is a radio station
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broadcasting a news/talk and information format. Licensed to Bellingham, Washington
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, the station is owned and operated by Saga Broadcasting
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Cascade Radio Group.
KGMI serves Northwest Washington with a signal that reaches into much of southwestern British Columbia
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, including Vancouver
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. It and also reaches into Seattle's northern suburbs, the Olympic Peninsula
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KGMI signed on in 1926 from Seattle as KVOS
, owned by Lou Kessler. It moved to Bellingham a year later. In 1928, Aberdeen
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businessman Rogan Jones bought the station.
In 1933, Jones began airing news bulletins from the Associated Press
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under the moniker "Newspaper of the Air." The AP obtained a restraining order, but federal judge John Clyde Bowen
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refused to grant a permanent injunction, saying that news reports belong to the public. Bowen's decision was reversed on appeal, prompting Jones to appeal to the Supreme Court
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. In 1936, the Supreme Court threw out the restraining order on the grounds that since the AP was a nonprofit organization, it couldn't incur damages. The case established that radio (and later, television) stations had the same right to news reports as newspapers.
Jones signed on the area's first television station, KVOS-TV
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, in 1953. He sold it in 1962, but kept the radio station, changing its call letters to the current KGMI and holding onto it until his death in 1972. The station went through several more owners before Saga purchased it.
KGMI On-Air Shows
- KGMI Morning News with Joe Teehan and Crystal King
- The Morning Talk Show Show with Joe Teehan & Patti Brooks
- PM Bellingham with Dillon Honcoop
- In the Shop with the Auto Guys
- Radio Real Estate with Mike Kent
- Community Connection
- The Whatcom Report
- Around The House
- The Legal Docket
- The Rush Limbaugh Show
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- The Glenn Beck Program
- The Sean Hannity Show
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- Lars Larson
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- Coast to Coast AM
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- Wall Street Journal, This Morning
- Wall Street Journal, The Daily Wrap
- Nick Federoff on Gardening
- Money Talk with Bob Brinker
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- Clark Howard
- Dennis Miller
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- Ask the Handyman with Glen Haege
- Dr. Dean Edell
- Kim Komando
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- Bill Cunningham
- Larry Kudlow
Awards and recognition
- 2005 RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Small Market Feature Reporting, Region 1
- 2006 NAB
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Marconi Radio Award
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for Small Market Station of the Year
- 2006 RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Small Market Newscast, Region 1
- 2007 RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Small Market Newscast, Region 1
- 2008 RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Small Market Newscast, Region 1
- 2010 RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Small Market Newscast, Region 1