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

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    semoochie
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    AUGUST 1ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1931 KGW broadcast 11:00 P.M. hour over KTBR so engineers could connect with new Faloma transmitter site.

    1955 KPAM cancelled its Classical format due to lack of sponsorship. Classical Music returned on September 1st.

    1957 KRIV 1480 K.C., Camas owner Gene R. Johnsick took on partner Donald R. Nelson to raise more capital.

    1964 KGON 1520 kHz., changed call letters to KYMN standing for “Kim Radio” and continued Top 40 format.

    1968 KXL 750 kHz., debuted its first morning news block, 6:30 to 7:45 A.M. with John Lewis, News Editor.

    1968 KVAN 1480 kHz., with a M.O.R. format, switched to Progressive Rock as “K-Van, The Mono Maniacs.”

    1977 KMJK Lake Oswego signed on the air on 106.7 MHz., with 94 K.W. Studios were at the “MagicManor.”

    1977 KGAR 1550 kHz., Vancouver, Top 40 “Super Rock” switched back to Country music as “Country 1550.”

    1978 Sho-N-Tel, Inc. sold KUIK to Dolphin Communications, Inc. for $250,000. (Don McCoun, President).

    1983 KBPS-FM signed on the air on 89.9 MHz., with 8.7 K.W. Studios were at Benson Polytechnic School.

    1987 KKSN 910 kHz., with a Popular music format, switched to Oldies as “Kisn 91.” Emulating its predecessor.

    1989 Engel Communications Group sold KVAN/KMJK (FM) to Fairmont Communications for $7.4 Million.

    1996 Baycom Oregon, L.P. sold KUPL & KKJZ to American Radio Systems License Corp. Price undisclosed.

    1998 KYXQ Talk Radio “10-10 AM, The Voice” switched format to Country Classics as “Cowboy Country.”

    2001 KUPL “Cruisin’ Oldies” changed call letters to KUFO switching to Talk Radio as “Extreme Talk 970.”

    2001 KUFO (FM) 101.1 MHz., changed calls just a little to KUFO-FM. “Unstoppable Rock. Rock 101 KUFO.”

    2003 KGUY Country Classics “K-Guy Country” switched to a Regional Mexican simulcast of KMUZ “La Zeta.”

    2005 WQCI 718 Beaverton officially signed on air on 1610 kHz., with 10 watts. Transmitter was atop City Hall.

    2014 KLTH Lake Oswego “Oldies 106.7” switched to new moniker at 5:00 P.M. as “106.7, The Eagle.”

    2016 KWLZ West Linn “Rock & Roll’s Greatest Hits, 96.3 KWLZ” switched to Top 40/Rhythmic, 5:00pm as “We 96-3.”

    #47312
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 2ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1902 Sheldon F. Sackett was born in Jefferson. KVAN-910 Owner & President, 1940-59 & KOOS 1938-70.

    1922 KYG 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) announced a shutdown for two weeks. Turned into a month and a half.

    1923 KGW organ music first broadcast during memorial for former President Harding. Frederick W. Goodrich played.

    1931 KGW heard over KTBR Sunday morning until new transmitter site was connected. Then a simulcast began.

    1943 Michael K. Wells was born in Martin’s Ferry, OH. KBOO Station Manager, 1978-80. Hosted Dawn Concert with Michael Wells.

    1996 Old Dusty died at age 90 in Clackamas. KKEY Personality, 1966-68 & 1957-62. KGW, KWJJ, KVAN, KALE.

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    #47322
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 3RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1910 Grand Jury found two indictments against United Wireless Telegraph Co., owners of station “PE” Portland.

    1931 KGW and KTBR simulcast continued while adjustments were made at new KGW transmitter site in Faloma.

    1951 KEX’s Uncle Bob Amsberry and Merrie Virginia were Grand Marshals of the Vancouver Cenaqua Parade.

    1968 Philip B. Kalar died at age 66 in Corvallis. KOAP-FM Music Director, 1962-68. WLS Program Director & Music Director.

