City of license Portland, Oregon
Broadcast area Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington
Branding 101.9 KINK FM
Slogan Discover Music
Frequency 101.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s) 102.9 K274AR (Gresham, relays HD2)
First air date December 25, 1968[1]
Format Adult Album Alternative
HD2: Sports (KXTG simulcast)
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 501.6 meters
Class C
Facility ID 53068
Transmitter coordinates
Owner Alpha Media
(Alpha Media Licensee LLC)
Sister stations KBFF, KUFO, KUPL, KXTG, KXL-FM
Webcast Listen Live

KINK, also, is an American commercial broadcast FM radio station in Portland, Oregon. The station began broadcasting Christmas Day, 1968 as “KINK – The Underground Link”. Although KINK’s format has evolved over the years, its sound, philosophy, target audience, marketing, and community involvement have remained fundamentally consistent over its forty year history, a rarity in commercial broadcasting. Many of KINK’s DJs have been associated with the station for decades, also a rarity in the industry. In the vernacular of commercial radio, KINK is known as a “heritage” radio station.[2] Its studios are located in downtown Portland, and its transmitter is in Portland's west hills.

KINK plays a wide variety of music, including adult album alternative, rock, acoustic, folk, pop, blues, reggae and new age. KINK's format also features many special programs, some of which have been in place for many years. These include Lights Out(canceled), a late night program of mellow instrumental music that began in 1973, the Sunday Night Blues Room, Sunday Acoustic KINK, and Tranceformation, a weekly selection of trance and chill music. KINK showcases emerging artists from the Portland, Oregon area with its nightly Local Music Spotlight feature, as well as independent or unsigned artists with its nightly feature The Gamut.

The station regularly implements special music features that significantly alter its regular format. These features can run for a weekend or an entire season, and often involve extensive input from KINK’s listeners. Such features include the Listener Sets Weekend, the KINK Hall of Fame, Five Decades of KINK, and the KINK Summer School of Rock.

In recent years, KINK has expanded its offerings of live musical performances. The KINK Live Performance Lounge brings together touring artists and KINK listeners for casual three to five song performances with brief interviews, either in the KINK studio’s performance space, or in another location such as a concert venue or coffee shop. These sessions are recorded, and annual compilations are released in the KINK Live CD series, a benefit for Start Making A Reader Today. The Live Performance Lounge sessions are also videotaped, and are presented on the station’s website with high quality audio.

KINK has a longstanding involvement in major fundraising efforts for Oregon Food Bank. These include the Lights Out CD compilation series, the annual KINK Christmas Concerts and the Waterfront Blues Festival. Together, these have raised more than one million dollars for Oregon Food Bank.

KINK's website has become an increasingly integral part of its identity and outreach, so much so that the station now identifies itself as “kink dot fm” on the air and in its marketing. The website’s content is regularly updated and expanded, with an emphasis on interactivity with the station’s listeners, known as the “KINK Community”. also offers streaming audio of the station’s broadcast, as well as side channels that focus on specific music elements of Kink’s format, such as Lights Out 24/7, the Blues Room, Acoustic Kink, and the New Music Channel. Its antenna at 501.6 meters at 99 kW allows it to be heard across most of Western Oregon, and has been heard in the Puget Sound area at times.

The station is a prior employer of screenwriter Mike Rich (Nativity Story, Finding Forrester), who worked there as the morning newsman and co-host early in his career.[3]

In August 2009, CBS Radio sold the Portland cluster (including KINK) to Alpha Media, in an effort to focus more on major market stations.

From its first broadcast in 1968 until August 2010 the studios and offices of KINK were located in the headquarters building of KGW Television (and formerly of KGW radio), on Southwest Jefferson Street,[1] immediately west of downtown Portland. In August 2010 Alpha Broadcasting moved the station to the PacWest Center, in downtown.[2]

HD Radio

On December 17, 2014 KINK began broadcasting digitally in HD Radio, with a simulcast of sports-formatted sister station KXTG 750 AM ("750 The Game") on its HD2 sub channel.


  1. ^ a b Mungeam, Frank (August 13, 2010). "KINK Radio moves to new studio".  
  2. ^ a b Carlin, Peter Ames (August 26, 2010). "KINK-FM and friends are true to their shiny new performance space".  
  3. ^ Michael Rich Biography - Yahoo! Movies

External links

  • official website
  • KINK Listen Live
  • Alpha Broadcasting website
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for KINK
  • Radio-Locator information on KINK
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KINK
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for K274AR
  • Radio-Locator information on K274AR