Ongaku Gatas

Ongaku Gatas was a Japanese girl group consisted of select members from Hello! Project's futsal club Gatas Brilhantes H. P. and Hello Pro Egg. The group was formed in 2007; the group's name combines the Japanese word ongaku with the Portuguese word gatas, taken from the name of the Hello! Project futsal team, Gatas Brilhantes. Together, the two words mean "musical cats", although gatas is slang for "pretty girls". In early 2008, Erina Mano and Mika Mutō graduated from the group. Mano left the group but continued as solo singer within Hello! Project, whereas Mutō left both the group and Hello! Project in its entirety to return to life as a normal student and focus on her studies. In August 2009, it was announced that Arisa Noto and Yuri Sawada, two more Eggs, would both be graduating from Hello! Project. Sawada graduated from both Hello! Project and Ongaku Gatas. Noto, remained in the group though she had graduated from Hello! Project. Although, soon after their winter tour finished in early 2009, Hitomi Yoshizawa, Rika Ishikawa, Asami Konno and Mai Satoda, all graduated from Hello!

Project in March 2009 the group remained together, though they switched management to Up-Front Agency. The group went on a hiatus after their graduation. However, they began to tour again in March 2010, playing a total of three venues to promote their new single "Ready! Kick Off!!" Released on March 3. Hitomi Yoshizawa Rika Ishikawa Miki Korenaga Minami Sengoku Erina Mano Mika Mutō Yuri Sawada Asami Konno Arisa Noto Mai Satoda Ongaku Gatas discography at Up-Front Works Official Website Official Website


KKDZ is a radio station in Seattle, licensed to operate with 5,000 watts full-time. It was first licensed in April 1922 as KTW, is one of the oldest in the United States; the station received its first license, with the randomly issued call letters of KTW, on April 22, 1922. The original licensee was the First Presbyterian Church of Seattle, located at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Spring Street. Construction was credited to "J. D. Ross, superintendent of the City Light Department, James G. Priestly of the city chemist's department". A 250-watt station, its debut broadcasts were made on May 14, 1922 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. One of the station's purposes was to provide religious services to twenty-two outlying mission houses and chapels that didn't have their own ministers. KTW was licensed to use the single shared "entertainment" wavelength of 360 meters, was one of the last stations to remain on that wavelength. In 1925 it switched to 660 kHz, followed in 1927 by a move to 760 kHz.

On November 11, 1928, under the provisions of a major reallocation resulting from the Federal Radio Commission's General Order 40, KTW was reassigned to 1270 kHz, shared with KFOA. In 1931 it moved to 1220 kHz, sharing this frequency with KWSC in Washington. On March 29, 1941, along with all the other stations on 1220 kHz, KTW moved to 1250 kHz, the frequency KTW and its successors have occupied since, as part of the implementation of the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement. Commercial programming started in 1946. KTW was sold to David M Segal in 1964. A Top 40 format failed because KTW shared 1250kHz with KWSU, which had priority. KTW signed off at sunset signed on again at 11:15pm when KWSU, at Washington State University, signed off; the arrangement killed young listenership. The station’s 4 DJs… “Tom, Dick and Sam” worked out of the First Presbyterian Church cinderblock building studios at 710 Madison Street. Segal established KTW-FM at 102.5 in 1964. FM listenership in Seattle was meager at best back outdistanced by Marketcasters KIXI-FM.

KOL-FM was a popular "underground station" in the late 60s, simulcasting KOL-AM 6a-6p "going underground" for the next 12 hours. KTW was sold to Nordawn, short for Norwood and Dawn Patterson, for $25,000; the Pattersons took the AM/FM to paid Christian programming, featuring shows including “The Lutheran Hour,” “Curtis Springer,: and others. Patterson owned Christian stations in central California. Patterson was found guilty of tax fraud in 1971 for failing to pay the Treasury Department employee withholding taxes which he had withheld, which the court ruled he had been keeping for himself; when the Patterson’s Seattle stations went into court-ordered receivership in 1970 an attorney. Walter M. Webster, Jr. posted notices in the studios, by located on the 15th floor in the Northern Life Tower building at 3rd and University. Patterson ordered the control room board op to shut down both transmitters. Patterson drove to West Seattle to remove the “finals” from both transmitters, he failed to notice spares in the engineering cabinet.

The station was back up and running that night. Norwood J. Patterson was sentenced to two years in federal prison. KTW-FM, like KOL-FM mentioned earlier had 12 hours of separated programming by law, but paid religion had limited audience appeal. KTW was sold to Sterling Recreation Organization, a chain of cinemas in the Seattle area owned by Fred Danz, in 1971. Under Danz the format switched to News/Talk, gained traction with news blocks and intelligent hosts including Aaron Brown, Linda Gist, Greg Palmer, Wayne Cody and many others; the News Director was Phil Cogan. The limited AM daytime hours again contributed to the format’s demise. After the KTW SRO sale KTW-FM became KZOK. Financial problems resulted in the station being sold to Don Dudley and a format flip to Urban adult contemporary, along with a call letter change to KYAC in 1975. KYAC moved its format over from 1460. In 1981, the station was sold to Northstar Broadcasters and renamed KKFX. Vice President and General Manager John L. Hawkins implemented "Greatest Hits" music during the day to serve a general audience, a format he had success with at San Francisco station KNEW and others.

The station was known for a howl sound effect dropped between songs. Because the nighttime radio audience has a different listener profile, K-Fox aired "Night Beat -- The Beat of the Fox", during the evening hours. Night Beat proved so popular that the station evolved to playing it full-time in 1982, using the slogan "K-Fox -- Seattle's Hottest Music". Bingham Broadcasting bought the station four years later. In 1987, the station dropped its rhythmic format in favor of satellite-fed R&B oldies, though it would return to rhythmic a year later; this format continued with minor variations until KKFX signed-off in March 1993. On April 7, 1993 the call letters were changed to KKDZ, a month on May 14th the station returned to the air as the flagship outlet for the fledgling "KidStar" radio network, run by the Seattle-based Children's Media Network. Financial problems would force the station off the air again on March 22, 1997. In August of that same year, KKDZ returned as an affiliate of Radio Disney, who would buy the station outright in January 1998.

The cessation of operations of KARR in February 2014 due to the expiration of the lease on their transmitter site affected KKDZ, as it used the KARR site for night time operations. KKDZ filed with the Federal Communications Commission for a Special Temporary Auth