Craig Adams’ Portland Radio History (November Archive Edition)

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  • #51886
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    OCTOBER 31ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1907 Ben Crosby was born in Portland. KVAN Sales Manager, 1965-66. KWJJ Promotion Manager, 1948-65.

    1923 KGW “Children’s Program” Halloween story by Aunt Nell, with Harold Mosher & Helen Zollinger at 3:30 P.M.

    1931 Northwest Broadcasting Company stations KEX, KJR & KGA became a division of the National Broadcasting Co., NBC.

    1941 KEX & KALE broadcast the “Portland Blackout” test at 9:45 P.M. Announcers described. WWII Nears.

    1948 KGW-FM was off the air six hours when Halloween pranksters fell a 122-foot fir tree which hit power lines.

    1957 KWJJ moved its studios from the KWJJ Building, to the haunted Theodore B. Wilcox Victorian mansion.

    1958 Tualatin Valley Broadcasting, Inc. sold KUIK 1360 K.C., Hillsboro, to KUIK Broadcasters for $62,500.

    1959 KISN 91’s First Annual Trick ‘r Treat For Transistors. Kids asked “Is this the Kisn Trick ‘r Treat house?”

    1960 KEX DJ’s haunted the first annual Zooliner “Ghost Train” 6:00 to 10: P.M. Russ Conrad, creepy conductor.

    1960 Percy B. Crawford died at age 58 in Lancaster, PA. KGGG 1570 kHz., Forest Grove, President, 1960.

    1963 KBPS “Storybook Land” Gregory Ghost at 11:00 A.M. Tale dramatized by Girls Polytechnic students.

    1964 KGW “Halloween Party” Ghost stories, with “The Pit & The Pendulum” by Basil Rathbone, at 10:15 P.M.

    1965 KWAY Forest Grove with a Top 40 format, went dark and never returned! It still haunts 1570 kHz!

    1969 KEX “War of The Worlds” Interviews with Steve Allen who heard the original broadcast, at 10:15 P.M.

    1970 KJIB stereo “War of The Worlds” New drama. Martian’s invade the University of California campus. 8:00 PM.

    1971 KXL “Sunday Spectacular” Basil Rathbone read “The Pit & The Pendulum.” War of The Worlds at 3:00 P.M.

    1971 KLIQ AM/FM broadcast H.G. Wells adaptation of “War of The Worlds” with Orson Welles at 4:30 P.M.

    1971 KJIB presented Portland’s first locally-produced stereo drama “Donovan’s Brain” by Mark Allen Players, at 9:00 P.M.

    1972 KEX “Monsters You Have Known & Loved” Special at 11:00 PM The Pit & The Pendulum with Barney Keep.

    1972 KOAP-FM “Special Halloween Program” at 8:00pm. “Leiningen Vs. The Ants” & “He Cheated The Hangman.”

    1973 KLIQ-FM’s last broadcast presented, Orson Welles “War of The Worlds” & left the air at the witching hour.

    2013 KXPC 97.9 MHz., in Aloha, “K-Love” format, switched call letters with KLVP 88.7 MHz., in Sandy.

    2013 KLVP 88.7 MHz., in Sandy “Air1” format,

    #51883
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    NOVEMBER 1ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1929 KXL 1250 K.C., left the air by order of the FRC. Accused of using “Excess Power” and interfering KFOX Long Beach, California.

    1942 KXL 750 K.C., moved studios from the “KXL Building” to the 5th floor of “The Orpheum Theatre” building.

    1952 KBKO 1290 K.C., became KLIQ aka “Click Radio.” Portland’s first to end block programming for all music.

    1952 Jyrl Burris became Portland’s First “Female” Disk Jockey. Spinning Popular music on KLIQ mid-days.

    1953 Pioneer Broadcasters, Inc. sold KGW & KGW-FM to King Broadcasting Co. & associates for $500,000.

    1970 KPAM 1410 kHz., & KPAM-FM 97.1 MHz., affiliated with the “American Contemporary Radio Network.”

    1973 McCoy Broadcasting Co. took control of KLIQ-FM. Changed its call letters to KGON. ($400.000 on 10-1-73)

    1973 KGON 92.3 MHz., signed on air at 6:00 A.M. and began a Christmas music format for three months.

    1975 Earle O. Denham died at age 78 in Portland. KOIN staff Tenor in 1929. Becoming a Technician until 1972.

    1992 KMUZ-FM 94.7 MHz., Camas signed on the air with 3.7 K.W. Studios at “The Port Building” in Washougal, WA.

    1995 BayCom Partners of San Francisco sold KUPL 1330 kHz., to Crawford Broadcasting Co. for $2 Million.

    1995 KUPL “Couple Country” changed call letters to KKPZ, switching to Religious as “The New 1330 K-Praise.”

    2002 KXL-FM’s old transmitter site on Healy Heights was sold to Gray Haertig. The building is now a home.

    2013 KMTT 910 kHz., Vancouver “Northwest Bands” KNRK-HD2 simulcast switched to “Sports 910″ CBS Sports.”

    #51892
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    Thank you Dan, very prompt!

