IT’S OFFICIAL--FRIENDS OF 88.5 OWNS KPLU (knkx)
Over 18,000 contributing listeners to the Save KPLU campaign secure an independent community owned station.
(Tacoma-Seattle, WA) -- Friends of 88.5 FM, a nonprofit community organization formed to preserve local National Public Radio affiliate KPLU, announced the official and final closing of the sale of KPLU. The new, community-owned station is 88.5 knkx.
An unprecedented “Save KPLU” fundraising effort among the station’s listeners resulted in more than 24,000 donations from over 18,000 donors contributing to the $7 million goal, which was reached on May 26, 2016. Additional contributions since that date have helped build a reserve fund to cover operations now that the station is independently owned.
“We're excited about the future of 88.5 Connects, knkx,” says Joey Cohn, General Manager of knkx. “We're proud that we will continue to bring our listeners the wonderful jazz, blues and news programs they love. We also look forward to creating new and exciting shows that will connect with our audience in meaningful ways.”
Friends of 88.5 FM, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is the entity responsible for the Save KPLU campaign and, as of August 31, will oversee all station governance issues, including fiscal oversight, FCC compliance and policy decisions. A list of members of the Friends of 88.5 FM’s Board of Directors can be found at www.knkx.org. As mandated by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the station will also maintain a Community Advisory Council. Together, these two groups are the primary means by which the community has influence on the operations and direction of the station. About one-third of all public radio stations in the U.S. operate as community licensees, most notably WBEZ in Chicago, WNYC in New York, KQED in San Francisco, as well as local stations KEXP and KING-FM.
Additional information is available at www.knkx.org.
Brenda Goldstein Young, Director of Community Outreach and Events