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The most fun radio station

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  1. Alfredo_T

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    As a listener, what do you consider the most "fun" radio station in the Portland area, past or present?

    Posted on November 18, 2013 - 08:11 PM #
  2. paulwalker

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    KYTE-AM in the late 70's. Sorry, showing my age.

    Posted on November 18, 2013 - 08:15 PM #
  3. JBM

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    I nominate my current guilty pleasure, the "Isaac and Zuke" show on 1080. I used to think they were total morons, but they've grown on me over time. After all, the Three Stooges were morons (unionize ones, at that... Local 6-7/8ths), but I enjoy them, so why not Isaac and Zuke?

    Posted on November 18, 2013 - 08:46 PM #
  4. PAST:

    KKRZ 1996-1998 (or so)
    KKSN (FM) 1999-2004ish

    Sorry, baby boomers, I know what you're going to say about that but remember, I'm a little too young to have heard the (original) "Mighty 91". 97.1 was what I grew up with.


    "Radio stations"? You mean they still have those things?

    Posted on November 18, 2013 - 09:12 PM #
  5. Here is a KYTE station composite from 1978.

    Posted on November 18, 2013 - 09:35 PM #
  6. paulwalker

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    Steve, can't make that work on my Operating system. Doesn't like mediafire for some reason. But I do remember the radio station, and it was one of the best that Portland ever offered. London and Engleman for awhile in AM drive. Can't get better than that. Unfortunately, this was the end of an era for AM top 40.

    Posted on November 18, 2013 - 09:59 PM #
  7. Paul, try this DivShare link.

    Posted on November 18, 2013 - 10:23 PM #
  8. paulwalker

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    Yes, got it.

    Fantastic. London and Engleman, Andy Barber, and Ron Leonard. Total full-on effort at AM top 40, but they were doomed. Atleast they gave it a last chance.

    Great compilation, though. Thanks!

    Posted on November 18, 2013 - 10:45 PM #
  9. Western: I was still at Z100 in 1996. Was gone by the end of 1997. And I'm a boomer.

    My radio bias goes back to 62 KGW. I grew up on it, literally.

    Posted on November 18, 2013 - 10:47 PM #
  10. Z100 1995-2001- That station used to be a fun live and local radio station with a powerhouse of Live air-talent on all day parts.

    KNRK- 1994-2000- Great radio station with killer airtalent like Mike Chase and Daria. Sadly that station was never the same when Mike Chase left. (mike chase was so awesome on that station, by far one of my favorite dj's ever.

    Hey Chris- The years you worked at Z100 were some of the most fun to listen to. Those must have been fun times. Truly awesome radio with air talent that made Z100 world famous. I would have killed to work at Z100 back in the day when they had all that great air talent.I have old tapes I recorded off Z100 back in the 95-2001 era and all i can say is that station sounded so Goddamn good. Live and local radio is a beautiful thing, you just cant capture the magic when its voice tracked.

    Posted on November 18, 2013 - 11:33 PM #
  11. semoochie

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    I thought it was a tactical error, when instead of moving KYTE, lock, stock and barrel, over to FM, adjusted to Rock Deluxe instead.

    Posted on November 19, 2013 - 01:55 AM #
  12. This DJ line up from the 97 KYTE / 9-29-78. The Steve Naganuma link posted. Can someone fill out the rest of this lineup?

    London & Engleman - 6am to 10am.
    J.J. Jeffrey - 10am to Noon.
    Alan Lawson - Noon to 3pm.
    Andy Barber - 3pm to 6pm.
    Ron Leonard - 6pm to ?

