DECEMBER 31ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
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 - 12:13 AM