|City of license||Seattle, Washington|
|Slogan||"where the music matters"|
|Frequency||90. A city of license or community of license, in American and Canadian broadcasting is the community that a Radio station or Television station A slogan is a memorable Motto or Phrase used in a Political, commercial, Religious and other context as a repetitive expression of Frequency is a measure of the number of occurrences of a repeating event per unit Time. 3 MHz (FM)|
|First air date||1972|
|Affiliations||NPR, EMP, UW|
|Owner||University of Washington|
KEXP (90. The hertz (symbol Hz) is a measure of Frequency, informally defined as the number of events occurring per Second. Year 1972 ( MCMLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. This article is about Broadcast radio, for other uses see Radio (disambiguation. Alternative rock (also called alternative music, alt-rock or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of In radio Telecommunications, effective radiated power or equivalent radiated power (ERP is a standardized theoretical measurement of radio frequency (RF The watt (symbol W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one Joule of energy per Second. Height above average terrain ( HAAT) (or less popularly EHAAT, Effective Height Above Average Terrain is used extensively in FM Radio and The metre or meter is a unit of Length. It is the basic unit of Length in the Metric system and in the International This is a list of broadcast station classes applicable in much of North America under international agreements between the United States, Canada and The facility ID number or FIN is a unique positive integer assigned by the United States Federal Communications Commission to each domestic and international See Washington (disambiguation for other uses The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research University See Washington (disambiguation for other uses The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research University A webcast is a media file distributed over the Internet using Streaming media technology A website (alternatively web site or Web site, a back-construction from the Proper noun World Wide Web) is a collection of Web pages 3 FM) is a public radio station based in Seattle, Washington, that specializes in independent and alternative rock programmed by its disc jockeys. See also Frequency modulation, FM band FM broadcasting is a broadcast Technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that Public broadcasting refers to radio television and other electronic media outlets that receive some or all of their funding from the public This article is about radio broadcasting for other uses see Radio (disambiguation. Alternative rock (also called alternative music, alt-rock or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of A disc jockey (also known as DJ or deejay) is a person who selects and plays recorded music for an audience Its broadcasting license is owned by the University of Washington, which operates the station in a partnership with Paul Allen's Experience Music Project. See Washington (disambiguation for other uses The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research University Paul Gardner Allen (born January 21 1953 is an American computer programmer and entrepreneur who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates. The station was formerly operated under the call letters KCMU.
For the majority of its schedule, KEXP broadcasts an eclectic mix of primarily alternative music. Alternative rock (also called alternative music, alt-rock or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of The station also features weekly speciality programs dedicated to particular musical genres, including rockabilly, blues, world music, hip hop, electronica, punk, and alternative country. Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of Rock and roll music and emerged in the early 1950s The Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of Music based on the use of the Blue notes It emerged as an accessible form of self-expression The term world music includes Traditional music (sometimes called Folk music or roots music of any culture that are created and played by indigenous musicians Hip hop music, also referred to as rap music, is a Music genre typically consisting of a rhythmic vocal style called rap which is accompanied with Electronica includes a wide range of contemporary Electronic music designed for a wide range Alternative country is a term used to describe a number of Country music subgenres that tend to differ from mainstream or pop country music Live, in-studio performances by artists are also regularly featured.
KEXP is broadcast in the Seattle area on 90. 3 FM; on the Internet via streaming audio; and on PanAmSat's Galaxy 10R satellite. See also Frequency modulation, FM band FM broadcasting is a broadcast Technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that The Internet is a global system of interconnected Computer networks Streaming multimedia is Multimedia that is constantly received by and normally presented to an end-user while it is being delivered by a streaming provider (the The former PanAmSat Corporation founded in 1984 by Reynold (Rene Anselmo, was a satellite service provider headquartered in Wilton Connecticut. 