    Posted on November 19, 2013 - 02:59 AM #
  13. I believe this was the line-up in 1978:

    London & Engleman - 6am to 9am.
    J.J. Jeffrey - 9am to Noon.
    Alan Lawson - Noon to 3pm.
    Andy Barber - 3pm to 6pm.
    Ron Leonard - 6pm to 10pm
    Pat Clarke - 10pm-2am
    Rose Dobbs? - 2am-6am

    (Maybe Tom Brooks remembers and can chime in)

    When the management flipped formats in 1979 and put rock on 101.1FM and Country on 970AM, I remember someone in management saying "Cowboys don't have FM radio in their pick-up truck".

    Posted on November 19, 2013 - 08:41 AM #
  14. Radiodork: There were really two significant eras in Z's history. '95-'01 being one of them. The other was '84-'89. In both cases, Z100 was the #1 rated station in the market for much of those times. In fact, from late '95 to 2000, Z100 was #1 12+ for an amazing 17 consecutive books!

    It has been my privilege to have been a part of Z100's staff for all of its (nearly) 30 year history. The most noteworthy thing I'll say about those two eras is that we were out to prove both cases! When the station "signed on" in '84, we had a competitor to overcome, and we were all 20-somethings who were hungry! This era saw the birth of the Morning Zoo, and the vibe that surrounded it was contagious! A truly fun place to work.

    The '95-'01 eras you speak of, was born out of some interesting times in CHR. The emergence of rap and hip hop, essentially fragmented the format. Nationally, many CHR's exited the format. Then, with the upswing of grunge and alt rock, Z needed to reinvent itself. So, in '93 we rebranded as "Z100 now playing a decade of hits." Basically, became Hot AC. By the time late '94 rolled around, it was time to prove something again. So when you combine very strong air talent, and solid music in the format again...Z was off to the races once again. And...again, a fun place to be!

    In 1999, Z100 had an 11.8 share 12+. I won't even go into the off-the-chart numbers in 18-34. We were even #1 in 25-54 for a couple books!

    There is no value in comparing then, to now. So many things have changed in how media is consumed, and delivered. And I will not debate the merits of either. I simply wanted to come on here, and share my view of the great ride I've been a part of.

    Posted on November 19, 2013 - 08:46 AM #
  15. missing_kskd

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    As a little kid I really liked KGW AM. Z100 was awful fun for a long while. The most fun actually.

    Posted on November 19, 2013 - 10:16 AM #
  16. Maybe Karen Knight..?? Here is a copy of memo schedule..although not sure of year....KYTE AM & FM 1978

    Posted on November 19, 2013 - 07:48 PM #
  17. Yeah for sure........K...Y...T...E... POOURTTTTLANDDDDDDD

    Ron Leonard..I listen to him doing a legal ID and I STILL wannah laugh myself till the tears come out my eyes... after all these shoulda seen me listening to him in my 1975 Oldmobile driving down the Banfield Freeway trying to drive 60 mph wiping the tears outtah my eyes when he did his 'thing'..good bits..The Chief Engineer at KYTE used to tell me that Ron would back up clear out of the studio DOOR many feet off the Mic to do his top of the hour ID bit...geezus..

    Andy Barbur always was great too...That guy did maximum show prep..and it showed big time..

    I was pleased to listen again to Alan Lawson...I knew him better..he was at KGON when I was there..of course he was a lot more laid back in presentation, there...very different to hear ALan do Top 40, and he was very good at it !! ...I guess he also worked at the old 91-KISN some years before ..had another air name then..Alan was actually more like his personna on KGON,IMO ..

    Good bits all around...and gosh I miss the LOCAL TALENT ...GREAT LOCAL TALENT...all you hear now is SYNDICATED TALENT..Its a dying art !!

    Posted on November 19, 2013 - 08:49 PM #
  18. I would say the KYTE memo is from May 1977. I started at KYTE in June of 1977 and I believe Gordon Scott was hired to do mornings on KYTE-FM and Joe Michaels was hired to do afternoons of KYTE-AM shortly after I arrived. Also, with Uncle Don Wright on the schedule, that would have been before London and Engelman.

