KGY 96.9 returns to Country

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KGY 96.9 returns to Country

Postby Dan Sys » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:39 pm

KGY 96.9 in McCleary-Olympia, WA which has a reach covering Tacoma and Seattle's southern suburbs has dropped Classic Hits as "The Sound" and flipped to Country branded as "South Sound Country".
http://www.southsoundcountry.com/
The station had previously been Country up until July 2010 when it flipped to the apparently unsuccessful Classic Hits format.
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Re: KGY 96.9 returns to Country

Postby BossRadio » Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:50 am

Hey Dan.. A query on Washington Country sticks.
I remember driving into the NW via Idaho about twenty years back,and there was a midstate(?) country station that promoted itself on a splitter as "broadcasting live from Tiger Mountain! ". Always thought it was a cool image. Does this ring a bell? it was a pretty decent sounding small market signal.
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Re: KGY 96.9 returns to Country

Postby Dan Sys » Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:31 pm

The towers for most of the major Seattle area stations are on Tiger Mountain on the west slope. The east slope would be too far away for stations in Central Washington to locate their towers there (my first thoughts were KXLE 95.3 in Ellensburg). I wonder if the station you mentioned is (was) KRPM 106.1 in Tacoma? They were Country about 20 years ago and the tower for their current incarnation KBKS (106.1 KISS FM) is located on Tiger Mountain. Any thoughts on this Radiofan?
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Re: KGY 96.9 returns to Country

Postby radiofan » Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:01 pm

It almost sounds like something that would have been used on KYCW Young Country 96.5 .. with their Top approach to Country, complete with echo etc.
Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who couldn't hear the music.
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Re: KGY 96.9 returns to Country

Postby BossRadio » Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:12 am

Thanks for your comments guys. If my fading memory serves,it wasn't Young Country,maybe even an AM station....but Young Country DID kick arse for few months..came nicely into Nanaimo on cable, and ate some of our CKEG audience.
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