As promised, this week we cross the Cascades from Seattle and visit Spokane. Spokane is the default capital and commerce center of the “Inland Northwest,” a vast region which takes in Eastern Washington, Northeastern Oregon, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana. Sometimes the adjacent portion of British Columbia is included.
Other than a couple of format tweaks, the AM band in the Spokane market is stable with no call changes since the last complete Toppy survey in 2006 and partial Toppy surveys since then. There are 12 AM stations which serve the general Spokane area. Most stations do a credible job of covering the city proper in the daytime. Only KTRW 630, KSBN 1230, and KPTQ 1280 have a hard time at night in the outer suburbs. KVNI 1080 starts to have problems in the western part of the town, especially at night, because it is located about 30 miles to the east in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Next week we will start with the Spokane’s FM band.
Till then, happy listening.