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

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    DECEMBER 6TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1928 KOIN 940 kilocycles began presenting it’s “Santa Claus” program, weeknights 7:00 to 8:00 P.M.

    1929 KGW 620 presented “The Hoot Owls” featuring a Christmas shopping theme. 10:30 to Midnight.

    1945 KEX “Kay West” interviewed Frances Werschkul on Christmas craft decoration suggestions and gifts.

    1946 KEX debuted its biggest radio production of the late 40’s “Neath Western Skies”, Friday’s at 9:30 P.M.

    1967 KLIQ-FM 92.3 MHz., signed on the air with 59 K.W. as Portland’s first FM Talk station, simulcasting KLIQ.

    1976 KEX broadcast the Portland radio classic “The Cinnamon Bear” at 6:40 P.M. Sponsored by Lipman’s.

    1988 KEX 1190 kHz., with 50 K.W. directional day & night, changed daytime signal to non-directional.

    1999 Eleanor M. Schmidtke died at age 94 in Forest Grove. KFGR/KRWC Co-owner-News Director, 1950-58.

    2003 Paul Rask died at age 76 in Portland. KGW Sports Director, 1953-55, KPOJ AM/FM Talk Show Host, 1960’s.

    2007 Jessie Jacqueline Jerman died at age 91 in Portland. KWJJ/KPRA/KWJJ-FM Co-Owner, 1938-52

    #49032
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    Thank you for the previous comments! I noticed that we’re already on the second page. That usually happens on about the 15th of the month!

    #49042
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    DECEMBER 7TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1906 Henry M. Swartwood, Jr. was born in Portland. KOIN-KALE Program Director, 1939-44. KOIN 1933.

    1922 KGW officially dedicated its 500 watt transmitter at 8:00 P.M., which was put into service on Nov 20th.

    1923 Rev. Charles Williams was born in Logans Ferry, PA. KPDQ host “The Redemption Hour”, 1974-82.

    1929 KGW special “Hoot Owls” broadcast. Sunshine Division raising a Christmas fund for the needy.

    1934 KFJR began broadcasting Meier & Frank’s annual “Santa Claus” program weekdays, 5:15 to 5:45 P.M.

    1941 Radio kept busy with Flash Bulletins from their announcers and networks on the Pearl Harbor attack.

    1993 Great American Broadcasting Company, owners of KEX & KKRZ filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

    2004 Donald E. Breede died at age 85 in Portland. KEX/KQFM/KKRZ General Sales Manager, 1983-84.

    #49052
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    DECEMBER 8TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1893 Harland W. “Harlan” Tucker was born in Portland. KALE Chief Announcer, 1944-46. KGW-KEX 1942.

    1920 7YG presented Oregon’s first live song performance, sung by Walter Jenkins at the Benson Hotel.

    1930 KOIN 940 K.C., debuted the hour long “Koin Klock” program at 6:00 A.M., which ran 41 years.

    1932 Lawrence F. “Larry” Curran was born in Tacoma, WA. KYMN News Director, 1964-65. KYXI, KGON.

    1933 KGW special “The Hoot Owls” Christmas program to aid the Sunshine Division. 10:20 to Midnight.

    1939 KBPS “Christmas Books For Children” was the Library Association of Portland’s, theme. 4:05 P.M.

    1941 KGW, KOIN, KEX & KALE broadcast President Roosevelt’s speech at 9:30 A.M. PST to Congress (WWII).

    1941 All West Coast stations were silenced at 7:00 P.M. except for KIRO Seattle. “Pearl Harbor” Dec 7th.

    1951 KGW program “Hostess House Party” at 10:00 A.M. featured Christmas package design & display.

    1988 Alfred T. “Al” Picinni died at age 67 in Bakersfield, CA. KWJJ Sales Manager, 1965. KKEY Program Director, 1959-60.

    1989 KBVM signed on the air on 88.3 MHz., with 1.85 K.W. Studios on the University of Portland campus.

    1991 Hazel Kenyon Markel died at age 92 in Seattle, WA. KBPS Director of Radio, 1939-42. Mutual. NBC.

    2002 Al Emrich died at age 89 in Vancouver, WA. KAAR General Manager, 1983-85. KLIQ AM/FM, KGAR, KKEY.

    #49060
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    DECEMBER 9TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1927 KGW “Hoot Owls” & the Sunshine Division, asking for contributions for poor families. 10:30 P.M.

