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Seattle, Washington

KJAQ - 96.5 Jack FM

Infinity (now CBS Radio) classic alternative K-Rock 96.5 (KRQI-FM) flipped formats to Variety Hits as 96.5 Jack FM on April 22, 2005. And right away, litigation came up connected with the change. Part of the licensing agreement with the Jack FM name is the right to use the "Playing Whatever We Want" service mark. Before the flip on 96.5 FM, Fisher Broadcasting's Hot AC-formatted Star 101.5 (KPLZ-FM) modified its positioning statement to read "The best mix of the '80s, '90s and today, and whatever we want", anticipating that a station in the market might go Variety Hits.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Reporter, Infinity has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Fisher Broadcasting ordering the "whatever we want" to be removed from the slogan. The paper quoted KPLZ-FM program director Kent Phillips as saying, "It's up to the attorneys; we'll let them battle it out."

The station changed its call letters to KJAQ on April 29, 2005.


Station Website: 965jackfm.com
Streaming Audio: Available via the website
Special Audio: KRQI-FM & KJAQ Legal IDs (TopHour.com)



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