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This Day In Portland Radio History (December)

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    1904 Jean Paul King was born in Alda, NE. KGW Chief Announcer, 1928. NBC Announcer, 1931 to 1955.
    1928 KEX 1180kc doubled its power from 2,500 watts to 5,000 watts. "Oregon's Most Powerful Station"
    1933 KFJR started the annual "Santa Claus" program weekdays 5:30-6pm. Sponsored by Meier & Frank
    1942 KEX's "The Blue Network", formerly "NBC Blue" Net., dropped its 3 note chimes musical signature.
    1954 KGW studios moved from "The Oregonian Building" to 409 SW 13th Ave. On air work from trans.
    1954 KGW-FM 100.3mc became KQFM, standing for owner Quenton H. Cox, who went by nickname "Q"
    1955 KEX 1190 broadcast the "Kay West" show at 10:00am with guest Rita Calhoun, on holiday recipes
    1959 KRWC "The Station of Inspiration" became KGGG. Slogan as "K-triple-G, The Voice of The Valley"
    1965 Chem-Air, Inc. sold KPAM/KPFM to Romito Corp. for $175,000. (Walter P. Rossmann, President)
    1973 KPAM Top 40 "K-Pam, AM 14" became KLSC & switched to AIR's "Classic Gold" (Drake-Chenault).
    1977 KEX began broadcasting "The Cinnamon Bear" 6:40pm. Sponsored by Lipman's for the final time.
    1980 KPAM Top 40 "K-Pam, AM 14" switched to Contemporary Christian, as "Music You Can Believe In"
    1984 Donald R. "Don" Dawson died at age 74 in Lake Oswego. KGW-KEX Promotions Manager, 40-43.
    1988 KRDR became KKGR standing for city of license: GResham, continuing its Lite Jazz music format
    1999 Maryetta K. Devereaux died at age 79 in Portland. KPAM/KPFM Promotions Manager, 1960-1963.

    Posted on December 1, 2012 - 01:12 AM #
  2. semoochie

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    KPAM must have liked killing their simulcast on December 1st. They did it twice! I liked the first one better.

    Posted on December 1, 2012 - 01:50 AM #

    1911 Oregon State Wireless Association was organized at YMCA, Charles L. Austin, elected President.
    1920 Mark Lee was born in Beaumont, Tex. KLIQ & KLIQ-FM Talk Show Host, 1966-1969 & 1971-1972.
    1921 Jesse B. Weed, who would later build KGW, transmitted a concert from James John High School.
    1931 KOIN began broadcasting the children Christmas program "Toyland" weekdays from 5 to 5:15pm.
    1957 KEX D.J. Al Priddy was fired after P.D. Mel Bailey told him not to play "White Christmas" by Elvis.
    1983 Don Butler died at age 41 in Nepal. KBPS sportscaster, 1959. KELA N.D., KID ND, KOIN-TV, 69-83.
    1985 KMJK & KMJK-FM affiliated with NBC's "The Source" and dropped the ABC Contemporary Network.
    1998 KBPS 1450 began the Portland radio classic "The Cinnamon Bear." Airing the program at 2:30 PM.

    Posted on December 2, 2012 - 01:19 AM #
  4. semoochie

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    Al Priddy was fired on December 2nd but worked through New Years Day?

    Posted on December 2, 2012 - 12:38 PM #
  5. Yes and no. Yes Al Priddy worked at KEX from 1956 to New Years Day 1960. No, Al Priddy was not on the air the rest of December 1957 through New Years Day 1958 because of this incident . He returned to KEX January 11, 1958.

    Posted on December 2, 2012 - 10:53 PM #
  6. jr_tech

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    So was he really "fired"?:

    Posted on December 2, 2012 - 11:06 PM #
  7. semoochie

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    I didn't have the right year but New Years Day sounded familiar. I didn't know he returned.

    Posted on December 3, 2012 - 01:00 AM #

    1911 Thomas T. "Tom" Ely was born in Clancy, MT. KEX AM/FM Chief Engineer, 1945-54. WBZ AM/TV.
    1928 KFEC presented "The Toy And Joy Makers" 8-10pm Portland Fire Bureau's toys for needy children.
    1929 Harold L. Hinson was born in Lancaster, S.C. KCNR/KPAM General Manager, 80-83. WBT VP/GM.
    1930 Keith Allen was born in Ptld. KLIQ AM/FM Program Director, 69-70. KPOJ A/F Personality, 67-69.
    1931 KBPS special "Christmas Seals" program at 12 Noon, featuring: Minna Pelz Cole & Abe Bercovitz.
    1951 Frank Trevor died at age 53 in Portland, Ore. KOIN pianist, 29-51. "Koin Klock" program co-host.
    1970 FCC denied the five Star Stations, Inc. licenses including KISN, KOIL AM & FM and WIFE AM/FM.
    1980 KBPS once again presented "The Cinnamon Bear" twice daily. 12:30 PM and a repeat at 4:30 P.M.

    Posted on December 3, 2012 - 01:01 AM #

    1928 KGW began presenting its "Santa Claus" program 6:00 to 6:30 pm. Sponsored by J.C. Penney Co.
    1931 KGW broadcast "The Hoot Owls" Sunshine Division Christmas benefit request program. 10:45pm.
    1933 KOIN started broadcasting the children Christmas program "Toyland Express" weekdays 5-5:15 p.
    1936 KWJJ moved its transmitter from the "Broadway Theatre" bldg. to the new Oaks Park trans. site.
    1960 W. Carey Jennings died at age 60 in L. A. KWJJ General Manager, 41-42. KGW-KEX G.M., 34-41.
    1963 KEX paid "Interstate Bridge" tolls for 10,081 listeners who said "KEX" at the toll gates. 56.7% did.
    1976 KEX was awarded "M.O.R. Station of The Year" at the "International Radio Programming Forum."
    1977 KBOO debuted "Indian World" hosted by John Talley. 1st Native American Radio Program in Ptld.
    1979 KBPS picked up "The Cinnamon Bear" after not airing the previous year & broadcast, twice daily.
    2001 Eads Broadcasting Corp. sold KGUY to Northwest Radio Broadcasting for $750,000.(Bill Sizemore)