    #51893
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    NOVEMBER 2ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1928 KGW debuted “Scenes From Oregon’s History.” First radio series chronicling Oregon’s pioneer days.

    1979 KYTE 970 kHz., presented “The Elvis Experiment” with psychic: Micki Dahne. First mass Coliseum seance.

    1981 KXL 750 kHz., became a charter affiliate of NBC Radio’s new long form network called “Talknet.”

    1983 “KQFM-100” Adult Contemporary, call letters to KKRZ, switching to Light Adult Contemporary “The Rose.”

    1998 Heck Harper died at age 79 in Oregon City. KGW Personality, 1954-58. KVAN 1955 & 1957. KEX 1947-48 & 1953.

    2002 Bobby Simon died at age 65 in Centralia, WA. KISN Personality, 1966-67. KEED Production Director. KOL, KJR.

    #51895
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    NOVEMBER 3rd. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1933 KOIN began moving some “Don Lee-Columbia Network” programs to its sister KALE to free up time.

    1933 KALE 1300 K.C., became a part time “Don Lee-Columbia Network” affiliate. (affiliated MBS: 9-26-37).

    1947 Chuck W. Myers died at age 66 in Portland. KOIN President, 1931-46. KQP Sales Manager in 1926.

    1969 KLIQ AM/FM “The Talk of The Town” Talk format, switched to Town & Country as “Country Click.”

    2002 Doug Wilson died at age 50 in Austin, TX. KKSN-FM Program Director, 1995-96. KLOU Program Director, 1990-94.

    #51902
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    NOVEMBER 4TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1949 KMCM began 1 K.W. directional night operation with an additional tower added. 6:00 A.M. to 10:30 P.M.

    1986 Duffy Broadcasting Corp. of Portland sold KCNR 1410 kHz., to Gothic Broadcasting Corp. for $1.00.

    1987 Portland City Council approved 92.3 KGON’s plans to build a tower on Sentinel Hill (Healy Heights).

    2005 KRVO, Classic Hits “105-9, The River”, switched its music format to “The New Smooth Jazz 105.9.”

    #51912
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    NOVEMBER 5TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1914 U.S. Customs Portland said: Amateur telegraph stations may open, provided no neutrality laws are broken.

    1917 Sherm Washburn was born in Redlands Calif. KEX Newscaster, 1941-55. KLOR News Director. KOIN-TV.

    1923 Eileen Brugman Peck was born in Portland. KQFM Promotions Manager, 1965-69.

    1930 KXL 1420 K.C., became an affiliate of UBC, carrying “The Silver Network” inaugural from Los Angeles.

    1967 KOAP-FM 91.5 began broadcasting Sundays. The station was on the air weekdays but off air on Saturdays.

    1986 Delbert L. “Del” Olney died at age 66 in Wapato, WA. KXL Program Director, 1960-62. KVAN 1958-59.

    #51916
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    NOVEMBER 6TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1894 Glenn Hurlburt was born in California. KGW staff with piano show, 1931-32. Then on to KPO-NBC.

    1914 Jesse E. Leonard was born in Rose Lake, ID. KEX News Director, 1955-56. Production Manager, 1951-52.

    1926 KFIF at Benson Polytechnic School, raised power from 100 to 150 watts on 248 meters (1208.8 kilocycles).

    1938 KEX 1180 K.C., debuted the local program “Friendly Neighbors” 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. Thursdays.

    1961 KVAN 1480 kHz., moved studios from the “Washington Hotel” in Portland, to the “Riviera Motel” in Vancouver.

    1989 Clyde Hamstreet, Trustee-In-Bankruptcy sold the KKSN-FM transmitter site to KGON for $470,000.

    2004 KGON 92.3 MHz., was the first station in Oregon to test a hybrid IBOC digital transmission signal.

    2012 KGON personality, Iris Harrison inducted into “Oregon Music Hall of Fame” at the Aladdin Theater.

    #51924
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    NOVEMBER 7TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1890 Daniel H. “Dan” Quimby was born in Portland. KOIN Dramatic Reader & Announcer, 1926-27.