KEXP's streaming costs are covered by the University of Washington (UW), which also provides most of the Internet technology used by the station. KEXP is often a testing ground for the university’s Computing and Communications department, leading to features not found by other stations. In addition, music licensing fees associated with internet radio are covered by the station's affiliation with National Public Radio. The association and financial help by these two organizations have allowed KEXP to experiment with its online offerings. The station is located at 113 Dexter Avenue, on the corner of Denny Way.
Groundwork for the station that would eventually become KEXP began in 1971, started by UW undergraduates John Kean, Cliff Noonan, Victoria ("Tory") Fiedler, and Brent Wilcox. KUOW (94. KUOW-FM (949 FM broadcasting) is a National Public Radio affiliate Radio station in Seattle, Washington. 9), then an instructional radio station, now an NPR affiliate, had recently made some cutbacks that had removed most opportunities for student involvement in the station. The four students convinced the Communications Department to provide space and a tiny budget with which they bought "turntables, tape cartridges, and a few other items like plywood. The phonograph, or gramophone, was the most common device for playing recorded Sound from the 1870s through the 1980s A tape drive, which is also known as a streamer, is a data storage device that reads and writes data stored on a magnetic tape. Plywood is a type of Engineered board made from thin sheets of Wood, called plies or veneers " They built their own console cabinets, successfully petitioned the UW and the FCC for a frequency and a license, and ultimately raised their own antenna. The 10-watt signal "barely reached the Ave" (the commercial heart of Seattle's University District). The watt (symbol W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one Joule of energy per Second. The Ave, officially University Way NE, not University Avenue as is sometimes thought is located in the University District (U The University District (commonly the U District) is a neighborhood in Seattle Washington, so named because the main campus of the University of Washington 
In 1972, the station started operations as KCMU, a small album rock station staffed by University of Washington students that broadcast at 90. Album-oriented rock (sometimes referred to as Adult-oriented rock or as West Coast Rock) abbreviated AOR and originally called album-oriented radio 5 FM to the UW campus. (The "CMU" in its call letters referred to the abbreviation of the campus's Communications Building, the station's home. In Broadcasting and Radio communications a call sign (also known as a callsign or call letters, or abbreviated as a call, or otherwise )
In 1975, its signal strength was boosted to 182 Watts, carrying the signal off campus for the first time.
In 1981, under the direction of Jon Kertzer, KCMU turned to its listening audience for public funding after the UW's budget was cut. KCMU played mostly indie rock but also was the first station to play rap artists like Grandmaster Flash. Indie rock is genre of Alternative rock that primarily exists in the independent Underground music scene Joseph Saddler (born January 1, 1958 in Bridgetown Barbados) better known as Grandmaster Flash, is an American Hip hop musician Throughout the late 1980s, the station tapped into Seattle's burgeoning music scene. Members of local bands Soundgarden and Mudhoney worked as volunteer DJs as did both Jonathan Poneman and Bruce Pavitt, the founders of Sub-Pop. Mudhoney is an American Grunge band Formed in Seattle Washington in 1988 following the demise of Green River, Mudhoney has for the most of its recording Sub Pop is an Independent record label (though funded and sharing distribution outlets with Warner Music founded by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman During these years, Billboard Magazine called KCMU "one of the most influential commercial-free stations in the country. See Billboard (Turkish magazine Billboard is a weekly American Magazine devoted to the Music industry "
From 1983–1985, Kerry Loewen (former station manager at KFJC) was station manager. KFJC (897 FM) is a non-commercial Radio station in Los Altos Hills California at Foothill College, using an open format that features
In late 1985 Chris Knab (former owner of Aquarius Records in San Francisco) became station manager. Aquarius Records is an independent Record store and the oldest record store of any sort in San Francisco, California, established in 1970 Mr. Knab moved the station away from alternative rock-only programming, adding jazz, hip hop, world music and other genres to its lineup.
In 1986, KCMU switched frequencies to 90. 3 FM and upped its transmitter signal to 400 watts, increasing its broadcast radius to 15 miles.