    "The Chief Engineer at KYTE used to tell me that Ron would back up clear out of the studio DOOR many feet off the Mic to do his top of the hour ID bit".
    Ron Leonard had a 25 foot headphone extension cord that allowed him to actually exit the KYTE control room while screaming his name on the top of the hour ID.

    Posted on November 19, 2013 - 08:52 PM #
  19. semoochie

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    I sat in on Ron Leonard's show in Corvallis(KFLY, I believe.)and at some point, he played "Satisfaction". Can you say "LOUD"?

    Posted on November 19, 2013 - 09:37 PM #
  20. Radiodork-

    I was with Z100 (part-time) from 1992-1997. Did some things there that I never did any place else. Matt Jones (or as he was known to the staff- a god!!), introduced me to the digital realm of production. Orban, as I recall, become my joy and nightmare during some early sessions with Matt teaching me.

    The Morning Zoo line up changed a couple of times while I was there. It started with Billy Hayes, Val Ring, Nelson the Intern (in those days), Tony Martinez and Dan Clark. When I was thrown into a fill-in morning show producer, Dan was gracious to show me some of the ropes. The line up changed to Scott Thrower, Val, Nelson and Tony. And by the time I left, John Murphy was holding the hosting spot.

    Along with Tony, I produced and eventually filled in host wise for "How's Your Love Life?" which aired Sunday evenings from 10-12midnight. When the station was going through a morning show host change, Tony needed to step aside from the show. I remember his phone to call saying that he thought I would be a natural host of the show along with the professional counselor and therapist we had. That was a confidence builder and I really enjoyed my time being a part of "How's Your Love Life?"

    The rest of the on-air staff were stellar as well. Some of the very best I've ever been associated with. And the energy was amazing. It was a complete 180 from where I had come from...KPDQ. However, the late great Ted Rogers, pretty much prepared me for the change, even though he didn't know it at the time.

    Also, I tip my hat Ken Benson, who was my PD the entire time I was there. His tips and suggestions during air-check sessions were so helpful. I truly felt honored to be in the same building, let alone on the air with some of these wonderfully talented folks. A high point in my career for sure.

    Posted on November 19, 2013 - 09:40 PM #
  21. msndrspdx

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    The KISN Goodguys would win the Most Fun Station award in my book. Second on my list would be KPOA-FM in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. For the holidays, my mother took six members of our family to Maui in 2004. The station everyone there listens to is KPOA, which plays all-Hawaiian music, which means they play all local artists, presented by a bunch of DJ's who know their music and have a laid back, fun feel. In 2004, this was all live, backed by a fine news staff which is considered the team of record there because all the TV stations are relayed in from Oahu and are therefore very Honolulucentric. Even the hotels and rental car outfits tune their radios to KPOA, flagship of a locally owned six-station group that covers just about all of Maui. We liked what KPOA did!

    Best, Mike

    Posted on November 19, 2013 - 10:14 PM #
  22. Thanks Steve!


    Thanks Tom & Steve! Man!, May 1977 would have been the first month of KYTE AM/FM. That's a Golden list when writing radio histories. You would want the original line-up at the beginning of a format & ownership changes.

    Posted on November 19, 2013 - 10:58 PM #
  23. <hijack> Hey, msndrspdx--

    You're welcome. </hijack>

    Getting back on topic, what would be your second choice in the VANCOUVER/PORTLAND area, like the opening post asks?

    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 12:00 AM #
  24. skeptical

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    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 12:59 AM #
  25. Andy_brown

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    Most fun?

    Most fun to work at and listen to.

    Second most fun?

    Fun to work at:
    KMJK Magic 107 1983-1984

    Fun to listen to:
    KGON 1980 to 1990 or up to KBBT 970 and then early KNRK 94.7

    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 01:11 AM #
  26. skeptical

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    kbbt was the best programmed. didn't really have many live jocks.