    1997 KNRK’s “Big Stink 2” at Estacada Timber Bowl concert: Radiohead, Matchbox 20, Smash Mouth, etc.

    2007 Johnny Venture died at age 48 in Portland. KKSN-FM Production Manager, 1990-91. KKLI/KCNR-FM.

    2009 Michael Bailey died at age 60 in Portland. KKCW “K103” Personality, 1985-09. KINK Program Director, 1979-80.

    2010 KRSK-HD3 “ESPN Deportes” switched languages after 33 days to the English version “ESPN Sports.”

    #47330
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 4TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1922 KFAB signed off the air after just 15 days. Station was sold to F.S. Barton in Salem and became KFCD.

    1956 KPDQ held its grand opening for its new studios in the Hollywood District at 4903 N.E. Sandy Blvd.

    1963 KOIN Art Kirkham (now retired) was the Grand Marshal of “The West Linn Community Fair” parade.

    1967 Herb Jepko via KSL, broadcast his Nightcap Show 11pm-5am from Portland’s Sheraton Motor Inn convention.

    1996 KNRK first “Big Stink” at Estacada Timber Park concert: Everclear, No Doubt, Magnapop, Spacehog.

    1997 KOPB-FM plans were leaked to slash Classical music programs which angered hundreds of its listeners.

    2009 Lois V. Olsen died at age 82 in Hillsboro. KFGR 1570 K.C., Forest Grove, Program Director, 1951-52.

    2009 KXJM 107.5 MHz., moved antenna off the KOIN-TV tower to the upper panel on new Sylvan Tower, LLC.

    #47345
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 5TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1957 KEX-FM 92.3 M.C., signed back on the air after 8 months. Station began a separate Classical music format.

    1959 Tommy Luke died at age 69 in Portland. KGW’s “Tommy Luke’s Flower Girls” & other show titles, 1925-40.

    1997 The Real Don Steele died at age 61 in Los Angeles, CA. KISN Air Personality & Program Director, 1963-64.

    2001 KNRK’s “Big Stink 6” Estacada Timber Bowl concert: Nickelback, Everclear, Offspring, The Cult, etc.

    2013 Cumulus Licensing LLC sold KXPC 97.9 Aloha (off air) to Educational Media Foundation for $6.8 Million.

    #47358
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 6TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1918 Walter A. “Walt” Kobek was born in Detroit, MI. KLIQ Commercial Manager, 1957-58. KXL salesman, 1960’s.

    1919 Robert C. “Bob” LaBonte was born in MN. KPOJ Commercial Manager, 1952-58. KERG G.M., 1958-63. KXL.

    1954 Fred F. Chitty died at age 56 in Vancouver, Wash. KVAN-910 & KOOS General Manager, 1945-54.

    1969 Dean Collins died at age 82 in Sitka, Alaska. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Sonnet”, 1924-33. KOIN, KALE.

    1982 Bill Ballance did his provocative syndicated female oriented talk show from KAAR studios, 9-Noon for 2 days.

    1988 Patricia Joy died at age 48 in Portland. OPB Director of Radio Programming, 1982-87. KGW/KGW-TV 1967-81.

    1990 KKRZ promotional stunt for new “Z100” D.J. Billy Hayes who posed as needing a job perched on a billboard.

    2000 KNRK’s “Big Stink 5” Portland Meadows concert: 2 Doors Down, Strok 9, Papa Roach, 8stops7, etc.

    2006 Eileen B. Peck died at age 82 in Wilsonville. KQFM Promotions Manager, 1965-69.

    2012 KOPB-FM & OPB eliminated the last of its music programming: “In House” and “American Routes.”

    2012 George Harris died at age 61 in San Francisco CA. KGW Reporter & Anchor, 1979-80. KING N.D. KYXI.

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