    1932 KGW “Hoot Owls” annual Christmas drive for the needy, through The Sunshine Division at 11:00 P.M.

    1993 Great American Broadcasting Co. owners of KEX & KKRZ transferred licenses to Citicasters Co.

    1996 KKRZ issued the CD “Z100 Morning Zoo-Like A Virgin No More!” Proceeds benefited Salmon Claus.

    1999 Maryetta Devereaux died at age 79 in Portland. KPAM & KPFM Promotions Manager, 1962-63.

    2014 Violet J. “Vi” Schultz died at age 86 in Portland. KGW AM/FM Music Librarian, 1949-52. KPOJ AM/FM.

    #49062
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    DECEMBER 10TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1911 Chet Huntley was born in Cardwell, MT. KGW-KEX Announcer, 1936-37. KIRO, KHQ, CBS, ABC, NBC.

    1925 KQP 212 meters (1414.1 K.C.) moved to 229 meters (1309.1 K.C.) and had recently increased to 1 K.W.

    1926 KGW “Hoot Owls” & Sunshine Division raised over $400 for poverty-stricken families. 10:30 P.M.

    1930 KFJR began the annual “Santa Claus” program 5:30 to 6:00 P.M. weekdays except Sundays. M&F sponsor.

    1936 William P. “Bill” Strandborg died at age 60 in Portland. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Talon” 1923-24.

    1955 KGW’s Heck Harper was Grand Marshal of “The Foster Booster’s 4th Annual Christmas Parade.”

    1965 KWJJ 10 K.W. directional at Smith Lake, raised daytime power to 50 K.W. directional, Hemlock site.

    1993 Joe Allen died at age 59 in Portland. KYTE-AM-FM/KESI/KBBT/KKCY/KUFO Chief Engineer, 1986-93.

    2005 Dick Sainte died at age 67 in Sherwood. KEX Air Personality, 1981-82. KWJJ 1979-80. KISN 1964-67.

    #49072
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    DECEMBER 11TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1877 Edward S. “Tige” Reynolds was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa. KGW Hoot Owl “Grand Sketch” 1924-30.

    1909 Willis M. “Bill” Ross was born in Portland. KALE Program Director, 1946-47. KOIN 1945. KGW-KEX 1935-40.

    1925 KGW first “Hoot Owls” Sunshine Division drive. Destitute families in need of food baskets for Christmas.

    1929 KGW presented a five minute “Christmas Illumination Talk” with Henry Judson. 2:55 to 3:00 P.M.

    1931 KGW broadcast the “Hoot Owls” Christmas request program, to benefit the Sunshine Division. 10:45 P.M.

    1954 KGW’s Heck Harper rode horse Jody as Grand Marshal in Foster Boosters Club Christmas Parade.

    1967 KLIQ-FM became the Nations first 24 hour All Talk FM outlet with added overnights 12:00 to 6:00 A.M.

    1988 Kelmar LeMaster died at age 83 in Sedona, AZ. KALE Director of Public Relations & Promotion, in 1946.

    2002 Jeanne M. Yount died at age 83 in Portland. Oregon Journal “What’s On The Air” Columnist, 1945-49.

    2010 Paul W. Nichols died at age 96 in Portland. KOIN studio technician and sound effects, 1935-42.

    2012 Steven M. Forsyth killed in “Clackamas Town Center” mall at age 45. KNRK General Sales Manager, 1996-00.

    2014 Victor M. Ives died at age at age 79 in Lake Oswego. KVIX President, 1987-88. KMJK AM/FM General Manager. KEX G.M.

    #49081
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    DECEMBER 12TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1890 Ted Kooreman was born in Alton, IA. KALE Station Manager, 1934 & 1937-40 & Sales Manager, 1935-44.

    1904 Joe Smidl was born in Klamath Falls. KEX Engineer, 1963-68. KWJJ Announcer, 1933-46.

    1915 Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. KXL Co-owner, 1957-64 with KJR & KNEW.