    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 04:18 AM #
  27. Hard choice..loved em all.. KISN early '70s...Dave Stone, (Rogaway), Ugly Ron Thompson, Bobby Noonan, Roger W Morgan, Tom Michaels (He was such a great boss), Steve Shephard GM At KISN, KYTE late 70's Ron Leonard (All our hangouts at Earthquake Ethels..), Andy Barbur, Joe Michaels, the late great Gordon Scott, Mike Davis, Steve Naganuma, Janine Wolf, great radio promotions Dances, remotes (riding on the Rose Festival up the river)..then KMJK mid '80's....yes all the great people I worked with.. wouldn't change a thing...I could go on and on..but I won't...memory lane..

    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 09:08 AM #
  28. missing_kskd

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    KBBT used a formula similar to what KSKD did, no real emphasis on live people, strong emphasis on highly differentiated music that filled an otherwise unfilled niche in PDX.

    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 09:10 AM #
  29. msndrspdx

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    Western Electric, thank you for that!
    I listened to Gordon Scott at KQFM, and he did some interesting theme shows on his morning show occasionally. On Christmas morning 1981, he devoted his show to playing all 7 of The Beatles official fan club Christmas records, in original release order, along with several singles and cuts from Capitol's "The Beatles Second Album" LP (still in print at the time). He pointed out that that album was split almost evenly between covers (mostly Motown) and their own tunes. I reccrded that broadcast off air onto a cassette, and I still have it! He was terrific. Those Christmas albums have never been collected onto an album in any form.
    By the way, Apple this week issued "The Beatles at the BBC Vol. 2," which marks Apple's switch from EMI to Universal Music, which has also reissued the first BBC album with newly remastered cuts, many taken from newly discovered sources.

    Best, Mike

    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 09:53 AM #
  30. semoochie

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    I listened to Bobby Noonan(Noonan 'til three)in the mid 60s. Was he still there in the 70s?

    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 10:49 AM #
  31. Semoochie...Yes Bobby Noonan was in the early ' least through 1973-74..I remember being in the lobby, the paper came in and was sitting on the front desk..he was on the air at the time..he ran out of the control room to lobby to say hello to he went back in the door, he glanced at the headline (I think it was 72..) and said.."You know they will never find that guy..he is gone for good".... it was just after Thanksgiving..he was referring to the headline D.B. Copper...the rest is history..!

    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 11:55 AM #
  32. When I started as Chief Engineer of 101 KUFO and 970 KBBT in March of 1994 the KUFO jocks were voice-tracking on KBBT. KBBT was completely automated (and AM Stereo) with an automation called Audisk that had four 1 GB "full-height" drives.

    One of those drives died and it cost $1100 to replace it!

    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 01:47 PM #
  33. Andy_brown

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    "kbbt was the best programmed. didn't really have many live jocks."


    "1994 . . . four 1 GB "full-height" drives."

    When I went from KMJK to KATU (1985), one of my earliest computer repairs there (1988?) was swapping out an original 10 MB full height shoe box sized hard drive from an IBM XT with a 20 MB version from a newer XT that had a bad motherboard. The notion of GB wasn't even on the horizon yet.

    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 02:00 PM #
  34. KISN of course. then it was KGW 620 in the 70s with Uncle Don Wright and Craig Walker. KEX when it played music was a lot of fun especially at 11 pm when they had laugh till your knob falls off. Then it was KB101 with Michael O'Brian and others. then KAAR 1480 with Michael Jack Kirby and Pat Pattee! then KISN fm and of course the goodguys.

    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 02:57 PM #
  35. skeptical

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    By the way the "crappy AM sound" of 970 sounded great in relation to typical AMs of the day. Tip of the hat to all the engineers involved.

    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 07:26 PM #
  36. Okay...

    Showing my age here too. We all know KISN was great. Late 60's KGAR and KRDR were fun too. They were pun intended. KPFM was a winner in my book too.

