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KFIO called the Sherwood Building and the Ziegler (AKA Fidelity Ziegler) Building home for 16 years from April 1935 to April 1952. These two buildings were in the heart of downtown Spokane. KFIO towers and later towers were mounted on top of the Sherwood Building, and the station's studios, offices, and transmitter were located in the Ziegler Building.

William Ziegler built the five-story Ziegler Building in 1889 right after the Great Spokane Fire. In 1889, the construction of a five-story building in Spokane, a frontier town that had just barely been connected to the transcontinental railroad was considered quite a feat. In fact, it was touted Spokane's first skyscraper.

In July 1950, the station's callsign was changed to KSPO. In August 1950, Arthur Smith decided to retire and sold the station to Louis Wasmer. Wasmer moved the offices, studio, and transmitter to the Realty Building in April 1952.

For information about the move to the Realty Building click here.

by Bill Harms - Updated 26 May 2008

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KFIO Links


  • Emil Olson's station - Said to be the first station in Spokane to broadcast music
  • KFZ - Licensed by Doerr-Mitchell Company - The first licensed commercial broadcast station in Spokane
  • KOE - Licensed by the Spokane Chronicle Newspaper
  • KFDC/KFPY/KXLY - Humble beginnings to major market force
  • KHQ - 1922 to present
  • KFIO/KLYK/KSPO etc - Claims to be the oldest operating station in Spokane
  • KGA - Started in 1927
  • KREM - Started broadcasting in the late 1940's in Downtown Spokane. Become part of Dorothy Bullitt's King Broadcasting.
  • KNEW/KJRB - became Spokane's number one top 40 station in the 1960's.
  • KVNI - The Voice of North Idaho
  • KZUN Opportunity - "The Voice of Spokane Valley" from 1955 to 1985.
  • KCFA and KMBI - now owned and operated by the Moody Bible Institute.
  • KUDY etc
  • KPEG/KEZE/KCKO - Started out as an all-female station with the all announcers named Peg. Made a splash as a country station in the 1960's.
  • KLFF Mead - The short history of "Clef Radio"
  • KDNC/KXXR/KSVY - Started out on the Moran Prairie and ended up in the Spokane Valley.
  • KTWD - Spokane's first commercial FM only station and first FM Stereo station. Established in 1966 by Terry Denbrook.
  • KPBX - Started in George Cole's basement in the early 1970's. Now a major public radio station.


  • Which station is the oldest station in Spokane? - Look here for the interesting answer


  • Spokane Radio News Keep abreast of the current radio scene in Spokane.
  • Radio History on the Web Start here for your journey into the fascinating world of radio history. Radio historian Barry Mishkind is the webmaster.