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UW had ‘Fight Club’ rule of secrecy about KPLU deal

“Emails and records show UW and KUOW officials worked to keep details secret about the Seattle public radio station’s intentions to buy its competitor KPLU until the day university regents approved the plan. PLU, meanwhile, insisted on not revealing that it initiated the deal,” The Seattle Times reports.


The University’s assertion that it now cannot afford to allow KPLU to continue using a facility whose construction KPLU listeners and supporters funded is breathtakingly out of touch.

— Excerpt from a letter sent by KPLU’s Advisory Council to its owner, Pacific Lutheran University, formally opposing the station’s sale to the University of Washington, which already owns and operates NPR affiliate KUOW.

Joel Connelly has more at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

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Why KPLU must be saved and KUOW reformed

Local meteorologist Cliff Mass weighs in against KUOW’s proposed acquisition of fellow National Public Radio affiliate KPLU, offering a unique perspective as a former contributor to KUOW and a current contributor to KPLU.



Radio Alert: NPI founder Andrew Villeneuve on KUOW today at 12:30 PM

Heads up, NPI supporters! Following his appearance on KIRO FM with Dave Ross this morning, Northwest Progressive Institute founder and Executive Director Andrew Villeneuve will be going on KUOW’s midday show with host Bill Radke to talk about the Majority Vote Protection Act, the new initiative that NPI is developing. Tune in at 12:30 PM to KUOW (94.9) to hear the discussion!

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KUOW: A major public radio station stumbles

University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass explains what’s wrong with KUOW, Seattle’s most listened-to radio station, which has been losing audience, credibility, and prestige for years, mostly due to bad decisions by its director of programming. KUOW is owned by the UW, which holds its license.