June 29, 2021 at 1:32 am #50956
JUNE 29TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1905 Les Halpin was born in Kaslo, B.C., Canada. KOIN News Director, 1940-67. Began at KOIN in 1935.
1913 Lou Gillette was born in Fairbanks, AK. KMCM Station Manager, 1949-53. KALE/KPOJ AM/FM, 1946-49.
1953 First Portland area Radio test of Conelrad from 1:00 A.M. to 2:00 A.M. 5 stations broadcast on 640 K.C. & 5 on 1240 K.C.
1956 KPOJ AM/FM inaugurated the first mobile studio on the West Coast during a Rita Moreno autograph party.
1979 KMJK 106.7 MHz formatted, Mellow Rock “The Magic FM” changed to Top 40 as “The All New Magic 107.”
2011 “Mel Blanc Day” proclaimed in Portland, honoring former KGW-KEX Star. Three month celebration.
2011 KXPD 1040 kHz., Tigard signed back on the air with programming from China via “Easy FM” in English.June 30, 2021 at 12:09 am #50965
JUNE 30TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1937 KGW-KEX announced that in a few days Chet Huntley would be leaving for KFI as a Staff Announcer.
1946 Jeff Douglas was born in East Orange, NJ. KINK Program Director, 1968-72 & Station Manager, 1972-78. KGW-TV 1979-90.
1948 KXL-FM began test broadcasts from Larch Mountain, on 96.5 M.C., with 250 watts, as a KXL simulcast.
1948 KGW & KGW-FM moved studios from the “KWJJ Building” to five studios in the new “Oregonian Building.”
2001 KJUN began Federal Test Authority on 104.1 MHz., broadcasting “The History of Portland Radio.”July 1, 2021 at 10:14 pm #50997Randy_in_EugeneParticipant
“1960 King Broadcasting’s “Bullitt Foundation” donated KQFM transmitter site to State of Oregon. Later became KOAP-TV.”
“Well gee, how did I get that messed up? I always thought it was KEX-FM that donated 92.3 and moved to 91.5. I didn’t know KGW was even connected to KQFM!”
KQFM started as KGW-FM. King must have kept ownership of the transmitter site after selling 100.3 to Quentin Cox. KEX-FM was donated to the state for the first incarnation of KOAP-FM.
Just now looking through this thread before commenting is turned off.July 2, 2021 at 2:00 am #51001
Now that you mention it, I remember the KGW connection to KQFM but didn’t make that one with KEX. They must have still been co-owned at the time. I didn’t think they were.July 2, 2021 at 9:59 pm #51010Randy_in_EugeneParticipant
An August 1941 FCC ruling ended the KGW-KEX duopoly. So my understanding goes thusly, King/Bullitt donated a broadcast site to the state that previously housed KGW-FM/KQFM, which the state used for establishing KOAP-TV in 1961. Separately, Golden West/KEX donated 92.3 to the state, circa 1963 to start KOAP-FM (based on old Broadcasting Yearbooks, without digging deep into Craig’s archives). KOAP-FM had moved to 91.5 by 1965 according to the ’65 Broadcasting Yearbook. KLIQ signed a new FM station on 92.3 on October 1, 1967.July 3, 2021 at 12:43 am #51014
Thank you for the work, Randy!
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