KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio
- Call Letters: KBCS
- Frequency: 91.3
- Networks: Northwest News Network
KBCS-FM is a listener supported, non-commercial, community radio station, operated as a public service of Bellevue Community College in Washington State. Our purpose is to entertain, educate and involve a diverse community of listeners with a variety of music, cultural and public affairs programs.
Our djs are community volunteers. Our programming takes you on a musical exploration from jazz, blues, and folk to modern global hip hop, electronica, reggae, and dub. We present Democracy Now!, Free Speech Radio News and other cultural and public affairs programs. KBCS is the only station in the Greater Seattle Area that offers ongoing training opportunities.
History and Broadcast Range
KBCS 91.3 FM is the only non-commercial community radio station in the Seattle metro market. We are licensed to Bellevue Community College in Bellevue, Washington. KBCS began broadcasting in February 1973 as a 10 watt, student-run media training center. We increased power to 1,000 watts in the late 1980s and expanded beyond the student body to become a full-time community radio station.
Other milestones followed: we increased power to 8,000 watts in 1990; we installed a new omnidirectional antenna in 2001; and we moved into new studios and offices in Factoria in June, 2002. Today, the signal is heard as far east as Fall City in the Cascade foothills, as far south as Tacoma, as far west as Poulsbo on the Kitsap Peninsula and as far north as Everett.