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

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    AUGUST 16TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1909 Richard R. “Dick” Levy was born in Everett, Wash. KXL & KXL-FM Commercial Manager, 1959-69. KVAN.

    1933 KGW premier opening of N.W. based “Tugboat Annie” in “United Artists Theater” lobby at 8:30 P.M.

    1935 Janet Day was born in Portland. KYTE-FM Air Personality, 1985-89. KBVM Production Asst. 1990’s.

    1976 KPOK “Rockin’ Country” changed its call letters to KUPL “Couple” switched to Just Beautiful Music.

    2012 Richard Mason entered into an LMA to purchase KLYC 1260 kHz., McMinnville from Bohnsack Strategies.

    #47472
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    AUGUST 17TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1909 Al Priddy (All Nite Al) was born in Waukeagan, IL. KEX Personality, 1955 to New Years Day 1960.

    1918 Marian Speaker was born in Reedville. KPDQ Organ player for the show “Doorway To Fine Music” 1956-57.

    1920 Jim Nelson was born in Spokane, Wash. KBPS AM/FM Foundation President, 1999 at time of death.

    1922 Fred Von Hofen was born in Texas. KGW Station Manager, 1958-59. KBBX President & Co-owner.

    1924 KGW 492 meters (609.3 K.C.) shutdown for 15 days. Its apparatus was overhauled & new facilities installed.

    1926 Bill Wingo was born in Granite City, IL. KWAY Station Manager, 1961. KRWC/KGGG News Director.

    1932 KGW debuted the Wednesday local 15 minutes program “Sam Gordon, The Kibitzer” 1:45 to 2:00 P.M.

    1935 Victor M. Ives was born in San Francisco, CA. KVIX President, 1987-88. KMJK AM/FM General Manager. KEX Program Director.

    1940 Kathie J. Johnson was born. KCYX Co-Owner, 1980-87, General Manager, 1982-84, General Sales Manager, 1982-87.

    1974 KEX’s Vic Ives named “Best MOR Program Director of The Year” at Billboard Magazine Radio Forum.

    2012 “Mark & Brian” ended 19 years on KGON. The first syndicated (live) morning show in Portland back in 1993.

    #47479
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 18TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1893 Bruce Fichtl was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. KOIN Asst. Manager, 1930-32. KOIN Sales Manager, 1929.

    1920 Don Porter was born in Vancouver, B.C. KGW Program Director, 1958-61. KXL Progam Director, 1957-58. KPOJ.

    1929 Ted Bryant was born in Walla Walla, WA. KOPB-FM News Director, 1989-90. KOIN News Director, 1973-77.

    1932 KOIN 940 K.C. “The Journal” began negotiations to purchase KTBR 1300 K.C. from Milburn E. Brown.

    1953 Steve Bradley was born in Portland. KKEY Public Service Director, 1989-97.

    1983 Mark Lee died at age 62 in Portland. KLIQ & KLIQ-FM Talk Show Host, 1966-69 & 1971-72.

    1989 KSGO 1520 “Solid Gold Oldies” switched format to Rock, as “The X, has come to Town to KICK ASS!”

    2009 Tim Freed died at age 63 in Portland. KGAR Chief Engineer & Air Personality, 1966-68. KGW, KPFM.

    2010 KINK (FM) moved studios from “KGW Broadcast Center” to the “Pacwest Center” building, at 10:52 P.M.

    #47497
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    AUGUST 19TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1960 Triple G. Broadcasting Co. KGGG asked the FCC to approve transfer to Crawford Broadcasting Co.

    1960 Mark Marshall was born in Oregon. KLYC Vice-President of Programming, 1997-98. KOTK/KWJJ.

    1977 KPAM & KPAM-FM presented at 6:00 P.M., a 48 hour tribute to Elvis Presley who had died 3 days earlier.

    1985 KJIB Country music changed call letters to KWJJ-FM standing for AM sister founder Wilbur Jeffrey Jerman.

    2009 KLTH “K-Hits 106-7” changed its nickname to “Oldies 106.7” at 5:00 P.M. Continued with Classic Hits.

    #47508
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 20TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1912 Bill Rohrer was born in Portland. KWJJ Sound Engineer, 1955-62. KPOJ, KOIN. Rex Recording, General Manager.

