A pair of public radio stations in Seattle will consolidate in an agreement announced Thursday. The University of Washington, owner of news/talk KUOW-FM (94.9), has agreed to buy “Jazz 88.5” KPLU-FM from Pacific Lutheran University for $7 million in cash and $1 million in underwriting announcements.
KPLU-FM, an NPR affiliate that airs jazz and news, will drop news programming to become a fulltime jazz outlet with new call letters that better fit its new identity. KUOW-FM will continue to focus on NPR programming and local news/talk. The deal includes additional frequencies that KPLU-FM simulcasts on.
“Evolving the format of 88.5 to all-music programming gives listeners two distinct public radio stations — one for jazz and the other for National Public Radio and locally produced content,” KUOW said in a statement.