    Posted on December 4, 2012 - 01:18 AM #

    1892 Rev. Dr. John G. Mitchell was born in South Shields, England. KPDQ host "Know Your Bible" 1966.
    1905 Benjamin A. "Ben" Buisman was born in Milaca, MN. KXL Farm Director, 1946-54. Son Jr KEX FD.
    1910 Barney R. Miller was born in Ashland. KGW-KEX Program Director, 37-41. KNX News Dire., 60-67
    1914 Paul Nichols was born in Ptld. KOIN studio technician and sound effects, 35-42. KOIN Radio/Tel.
    1918 Kay West (#3) aka Rita Dewart was born in Portland. KEX host of "Coffee with Kay West", 55-60
    1943 KEX "Be Alert" program, promoted the "Portland Christmas Mart" which sold war stamps as gifts
    1950 KGW owned by "The Oregonian Publishing Co." placed under a new corp. "Pioneer Broadcasting"
    1976 KPDQ 800 kHz and 93.7 MHz picked up the Mutual Broadcasting System as a secondary affiliate.
    1991 KINK-FM changed calls to KINK again. KGW calls were never changed thru this first KINK-FM era.
    2007 KBPS 1450 began airing once again the Portland holiday favorite "The Cinnamon Bear" at 9 A.M.
    2011 KPWX "1130 La Mexicana" switched language to Russian as "New Life" Portland Christian Radio.

    Posted on December 5, 2012 - 01:03 AM #
  11. Family Correction! Just discovered Benjamin A. Buisman was not their real names (mentioned above). There real names were Benard A. Buisman. Father and son both worked in Portland radio and had the same name and occupation! Except for one time in "The Oregonian" Junior and Senior were never mentioned in articles. (My tip off!) It all reads like one person if you don't understand.

    Both obituaries, used the name "Ben" only. Just found out that "Benard" was used only once (Juniors wedding announcement) in The Oregonian. First name clue came in "The Broadcasting Yearbook" for Juniors listing and was used only once. Yearbooks also never made a distinction as to who was Junior & Senior.

    This clears up the mess from last March when Junior was too young to work for KXL. The obits were both tied to Senior, added to the master copy from different research periods. True, Junior was still a very young 17 when he became KEX Farm Director. Age is even stated in "The Oregonian." No doubt Junior landed the job by learning the ropes from dad.

    1905 Benard A. "Ben" Buisman was born in Milaca, MN. KXL Farm Director, 46-54. Son Junior KEX F.D.

    Posted on December 5, 2012 - 05:16 AM #

    1928 KOIN 940 kilocycles began presenting it's "Santa Claus" program, weeknights 7:00 to 8:00 P.M.
    1929 KGW 620 presented "The Hoot Owls" featuring a Christmas shopping theme. 10:30 to midnite.
    1945 KEX "Kay West" interviewed Frances Werchkul on Xmas craft decoration suggestions and gifts.
    1967 KLIQ-FM 92.3MHz signed on the air with 59kw as Ptld's first FM Talk station simulcasting KLIQ
    1976 KEX broadcast the Ptld radio classic "The Cinnamon Bear" at 6:40 P.M. Sponsored by Lipman's.
    1988 KEX 1190 kilohertz with 50kw directional day & night, changed to non-directional daytime only.
    1999 Eleanor M. Schmidtke died at age 94 in Forest Grove. KFGR/KRWC Co-owner-News Dir, 50-58.
    2003 Paul Rask died at age 76 in Ptld. KGW Sports Director, 53-55, KPOJ A/F Talk Show Host, 60's.

    Posted on December 6, 2012 - 01:10 AM #
  13. A correction has come to my attention. Adding an "s" in Werschkul:

    1945 KEX "Kay West" interviewed Frances Werschkul on Xmas craft decoration suggestions & gifts.

    Posted on December 6, 2012 - 10:37 PM #

    1906 Henry M. Swartwood, Jr. was born in Portland. KOIN-KALE Program Director, 39-44. KOIN 1933.
    1922 KGW officially dedicated its 500 watt transmitter at 8pm, which was put into service Nov 20th.
    1923 Rev. Charles Williams was born in Logans Ferry, PA. KPDQ host "The Redemption Hour", 74-82.
    1929 KGW special "Hoot Owls" broadcast. Sunshine Division raising a Christmas fund for the needy.
    1934 KFJR began broadcasting Meier & Frank's annual "Santa Claus" program weekdays, 5:15-5:45 p.
    1941 Radio kept busy with Flash Bulletins from their announcers & networks, on Pearl Harbor attack.
    2004 Donald E. Breede died at age 85 in Portland. KEX/KQFM/KKRZ General Sales Manager, 1983-84.

    Posted on December 7, 2012 - 01:18 AM #
  15. semoochie

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    Isn't this the day that KOAC went on the air in 1922?

    Posted on December 7, 2012 - 02:06 AM #
  16. motozak3

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    Nope, it was when KFDJ went on the air.

    (Well, you know somebody had to say it....)

    Posted on December 7, 2012 - 02:16 AM #
  17. Well yes and no. Here is the beginning of 7XH/KFDJ/KOAC in The Oregonian - January 26, 1922:

    Oregon Agricultural College, Jan. 25. --(Special)-- A new 15-watt telephone set has been added to the wireless laboratory equipment. The set was made by Jacob Jordan, Instructor in Physics who has charge of the Radio Department. Though not permanently installed, this telephone has been set up for trials and has proved satisfactory. Communication was established with Salem and other stations when the trials were made. When the set is permanently installed it will be valuable to the college for experimental purposes, and according to Mr. Jordan, will give the college one of the most modern stations on the coast.

