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Dave Saxe KPAM/KKOV VP/GM Position Eliminated

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  • Started 1 year ago by Craig_Adams
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  1. This from The Craig Adams News Service:

    Dave Saxe "AM 860" KPAM & "Talk 1550" KKOV Vice-President & General Manager was let go Thursday morning. I'm told there are no plans to fill his position. Dave Saxe began with the Pamplin Media Group stations in January 2011. He had been formerly with Journal Broadcast Group, Knoxville as VP/GM for the cluster. Entercom, Madison as V.P. & Market Manager of WOLX-FM, WCHY-FM & WMMM-FM in 2007. And in 2009 to Entercom, Portland as VP/Sales for the cluster.

    Posted on October 12, 2012 - 01:25 AM #
  2. dodger

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    This is really too bad for Dave. I guess Mr. Pamplin is going to be more "hands on"? KPAM and KKOV are a disaster.

    Posted on October 12, 2012 - 08:37 AM #
  3. W7PAT

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    Except for the ratings, I wouldn't necessarily call KPAM a disaster. Sure if they got rid of the hardline political crap like the Victoria Taft show they would be much better off, but the rest of the programming looks pretty good.

    Posted on October 12, 2012 - 10:27 AM #
  4. W7PAT-

    What? KPAM has expensive talent for the ratings they are receiving. Anybody can have a great "fantasy" team with no salary cap, but everybody should know that's not the real world.

    Posted on October 15, 2012 - 12:32 PM #
  5. Take it from someone who was there at the sign on. KPAM never had a chance. We stumbled out of the blocks on May 1st, 2000 and the station has NEVER regained its balance. Bob Pamplin doesn't know what he is doing. He starts projects, throws a bunch of money at them at first...then gets bored and moves on to some new shiny object. Things he has started (like KPAM)see their budgets cut with no way to achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. I feel sorry for Dave Saxe. Sure hope his contract included a generous severance package.

    Posted on October 15, 2012 - 04:41 PM #
  6. Andy_brown

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    "Bob Pamplin doesn't know what he is doing"

    In more ways than you might think.

    Owners that stick 50 kW (plus KKAD later) into a small plot of land originally approved for a 5 kW station should be forced to live in the neighborhood that surrounds that one and a half acres or so. Even back when I helped put 5 kW on that spot, the neighbors had lots of RFI issues . . . in the phones, in their stereo receivers, off their drainpipes. I can't imagine what the folks living on adjacent properties along NE 32nd and NE 34th between NE 151st and NE 157th probably have now, an RF nightmare with over 50 kW being so close during the day and over 15 kW at night. His pattern is a big cheat, too, blowing a little lobe to Troutdale while the major lobe of his signal goes in the direction of Portland. IMO sighting that signal where it's at was a travesty against the whole notion of environmental impact.

    Posted on October 15, 2012 - 05:04 PM #
  7. motozak3

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    "Owners that stick 50 kW (plus KKAD later) into a small plot of land originally approved for a 5 kW station should be forced to live in the neighborhood that surrounds that one and a half acres or so."

    Agreed. (Read on...)

    "I can't imagine what the folks living on adjacent properties along NE 32nd and NE 34th between NE 151st and NE 157th probably have an RF nightmare with over 50 kW being so close during the day and over 15 kW at night."

    Standing in front of the tower site on NE 34th, they're pretty much guaranteed to be the only stations you'll ever pick up on mediumwave, apart from maybe KEX and KXL (if you're lucky enough to null out KKOV/KPAM. Two miles away (north of NE 18th Street/west of NE 138th Avenue), we still have to use line filters on the telefones because KKOV (and to a lesser extent, KPAM) bleeds in to the line, and usually not that far in the background. In KKOV's case, it started in the latter KVAN days, early-2000s, when they decided to kick the power up to.....what, 20000 watts daytime, then? For a little while, it certainly made it next-to-impossible to keep the computer connected to the network. I don't get much noise in my stereo system due to my short cable runs, but since the house is wired to a central stereo/CD player in the kitchen, with a speaker in each room and long cable runs (read: antennae) in the walls, it's noticeable.

    Even where I am, the image problem's not as bad as it is over there, but it still causes problems at various points on the dial. KKOV also still happily hammers away at 3100 kHz on my shortwave rig just like always. The whole thing's a nightmare, really. </rant>

    Posted on October 15, 2012 - 05:20 PM #
  8. The RF and noise is a lot worse now in this area around the 860/1550 than in 1998 when I moved here, especially for us people who live west of the transmitter site in the main lobe of the patterns. The ERP must be more like 200kW to the west. I apparently live a few blocks from motozak3 and also have to put filters on everything. To make matters worse I get noise from the dual BPA power lines across 18th St and they also re-radiate 860/1550 into my house.
    What was a 5kW site in a lightly populated area back in the 70s' is now 100kW in heavily populated area and not a good fit, even at not quite 2 miles away.

    Posted on October 17, 2012 - 02:30 PM #
  9. Andy_brown

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    You don't want to know what the field intensity (Volts/meter) is in the first 500 feet of the towers. In fact, for a single 50 kW, you aren't even allowed to be within 12 meters of the stick. That's why it's now fenced in as required by the FCC. Technically, the licensees are responsible for eliminating blanketing interference within the 1 mV contour. Their responsibility has greater requirements within one year of program test authority (which would be going on the air, initially, or within one year of any major change).

    See 73.88 and 73.318 (b), (c) and (d)

    http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&SID=516b53ec46fa5ee334f93f235a51037f&rgn=div8&view=text&node=47:4.0.1.1.2.1.1.29&idno=47

    http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&SID=516b53ec46fa5ee334f93f235a51037f&rgn=div8&view=text&node=47:4.0.1.1.2.2.1.31&idno=47

    Posted on October 17, 2012 - 04:11 PM #
  10. Cousin lives near NE 162 Ave & NE 39th St.
    Has two traps in series on the phone line and one on the handset.
    Cable was a mess with RF. Now has Dish.

    Posted on October 17, 2012 - 06:13 PM #

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