locations coming up:

Seattle Listener Appreciation Party, Thursday, July 14th

Tacoma Listener Appreciation Party, Thursday, July 28th Read More

88.5 FM Update: June 30

KPLU general manager Joey Cohn (right) and Stephen Tan (left)

KPLU general manager Joey Cohn (right) and Stephen Tan (left) , chairman of Friends of 88.5 FM address media and supporters on May 26 after announcing that the Save KPLU campaign had hit its fundraising goal. (Justin Steyer/KPLU)

Dear Friends,

You raised your voice and shouted, “Save KPLU!” And we did it.

Thanks to more than 24,000 donations from over 18,000 people, and over 80 community events and meetings, we were able to raise $7 million in four and a half months and secure an agreement to ensure the survival of 88.5.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You have preserved a 16-member newsroom, a professional jazz and blues staff, and all the programming you love on 88.5. Read More

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland Joins Friends Of 88.5 FM Board Of Directors

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has joined the Board of Directors of Friends of 88.5 FM, the non-profit organization formed to preserve 88.5 FM as an independent, community-licensed station. The Board of Directors is responsible for all governance, including fiscal oversight, compliance with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and policy decisions for 88.5 FM.

“KPLU is a beloved Pacific Northwest treasure that has informed, educated and entertained us for decades,” said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “As a longtime listener and supporter of KPLU, I am honored to be a member of their new independent board.” Read More