SEATTLE -

The former KPLU public radio station is now broadcasting under its new call letters: KNKX, or "connects."
   
After a 10-month struggle to secure funding to operate as an independent station, KNKX became official early Wednesday, according to the Seattle Times.
   
The station's saga started in November when KPLU learned that Pacific Lutheran University had been in secret negotiations with the University of Washington to fold the station into KUOW, the UW's station.
   
News of the impending sale sparked a public backlash and a campaign to raise $7 million so a new nonprofit could buy the station instead. The campaign was a success.
   
The station will continue its music format as well as its syndicated National Public Radio programs and original news reporting on the Puget Sound region.