KOSW 88.9 FM The Voice of The Hyaks

Written by on November 30, 2023

 

KOSW RADIO TEAMS UP WITH NORTH BEACH TV TO CREATE NORTH BEACH SPORTS NETWORK 

 

North Beach Sports Network to Broadcast North Beach Hyaks Varsity Football and Boys and Girls Basketball Games Live via Terrestrial Radio, Online Audio and Video Streaming, and Cable Television  

 

OCEAN SHORES, WASHINGTON — JUNE 25, 2024 — KOSW Radio 88.9 FM — The Voice of the North Beach Hyaks — has teamed up with North Beach TV to form the North Beach Sports Network (NBSN), which is comprised of KOSW 88.9 FM and its associated live stream via www.koswradio.com, North Beach TV Cable Channel 68 (Coast Communications), and North Beach TV’s dedicated YouTube channel. Typically, KOSW’s radio broadcasts of North Beach Hyaks sporting events has been simulcast on North Beach TV, however, no live video feed was available. North Beach TV will use KOSW’s commentary as the primary audio for their live telecasts.

 

KOSW Sports Director Jerry Knaak and Darrell Prowse, president of North Beach TV, will serve as executive producers for the new network. Both KOSW and North Beach TV have made significant investments in new live production equipment and technology in recent months which will elevate the quality of Hyaks game coverage and other sports and teams to a near-national network level.

 

“We are excited to announce the formation of the North Beach Sports Network, something unique to North Beach High School, Grays Harbor County, and western Washington,” said Darrell Prowse, president of North Beach TV. “The cost-effective, state-of-the-art portable equipment we are able to bring to bear will increase the quality of Hyaks coverage exponentially. It’s only natural to use KOSW’s audio feed and commentary, which has also improved dramatically, and marry it to our high-definition video telecast. Not only can we bring Hyaks sports and other events to our local audience and fans, but to family members across the country and around the world.”

 

During the 2023-24 season, KOSW acquired and incorporated versatile new portable equipment for remote audio broadcasts that includes Hyaks games, City of Ocean Shores Council meetings, and on-site news reporting.

 

“Creating the North Beach Sports Network makes perfect sense. We’ll be able to economize and share resources and personnel while simultaneously creating an all-new telecast and improving our radio product,” said KOSW Sports Director Jerry Knaak. “We do this for the kids, the student-athletes, most of whom will never play at the collegiate or professional level. The Hyaks are our hometown team, and they deserve the best coverage we can provide. It’s a privilege and an honor to put them on a grand stage.”

 

NBSN’s first collaborative effort will be live coverage of North Beach Hyaks varsity football games this fall. The playing and broadcast schedules for Hyaks football along with new programming and announcing teams will be released as soon as that information becomes available.

Jerry Knaak Named KOSW Sports Director

KOSW Radio 88.9 FM (www.koswradio.com) — The Home of the North Beach Hyaks — has
named current KOSW Radio personality and play-by-play announcer and former Oakland
Raiders team executive Jerry Knaak as Sports Director. KOSW has been the radio home of the
North Beach Hyaks varsity football program since 2014, and also airs girls and boys varsity
basketball games live. Knaak succeeds longtime KOSW personality and radio board of directors
member Darrell Prowse, who now serves as president of North Beach TV, Cable Channel 68.
Knaak will once again handle play-by-play duties for football and basketball and take over
executive producer duties for game broadcasts.

Working hand-in-hand with North Beach High School, KOSW is the flagship radio station for
Hyaks sports, a distinction few, if any, Washington State District 2B schools can claim. In recent
years, KOSW has invested in new equipment and fostered a mutually beneficial relationship with
North Beach High School administrators and coaches with regard to carrying football and
basketball games live on air and via online live streaming.