    7XH was assigned the call letters KFDJ December 7, 1922.
    KFDJ was assigned the call letters KOAC December 21, 1925.

    Posted on December 7, 2012 - 02:16 AM #
  18. semoochie

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    "...close enough for government work."

    Posted on December 7, 2012 - 02:44 AM #

    1920 7YG presented Oregon's 1st live song performance, sung by Walter Jenkins at the Benson Hotel.
    1930 KOIN 940 kilocycles debuted the hour long "Koin Klock" program at 6 am, which ran for 41 years.
    1932 Lawrence F. "Larry" Curran was born in Tacoma, WA. KYMN News Director, 64-65. KYXI, KGON.
    1933 KGW special "The Hoot Owls" Christmas program to aid the Sunshine Division. 10:20-12:00 AM.
    1939 KBPS "Christmas Books For Children" was the Library Association of Portland's, theme. 4:05 pm.
    1941 KGW, KOIN, KEX & KALE broadcast Pres. Roosevelt's speech at 9:30am PST to Congress (WWII).
    1941 West Coast stations were silenced at 7:00p except for KIRO in the N.W. "Pearl Harbor" Dec 7th.
    1951 KGW program "Hostess House Party" at 10:00 am featured Christmas package design & display.
    1988 Alfred "Al" Picinni died at age 67 in Kern, CA. KWJJ Sales Mgr., 1965. KKEY Program Dir, 59-60.
    1989 KBVM signed on the air on 88.3 MHz with 1.85kw. Studios on the University of Portland campus.
    1991 Hazel Kenyon Markel died at age 92 in Seattle, WA. KBPS Director of Radio, 39-42. Mutual. NBC.
    2002 Al Emrich died at age 89 in Vancouver, WA. KAAR General Mgr., 83-85. KLIQ M/F, KGAR, KKEY.

    Posted on December 8, 2012 - 01:02 AM #
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    Al Emrich once told me about a woman in Alaska, who singlehandedly prevented his untimely death! He was basically broke and this woman was always helping him out with money, food, clothing, whatever and she never asked for anything in return. They became good friends. Soonafter, he learned that she was the highest paid concubine in the whole state! I wonder if A.C. knows this story.

    Posted on December 8, 2012 - 02:12 AM #

    1927 KGW "Hoot Owls" & the Sunshine Division, asking for contributions for poor families. 10:30 P.M.
    1932 KGW "Hoot Owls" annual Christmas drive for the needy, thru The Sunshine Division at 11:00 P.M.
    1996 KKRZ issued the CD "Z100 Morning Zoo-Like A Virgin No More!" Proceeds benefited Salmon Claus.
    1999 Maryetta Devereaux died at age 79 in Portland, OR. KPAM & KPFM Promotions Manager, 1962-63.

    Posted on December 9, 2012 - 01:06 AM #

    1911 Chet Huntley was born in Carwell, MT. KGW-KEX Announcer, 36-37. KIRO, KHQ, CBS, ABC, NBC.
    1925 KQP 212 meters (1414.1kc) moved to 229 meters (1309.1kc) & had recently increased to 1 KW.
    1926 KGW "Hoot Owls" & Sunshine Division raised over $400 for poverty-stricken families. 10:30pm.
    1930 KFJR began the annual "Santa Claus" program 5:30-6p weekdays except Sundays. M&F sponsor.
    1955 KGW's Heck Harper was Grand Marshal of "The Foster Booster's 4th Annual Christmas Parade."
    1965 KWJJ 10kw directional at Smith Lake, raised daytime power to 50kw directional, Hemlock site.
    1993 Joe Allen died at age 59 in Ptld. KYTE-AM-FM/KESI/KBBT/KKCY/KUFO Chief Engineer, 1986-93.
    2005 Dick Sainte died at age 67 in Sherwood. KEX Air Personality, 1981-82. KWJJ 79-80. KISN 64-67.

    Posted on December 10, 2012 - 01:18 AM #

    1909 Willis M. "Bill" Ross was born in Ptld. KALE Program Director, 46-47. KOIN 1945. KGW-KEX 35-40.
    1925 KGW 1st "Hoot Owls" Sunshine Div. drive for destitute families in need of food baskets for Xmas
    1929 KGW presented a five minute "Christmas Illumination Talk" with Henry Judson. 2:55 to 3:00 P.M.
    1931 KGW broadcast the "Hoot Owls" Xmas request program, to benefit the Sunshine Division. 10:45p.
    1967 KLIQ-FM became the first 24 hour All Talk FM outlet in the Nation with added overnights 12-6am.
    1988 Kelmar LeMaster died at age 83 in Sedona, AZ. KALE Director of Public Relations/Promotion, 46.
    2010 Paul W. Nichols died at age 96 in Portland. KOIN studio technician and sound effects, 1935-1942.

    Posted on December 11, 2012 - 01:07 AM #

    1890 Ted Kooreman was born in Alton, IA. KALE Station Manager, 1934 & 37-40 & Sales Mgr., 35-44.
    1915 Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. KXL Co-owner, 1957 to 1964 with KJR & KNEW.
    1924 Bob McAnulty was born in Oregon City. KLIQ Progam Director, 1960-62 & News Director, 66-67.
    1930 KGW presented "The Hoot Owls" Christmas benefit program for the Sunshine Division-10:30PM.
    1939 Denis Ackerman was born in Larned, KS. KWJJ & KJIB News Director, 76-77 & Music Dir., 74-76.
    1944 Mischa Pelz died in San Francisco, CA. KGW-KEX Orch. Conductor, 31-36. KOIN Conduct., 26-30.
    1994 KXYQ Adult Cont. simulcast of KYXQ-FM, switched format to Talk Radio as "1010 AM, The Voice"
    2007 Dale Denny died at age 92 in Vancouver, WA. KOIN fill-in News Editor, 1957 & Newsman, 41-63.

