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Newstalk KIT Celebrates 85 Years of Service to the Yakima Valley Today

 1280 KIT Sign
Brian Teegarden Image


KIT-AM 1280 began its broadcast service to the Yakima Valley and central Washington on April 8, 1929.

KIT-AM was originally licensed to Portland, Oregon, but the station’s original owner, Carl E. Haymond, decided, since Yakima had no radio station, that moving the station there would be more advantageous in regards to serving the community and in generating station operating revenue. KIT began broadcasting on 1310 kHz with 500 watts, but later switched to its present frequency of 1280 kHz so it could increase power.


KIT 4th Street Studios
KIT Studios 1963-1998. Brian Teegarden Image


Through the years KIT-AM, and now KIT-FM as well, have never wavered in their commitment to keeping central Washington entertained and informed. KIT’s current ownership, Townsquare Media, believes in serving the local community with quality broadcasting and  a strong on line presence as well as bringing entertainment events to the area.


KIT Studio
KIT Studio 2006 to Present, Brian Teegarden Image


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