“We’d like to thank Darrell Prowse for his years of service as our sports director, he, along with
Trey Smith, Rick Beveridge, and Tom Ferguson, did a commendable job covering live sports for
KOSW. We’re excited for Jerry Knaak to take over as KOSW Sports Director, his in-depth
knowledge of not only football and basketball, but live event production and promotion, has
become invaluable,” said Carl “Butch” Larson, KOSW Programming Director. “KOSW has
made a significant investment in our coverage of Hyaks sports, which will only continue to
improve with Jerry at the controls. We are proud and honored to have been and continue be the
North Beach Hyaks flagship radio station. We look forward to our continuing relationship and
expanding our coverage of not only high school, but other sports as well.”

Knaak joined the KOSW/North Beach Hyaks broadcast team as play-by-play announcer for
North Beach High School Varsity Football and Girls Varsity Basketball in 2022. He also hosts
two music shows for KOSW, The Midday Show on Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. each week
and Get The Knaak every other Tuesday evening from 6 – 9 p.m.

“I am thrilled to take up the mantle of sports director for KOSW. A high bar has been set for
North Beach Hyaks coverage and I only hope to improve upon the standard established by my
predecessors,” said Jerry Knaak, new KOSW Sports Director. “It has been a thrill to bring Hyaks
sports to our listening audience the past two years, and I look forward to expanding our coverage
and improving the quality of our broadcasts, along with adding new sports programming and
working even closer with North Beach High School and the North Beach Booster Club.”

While serving in the United States Navy, Knaak hosted the only sports talk radio show in all of
Armed Forces Radio, served as play-by-play announcer and commentator for a variety of sports,
and anchored the nightly sports report for the evening news for the Navy Broadcasting Service
Detachment at Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland. Knaak went on to become the digital media
director and later team historian for the then-Oakland Raiders of the National Football League.
While with the Raiders, Knaak hosted a daily web-based video news program as well as a
weekly podcast.

 

 

Many of the programs such as KOSW Morning show, KOSW Midday shows, and several others are simulcast on North Beach TV channel 68.

KOSW Ocean Shores, Washington, 88.9 FM, The Sound of the Shores, an all-volunteer,
community-oriented station with the mission to inform and entertain our listeners in Ocean
Shores and the North Beach areas… and beyond. Through the technology of the internet, we can
be heard WORLDWIDE! Our FCC license is owned by The City of Ocean Shores, Washington.
KOSW airs 24/7, bringing listeners up-to-date community information and a variety of music
and talk. All our programming is made possible thanks to the many hours of service from our
dedicated volunteers and the generous donations from our listeners and supporters. Connected to
the Emergency Alert System, KOSW is the area’s official emergency information station. As we
are in direct contact with local emergency dispatchers, KOSW is the source for official news and
information. Keep fresh batteries in your portable radio and have it tuned to 88.9 FM to be in the
know.

MEDIA CONTACT

Carl “Butch” Larson
Trey Smith
KOSW Station Managers
papabutch@koswradio.com
trey@koswradio.com
kosw88.9fm@gmail.com
(360) 289-5679

Jerry Knaak
KOSW Sports Director
jerry@koswradio.com

KOSW is the voice of the Hyaks broadcasting their Football and Basketball games live on 88.9 and koswradio.com

KOSW RADIO BOOSTS SIGNAL TO 1,200 WATTS,

CHANGES FREQUENCY TO 88.9 FM

KOSW is Now a Full-Power Class A Non-Commercial Educational FM Radio
Station with Expanded Signal Fully Covering the City of Ocean Shores and
Reaching Communities Beyond Westport and Grayland to the south, Seabrook,
Moclips and Tahola to the north, Humptulips to the northeast, and Portions of
Hoquiam, Aberdeen and Cosmopolis to the southeast, along with other areas of

Grays Harbor County

OCEAN SHORES, WASHINGTON — JANUARY 08, 2024 — KOSW-FM Radio 88.9 —
The Sound of the Shores — is now a full-power radio station broadcasting with a far-reaching
1,200 watts. Since its inception, KOSW has been a low-power or “LPFM” station broadcasting
within Ocean Shores with only 76 watts of power. The power boost allows KOSW-FM to reach
even more listeners throughout Grays Harbor County. The station’s programming is and will
continue to be available via live streaming at www.koswradio.com.