    Posted on December 12, 2012 - 01:07 AM #

    1906 Robert Redd was born in Pendleton. KGW Program Manager, 32-33 "Covered Wagon Days" writer.
    1910 Bill Mears was born in Calif. KOIN AM/FM Asst. Manager & P.D., 69-71. Program Director, 53-69.
    1926 KXL 400 meters (749.6 K.C.) signed on the air with 250 watts at 6:30 PM from the Mallory Hotel.
    1926 KTBR opened an additional studio at the "Portland Telegram" newspaper office. (Telegram Bldg.)
    1929 KGW presented "The Hoot Owls" featuring a Christmas outdoor illumination theme. 10:30-12AM.
    1941 KGPP Portland Police station moved to a new $4,000 studio with soundproofing, air conditioning.
    2004 KXL 750kHz dropped its CBS affiliation after Dan Rather's "60 Minutes" fallout on President Bush.
    2008 Steve Brown died at age 69 in Omaha, Nebr. KISN Program Director, 1959. V.P. of Programming.
    2011 KPWX Mt. Angel became KQRR, standing for Russia Radio, continuing New Life Christian format.

    Posted on December 13, 2012 - 01:42 AM #
  26. semoochie

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    I had no idea that the Mt. Angel station had changed call letters! It's strange that I didn't see it in the Daily Digest.

    Posted on December 13, 2012 - 01:28 PM #

    1892 William D. Allington was born in Corvallis. KFIF founder & Station Manager, 23-30. KBPS 30-42.
    1929 KGW "Hoot Owls" shed light on the Christmas outdoor illumination theme, 10:30 to 12:00 A.M.
    1933 KBPS presented the "Parent-Teacher Radio Program" featuring chorus Xmas selections. 11 A.M.
    1935 KGW annual "Christmas Formal" from Multnomah Athletic Club. Eddie Burke & his Orch. 11 PM.
    1942 David Lightbourne was born in Princeton, Ill. KBOO host of "Rock & Roll House Party", 1978-82.
    1968 Samuel "Sam" Herrick died at age 66 in Ptld. KGW Co-star of "Covered Wagon Days", 1932-35.
    1970 KLIQ-FM 92.3 megahertz, dropped ABC's "American FM Radio Network."
    2000 KXL cancelled its 4 to 7pm afternoon news block, adding affiliation with Jones Radio Networks.
    2004 Jimmy Hollister died at age 66 in Folsom Cali. KVIX Program Director, 87-88. KPAM, KEX, KGW.
    2009 KXL reinstated its afternoon news block, 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. and moved Michael Savage to 7 P.M.

    Posted on December 14, 2012 - 01:11 AM #

    1899 Roxie Ellen Frederickson was born in Georgia. KPOJ & KPOJ-FM Women's Director, 1950 to 1952.
    1931 KXL programming "to stir the Christmas spirit." 10:00 P.M. featuring 20 voice Vann Choral Club.
    1933 KGW presented "The Hoot Owls" special Xmas program aiding the Sunshine Division. 10:20 P.M.
    1934 KXL 1420 kilocycles began broadcasting its first "Santa Claus" program weekdays 5:30-6:00 P.M.
    1954 KBPS 1450 kcys presented a special Christmas broadcast in French. Host Visitons Mimi. 4:30 PM.

    Posted on December 15, 2012 - 01:09 AM #

    1899 Johnny Walker was born in Idaho. KOIN-KALE Program Director, 1936-37 & KOIN Co-P.D., 38-39.
    1932 KGW "The Hoot Owls" annual Christmas drive for the needy, thru The Sunshine Division. 11 PM.
    1936 KGW presented "Christmas Songs from Other Lands" at 6pm, sung by the Albany College chorus.
    1961 KPFM 97.1MHz became the first station in Portland to broadcast in multiplex Stereo at 12 Noon.
    1980 KXL 50kw directional daytime only, began night operation. 1st time in 51 years. 1kw directional.
    1981 Ruth Holmes died at age 84 in Portland, Oreg. KEX Actress "On The Oregon Trail" 1936 program.
    1987 KKSN 910 / KKLI 97.1 owner, Fort Vancouver Broadcasting Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
    1998 Janet Baumhover died at age 100 in Ptld. KGW-KEX actress. "Covered Wagon Days" 35-36. KALE.
    2001 Mr. Clare H. Hanawalt died at age 85 in Lake Oswego, OR. KGW/KGW-TV Chief Engineer, 58-77.
    2006 Ted Hallock died at age 85 in Ptld. KPOJ A/F Program Director, 1951-53. KUGN P.D., KKUL, KGW

    Posted on December 16, 2012 - 01:04 AM #

    1870 Robert G. Duncan was born in Kentucky. 1st Federally convicted radio individual, for obscenities.
    1904 George W. Wann was born in Portland, OR. KOIN & KOIN-FM Promotional Manager, 1949 to 1953.
    1922 KGW presented a "Christmas Concert." 7 P.M., featuring the 20 voice St. Mary's Cathedral Choir.
    1927 KOIN moved studios from the basement of "The Heathman Hotel" to "The New Heathman Hotel."
    1946 KGW special "Portland Breakfast Club Christmas Party" 100 children guests. 9:30-10a (Aero Club)
    1956 KGW became an ABC affiliate. KEX switched to independent status for the first time in 27 years.
    1956 KGON 1520 kcys. Oregon City, became Portland's NBC affiliate, after KGW dropped NBC for ABC.
    1956 KEX-FM 92.3 megacycles which had been a KEX simulcast, was taken off the air for eight months.
    2006 Don Stellges died at age 79 in Troutdale. KUIK Co-owner, 1962-1967. KEX/KEX-FM P.D., 1958-61.
    2011 KISN/KKSN 910KHz old Bauer FB-5000J transmitter was moved off 4617 N.E. 158th Ave. property.

    Posted on December 17, 2012 - 01:31 AM #
  31. semoochie

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    There were some other calls on that frequency too: KOTK, KFXX, KTRO, any more?

    Posted on December 17, 2012 - 02:11 AM #
  32. KVAN.