    1924 Bob McAnulty was born in Oregon City. KLIQ Program Director, 1960-62 & News Director, 1966-67.

    1930 KGW presented “The Hoot Owls” Christmas benefit program for the Sunshine Division, at 10:30 P.M.

    1939 Denis Ackerman was born in Larned, KS. KWJJ & KJIB News Director, 1976-77 & Music Director, 1974-76.

    1944 Mischa Pelz died in San Francisco, CA. KGW-KEX Orchestra Conductor, 1931-36. KOIN Conductor, 1926-30.

    1994 KXYQ Adult Contemporary simulcast of KYXQ-FM, switched to Talk Radio as “1010 AM, The Voice.”

    2007 Dale Denny died at age 92 in Vancouver, WA. KOIN fill-in News Editor, 1957 & Newsman, 1941-63.

    #49083
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    DECEMBER 13TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1906 Robert Redd was born in Pendleton. KGW Program Manager, 1932-33 and “Covered Wagon Days” writer.

    1910 Bill Mears was born in Calif. KOIN AM/FM Asst. Manager & Program Director, 1969-71. Program Director, 1953-69.

    1926 KXL 400 meters (749.6 K.C.) signed on the air with 250 watts at 6:30 P.M. from the Mallory Hotel.

    1926 KTBR opened an additional studio at the “Portland Telegram” newspaper office in the Telegram Building.

    1929 KGW presented “The Hoot Owls” featuring a Christmas outdoor illumination theme. 10:30 to Midnight.

    1941 KGPP Portland Police station on S.W. 2442 moved to a new $4,000 studio with soundproofing, air conditioning.

    2004 KXL 750 kHz., dropped its CBS affiliation after Dan Rather’s “60 Minutes” fallout on President Bush.

    2008 Steve Brown died at age 69 in Omaha, Nebraska. KISN Program Director, 1959. Vice-President of Programming.

    2011 KPWX 1130 kHz., Mt. Angel became KQRR, standing for Russia Radio, continuing New Life Christian format.

    2012 KKRZ-HD2 on 100.3-2 switched format from “Lite and Easy” or Soft A.C. to KEX News/Talk format.

    #49084
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    DECEMBER 14TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1892 William D. Allington was born in Corvallis. KFIF founder & Station Manager, 1923-30. KBPS 1930-42.

    1929 KGW “Hoot Owls” shed light on the Christmas outdoor illumination theme & other things 10:30 to 12 A.M.

    1933 KBPS presented the “Parent-Teacher Radio Program” featuring chorus Christmas selections. 11:00 A.M.

    1935 KGW annual “Christmas Formal” from Multnomah Athletic Club with Eddie Burke & his Orch. 11:00 P.M.

    1942 David Lightbourne was born in Princeton, Illinois. KBOO host of “Rock & Roll House Party”, 1978-82.

    1968 Samuel “Sam” Herrick died at age 66 in Portland. KGW Co-star of “Covered Wagon Days”, 1932-35.

    1970 KLIQ-FM 92.3 megahertz, dropped ABC’s “American FM Radio Network.”

    2000 KXL cancelled its 4:00 to 7:00 P.M., afternoon news block, adding an affiliation with Jones Radio Networks.

    2004 Jimmy Hollister died at age 66 in Folsom, CA. KVIX Program Director, 1987-88. KPAM, KEX, KGW.

    2009 KXL reinstated its afternoon news block, 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. and moved Michael Savage to 7:00 P.M.

    #49088
    semoochie
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    DECEMBER 15TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1899 Roxie Ellen Frederickson was born in Georgia. KPOJ & KPOJ-FM Women’s Director, 1950-52.

    1931 KXL programming “to stir the Christmas spirit.” 10:00 P.M. featuring 20 voice Vann Choral Club.

    1933 KGW presented “The Hoot Owls” special Christmas program aiding the Sunshine Division. 10:20 to Midnight.

    1934 KXL 1420 kilocycles, began broadcasting its first “Santa Claus” program weekdays 5:30 to 6:00 P.M.

    1954 KBPS 1450 kilocycles, presented a special Christmas broadcast in French. Host Visitons Mimi at 4:30 P.M.

    #49091
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    DECEMBER 16TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1899 Johnny Walker was born in Idaho. KOIN-KALE Program Director, 1936-37 & KOIN Co-Program Director, 1938-39.