Back in November of 2021, The City of Ocean Shores filed an application with the Federal
Communications Commission for a new Non-commercial Educational FM station on 89.5 MHz.
In order to avoid conflicting applications on that frequency, a modification was submitted in
January 2022 specifying 88.9 MHz. The FCC promptly granted a construction permit in July
2022 for 1,200 watts of power at a hilltop tower site east of Copalis Beach. The elevation of the
tower site is well above a Tsunami inundation zone, which will help keep the station on the air
for emergency information in such an event.

“We are beyond excited about going full power. This project has been in the works for nearly
three years, and it is the culmination of tremendous effort of the part of KOSW and its
volunteers, Marty Hadfield, the City of Ocean Shores, and numerous others who have
contributed in many ways,” said Carl “Butch” Larson, KOSW program manager. “Now we can reach all of Ocean Shores and North Beach and entertain, inform, and educated many more
people through a medium that is near and dear to all our hearts.”

Local resident and KOSW volunteer, Marty Hadfield, a retired professional broadcast engineer
and the former chair of the KOSW Ocean Shores Radio Board, guided the project to completion
and serves as a technical resource for The City of Ocean Shores.

“When I met with then-Mayor Crystal Dingler in early 2021 to discuss the FCC filing
opportunity, she understood the importance of improving the KOSW-LP signal for reliable news
and emergency communications to the citizens of Ocean Shores. KOSW as a LPFM station had
only partially covered the City of Ocean Shores peninsula with a reliable FM signal. The
improved signal provides coverage to other communities in the North Beach area, including
Pacific Beach, Seabrook, and Moclips, helping cement the important role of KOSW-FM’s
mission to provide Emergency Alert System messaging and locally shared safety information
from Police, Fire and EMS resources for more of our neighbors. Such an upgrade opportunity
had not been available from the FCC for over 10 years,” Hadfield said. “When a major disaster
does occur, providing our citizens and visitors with breaking local news and information is
paramount and KOSW-FM 88.9 FM strives to provide that service.”

Broadcasting from a small but well-equipped studio located at 189 Ocean Lake Way, KOSW-
FM is a community radio station licensed to The City of Ocean Shores and is operated entirely
by a staff of dedicated volunteers. The station’s primary function is to provide emergency
information to Ocean Shores and North Beach residents. The station features numerous music
shows, formats, genres, and personalities, and also serves as The Voice of the North Beach
Hyaks, broadcasting North Beach High School football games, and boys’ and girls’ basketball
games.

“I have been with KOSW for 10 years I am extremely excited about this accomplishment. We
have grown exponentially since I first started and finally becoming a full-power station is a
tremendous achievement for an all-volunteer community radio station,”], said Trey Smith,
KOSW operations manager. “For those of us who believe in the medium, this helps us keep the
dream and importance of terrestrial radio alive in western Washington.”

KOSW’s personalities hail from all walks of life and locales, and programming includes music,
news and sports programs, and classic radio shows. KOSW also airs topical news programming
and podcasts on a variety of subjects, and broadcasts city council meetings live. Station
personalities also DJ and emcee the numerous local festivals and events held in Ocean Shores
year-round.

ABOUT KOSW

KOSW-FM Ocean Shores, Washington, 88.9 FM, The Sound of the Shores, is an all-volunteer,
community-oriented station with the mission to inform, educate and entertain our listeners in
Ocean Shores and the North Beach areas … and beyond. Through the technology of the internet,
we can be heard WORLDWIDE! Our FCC license is owned by The City of Ocean Shores,
Washington. KOSW-FM airs 24/7, bringing listeners up-to-date community information and a variety of music and talk. All our programming is made possible thanks to the many hours of
service from our dedicated volunteers and the generous donations from our listeners and
supporters. Connected to the Emergency Alert System, KOSW-FM is the area’s official
emergency information station. As we are in direct contact with local emergency dispatchers,
KOSW-FM is the source for official news and information. Keep fresh batteries in your portable
radio and have it tuned to 88.9 FM to be in the know.

MEDIA CONTACT
Carl “Butch” Larson
Trey Smith
KOSW Managers
papabutch@koswradio.com
trey@koswradio.com
(360) 289-5679


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