    1927 KFJR moved studio & transmitter site from the 2nd floor of Ashley Dixon’s garage to The Lumbermen’s Building.

    1927 KFJR 1060 K.C., began commercial status from a three room suite at 95 Fifth Ave. Suites: 620-621-622.

    1927 Paul Rask was born in Portland. KGW AM/FM Sports Director, 1953-55. KPOJ AM/FM Talk Show Host.

    1961 KPOJ 1330 kHz., began playing hourly the 45rpm “Ballad of Portland” by Bill Simmons on KPOJ Label.

    1995 Mark Volman & Howard Kaylan of The Turtles, began hosting mornings, for a week on 97.1 KKSN-FM.

    2006 Ron Saito died at age 64 in Canby. KEX President & Gen. Man., 00-05. KKRZ V.P. & G.M., 97-00. KKCW.

    2009 Dr. Demento, former KRRC General Manager, was inducted into the “Radio Hall of Fame” at “Chicago Hotel.”

    2011 FCC warned Hillsboro resident Paul W. Winquist for operating an alleged pirate station on 97.5 MHz.

    2013 KXPC 88.7 MHz., Sandy, Oregon, “Air1” format, switched its call letters with KZRI 90.3 MHz, Welches.

    2013 KZRI 90.3 MHz., Welches, “Nueva Vida” format, switched its call letters with KXPC 88.7 MHz., Sandy.

    #51931
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    NOVEMBER 8TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1909 Jay W. Wright was born in Utah. KGW AM/TV Director of Engineering and Planning, 1961-64.

    1919 Walter N. “Wally” Nelskog was born in Everett, Wash. KYXI Vice-President, 1967-68.

    1926 Lois V. Olsen was born in North Plains. KFGR Forest Grove, Program Director, 1951-52.

    1927 Samuel Newhouse, Jr. was born in New York. KOIN AM/FM Owner, 1954-77. KGW AM/FM Owner, 1952-53.

    1956 Marshall Field III died at age 63 in New York City, New York. KOIN & KOIN-FM Owner, 1946-52.

    1959 Christian Broadcasting Company sold KRWC Forest Grove to Triple G. Broadcasting Co. for $47,500.

    1972 Michael Roberts, 22, a KYXI deejay, tragically committed suicide while on air in the early morning.

    1982 KLLB “Hot Hits And Cool Oldies” as “KB101.” Switched format to Album Oriented Rock as “Rock 101.”

    1986 Barney R. Miller died at age 75 in Los Angeles. KGW-KEX Program Director, 1937-41. KNX News Director.

    1998 Kevin Reilly died at age 36 in Sunnyside, Ore. KGW Air Personality, 1983-88. KBPS 1978-79. KKCW.

    2005 KRVO changed its call letters to KIJZ standing for: Jazz, for “Smooth Jazz 105.9.” Continued this format.

    2011 First Ave. studios (2040 S.W. 1st) were torn down. Former home of KYTE, KUFO, KBBT, KRCK, KLLB, KKCY.

    #51932
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    NOVEMBER 9TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1921 Bob Liddle was born in Esterville, Iowa. KEX Personality, 1959-61. KXL 1956-59. KIXI News Director.

    1925 KQP 248 meters (1208.8 K.C.) signed on the air with 500 watts from “The Portland Hotel.” 1926 KOIN.

    1925 KFEC the Meier & Frank station on 248 meters (1208.8 K.C.) added share time station KQP with KFIF.

    1925 KFIF Benson Polytechnic School on 248 meters (1208.8 K.C.) added share time station KQP with KFEC.

    1978 Ron Myron died at age 70 in Portland. KOIN host of “Ron Myron’s Scrapbook”, 1930-34. KEX 1935-36.

    1988 KRDR signed back on the air after 18 months with Soft Rock, Light Jazz and New Age as “The Breeze.”

    2009 James A. “Jim” Johnson died at age 67 in Lake Oswego. KGON/KFXX President & General Manager, 1992-95.

    2012 KPOJ “AM 620, Portland’s Talk” Progressive format switched to “Fox Sports Radio 620” at 5:30 P.M.

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    NOVEMBER 10TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1900 Howard S. “Jake” Jacobson was born in Curtis, WI. KXL President, 1947-55 & General Manager, 1943-55.

