Ranked as one of the most popular public radio stations in the nation, KPLU has been bringing award winning local and National Public Radio news, jazz and blues to the Puget Sound Region since 1966.  

Mission Statement
The mission of Pacific Public Media is to deliver music and stories you remember.

We fulfill our mission by:
  • Informing, educating and entertaining the public
  • Increasing appreciation of the arts
  • Promoting a deeper understanding of the human condition
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    12810 Park Ave S 
    (800) NPR-KPLU 

    Mary Dunaway 
    Executive Director of Development 


    KPLU Programs

    Known to many as "NPR News and All That Jazz," we find a diverse, growing audience by broadcasting both from our studios on the Pacific Lutheran University campus in Tacoma, Washington and near the Space Needle in downtown Seattle. We pride ourselves as being the region's leading source of award-winning jazz, blues, and in-depth local and NPR news, 24 hours a day.

    As we keep pace with the exciting changes in radio, we now identify ourselves as a public media company, Pacific Public Media, and look to provide more than broadcasting in the traditional sense. We are broadening the international content of KPLU to include all forms of listener-supported media, and our website provides current local, national, and international news 24/7.

    Recent Successes and Current Challenges

    More than 60% of KPLU's funding is provided by listeners. KPLU has the largest listener coverage area in all of Western Washington with 10 signals transmitting in the region and online streaming at and Providing strong signals across the region and streaming options to listeners, as well as growing our audience reach, is an ongoing priority.

    Supporters to KPLU also provide the station with the funds needed for 60 hours of news and talk radio, including NPR programs like Morning Edition, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and All Things Considered, as well as in-depth offerings from the local KPLU traditional "beat" news team and the ongoing variety of custom KPLU programs developed such as I Wonder Why, Weather with Cliff Mass and Bird Note.

    In addition, donations to KPLU support jazz and blues priorities which include more than 100 hours each week of on-air jazz and blues programs, the preservation of 20,000 records, tapes and CD's of jazz and blues artists (many of which are out of print) and providing more than just accessible jazz via on-air, online and mobile options but a way for jazz and blues to be shared locally. Examples include outreach programs such as School of Jazz and our extremely popular on-air In-Studio music performances each month.

    Thank you for supporting KPLU!


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