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KORD Celebrates 50th

PASCO, Wash.- On August 1st, 1956, from Pasco's New Sahara Motel, KORD signed on for the first time.

Playing pop hits from artists like Elvis, they quickly became nationally known for being the first to spin famous records, but as times have changed, so has the station.

Now you'll hear country acts like Garth Books and Faith Hill, and while their format is different, their mission certainly isn't.

"You know, it's a community station. It's geared for, KORD is involved in just about everything, and we really believe in that. And I think from the get go the original owner's had that in mind," said Paul Graves, Program Director. 

The tower they used to make that first broadcast still stands right outside their Pasco offices, which have only moved a couple blocks in their 50 years.

Though today is the day, they say they'll have free concerts throughout the year, making it a year long celebration.