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KEXP Facts
  • KEXP has been on the air since 2001. Our previous incarnation was KCMU-FM which went on the air in 1972. To learn more about the history of KEXP and KCMU, go to our station timeline page.
  • More than 180,000 listeners tune in each week
  • Nearly 12,000 listeners are supporting members of KEXP
  • More than 300 volunteers & interns contribute approximately 8540 hours to KEXP each year
  • Over 200 businesses support KEXP through donations and underwriting
  • KEXP sponsors and promotes more than 150 events annually
  • KEXP’s music library has more than 24,000 CD’s
  • KEXP.ORG has More than 75,000 unique visitors per week
  • More than 10,000 people stream KEXP everyday
  • There are over 250 live performances each year in the KEXP Studios. It’s not that uncommon for 3-4 in a single day
  • The ‘EXP’ in the KEXP call letters refers to the "experimental" nature of service.



What is the mission of KEXP?
How do I make a song request?
Whom should I contact with comments about KEXP Programming?
How do I learn more about your programs?
Where does KEXP get its funding?
What is KEXP’s relationship with the Experience Music Project?
What is Paul Allen's role?
How do the public radio services NPR, PRI and KEXP differ?
I've seen KEXP listed as a sponsor at concerts, events and festivals around Seattle and beyond? What does that mean?
How do I get an event listed on the Concert Calendar?
How do I get airplay for my band?
Where are KEXP’s studios?
Is it possible to arrange a tour of KEXP?



What is the mission of KEXP? KEXP is a non-commercial public radio station and web site committed to using sound and ideas creatively to engage the intelligence, curiosity and imagination of its listeners. An eclectic blend of musical styles, supplemented by more than 30 hours of specialty music and public affairs programming make up the station’s “variety mix format”.

How do I make a song request? KEXP DJ’s like to take requests, and try to get as many in as possible. To make a request, the best way is to email the dj, or call 1-866-903-KEXP or in Seattle 206-903-KEXP.

Whom should I contact with comments about KEXP Programming? We always welcome and encourage feedback from listeners. If you have programming comments, please call or email Senior Program Director Kevin Cole or 206-520-5833.

How do I learn more about your programs? Please take a look at our programming page. There you will find information about and links to all of KEXP's programs, as well as contact information and ordering information for recordings and transcripts. If you have additional questions, please call membership at 866-903-KEXP or email us.

Where does KEXP get its funding? KEXP license is help by the University of Washington, with an Executive Board of Directors, and an Advisory Council. KEXP is not affiliated with a public television station. In 2004, the majority of KEXP's funding - 45% - comes from Members like you. Local businesses make up 21% of funding, and 33% comes from other sources.

What is KEXP’s relationship with the Experience Music Project? KEXP, the University of Washington and the Experience Music Project share the same values and educational, preservation and outreach aims. In conjunction with the EMP relationship, The Allen Foundation for Music has provided funding since 2001 for four years. Through collaboration between UW, KEXP 90.3 FM and EMP, the Foundation's grants have been used to support music education and public programs.

What is Paul Allen's role? Paul Allen, who is the co-founder of EMP, is a fan of the station as well as a lifelong music lover and musician. Through the Paul G. Allen Foundations and EMP, Allen generously supports a variety of music, arts and popular culture programs nationally and regionally, including at the University of Washington.

How do the public radio services NPR, PRI and KEXP differ? National Public Radio, based in Washington, DC, is radio production and distribution company for news, information, entertainment, and music programs including flagship programs, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered. Public Radio International, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, distributes public radio programs such as This American Life to stations worldwide. American Public Media is also based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and produces and distributes programs like A Prairie Home Companion. All three are not for profit organizations. KEXP’s programming is all produced locally, and we don’t broadcast any programs from any of these organizations. To hear NPR, PRI, and APM programming in Seattle, you can tune in to KPLU FM 88.5 and KUOW 94.9 FM, and KBCS 91.3FM.

I've seen KEXP listed as a sponsor at concerts, events and festivals around Seattle and beyond? What does that mean? KEXP is pleased to provide media support to many events, shows, concerts, festivals and other arts organizations. As media sponsor of an event, KEXP provides the organization with on-air promotion of their events, often in return for an advertisement in the playbill and tickets to the event. As media sponsor, KEXP gives no money to the partnering promoter or organization.

How do I get an event listed on the Concert Calendar? Submissions should be received two weeks before publication on our site and mention on the air. The calendar is read on-air Mon-Fri at 9am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm and Sat-Sun at 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm. Information about coming events may be submitted for consideration by email us. For more information, please go to the concert calendar page.

How do I get airplay for my band? Check out the getting airplay section of the site to get detailed advice from John Richards on how to submit material for consideration.

Where are KEXP’s studios? KEXP studios and offices are located 113 Dexter Ave N, at the corner of Dexter in Denny just north of Downtown Seattle, and a few blocks east of the Space Needle. For more detailed instructions click here.

Is it possible to arrange a tour of KEXP? Absolutely! KEXP is happy to arrange a weekday tours during business hours for individuals, schools, and groups. Please call Membership at 866-903-KEXP or email us to arrange a visit. The tour takes about a half hour.


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