    1913 Nicholas M. “Nick” Mariana was born in Miles City, Mont. KBVM founder & President, 1989-99.

    1941 Gene Still was born in Chicago, IL. KOIN Newscaster/Public Affairs host, 1967-76. KOIN-FM 1976-77. KBPS.

    1949 KPOJ & KPOJ-FM moved their studios from the “Taylor Street Building” to the “Odd Fellows Building.”

    1954 Tawn Mastrey was born in Minneapolis, MN. KUFO Morning Personality, 1996-98. KLSX, KQLZ, KMEL.

    1974 FCC added a condition to the KVAN 1480 kHz., license. Sell within six months to qualified assignee.

    1981 KCYX began using its Mutual Broadcasting System downlink. Few Oregon stations had satellite dishes.

    1999 Nick Mariana died on his birthday at age 86 in Portland. KBVM founder and President, 1989-99.

    2003 KTLK 620 kHz changed calls to KPOJ. Calls brought back. Originally on 1330 kHz. Oldies format continued.

    #47509
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    “2003 KTLK 620 kHz changed calls to KPOJ. Calls brought back. Originally on 1330 kHz. Oldies format continued.”

    It’s hard to believe that 620 has had those calls for 17 years already! That’s nearly a fourth of the time it was KGW! Put another way, it’s four months shy of KISN’s run!

    #47525
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    AUGUST 21ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1922 Willard Harris was born in Patterson, LA. Co-founder of KGAR’s “Gospel Train” show, 1976-81.

    1934 KEX 1180 K.C., with new tower tuning equipment, cleared up “buzz” and power was increased to 5 K.W.

    1960 Barbara Voight was born in Hempstead, N.Y. KXL News Anchor, 2007-11 & KXL-FM Personality.

    1965 Jean Paul King died at age 60 in Los Angeles, CA. KGW Chief Announcer, 1928. NBC Announcer, 1931-55.

    1985 Duffy Broadcasting Corp. (Robert Duffy) sold KCNR-FM to FVBC, Inc. for $6,975,000. (Bill Failing).

    1992 Jane Hoyt died at age 40 in Portland. KEX Promotion Director, 1979-80. KOIN/KYTE Public Affairs Director, 1977-78.

    2003 Western Broadcasting Co. sold KKGT 1150 kHz., to Bustos Media for $1,250,000. Land was not included.

    2012 Buddy Simmons died at age 86 in Portland. KVAN Program Director, 1960-62. KRDR Music Director, 1967-73.

    2012 Bob Dye died at age 77 in Portland. KKEY Talk Host, 1977-79. KLIQ 1980. KYXI 1976. KSRV Program Director, 1959-62.

    #47531
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 22ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1910 Fred Clyde was born in Portland. KPOJ & KPOJ-FM morning Personality on “Jones & Clyde”, 1967.

    1914 More than 200 amateur wireless telegraph stations in the Northwest were told to dismantle, because of WWI.

    1950 Jody Hotka was born in The Dalles. KWJJ AM/FM Production Manager, 1980’s. KODL Promotions. Manager.

    1965 KISN DJ Jim Meeker introduced “The Beatles” at Coliseum. Also on stage were Sam Holman & James Bond.

    1967 Quenton “Q” Cox died at age 61 in Portland. KQFM President & Owner, 1954-62. KGW AM/FM General Manager, 1946-54.

    1993 Virgil S. Smith died at age 90 in Lake Grove. KGW-KEX News Editor, 1934-43. Later with The Blue Network.

    #47545
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    AUGUST 23RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1915 Dale Denny was born in Vancouver, WA. KOIN & KOIN-FM fill-in News Editor, 1957 & Newsman, 1941-63.

    1921 Alfred T. “Al” Picinni was born in CA. KWJJ Sales Manager, 1965. KKEY Program Director, 1959-60. KVAN.

    1936 Chet Huntley debuted on KEX 1180 K.C., with Rollie Truitt sports announcer and Chet sports commentary.

    1946 Simeon R. Winch died at age 58 in Portland. KALE Vice-President, 1931-46. Journal Business Manager.

    1955 KGON 1230 K.C., discontinued dog race broadcasts because of the on going I.B.E.W. Local 49 strike.

    1960 Ernest B. MacNaughton died at age 80 in Portland. KGW & KGW-FM President, 1947-51.

    2000 KEWS 620 kHz., moved transmitter from 10000 N. Expo Rd. to KEX transmitter site in Clackamas.

    #47551
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    AUGUST 24TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1949 KEX-FM, KGW-FM, KPFM and KWJJ-FM power was cut when a tree fell across an 11,000 volt line.

    1981 KKSN 910 kHz., Diversified “Brave New Radio” switched to Satellite Music Network’s “Star Station.”

    1987 KKSN 910 kHz., moved studios from the transmitter site to Sentinel Hill with sister KKLI (FM) (K-Lite).

    1997 Marko Haggard died at age 73 in Cannon Beach. KGW Host of “Talk It Out”, 1965-66. KATU.

    1998 KPDQ Contemporary Christian “Spirit 800 AM” switched format to “The New True Talk 800 AM.”

    2009 Jim Braun died at age 79 in Portland. KBOO host of early morning classical shows from 1990-2009.

    2010 KUFO moved studios from 2040 S.W. 1st Ave. to 6th floor of the “Pacwest Center” building at 11:39 P.M.

    #47561
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    AUGUST 25TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1914 Portland amateur telegraph stations illegally made contact with German cruiser Leipzig off the Oregon coast.