    1926 KFIF Benson Polytechnic School on 248 meters (1208.8 K.C.) switched to 252 meters (1189.6 K.C.)

    1926 KGW broadcast the first Santa program in Portland. “Santa Claus & His Friends.” 7:00 P.M., M&F sponsor.

    1929 KOIN 940 K.C., carried its first “Don Lee Broadcasting System” program over the same lines as CBS.

    1951 An 11,000-volt feeder line was struck by a tree, knocking off KGW, KPOJ, KOIN, KVAN at 2:40 P.M.

    1972 Delmar G. “Del” Leeson died at age 60 in Hillsboro. KPAM-FM General Manager, 1960-65. KLIQ Sales Manager.

    1977 Sol S. Rosinsky died at age 42 in Portland. KMJK President & General Manager, 1977. KISN General Manager, 1973

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    NOVEMBER 11TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1875 Harrison H. “Harry” Schoolfield was born in Deer Park, MD. KXL Chief Engineer, 1945-46, with KXL 1944-52.

    1911 Cathryn C. Murphy was born in Los Angeles. KVAN Owner & General Manager, 1960-74. KRIV/KPVA/KVAN, Co-owner 1957-60.

    1926 KFIF 1189 K.C. (later aka KBPS) broadcast its first program to Portland Public School classrooms.

    1928 FRC National Frequency Realignment of Stations. “Cleared Channels” began. “General Order 40.”

    1928 KGW 610 kilocycles moved to 620 kilocycles, 1,000 watts.

    1928 KWJJ 1200 K.C., moved to 1060 K.C. Upped power from 100 watts to 500 watts. Divided night WBAL, WTIC.

    1928 KEX 1080 K.C., moved to 1180 K.C. 2.5 K.W. Divided nights with KOB State College, New Mexico.

    1928 KXL 1360 K.C., moved to 1250 K.C. Upped power from 100 watts to 500 watts. Divided nights with KIDO Boise, Idaho.

    1928 KFJR 1250 kilocycles moved to 1300 kilocycles 500 watts. Shared time with KTBR.

    1928 KTBR 1310 kilocycles moved to 1300 kilocycles, 500 watts. Shared time with KFJR.

    1928 KFEC 1400 kilocycles moved to 1370 kilocycles, 50 watts.

    1928 KFIF 1310 kilocycles moved to 1420 kilocycles, 50 watts.

    1929 KXL returned to the air on 1420 K.C. Power reduced from 500 watts to 100 watts. Shared time with KFIF.

    1929 KFIF 1420 kilocycles with 100 watts. Benson Polytechnic School station began time sharing with KXL.

    1934 KOIN increased daytime power from 1 kilowatt to 2.5 kilowatts, from its transmitter site on Barnes Hill.

    1971 KLIQ-FM 92.3 MHz., re-affiliated with the American FM Radio Network. Previously with ABC 1968-70.

    1973 KGW sponsored “People’s Day On The Fremont Bridge.” 35 thousand people attended ceremony.

    1973 James Abbe died at age 90 in San Francisco, CA. KGW Commentator, 1942-44, KXL 1942, NBC, ABC.

    1977 KVAN 1480 kHz., began 24 hour operation from new 5 K.W., directional “Evergreen” night transmitter site.

    1987 KRDR 1230 kHz., dark. Former owner filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, they owed $549,854.00

    1992 Edward A. “Ed” Mundt died at age 85 in Portland. KXL Chief Engineer, 1956-62. KXL Technician, 1951-56.

    2006 Mark Lindsay moved his Saturday night KKSN “Kisn 910” show “Mark After Dark” to KLTH “K-Hits.”

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    NOVEMBER 12TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1927 KTBR 1060 K.C., moved studio and transmitter from Brown’s Radio Shop to “The Commodore Hotel.”

    1930 KGW debuted the situation comedy “The Oakleys” co-starring Henry Blanc & Susan Haley. 10:00 P.M.

    1983 Irwin S. Adams died at age 82 in Portland. KGON-1520 Co-owner, 1956-64. KGON-1230 General Manager, 1949-56.

    1984 KKRZ 100.3 MHz., issued the 45 rpm satire “Shut Up Sheela!!” by Dan Clark & The Z100 Morning Zoo.

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    NOVEMBER 13TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1902 Philip B. Kalar was born in Chicago, IL. KOAP-FM Music Director, 1962-68. WLS Program Director & Music Director, WGN.

    1923 Betty Johnson was born in Milwaukie. KWJJ Vice-President, 1952-73 & host “For Home & School”, 1945.

    1940 Gordon Miller was born in Evanston, IL. KGW Production Director, 1970-90. KXL Production Director, 1991-00.

    1944 KGW debuted “Relax In Rhythm” with singers Andy Clausen & Patsy Bauman on different days.

    1946 KPFM became the first FM in Oregon to sell commercial time. First ad was a truck & auto company.

    1998 American Radio Systems sold KUPL AM/FM, KINK, KUFO, KBBT, KKJZ to Infinity Broadcasting.

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