Wednesday, March 09, 2016
KOL-FM Soundcheck 1970
I'm told that KOL-FM was Seattle's first "Progressive" FM station. Instead of high energy uptempo DJs, this genre had the opposite, and if you listened, you probably would have heard music from artists that you had not heard before. While I was not around Seattle at the time, I believe this genre spawned KZAM, KZOK, and KRAB. Later KISW and KEXP.
This format or lack of in shape or another was also prevalent of college campus radio stations. It later became known as Album Oriented Rock and eventually surpassed AM radio, by then, the playlists had gotten tighter and it was less experimental.