    Posted on December 17, 2012 - 02:57 AM #
  33. semoochie

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    I should have said "using that transmitter".

    Posted on December 17, 2012 - 11:54 AM #

    1928 KGW presented Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" 9:30 to 10:30 PM, sponsored by Charles F. Berg Co.
    1931 KGW broadcast "The Hoot Owls" Christmas Request Program, to benefit the "Sunshine Division."
    1945 KGW special. "Portland Breakfast Club's Christmas Party" for children in orphanages & nurseries.
    1958 Johnny Venture was born in Portland. KKSN-FM Production Manager, 1990-91. KKLI-KCNR, KBPS.
    1975 Henry M. "Hank" Norton died at age 69 in Hawaii. KGW Publicity Manager, 57-58, Continuity 51.
    2000 KGW's old towers were toppled at: 10000 N. Expo Road. KGW moved to the site August 3, 1931.
    2003 Fisher Broadcasting sold KOTK 1080 and KWJJ 99.5 to Entercom Communications for $44 Million

    Posted on December 18, 2012 - 01:20 AM #

    1882 Dr. Herbert Hughes was born in Macon, MO. KGRO Co-founder, 1956-59. Gresham Mayor, 40-56.
    1902 Harry N. Gillgam was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Pianist in "The KOIN Orchestra" 1970 to 1972.
    1928 George Goode was born in Seattle, WA. KPAM & KPFM News Director, 1967-68. KXL N.D., 60-61.
    1930 KBPS "Christmas Tree Program" 12-12:30pm. Talks by Police Chief of the Sunshine Division, etc.
    1930 KGW presented "The Hoot Owls" Christmas benefit show for the Rainbow Division 10:30-12 A.M.
    1944 KGW special: "Portland Breakfast Club's Orphan Christmas Party" from the Aero Club. 8:30-9 AM.
    1945 KOIN broadcast "Northwest Neighbors" Christmas program. "Story of The Nativity", 9:30-10 P.M.
    2005 Chris J. Witting died at age 90 in Syracuse, New York. Former KEX & KEX-FM President, 1953-55.

    Posted on December 19, 2012 - 01:24 AM #

    1918 James T. "Jim" McGuire was born in Minneapolis, MN. KPAM/KPFM Asst. Mgr., 58-59 & PD, 55-59.
    1929 KGW "The Hoot Owls Christmas Party" with Charles F. Berg, Master of Ceremonies, 10:30-12 AM.
    1932 KBPS 1420 kilocycles, broadcast a special Yule play titled the "Christmas Kid" at 3:15 to 3:45 P.M.
    1934 KEX premiered the comedy/variety program "Thursday Theater" from "The Arabian Room" 9:30p.
    1935 KFJR 1300 KC, presented "The Scandinavian Hour" special, featuring Christmas music at 9:30pm.
    1944 KOIN broadcast "Northwest Neighbors" Christmas program. The Story of The Nativity, 9:30-10PM.
    1979 New Broadcasting Corporation sold KVAN 1480 kHz to Patten Communications Corp. for $967,725.
    1985 KAAR began night operation with 2.5 kw, from 3 tower directional array. Daytime continued 1 kw.
    1991 Joseph E. "Joe" Patterson died at age 81 in Portland. KEX Technical Chief in 1954. KATU Engineer.
    1999 KKSN-FM 97.1MHz & KRSK 105.1MHz moved from "Pioneer Tower" bldg. to the "Bancroft Building."
    2002 KVAN 1550 KHz increased power from 10kw day, directional nights to 12kw day, directional nights.

    Posted on December 20, 2012 - 01:25 AM #

    1910 Paul LaRiviere was born in S. Braintree, MA. KOAP-FM/TV General Manager, 63-64. KEX-FM P.D.
    1924 KGW broadcast Portland's 1st church service via remote control at 10:30a from 1st Presbyterian.
    1929 KGW special "Hoot Owls" Sunshine Division program to raise a Xmas fund for needy. 10:30-12a.
    1930 KXL presented "The Toy And Joy Makers" 9-11pm. Portland Fire Bureau's toys for needy children.
    1943 KGW special "Portland Breakfast Club's Orphan Christmas Party" from the Aero Club. 8:30-8:45a.
    1947 KALE's General Manager, Sam Jackson, 33 crashed and died, piloting "The Journal" News-copter.
    1953 KBPS presented a program of discussion on Christmas customs with host Caroll Geist. 11:30 am.
    1977 David M. Myers, Audio Group sold KQFM to Golden West Broadcasters for $500,000.(Gene Autry)
    2004 KKRZ-HD1 100.3-1 initiated broadcasting in Digital IBOC a simulcast of KKRZ's C.H.R. format.
    2004 KKCW-HD1 103.3-1 initiated broadcasting in Digital IBOC a simulcast of KKCW's A.C. format.
    2004 KRVO-HD1 105.9-1 began broadcasting in Digital IBOC a simulcast of KRVO's Classic Hits format.
    2012 ______________________________________________________________________

    Posted on December 21, 2012 - 01:10 AM #
  38. W7PAT

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    Is anybody going to broadcast the end of the world Live?

    Posted on December 21, 2012 - 10:09 AM #

    1923 Tom Phelan was born in Missoula, Mont. KVAN Chief Engineer, 1972-75. KPOJ/KPOK/KUPL (FM).
    1924 KGW presented a special children's program at 5:00PM. "Christmas Stories by Mrs. W.R. Scott."
    1929 KEX 1180 Kcys. began carrying NBS chain programs, originating from sister station KJR Seattle.
    1929 KGW broadcast "Christmas Stockings" a play, featuring the Fada-Gill Players. 8:30 PM-9:00 PM.
    1933 KOIN special "The Toy & Joy Makers" 10-10:30 p. Portland Fire Bureau's toys for needy children.
    1933 KGW presented "The Hoot Owls" special Christmas program aiding Sunshine Division. 10:20pm.
    1938 KEX special "Christmas Carols" sung by State employees at the Capitol rotunda in Salem. 4:45 p.
    1943 KOIN broadcast "Northwest Neighbors" Christmas program. The Story of The Nativity, 9:30-10p.
    1946 KXL special "A Christmas Carol" adapted from original story. 12:15-12:45 PM. M & F Sponsored.
    1959 Former KPRA/KWJJ-FM/KHTV studio and transmitter property auctioned to future KGMG owner.
    1997 KSKD 1040 kc became KLVP again after 63 days. K-Love was storing calls for a broadcast friend.
    2005 Earl Bayne died at age 82 in Portland, Oregon. Former KPDQ/KPDQ-FM Announcer 1970 to 1988.

