KNDD (107.7 FM), also known as "107.7 The End", is an alternative rock radio station in Seattle, Washington. It is operated by Entercom Communications. Its studios are located in the Metropolitan Park West tower between Downtown and South Lake Union in Seattle. The station broadcasts on 107.7 MHz with an ERP of 68,000 watts and transmits from a tower near Issaquah, Washington on Tiger Mountain.
The station began its life in 1962 as non-commercial KRAB, founded by Lorenzo Milam and eventually owned by the Jack Straw Memorial Foundation. KRAB broadcast an eclectic mix of Pacifica radio features, world music, jazz, and much more. But the station was also dangerously close to insolvency. Its management realized the station could be sold to a commercial broadcaster and an endowment created, allowing the Foundation to broadcast in the non-commercial part of the radio dial, which exists between 88.1 MHz and 91.9 MHz. The owners of KRAB originally applied to share time with KNHC, owned by the Seattle Public Schools. However, this action was seen by the school district as a hostile take-over bid. Ultimately, the owners got a license for 90.7 MHz in Everett, Washington. KRAB's legacy remains on the air at KSER. The 107.7 FM frequency then went dark for 11 months.
The first commercial station signed on March 9, 1985. It was known as KMGI, also known as "Magic 108". The station was a gold-based Adult Contemporary station and had limited success for four years. But, under the ownership of Noble Broadcast Group, the station refocused as a Hot AC station in August 1989 and rebranded as "I-107.7." KMGI brought together the morning team of Kelly and Alpha, who remained with the station throughout its days as I-107-7. All forms of AC tried on the station resulted in low ratings.
At 3 p.m. on August 16, 1991, KMGI began stunting with TV theme songs with different voices stating "The End is coming" during its commercial breaks and randomly between themes. A week later, on August 23, at 3 p.m., the station flipped to modern rock, and changed its name and call letters to "107.7 The End" (KNDD). The End's first songs were "It's The End of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M., followed by "Sex (I'm A...)" by Berlin. The station referred to its music as "The Cutting Edge of Rock." This positioning statement borrowed directly from its San Diego/Tijuana sister station XETRA-FM. It was the Seattle market's 4th attempt at a modern alternative format, dating back to KZAM AM 1540 in the late 1970s. Other stations in the format at one time or another included KJET AM 1590 and KYYX FM 96.5, which both trace their histories to the 1980s. Within six weeks of The End's first broadcast, three albums by local artists — Ten by Pearl Jam, Nevermind by Nirvana and Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden — were released. These albums helped come to define the sound known as grunge, and the station quickly became one of the major stations in alternative rock radio. KNDD was also the first commercial station to play the band Weezer, when in June 1994, the station played "Undone (The Sweater Song)". In 1998, MTV's The Real World was taped in Seattle and required the season's cast to work at KNDD as "modulators". For many years, the station's morning show was titled "The Morning End", and was hosted by Andy Savage. Savage was let go in 2003 due to the expiration of his contract with the station. After a period of music-based shows, Adam Carolla would become the station's morning show host in 2006.
On December 18, 2003, the station moved to a classic alternative rock direction. CBS Radio followed suit 29 hours later by flipping KYPT ("96.5 The Point") to KRQI ("96-5 K-Rock") to provide competition. This proved to be a stunt, and shortly after KRQI's sign-on, the station moved back to alternative rock, although it dumped most hard rock bands (KRQI later dumped the format and flipped to adult hits in 2005 as KJAQ). This marked one of the first times when KNDD wasn't Seattle's only alternative rock station. But, KNDD returned to not being Seattle's only alternative rock station in 2011, when Sandusky's KLCK-FM (Click 98.9) changed formats from adult album alternative/modern AC to alternative. KNDD once again became the market's only alternative rock station with the flip of KLCK-FM from alternative rock to hot adult contemporary in March 2012.
In May 2006, long time program director Phil Manning announced that he was leaving the station. Scott Geiger, also known as Lazlo, of sister station KRBZ in Kansas City, was named the new program director on June 1, 2006. In November 2006, he began hosting afternoons with a simulcast of his KRBZ show, which was co-hosted by his wife, Afentra Bandokoudis, and Slimfast under "The Church of Lazlo" moniker. In June 2008, KNDD announced that Mike Kaplan would be replacing Geiger as program director. Kaplan had previously served as operations manager for two of Entercom's stations in New Orleans. KNDD also announced that Geiger, known on air as Lazlo, would continue to host his afternoon show "The Church of Lazlo". On July 17, 2008, Lazlo, Afentra, and Slimfast announced that they would depart KNDD. On August 25, 2008, both "Afentra's Big Fat Morning Buzz" and "The Church of Lazlo" returned live to Kansas City on KRBZ.
