The station had to change its call letters as part of the deal that bought its independence from Pacific Lutheran University a few months ago.

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The newly saved public-radio station KPLU has a new name: KNKX, or “Connects.”

The station had to change its call letters as part of the deal that bought its independence from Pacific Lutheran University a few months ago.

KPLU supporters started the “save KPLU” effort after learning that PLU and the University of Washington had been in quiet negotiations about folding KPLU into the UW’s station, KUOW. The nonprofit Friends of 88.5 raised $7 million in about seven months, allowing it to buy its way out of the deal.

“In our negotiations, PLU said they would no longer allow us to use KPLU,” said station manager Joey Cohn. “They said it was part of their brand.”

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Once the money was raised, KPLU asked listeners to suggest a new call sign. About 2,000 people responded.

“It’s like a kid,” Cohn said. “You’ve got to think of all the potential negatives in giving somebody a name. There was quite the internal vetting process here.”

Runners-up included KKOM for “Community” and KYNW for “Your Northwest.”

Unless there’s a petition regarding the application, KNKX will officially launch on Aug. 30, Cohn said.

If he doesn’t hear anything soon, he added, 88.5 KNKX is Puget Sound’s new, independent public-radio station with the slogan: “88.5 KNKX connects you to jazz, blues and NPR news.”