    Nowadays, since I live way out on the west side, KQRZ-LP is very good for FM'ers. Need to give them some credit for trying. On the AM band....hmmmm not sure. I am struggling as I don't think any of them are "fun".

    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 07:41 PM #
  37. Right! Favorite music station by far is KQRZ-LP 100.7 in Beaverton. I'm tuned in most of the time driving. Yes, it can get scratchy now and then. But remember listeners back in the 60's put up with lower power KISN in the outer burbs fading out at night, yet it was the coolest station to blast on your car radios.

    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 08:06 PM #
  38. paulwalker

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    Most fun is the title here. I offered KYTE early in the thread, and stand behind that, for their brief history in PDX.

    If I may expand out of Portland, may I offer CFUN (coincidence on name), out of Vancouver BC seemed to be the most fun in the 70's. KJR was fun, but also could get serious, then bounce back to fun, kind of a manic-depressive station in a way. KING-AM and KGW in the 70's were not exactly what I would call "fun", but they were exciting and appealing. When Z100 and KUBE signed on in Portland and Seattle they tried to re-create the fun sound, with mixed results, IMO.

    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 08:14 PM #
  39. semoochie

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    Legal ID for CFUN: C-Fun Vancouver

    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 08:44 PM #
  40. From 1984 to 1992 it had to be CB ch. 19.

    Posted on November 20, 2013 - 09:26 PM #
  41. Alfredo_T

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    When I started this thread, I had a bad feeling that perhaps I had missed the golden age of fun radio in Portland. I moved here in 1998. In that time, the stations I have heard that were closest to being fun were:

    • Hot Talk 1080
    • Super 62 (the KPOJ re-make)
    • The reggae pirate
    Posted on November 21, 2013 - 12:18 AM #
  42. Andy_brown

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    Fun radio had died two years earlier.

    Posted on November 21, 2013 - 12:21 PM #
  43. Alfredo_T

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    Posted on November 21, 2013 - 01:37 PM #
  44. And Andy, sadly, gave one of the most touching eulogy's. Alfredo, you would have shed a few tears.

    Posted on November 21, 2013 - 02:52 PM #
  45. Andy_brown

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    Actually at the time, I was in deep.

    In deep denial that 7 years in to MM Docket 90-481, the FCC in its infinite wisdom, was "freezing" the docket, halting litigation from going forward. It took a whole year from then (1997) for them to figure out how to go forward with those proceedings sitting on the fence of the new laws.*

    Deep denial that the flood gates were now open for the hacks, some of whom were in the proceeding backing (actually running) some competitors, to become owners of unlimited licenses all around America.

    My partner and I thought, "This can't be."

    It was.

    Deep denial that I had more money invested in the proceeding than I probably should have.

    Radio died on on February 8, 1996. Cause of death is listed as "Greed." Contributing to its death were capitalism and plutocracy.

    *Telecom Reform Act of 1996, Budget Act of 1997

    Posted on November 21, 2013 - 04:22 PM #
  46. Alfredo_T: Yes you're right! Was thinking only music stations but 1080 KOTK was a very fun talk station!

    In the late 90's til early 2000's before it was sold to Entercom, "Hot Talk 1080" had an incredible assortment of folks. KOTK was the cool kids station, not only with the Rick Emerson show but Mike Chase and then later Tim Riley doing the Tom Leykis news cut-ins, in addition to Emerson's show. They had weekend shows with Clyde Lewis and another with Kim Morgan. I remember hearing their listener parties and promotions had hundreds showing up.

    Posted on November 21, 2013 - 11:38 PM #
  47. Alfredo_T

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    At first, I had thought that Andy was making a reference to "The Beat" evolving into a Hot-AC after switching to FM. However, the 1996 Telecom Act really did put a damper on the fun, nationwide.

    Posted on November 22, 2013 - 10:52 AM #
  48. semoochie

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    Modern AC

    Posted on November 22, 2013 - 10:58 AM #

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