In 1992, KCMU dropped many of its volunteer DJs and elected to run syndicated programming. Some listeners and DJs considered this a betrayal of KCMU's democratic mission, and formed a group called CURSE (Censorship Undermines Radio Station Ethics). A program called World Cafe, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was a particular bone of contention. World Cafe is a two-hour long nationally syndicated music Radio program that originates from WXPN, a non-commercial station on the campus of the University Philadelphia (ˌfɪləˈdɛlfiə
CURSE encouraged local KCMU supporters to stop donating money to the station in protest. Volunteer DJs who criticized the station's policies were fired, although a lawsuit from CURSE resulted in that policy being struck down by a United States District Court. The United States district courts are the general Trial courts of the United States federal court system. World Cafe was dropped from KCMU's lineup in 1993, but none of the fired volunteer staff returned to the station. Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar)
KCMU hired its three full-time paid DJs in 1996, a move that cost several volunteer DJs and led to further complaints from some listeners who decried what they perceived as commercialization of the non-commercial radio station.
In 2000, KCMU started streaming uncompressed audio over the Internet. Streaming multimedia is Multimedia that is constantly received by and normally presented to an end-user while it is being delivered by a streaming provider (the
KCMU changed its name to KEXP in 2001. At the same time, it moved to a new studio near downtown Seattle, partnered with the Experience Music Project (EMP), and increased its power to 720 watts. Downtown is the Central business district of Seattle, Washington.
The kexp. org website was nominated for two Webby Awards in 2003, Best Radio Website and the People's Voice Award.
In 2004, KEXP started broadcasting on KXOT 91. 7 FM in Tacoma, Washington, which extended the station's broadcast range to Olympia and the south Puget Sound region. Olympia is the Capital of Washington and is the County seat of Thurston County. Before then, KXOT was known as KBTC, was owned by Bates Technical College, and featured a classic rock format. Bates Technical College, located in Tacoma Washington, is the state’s largest Technical college. Classic rock was originally conceived as a Radio station programming format which evolved from the Album oriented rock (AOR format in the early-1980s Bates sold the station to Public Radio Capital for $5 million, and PRC leases it to KEXP.
As of 2005, the station has construction permits to increase the power of KEXP 90. 3 FM from 720 watts to 3,300 W effective radiated power, and KXOT from 7,900 W to 39,000 W. In radio Telecommunications, effective radiated power or equivalent radiated power (ERP is a standardized theoretical measurement of radio frequency (RF
KEXP began podcasting their live, in-studio performances beginning with Seattle hip hop trio Boom Bap Project who appeared on 21 July 2005. A podcast is a series of audio or Video digital-media files which is distributed over the Internet by syndicated Download Hip hop music, also referred to as rap music, is a Music genre typically consisting of a rhythmic vocal style called rap which is accompanied with Boom Bap Project is an Underground hip hop group from Seattle, Washington, currently signed to Rhymesayers record label Events 356 BC - Herostratus sets fire to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
On 3 November 2005, KEXP announced it was terminating operation of KXOT 91. Events 644 - Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second Muslim Caliph, is killed by a Persian slave in Medina. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. 7 FM at the end of the calendar year. The agreement made with EMP in 2001 is set to expire, and the radio station is preparing to support increased operating costs with a smaller budget. 
On 10 March 2006, KEXP increased the power of its terrestrial frequency to 4,700 W effective radiated power. Events 241 BC - First Punic War: Battle of the Aegates Islands - The Romans sink the Carthaginian fleet bringing Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. In radio Telecommunications, effective radiated power or equivalent radiated power (ERP is a standardized theoretical measurement of radio frequency (RF The signal is radiated in a cardioid pattern. Cardioid is Closed curve with one Cusp. Definition In Geometry, the cardioid is an Epicycloid with one Cusp.