    1929 KEX’s parent network “ABC Western” folded. KEX was now in a position to come up with its own programming.

    1930 Genevieve Howard died at age 29 in Portland, after a long illness. KGW Staff Soprano, 1928-30.

    1933 National Broadcasting Company (NBC) sold KEX to The Oregonian Publishing Co., owners of KGW.

    1948 KEX’s “Kay West Day at Multnomah County Fair.” Best event in fair history. Over 20,000 people attended.

    1972 KOIN’s “Koin Klock” entertainment program ended after 41 years. Canceled, a victim of demographics.

    1997 KOTK changed calls to KEWS standing for “620 K-News” and switched from a Talk format to News/Talk.

    1997 620 kilohertz moved its studios from the “KGW Broadcast Center” to 4949 S.W. Macadam Avenue.

    2017 KKRZ-HD2 and simulcasting sister K272EL Alternative format “Radio 102,3” was rebranded as “Alt 102.3.”

    #47581
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    AUGUST 26TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1911 Hal Gibney was born in Woodland, CA. KGW-KEX Ann., 1935-36. TV Announcer for Dragnet and The Mickey Mouse Club.

    1919 Gene R. Johnsick was born in Toledo, OH. KRIV Camas founder, President & Chief Engineer, 1956-58.

    1963 Larry Keating died at age 64 in Hollywood, CA. KGW-KEX Chief Announcer, 1934-36. KGO-NBC Blue. Actor.

    1972 The KOIN Orchestra disbanded, ending live performances after 46 years. A victim of demographics.

    1978 Chester L. “Chet” Blomsness died at age 79 in Kennewick, WA. KGW Sales Manager. 1936-55. KXL.

    1998 George R. Sanders died at age 74 in Burnsville, OH. KWJJ General Manager, 1966-73, & News Director, 1963-73.

    #47588
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    AUGUST 27TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1898 Walter C. Evans was born in Columbus, OH. KEX & KEX-FM President, 1947-52.

    1899 Byron Foulger was born in Ogden, UT. KGW “Covered Wagon Days” Director/Actor, 1931. Later on Petticoat Junction.

    1907 Archie Presby was born in Sherbrooke, Que. KGW-KEX Program Manager, 1934. KGW Program Manager, 1933-34.

    1910 First wireless message sent from the interior of a forest fire transmitted from Tollgate to Portland.

    1914 All Portland amateur telegraph stations were disconnected and dismantled, rendering them useless. WWI.

    1922 Forrest W. Ogan was born in Tulare, CA. KISN Chief Engineer, 1960. KDOL AM-FM Chief Engineer, 1967-74.

    1948 Les Sarnoff was born in Michigan. KINK Air Personality, 1986-2008 & 1977-82. KGON 1975-76.

    2007 KLTH 106.7 opened an additional studio: “The K-Hits Corner” at “Mark Lindsay’s Rock & Roll Cafe.”

    2010 FCC warned Russian pirate operating 1710 kHz., “This radio station must be discontinued immediately.”

    2011 KKCW Bruce Murdock, K103 mornings was Grand Marshal of Beaverton’s “Celebration Day Parade.”

    2012 KXL’s “Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis” program began national syndication with “Premiere Networks.”

    #47590
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    AUGUST 28TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1898 Michael J. “Mike” Frey was born in Walhalla, N.D. KGW & KGW-FM General Manager, 1946-51.

    1919 Forest Service wireless telephone station near Mt. Hood summit talked with 6XO in San Francisco, Calif.

    1929 KWBS 1500 K.C. became KVEP “The Voice of East Portland” with studios: Francis Motor Car Co. building.

    1953 KXL moved studios from “The Orpheum Theatre” building to newly built S.E. 82nd Avenue studios.

    1959 KPAM and KPFM switched from Religious and Good Music back to a Good Music (Classical) format.

    1972 OEPBS sold the former KOAP-FM/KEX-FM studio & transmitter site to Port Services Co. for $53,000.

    1992 KVAN 1550 kHz., and KMJK 106.7 owner Fairmont Communications Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    1998 KKRH 105.1 MHz., changed call letters to KRSK, standing for “Rosie 105”, continuing its Hot A.C. format.

    2002 Alan L. Torbet died at age 83 in West Hartford, CT. KALE/KPOJ AM/FM Sales Manager, 1948-49.

    #47591
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    “1998 KKRH 105.1 MHz., changed call letters to KRSK, standing for “Rosie 105”, continuing its Hot A.C. format.”

    It just occurred to me that although KKRH stood for “Earth 105”, it could just as easily stand for “Rock Hits”!

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