    Posted on December 22, 2012 - 01:10 AM #

    1918 Donald E. Breede was born in Portland. KEX/KQFM & KKRZ General Sales Manager, 1983 to 1984.
    1923 KGW presented a "Christmas Musical Program" at 8pm, featuring the St. Mary's Cathedral Choir.
    1925 KGW sacred broadcast from the "Liberty Park" Christmas Tree area of Creston Park at 8:15 pm.
    1932 KGW "The Hoot Owls" annual Christmas drive for the needy, thru The Sunshine Division. 11 PM.
    1942 KOIN broadcast "Northwest Neighbors" Christmas program. The Story of The Nativity, 9:30 P.M.
    1944 KWJJ concluded the seasonal broadcast of "The Cinnamon Bear" program at 5:00 P.M. (4:45pm)
    1945 KGW special "Christmas 1945" 1-2pm. KGW staff, Symphonic Choir, Reed Col. Madrigal Singers.
    1947 KVAN 910kc special "Christmas Concert" 2:00pm. Ridgefield High Music Dept at the Auditorium.
    1965 KISN 91's Whitey Coker became the First U.S. News Correspondent to report from Vietnam(War)
    1988 KVAN 1550 kilohertz & KMJK 106.7 megahertz merged and became Engel Communications Group

    Posted on December 23, 2012 - 01:06 AM #

    1916 Mr. Carol A. Saling was born in Beaver, Oregon. KPOJ & KPOJ-FM Chief Engineer, 1951 to 1952.
    1923 KGW presented a "Special Christmas Concert" of harp music 8-9 P.M. by Alice Genevieve Smith.
    1928 KGW became the first station in Oregon to begin permanent programming from NBC, New York.
    1929 KOIN 940 kilohertz, special "Children's Christmas Program" from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
    1930 KGW broadcast "Franz Children's Hour" Christmas program 5-6:00pm Sponsored by Franz Bread.
    1934 KXL broadcast what was most likely a very hurried "Santa Claus" program at 5:30pm to 6:00pm.
    1935 KGW special: "The KGW-KEX Staff Christmas Tree & Party" was held over the air 4:30-5:00 pm.
    1935 KEX presented "Carols" by The Oswego-West Linn High School Music Department, 11-11:15 P.M.
    1937 KXL//KALE concluded the national broadcast premiere of "The Cinnamon Bear" holiday program.
    1937 KEX presented "Time Out For Christmas" at 2:30PM KGW-KEX staff greetings & Christmas Party.
    1939 Roger Doyle was born in Wichita, KS. KBPS-FM President, 2002-2004. "Classical Favorites" host.
    1940 KOIN broadcast "Christmas Carols" performed by the Franklin High School Chorus, 6:00-6:30pm.
    1942 KXL presented "The Nativity" at 2:30 P.M., was followed by "Yuletide Reminiscence" 3-3:30 pm.
    1944 KOIN broadcast "Song of The Columbia" Christmas at The Whitman Mission, Koin Orch. 9:30pm.
    1945 KOIN special "Christmas Eve At Shriner's Hospital" 5-6 P.M. featuring a children's story of Xmas.
    1946 KALE presented "An Oregon Christmas" 6:30-7:15pm, featuring the Jefferson High School Choir.
    1947 KXL broadcast the Christmas Eve Service from Westminster Presbyterian Church, at 11:00 P.M.
    1949 KEX "Uncle Bob's Xmas" 4:15 P.M. Amsberry sings Xmas songs with Gus Goose & Gabby Squirral.
    1950 KOIN AM/FM "Child Story of Christmas" 2:30-3 P.M. Featuring the Jefferson High School Choir.
    1952 KGW AM/FM "Christmas at Veterans' Hospital" 9:30-10pm. KGW String Ensemble, Glenn Shelley.
    1954 KOIN AM/FM "The Story of The Nativity" 8-8:30pm. Featuring The Duncan Singers & KOIN Orch.
    1955 KPOJ A/F "Christmas Card" presentations of "A Christmas Carol" 8:30pm "Story of The Nativity"
    1955 KWJJ Foursquare Church Paster Harold Jefferies with special message "No Room For Him" 11 a.
    1964 KLIQ studio/transmitter flooded with several feet of Willamette River water(the 64 Xmas flood)
    1964 KEX presented "A Christmas Carol" recorded by KEX Personalities. 3:05pm. Other times on 25th.
    1968 KISN presented Portland & Vancouver area school choirs in a program of Xmas music thru Xmas.
    1973 KXL AM/FM "24 Hours of Christmas Music on KXL Radio" 6 pm Christmas Eve to 6 pm Xmas Day.
    1976 KGAR 1kw daytime only, increased power to 10kw directional nights & began 24 hour operation.
    1985 KGW broadcast its first locally produced stereo program "Sing Your Own Messiah", 8:00-10 P.M.
    1999 Vern Mueller died at age 74 in Ptld. KPOJ Program Dir. & News Dir. & KPOK News Dir. 1950-1974
    2008 Rev. Charles Williams died at age 85 in Portland. KPDQ Host of "The Redemption Hour" 1974-82

