Underground Neighborhood Radio Stations Are Popping Up Across Seattle

A new wave of low-power FM stations foster community connection.

In 2010, Congress passed the Local Community Radio Act to allow low- power FM stations in urban areas, something formerly only permitted in rural areas, for community groups and nonprofits to share noncommercial information and local news. In recent years, a number of stations in Seattle—each with an approximately 3.5-mile, hyperlocal broadcast radius—have been approved, and some are just powering up. Here are a few to check out on the dial. 

KODX-FM 96.9
Earth On-the-Air Independent Media, University District: News, interviews, radio documentaries and live forums for radical and progressive perspectives on racial, economic and environmental justice.

KMGP-FM 101.1
Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange (SPACE) Radio, Magnuson Park: Neighborhood, park and event information, including youth programming and interviews with park officials. 

KHUH-FM 104.9
Hollow Earth Radio, Central District: Experimental local music of all genres and weekly radio shows, such as Central Sounds, about interesting music and conversation connected to Seattle’s Central District.

KVRU-FM 105.7
Rainier Valley Radio, Rainier Valley: In one of the most culturally diverse areas of Seattle, this station aims to educate and entertain listeners through multilingual and multicultural talk programs. 

KBFG-FM 107.3
Fulcrum Community Communications, Ballard, Fremont and Greenwood: Features shows about North Seattle’s cultural history, as well as an eclectic combination of local, live, youth and traditional music.

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