In February 2009, the syndicated Adam Carolla Show was cancelled, leaving KNDD without a morning show. After an on-air search for a new morning host that featured well known DJs and local musicians, Whitney "Red" Knoerlein was named host of a freshly resurrected version of The Morning End.
- 1077 The End's Summer Camp
- First occurring in 2007 Summer Camp is summer festival held at Redmond's Marymoor Park.
- An annual holiday concert since 1992.
- Concerts for a Cause
- A concert series benefiting local charities.
- Intimate, mostly acoustic performances from current End Artists since 1997.
- An annual summer festival since 1992.
- Are You On The List
- A free concert series held throughout the year. End listeners won their spot on the list to check out some of the stations hottest new up and coming artist.
- 1077 The End's Beach House
- Located in the heart of Alki Beach, The End's Beach House was KNDD's summer headquarters for two summers (2007 and 2008). Listeners were encouraged to stop by check out and sometimes join in the daily broadcast, enjoy exclusive performances from national and local artists, and have a free beer and some food at the weekly Friday Night Beach BBQ.
- Andy Savage
- Marco Collins
- Jordin Silver
- Bill Reid
- DJ No Name
- Brian Beck
- Steve the Producer
- Kim Monroe
- Jim Keller
- Norman B.
- Tony Morigi
- Tommy Hough
- Reverend Adumb Green
- Sarah Bradley (News Director)
- Megan Seling
- Pepper Smith
- Gimme 5 @ 5
- The top 5 requests of the day played last to first, starting at 5pm every weekday.
- Locals Only
- Alternative music from the Pacific Northwest is played every Sunday from 8pm to 10pm. The show is hosted by Steven Graham.
- Subtronic End The End's Electronic Music show hosted by End DJ Zach Van Lue on Saturday nights from 10pm to 1am.
- End Unplugged
- Exclusive acoustic performances from End artists are played every Sunday morning from 10am to 12pm.
- Resurrection Sunday
- Music from the early years of The End is played from 8am to 10am every Sunday.
- Passport Approved
- Worldwide new music is played from 9pm to 11pm every Sunday.
- The New Music Show: One Hour Specialty Show of the most interesting new music Hosted by Harms. Show featured the United States debut of bands like Muse and The Killers. Created and Hosted by harms
- People's Choice Countdown: The top five most requested songs of the day. Played at 10:00pm Monday through Friday.
- End to End Music: Three hours of non-stop music, 9am to 12pm Monday through Friday
- The Adam Carolla Show
- The Church of Lazlo: Afternoon drive show hosted by Lazlo, wife Afentra, and sidekick Slimfast
- The Daily Special: The End's all-request lunch hour, the music played is generally wrapped around a central theme. While Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays have fixed themes (1990s music, Resurrection Flashback, and general all-request, respectively), Tuesday and Thursday's themes are essentially wild cards and can range from an hour's worth of music by one artist, to songs whose titles or content all have something in common.
- Gabba Gabba Hey: Punk rock from the 1970s through today. Hosted by Rob Femur.
- The Young & the Restless: Alternative music from the Pacific Northwest.
- Resurrection Flashback: An hour of music from the beginning of alternative rock, going from the 1970s, 80s, and early 90s. Formerly hosted by Jim Keller.
- Ultrasound: Electro and dance rock, Saturdays 9pm to Midnight
- What's Next: As the title would suggest, the newest music in alternative, ranging from the newest singles by top artists, to album tracks (occasionally whole albums will be played), to local music. Hosted by harms.
- syndicated radio program is played every Sunday morning from 6am to 7am. In September 2013 - August 2014, KNDD started broadcasting etown shows after sister station KMTT flipped formats.
According to the radio playlist database "Yes.com" KNDD played the "Weird Al" Yankovic song "Amish Paradise" at 2:55pm on Monday, October 2, 2006, just hours after Charles Roberts killed 5 young girls in a Pennsylvania Amish schoolhouse.
On October 6, 2006, Entercom Seattle Vice President Jerry McKenna issued the following statement. DJ No Name was "less respectful of the event than he should have been. We are dealing with it internally."
In 2007, the station was nominated for the top 25 markets Alternative station of the year award by Radio & Records magazine. Other nominees included WBCN in Boston, Massachusetts, KROQ-FM in Los Angeles, KTBZ-FM in Houston, Texas, KITS, in San Francisco, and WWDC in Washington, DC.