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CityKirkland, Washington
Broadcast areaSeattle metropolitan area
Frequency1460 kHz
Translator(s)K253CG 98.5 MHz (Redmond)
First air date1964[1]
FormatChristian radio
Power5,000 watts daytime
2,500 watts nighttime
Facility ID20669
Former callsignsKYAC (1965-1975)[1]
KILO (1975-1977)[1]
KGAA (1977[1]-1984)[2]
OwnerJames A. Dalke

KARR (1460 kHz) is an AM radio station licensed to Kirkland, Washington. The station airs a Christian radio format and broadcasts to the Seattle metropolitan area, it is owned by James A Dalke and is an affiliate of the Family Radio Network, based in Oakland, California. KARR airs mostly traditional Christian music, along with some talk and teaching programs.

KARR uses a directional antenna at all times, broadcasting at 5,000 watts by day and 2,500 watts at night. KARR's transmitter is off 127th Place NE in Kirkland.[3] Programming is also heard on an FM translator, 98.5 K253CG in Redmond, Washington.[4]


The 1460 frequency in the Seattle area first was used by KYAC, which signed on in 1964.[5] It was owned by Carl-Dek, Inc. and aired a country music format. The station was a daytimer, broadcasting at 5,000 watts but required to go off the air at sunset to avoid interfering with other stations on AM 1460. In 1975, KYAC moved to 1250 AM.

Also in 1975, a new station signed on at AM 1460. KILO aired an album rock format. In 1977, it became KGAA, a country music station owned by Monroe Broadcasting, a Spokane-based company that also owned that city's country station, 1510 KGA.

In 1979, KGAA flipped to an MOR format; the station was sold that year to Community Communications of Gresham, Oregon.[6] In 1983, the station was granted the right to broadcast full-time by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The station changed its call sign to KARR in 1984, and flipped to an adult standards format, utilizing the "Music of Your Life" network feed.

In 1985, KARR went dark due to financial problems; the following September, KARR returned to the air as an affiliate of Family Radio, and would be owned Family Radio itself.

On February 12, 2014, Family Radio announced that KARR would suspend operations on February 28 due to the expiration of the lease at its transmitter location.[7] KARR returned to the air with reduced power from a temporary transmitter site on February 23, 2015.[8]

Effective August 6, 2015, the station was sold to James A. Dalke, for a price of $3,000.[9] Dalke has continued to operate KAAR with Family Radio programming, restoring it to its full power, and adding an FM translator in Redmond.


  1. ^ a b c d History Cards for KARR, fcc.gov. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Call Sign History, fcc.gov. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  3. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KARR
  4. ^ Radio-Locator.com/K253CG
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1967 page B-175
  6. ^ Spokane Daily Chronicle: "Sale of Country Radio Stations Expected", 21 October 1980, via Google News.
  7. ^ "Family Stations' Seattle AM To Go Dark On February 28th". All Access. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  8. ^ https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts?context=25&appn=101671880&formid=910&fac_num=20669
  9. ^ Asset Purchase Agreement, fcc.gov. Accessed August 22, 2015

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Coordinates: 47°40′23″N 122°10′08″W / 47.67306°N 122.16889°W / 47.67306; -122.16889