    Posted on December 24, 2012 - 01:07 AM #

    1894 William Moyes was born in Lawrence, MA. The Oregonian "Behind The Mike" columnist, 1930-52.
    1922 KGW broadcast a Christmas Concert, 3:30-4p. Selected boy's chorus from Pilgrim Boys' choruses.
    1922 Donald R. "Don" Lucich was born in Washington. KPDQ/KPDQ-FM Commercial Manager, 1969-84.
    1923 KGW gave its staff the day off. Did not broadcast. At the time on: 492 meters (609.3kc) 500 w.
    1926 KEX 670 kc signed on the air with 5kw. "Oregon's Most Powerful." Studios: "Terminal Sales Bldg."
    1927 KGW presented "Christmas Greetings from Olds, Wortman & King Co." Dudley Buck Male Quartet
    1929 KEX 1180 kilocycles, special "Christmas Carols" program broadcast from 8:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
    1930 KGW presented "A Christmas Greeting from Charles F. Berg" 9:30 pm with Emil Broms, baritone.
    1932 KXL brought you the "Toy & Joy Makers" 9:30 P.M. Portland Fire Bureau's toys for needy children.
    1933 KEX special "The Story of The Birth of Jesus" 10-10:30p, featuring 1st Presbyterian Church Choir.
    1935 KXL 1420kc presented "Yuletidings" a program of phonograph records from 11:00 AM to 3:15 PM.
    1937 KGW broadcast at 9am "Christmas Greetings" to 200+ isolated lightships and lighthouse keepers.
    1938 KXL 1420 kilocycles, special "Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol" broadcast from 9:15a to Noon.
    1941 KWJJ brought you the "Toy And Joy Makers" 1:30-4:30 P.M. Fire Bureau's toys for needy children.
    1941 KGW added an additional 625 foot tower and increased night power from 1kw to 5kw directional.
    1945 KWJJ live from Temple Baptist Church a traditional Julotta service, 6:15-7:30am. Temple Choir.
    1945 KOIN special "Santa's Arrival At Shriners' Hospital" 8:00am with Art Kirkham & Johnny Carpenter.
    1946 KGW broadcast "The Oregonian's Christmas Hour" 3:00-4pm, featuring the 16-voice KGW Choir.
    1948 KEX special "The Gift of Carols" 8-8:30am, featuring the Linfield College 40-Voice Acapella Choir.
    1953 KGW presented "Christmas Festival" 6:00a to 7:00 A.M. Featuring the Portland Symphonic Choir.
    1954 KPAM/KPFM special program: Handel's "Messiah" & Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. Noon-4 P.M.
    1955 KVAN presented Hudson's Bay High School & Fort Vancouver High School Christmas Concert 2-3p.
    1968 KINK 101.9 MHz signed on the air with 97kw. Studios: KGW Broadcast Center. Underground Link.
    1986 KCNR 1410 kilohertz, changed calls to KKUL, standing for "Cool" Jazz, continuing its Jazz format.

    Posted on December 25, 2012 - 01:15 AM #

    1924 KGW 1st "Hoot Owls" broadcast with audience. Live from the "Portland Hotel" ballroom. 7:10pm.
    1926 KEX transmitter site suffered $1,000 damage by vandals, one day after its debut. Off air 5 days.
    1989 KKCY New Age A.C. "The City" broadcast its last day, ending at midnight, then it began stunting.

    Posted on December 26, 2012 - 01:34 AM #

    1907 Reverend William J. Ashley-Cole was born in Birmingham, England. KPAM/KPFM Co-owner, 1959.
    1932 Robert E. "Bob" Hawkins was born in Chicago, Ill. KEX Program Director, 1964-65. KVI P.D. KSFO.
    1937 KGW's tower site on North Denver Ave., flooded when dikes broke on the Columbia River Slough.
    1944 Ric Elgin was born in St. Cloud, MN. KAAR Program Director, 1983. KMJK Program Director, 1978.
    1979 Johnny Walker died at age 80 in Ptld. KOIN/KALE Program Director, 36-37 & KOIN Co-PD., 38-39.
    1988 KKUL 1410KHz, off the air, changed its call letters to KBNP standing for "Business News Portland"
    1989 KKCY began stunting at 12 AM as "People's Radio." Guest D.J.'s broadcast whatever they wanted.

    Posted on December 27, 2012 - 01:05 AM #

    1905 Walter L. Read was born in Bremerton, WA. KVAN Founder/Owner, 39-40. Brother of Harry Read.
    1907 First known Oregon demonstration of wireless telegraph took place at the Portland Public Library.
    1910 Frank H. Coffin was born in Butte, N. Dak. KGW Assistant Manager, 1949-52. KOIN-TV Sales Mgr.
    1944 Westinghouse Radio took over operation of KEX, with its studios in the KWJJ Building, with KGW.
    1974 Gov. Tom McCall proclaimed "Barney Keep Day In Oregon." Celebrating 30 years on KEX mornings.
    1981 Fred White died at age 88 in Ptld. KEX script writer for the program "Covered Wagon Days" 1935.
    2000 KEWS "K-News" became KDBZ standing for "620, The Buzz." Plus, modified its News/Talk format.
    2003 Helen Kleeb died at age 96 in L.A. Calif. KEX Actress on "Covered Wagon Days" 1934-36. CBS-TV.
    2009 KKPZ 1330 kHz "K-Praise" moved studios from John's Landing to its transmitter site on Mt. Scott.
    2010 KXPD signed back on the air, with an Old Time Radio format. Programs from the 1930s, 40s, 50s.

    Posted on December 28, 2012 - 01:10 AM #

    1889 Tommy Luke was born in Grass Valley, Cali. KGW's "Flower Girls" 1926-35 & "Flower Frolic" 1928.
    1911 Charlie LaFranchise "Uncle Charlie" was born in Chicago. Ill. KPOJ AM/FM Sports Director, 49-55.
    1922 Art Kirkham, 25, made his radio debut on KGW as the nights' featured soloist tenor at 8:15 P.M.
    1936 KOIN & KALE sharing the "Don Lee-Columbia Network" It became "The Columbia Pacific Network"
    1983 Anna "Cody" Shaffer died at age 55 in Portland. KBPS Assistant Production Manager, 1974-1983.
    1989 KKCY stunting as "People's Radio", changed format at 5:00 pm to AOR "101 KUFO" slogan letters.

