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Our Mission: KNKX delivers jazz, blues and news that inspire, enlighten and connect our community.

Ranked as one of the most popular public radio stations in the nation, KNKX has served the Pacific Northwest since 1966.

KNKX is an ambassador for jazz and blues, and a vital source of quality, non-commercial news, including NPR and regional coverage. The programming staff are storytellers who reach deeply into the community to reflect the voices of our region.

Operating a network of 12 radio signals that cover Western Washington, KNKX reaches 325,000 listeners weekly. In addition, and its 24-hour jazz stream, Jazz24, reach 350,000 listeners every month online. KNKX has millions of views on its YouTube channel of live jazz and blues performances.

KNKX is funded by a loyal community of listeners who value the station’s independence. In August of 2016, after an unprecedented public effort to save the station, it became independently licensed and changed its name from KPLU to KNKX, which stands for “Connects” to acknowledge its commitment to inspire, educate and entertain its audiences by reflecting their vital local community."

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KNKX Public Radio

KNKX Public Radio

KNKX delivers excellence in jazz, blues and news with stories that inspire, inform and connect our community.




KNKX woudn't be what it is without our amazing reporters, music hosts and everyone else behind the mic. Learn more about what makes KNKX the premier news and music source in Western Washington.

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KNKX's Board of Directors are responsible for the governance of our 501(c)(3) nonprofit group 'Friends of 88.5-FM.' The Board oversees the overall direction for KNKX management, evaluates the performance of KNKX, and provides oversight for our budget. Learn more about its members now.

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The KNKX Community Advisory Council provides feedback on KNKX programs and helps KNKX better understand the needs and interests of its audience. The Community Advisory Council meets on a quarterly basis. Meetings are open to the public.

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Other documents and information about KNKX coverage and funding. If you are seeking a specific piece of information, please email our Listener Services desk here.