KMPS-FM is a radio station based in Seattle, Washington. The Entercom outlet broadcasts at 94.1 MHz with its main transmitter operating at 73 kW effective radiated power and its three auxiliary transmitters operating at 57 kW, 55 kW and 53 kW ERP. All four of its transmitters are located near Issaquah, Washington on Tiger Mountain, and operates from studios in Seattle near Lake Union.

KMPS-FM broadcasts in HD.[2]

History

Its legacy on FM radio dates back to 1961, when it signed on as KOL-FM. The frequency has seen both Progressive Rock (1968-1975) and Beautiful Music (1975-1978 as KEUT) formats, before flipping to its current format on February 1, 1978.

KMPS started its life as a country station in 1975, as KMPS-AM 1300. It was a direct challenger to then-dominant country station KAYO 1150 AM. Today, it is one of two Country outlets targeting the Puget Sound region; KKWF (100.7 The Wolf) is the other.

EZ Communications owned the station for many years. In July 1997, EZ would merge with American Radio Systems, with ARS merging with Infinity Broadcasting (owned by CBS) in September of that year. (Infinity would be renamed CBS Radio in December 2005.)

On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Entercom, with KMPS being retained by the new company, making it a sister station to KKWF, as well as KHTP, KISW and KNDD.[7] To meet ownership limits set by the FCC, sister stations KFNQ, KJAQ and KZOK will be acquired by iHeartMedia.[8] The merger of CBS and Entercom was approved on November 9, and was consummated on the 17th.[9][10] At Noon on the 17th, after playing "Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks, KMPS began airing round-the-clock Christmas music while keeping the KMPS branding. The abrupt flip makes KMPS the third station in the market to air Christmas music during the holidays, the other two being KRWM and KPLZ. It is not currently known if the station will change formats after the holiday season, though the station is retaining its current staff.[11]