    Posted on December 29, 2012 - 01:09 AM #

    1912 Homer H. Welch was born in Ptld. KGW Program Director, 44-51. KGW-KEX Program Dir, 41-44.
    1922 Earl P. Bayne was born in Livingston, Montana. Later KPDQ/KPDQ-FM Announcer, 1970 to 1988.
    1958 First Portland produced Stereo spot "Logan Oldsmobile" for KPAM/KPFM at Northwest Recording
    1961 KVAN 1480 KC moved its transmitter site from Camas, WA. to Jantzen Beach Amusement Park.
    1962 Ashley Dixon, Sr. died at age 80 in Ptld. Radio Pioneer. KFJR Co-founder, 1923-36. KALE, KGW.
    1965 Burglars broke in KWJJ's trans. site, stealing about $3,338 worth of remote control components
    1991 KMXI Adult Contemporary "Mix 106" switched to "Oldies 106.7" The first of 2 times slogan used.
    2009 KXPD "La X, 1040 AM" Tigard with its Regional Mexican format, went dark for a year and a half.

    Posted on December 30, 2012 - 01:12 AM #
  48. semoochie

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    "1991 KMXI Adult Contemporary "Mix 106" switched to "Oldies 106.7" The first of 2 times slogan used." They started with the top 500 Oldies and then increased it to(I believe)800 or so. They didn't stand a chance against KISN-FM!

    Posted on December 30, 2012 - 03:18 AM #

    1918 Bob Anderson was born in Ptld. "The Scandinavian Hour" Host 55 Years: KKEY, KPOJ, KGW, KXL.
    1922 KGW New Years Night Concert. Vocal: Randolph Thomas/Harvey Hudson. Voilinist: Pearl Staples.
    1923 KGW Portland Hotel New Year's Frolic featured George Olsen's Metropolitan Orch. 10:00-1:00am.
    1925 KGW New Year's Eve program featured Herman Kein's Orch. from Multnomah Hotel's Indian Grill.
    1926 KGW's "Hoot Owls" welcomed the New Year with an "appropriate program" 10:30pm to Midnight.
    1927 KGW Dance Orch. 11-12a then a "New Year Frolic" midnight to 1. Mix of music, fun & nonsense.
    1928 KGW carried a three hour New Year's Eve Frolic from NBC in San Francisco beginning at 10:30 p.
    1929 KGW welcomed New York, Chicago, Denver & San Francisco to 1930 from NBC 8:55pm to 1:00 a.
    1931 KOIN's "New Year's Eve Dance Party" featured the KOIN Orchestra & began at 9:30pm to 2:00am.
    1934 KGW's "Let's Dance" New Year's Eve featured Hymie Breslow's Orch. from The Portland Hotel 11p
    1936 KXL's "New Year's At The Lonesome Club" featured the Claude Brereton Orchestra at 11:45 P.M.
    1945 KWJJ 1080 kilocycles, "New Year's Program" beginning at 9:45 P.M. to ?
    1950 KGW presented organist Glenn Shelley 10pm-12am at the Liberty Theatre on the giant Wurlitzer.
    1951 KGW was direct from downtown with a special New Year's Eve broadcast from 11:55pm-12:30am
    1953 KWJJ 1080 kilocycles broadcast a New Year's Eve show with Sammy Taylor from 10:00pm-1:00 a.
    1954 KPOJ 1330kc/KPOJ-FM 98.5mc "The Hop" show's "New Year's Dancing Party." 10:30pm to 12:30a.
    1955 KPOJ A/F presented "1955" local & Intern. news highlights. Vern Mueller & Chuck Bernard hosted
    1958 KPDQ 800kc highlighted news events of 1958 at 4:00pm. Hosted by Phil Boyer and Dan McDonald.
    1960 KEX featured "The Top Song Hits of 1960." Special four hour retrospective from 8 p to midnight.
    1963 KPOJ 1330/KPOJ-FM 98.5 began its "KPOJ Radio New Year's Eve Dance Party" at 6:30 pm to 12 a.
    1965 KGW presented "News Diary '65" at 7pm. News events with the voices of people who made news.
    1966 KPOJ 1330/KPOJ-FM 98.5 "The KPOJ Dance Party" featured Big Bands from 7:00 pm to midnight.
    1966 KISN 910 kilocycles, presented "The Top Hits of 1966." All New Year's Eve. 6:00 P.M. to 2:00 AM.
    1967 KOIN - CBS Radio's 40th annual Coast to Coast "New Year's Eve Dancing Party" with 12 Big Bands.
    1969 Red Dunning retired after 25 years as KOIN Music Director. Honored on "Come And Get It" show.
    1983 KGON 92.3 megahertz, dropped its NBC "The Source" affiliation.
    1985 Constance Roth Folts died age 79 in Newport Beach, CA. KGW-KEX "Covered Wagon Days" 33-34.
    1986 LodeStar Communications (Victor M. Ives) sold KMJK-FM to Magic Radio, Inc. for $3,900.000.00.
    1988 KLVS 1290 kilohertz, Lake Oswego with its All Elvis format, went dark for 18 months.
    1996 Citicasters sold KEX, KKRZ & KKCW to Jacor Communications for $774 Million. Ten FM's & 4 AM's.
    2000 Art Morey died at age 90 in Mission Viejo, Calif. KWJJ Program Director, 41-45. With JJ to 1975.
    2002 KVAN 1550 kilohertz, increased day power from 12 KW non-directional, to 50 KW non-directional.
    2003 Charles L. "Chuck" Burrow died at age 91 in Nehalem. KEX Sales Promotion Manager, 1947-1955.

    Posted on December 31, 2012 - 01:13 AM #

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