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KNKX is an ambassador for jazz and blues, and a vital source of high-quality NPR and Northwest news. Our programming staff are storytellers who reach deeply into the community to reflect the voices of our region.

We are an independent public radio station serving the entire region. Operating a network of 12 radio signals "from the coast to the Cascades", as well as streaming our signal via mobile apps and smart speakers, KNKX reaches hundreds of thousands listeners every week.

Our global jazz service, Jazz24, is listened to in more than 150 countries with hundreds of thousands of listeners every month. And KNKX has millions of views on its YouTube channel of exclusive jazz and blues performances in the KNKX studios.

KNKX is funded by a loyal community of listeners who value the station’s vital services. In August of 2016, after an unprecedented public effort to save the station, the station became independent, changing its name from KPLU to KNKX. KNKX stands for "Connects," which reflects our commitment to inspire, educate and entertain across the region.

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KNKX Public Radio

KNKX Public Radio

KNKX delivers jazz, blues and news that inspire, enlighten 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.

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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.