In May 2006, "KEXP’s Audioasis local music program announced a 'community partnership' initiative 'designed to create connections between KEXP listeners and deserving local charities. ' The hope is that these connections will result in an increase in awareness of the mission and work of local organizations and the impact they have on the larger community. "
In August of 2007, it was learned that station management of a New York City public radio station, WNYE, was planning a radical overhaul of their programming, moving to an all music format. The City of New York WNYE is a public radio station owned by the City of New York. The plans, detailed in a February 11 2008 press release, are to partner with KEXP, and move to a simulcast and music format branded as "Radio Liberation. " Many public radio insiders believe that the radio management team assembled by NYC Media Group president Arick Wierson intends to do with radio what he orchestrated with TV, that is, to completely shed the "public" and "non-commercial" aspects of WNYE and leave a much more highly commercial format in its place.
On 24 March 2008, KEXP DJ John Richards'(a. k. a. , John in the Morning) broadcast was heard on 91. 5 FM in New York City for the first time as part of Radio Liberation. Radio Liberation is the collaboration between KEXP and Radio New York (91. 5 FM) ) to introduce NY listeners to more independent music. The collaboration will simulcast one part of KEXP’s original broadcasting and three originally produced programs. John Richards’ morning show is the only program that will be simulcast on the dial in both Seattle and NYC. The other programs (Wake Up, Music That Matters, and Mo’Glo) will be produced specifically for Radio New York, but not available to Seattle or online listeners.
According to the Radio Liberation microsite, “this partnership makes it possible for KEXP to reach another 14 million terrestrial listeners in New York. ” KEXP has a long-standing relationship with New York, broadcasting live from there a couple times a year. In addition to information about the project, the microsite includes a list of NY concert events, Song of the Day Podcasts, and album reviews.
Additionally, "beginning this June, John Richards will split time between Seattle and New York, broadcasting his show live from both locations throughout the year. " 
John Richards, who frequently creates playlists based on themes opened the first Radio Liberation broadcast with the following songs:
PixiesPixies “Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf)” (his self professed favorite band)
Harvey Danger “Pike St. Pixies are an American Alternative rock band formed in Boston Massachusetts in 1986 Harvey Danger is a rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1992 and rose to prominence in 1998 with the single " /Park Slope” (Seattle band singing about Seattle and Brooklyn)
Death Cab for Cutie “Marching Bands of Manhattan” (NYC reference)
In addition to features such as playlists and live streaming radio, KEXP's website includes an archive of all programs from the last two weeks as well as a massive collection of previous on-air live performances . Park Slope is a neighborhood in the western section of Brooklyn, New York City's most populous borough. Death Cab for Cutie is an American Indie rock band formed in Bellingham, In its most general form a playlist is simply a list of Songs The term has several specialized meanings in the realms of Radio Broadcasting and The performers in the collection are representative of the station's eclectic musical mix. These include national and international artists such as Patti Smith, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and They Might Be Giants and local Pacific Northwest artists such as Harvey Danger, The Long Winters, and Maktub. Patricia Lee Smith ( born December 30 1946 is an American Singer-songwriter and poet Jimmie Dale Gilmore (born May 6, 1945) is a country singer songwriter actor recording artist and producer currently living in Austin, They Might Be Giants (commonly abbreviated to TMBG) is an American Alternative rock band which began as a duo of John Flansburgh and John The Pacific Northwest is a region in the northwest of North America (the term refers to the land not the ocean Harvey Danger is a rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1992 and rose to prominence in 1998 with the single " The Long Winters is an American Indie rock band based in Seattle Washington. Maktub is a Seattle, Washington -based music group formed in the late 1990s that combines elements of hip-hop, Rhythm and blues, soul
KEXP's website was the first site on the Internet to offer a 1. 4 Mbit/s uncompressed stream of live radio. Innovations such as the uncompressed stream helped KEXP's website to win a Webby Award for best radio website in 2004. It had been nominated for the same award in 2003 but failed to win.