Craig Adams’ This Day in Portland Radio History (May Archive Edition)

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    MAY 31ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1907 Bart Woodyard was born in Bluefield, WV. KGW-KEX Orchestra Leader, 1934-35. Owner of “Bart’s Wharf.”

    1923 KGN signed off the air. Charles Austin sold KGN to Eric H. Chambers, becoming KFOH, in March 1924.

    1924 KGG signed off the air. Joe Hallock & Cliff Watson would be quarter owners of the original KOIN in 1926.

    1935 KBPS became Portland’s first station to use a short-wave remote unit between a ball park and a studio.

    1938 Jim Meeker was born in Beloit, KS. KISN, Music Director, 1965-66. KRLA Program Director, 1971. KGB.

    1948 KXL 750 kilocycles began 24 hour operation, broadcasting emergency information during Vanport Flood.

    1948 KEX debuted “Early Bird Time” weekday mornings. Bob Amsberry’s first KEX program. 6:00 A.M. to 6:30 A.M.

    1968 KISN Good Guys Fun Festival at Memorial Coliseum. Concerts and over 50 exhibits, running for ten days.

    1992 Paul F. Mathew died at age 74 in Gresham. KEX Chief Engineer, 1971-84. Joining the staff in 1957.

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