    1932 KGW “The Hoot Owls” annual Christmas drive for the needy, thru The Sunshine Division. 11:00 P.M.

    1936 KGW presented “Christmas Songs From Other Lands” at 6:00 P.M., sung by the Albany College chorus.

    1961 KPFM 97.1 MHz., became the first station in Portland to broadcast in multiplex Stereo at 12:00 Noon.

    1980 KXL 50 K.W., directional daytime only, began night operation. The first time in 51 years. 1 K.W., directional.

    1981 Ruth Holmes died at age 84 in Portland. KEX Actress “On The Oregon Trail” 1936 program.

    1987 KKSN 910 kHz. & KKLI 97.1 MHz., owner, Fort Vancouver Broadcasting Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    1998 Janet Baumhover died at age 100 in Portland. KGW-KEX actress “Covered Wagon Days” 1935-36. KALE.

    2001 Mr. Clare H. Hanawalt died at age 85 in Lake Oswego. KGW/KGW-TV Chief Engineer, 1958-77.

    2006 Ted Hallock died at age 85 in Portland. KPOJ AM/FM Program Director, 1951-53. KUGN Program Director, KKUL, KGW.

    2012 Bill Cole died in Bremerton, WA. KVAN Station Manager, 1984-86. KGAR/KVAN Operation Manager, 1981-84.

    #49095
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    DECEMBER 17TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1870 Robert G. Duncan was born in Kentucky. First Federally convicted radio individual for obscenities.

    1904 George W. Wann was born in Portland. KOIN & KOIN-FM Promotional Manager, 1949-53.

    1922 KGW presented a “Christmas Concert” at 7:00 P.M., featuring the 20 voice St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir.

    1927 KOIN moved studios from the basement of “The Heathman Hotel” to “The New Heathman Hotel.”

    1946 KGW special “Portland Breakfast Club Christmas Party” 100 children guests. 9:30 A.M. at the Aero Club.

    1956 KGW became an ABC affiliate. KEX switched to independent status for the first time in 27 years.

    1956 KGON 1520 kilocycles, Oregon City, became Portland’s NBC affiliate, after KGW dropped NBC for ABC.

    1956 KEX-FM 92.3 megacycles which had been a KEX AM simulcast was taken off the air for 8 months.

    2006 Don Stellges died at age 79 in Troutdale. KUIK Co-owner, 1962-67. KEX AM/FM Program Director, 1958-61.

    2011 KISN/KKSN 910 kHz., old Bauer FB-5000J transmitter was moved off property at: 4617 N.E. 158th Ave.

    2012 Florinda J. Weagant died at age 73 in Vancouver, WA. KKEY Owner, 1987-97 & Co-owner, 1964-87.

    #49103
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    DECEMBER 18TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1928 KGW presented Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” 9:30 to 10:30 P.M., sponsored by Charles F. Berg Co.

    1931 KGW broadcast “The Hoot Owls” Christmas Request Program, to benefit the “Sunshine Division.”

    1945 KGW special. “Portland Breakfast Club’s Christmas Party” for children in orphanages and nurseries.

    1958 Johnny Venture was born in Portland. KKSN-FM Production Manager, 1990-91. KKLI-KCNR, KBPS.

    1975 Henry M. “Hank” Norton died at age 69 in Hawaii. KGW Publicity Manager, 1957-58, Continuity 1951.

    1988 Warren K. “Dal” Dallas died at age 82 in Lacey, WA. KPFM Assistant General Manager, 1946-47.

    2000 KGW’s old towers were toppled at: 10000 N. Expo Road. KGW moved to the site August 3, 1931.

    2003 Fisher Broadcasting sold KOTK 1080 kHz. and KWJJ 99.5 MHz. to Entercom Communications for $44 Million.

    2006 Robert Ellis “Bob” Rudolph died at age 85 in Coupeville, WA. KEX Sales Manager, 1954-62 & 1945.

    #49104
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    “2012 Florinda J. Weagant died at age 73 in Vancouver, WA. KKEY Owner, 1987-97 & Co-owner, 1964-87.”

    “2012 Bill Cole died in Bremerton, WA. KVAN Station Manager, 1984-86. KGAR/KVAN Operation Manager, 1981-84.”

    That’s two people I worked with, who died a day apart!

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