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    1873 Kate P. Hebard was born in Portland. KGW-KEX President, 1939-41. Also “The Oregonian” President.

    1918 Paul F. Mathew was born in East Moline Ill. KEX Chief Engineer, 1971-84. Joining the staff in 1957.

    1933 Willie Nelson was born in Abbott, Texas. KKEY Air Personality, 1958-59. KVAN-910kc, 1956-58. KCNC.

    1934 KWJJ 1060 K.C., moved to 1040 K.C., dividing nights with KRLD Dallas, Texas & WTIC Hartford, CT.

    1950 KGON 1230 K.C., Oregon City began 24 hour operation from its Gladstone studio & transmitter site.

    1975 “62 KGW Presents Portland’s Top 620, *By Request.” The 2 day countdown with “Hey Jude” as number 1.

    1987 KRDR 1230 kHz., Gresham, announced the station was unable to meet its latest payroll & was up for sale.

    1988 KPDQ’s Chris Taylor and Barb Hughes were married after work, in a ski boat, on the Willamette River.

    2005 KKSN-FM changed its call letters to KYCH standing for “97-1, Charlie FM”, continuing its Adult Hits format.

    2005 KOTK changed its call letters to KKSN again after 7 years. Continuing with its Oldies format as “Kisn 910.”



    1890 Charles L. Austin was born in Clinton, Iowa. Father of Oregon Broadcasting. 7ZI/7XF/KGN 1921-23.

    1926 Ken DeBord was born in Sayre, OK. KKEY Program Director, 1958-59. KVAN Personality, 1955-58.

    1938 John H. “Jack” Barnet died in Portland. KGW Sales Manager, 1931-32. KEX Station Manager, 1928-29.

    1942 Jon Tuska was born in South Milwaukee, Wisc. KOAP-FM host of “Encore” 1983-84.

    1949 KWJJ-FM signed on the air on 95.5 M.C., with 3,410 watts simulcasting AM sister. Transmitter: Healy Heights.

    1958 Anne Johnstone died at age 60 in Portland, Oregon. KWJJ host of “Fellowship Haven”, 1937-42.

    1959 KVAN 910 K.C., began playing “Teenage Bill of Rights, Pt. 1. The Revolution” by Robby John for 24 hours.

    1962 KOAP-FM 92.3 M.C., signed on the air with 57 K.W., from Healy Heights, simulcasting sister KOAC.

    1966 Burglars broke into KVAN 1480 kHz., and knocked it off air for 7 days, stealing transmitter tubes.

    1976 KLSC 1410 kHz., Classic Gold format switched back to KPAM (FM) Top 40 simulcast after 2 1/2 years.

    1982 Glenn Shelley died at age 81 in Portland. KOIN organist, 1954-65. KGW 1944-53. KGW-KEX 1933-44. KGW 1931-33.

    1984 Gerald J. “Jerry” Flesey died at age 72 in Portland. KISN General Manager, 1960-61. KOIL Sales Manager.

    1985 Isabell Hoyt died at age 76 in Portland. KVAN-910 Program Director, 1955-59. KXL Merchandise Manager.

    1997 Edris M. Noble (Cox) died at age 94 in Butte, Montana. KOIN 940 K.C., Dramatic Director, 1928-38.

    1999 KXL-FM changed its call letters to KXJM, standing for “Jammin’ 95.5” “Portland’s New Hit Music Station.”

    2005 Peter Marland-Jones died at age 77 in Lincolnshire, England. KKEY Talk Host, 1975-77 & 1972-73. KEX, 1973-75.

    2010 David Lightbourne died at age 67 in Laramie, Wyo. KBOO “Rock & Roll House Party” host, 1978-82.

    2012 Roger Doyle died at age 72 in Portland. KBPS-FM President, 2002-04. KBPS “Classical Favorites” host.

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