Wenatchee-based KOHO Radio will transition from broadcasting adult contemporary music, local news and talk shows to a smooth jazz format provided by Northwest Public Broadcasting.
The Sleeping Lady Foundation, owner of KOHO, says the jazz music format fulfills the vision of Harriet Bullitt who established Icicle Broadcasting in 1999 to provide local radio and arts.
“We are thrilled to honor Harriett Bullitt’s vision to enhance the community’s vast artistic and cultural resources,” said Beth Stipe, President of the Sleeping Lady Foundation. “This programming change will provide our audience with an exciting new musical option not offered anywhere in the region.”
The format change will begin on April 19.
Bullitt, the former owner of KING Broadcasting in Seattle and a longtime North Central Washington philanthropist, donated Icicle Broadcasting to the Sleeping Lady Foundation in 2018.
Former Icicle Broadcasting stations KOZI and KZAL were sold to Chelan Valley Media Group last summer.
Sleeping Lake Foundation and Icicle Broadcasting have yet to say what the format change will mean for local KOHO employees and whether its downtown Wenatchee offices will remain operational and whether KOHO will continue to report local news.
According to a press release from NWPB, Icicle Broadcasting and the Sleeping Lady Foundation announcing the format change, the all-jazz service debuted in 2013 on KJEM in Pullman, home to Washington State University.
“Funded by philanthropic resources, KJEM provides students with an educational opportunity to create, manage, program and produce jazz programs,” the press release reads. “Thanks to this experience, they learn the profession of audiovisual media. The jazz station complements the NWPB network, which offers an NPR News service and a classical music service throughout the Northwest.