KEXP is a radio station in Seattle that specializes in indie rock.
FlipMagazine, following the career of Ibeyi French Cuban twins, listened to Radio KEXP and really loved it.
Besides the alternative rock that fills most of KEXP’s schedule, there are weekly programs dedicated to particular musical genres, including world music, blues, soul, electronic music and hip hop.. Usually, in-studio live performances by some artists, are also regularly scheduled. KEXP radio Is also streamed on web.
Groundwork for the station, that would become KEXP, began in 1971, started by University of Washington, undergraduates John Kean, Cliff Noonan, Tory Fiedler, and Brent Wilcox.
The four students convinced the Communications Department to provide space and a tiny budget with which they bought some material to start working and a few other items like plywood. They built their own console cabinets for a frequency and a license, and ultimately raised their own antenna. In 1972, the station started operations as KCMU, a small rock station staffed by University of Washington students for the campus.
In 1981, under the direction of John Kertzer, KCMU began soliciting donations from listeners after the UW’s budget was cut. Throughout the late 1980s, the station tapped into Seattle’s burgeoning music scene. Members of some local bands worked as volunteer DJs, as did both Jonathan Poneman and Bruce Pavitt. During these years, Billboard Magazine called KCMU: ‘One of the most influential commercial-free stations in the country’.
In 1982, the station’s power increased to 182 watts, allowing it to be heard outside the University District.] From 1983–1985, Kerry Loewen was station manager.
On December 18, 2018, KEXP announced that it would be the ‘official music partner’ of Seattle’s National Hockey team, being also responsible for all in-game music and music entertainment, surrounding the team.
KEXP is now very famous, not only in Seattle, but also in several cities of the States.
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