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    1882 Dr. Herbert H. Hughes was born in Macon, MO. KGRO Co-founder, 1956-59. Gresham Mayor, 1940-56.

    1902 Harry N. Gillgam was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Pianist in “The KOIN Orchestra” 1970-72.

    1928 George Goode was born in Seattle, WA. KPAM & KPFM News Director, 1967-68. KXL News Director, 1960-61.

    1930 KBPS “Christmas Tree Program” 12:00 to 12:30 P.M. Talks by Police Chief of the Sunshine Division, etc.

    1930 KGW presented “The Hoot Owls” Christmas benefit show for the Rainbow Division from 10:30 to Midnight.

    1944 KGW special: “Portland Breakfast Club’s Orphan Christmas Party” from the Aero Club. 8:30 to 9:00 A.M.

    1945 KOIN broadcast “Northwest Neighbors” Christmas program “Story of The Nativity”, 9:30 to 10:00 P.M.

    2005 Chris J. Witting died at age 90 in Syracuse, NY. Former KEX & KEX-FM President, 1953-55.



    1918 James T. “Jim” McGuire was born in Minneapolis, MN. KPAM/KPFM Asst. Manager, 1958-59 & Program Director, 1955-59.

    1929 KGW “The Hoot Owls Christmas Party” with Charles F. Berg, Master of Ceremonies, 10:30 to Midnight.

    1932 KBPS 1420 kilocycles, broadcast a special Yule play titled the “Christmas Kid” at 3:15 to 3:45 P.M.

    1934 KEX premiered the comedy/variety program “Thursday Theater” from “The Arabian Room” at 9:30 P.M.

    1935 KFJR 1300 kilocycles, presented “The Scandinavian Hour” special, featuring Christmas music at 9:30 P.M.

    1944 KOIN broadcast “Northwest Neighbors” Christmas program “The Story of The Nativity”, 9:30 to 10:00 P.M.

    1979 New Broadcasting Corporation sold KVAN 1480 kHz., to Patten Communications Corp. for $967,725.00

    1985 KAAR began night operation with 2.5 K.W., from 3 tower directional array. Daytime power continued 1 K.W.

    1991 Joseph E. “Joe” Patterson died at age 81 in Portland. KEX Technical Chief, 1954. KATU Engineer.

    1999 KKSN-FM 97.1 MHz. & KRSK 105.1 MHz., moved from the “Pioneer Tower” building to the “Bancroft Building.”

    2002 KVAN 1550 kHz., increased power from 10 K.W. day, directional nights to 12 K.W. day, directional nights.

    2019 Bruce Murdock and John Erickson both retire after multi-decade careers and having worked together on KKCW, KING and KGW.

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    1910 Paul LaRiviere was born in South Braintree, MA. KOAP-FM/TV General Manager, 1963-64. KEX-FM Program Director.

    1924 KGW broadcast Portland’s First church service via remote control at 10:30 AM from First Presbyterian Church.

    1927 Charles J. “Charlie” Vais was born in Howells, N.E. KISN Station Manager, 1959. KICN Sales Manager, 1959-60.

    1929 KGW special “Hoot Owls” Sunshine Division program to raise a Christmas fund for needy. 10:30 to Midnight.

    1930 KXL presented “The Toy And Joy Makers” 9:00 to 1:00 P.M. Portland Fire Bureau’s toys for needy children.

    1943 KGW special “Portland Breakfast Club’s Orphan Christmas Party” from the Aero Club. 8:30 to 8:45 A.M.

    1947 KALE’s General Manager, Sam Jackson, 33 years old, crashed & died, piloting “The Journal” News-copter.

    1953 KBPS presented a program of discussion on Christmas customs with host Caroll Geist at 11:30 A.M.

    1977 David M. Myers, Audio Group sold KQFM to Golden West Broadcasters (Gene Autry, President) for $500,000.

    2004 KKRZ-HD1 100.3-1 initiated broadcasting in Digital IBOC a simulcast of KKRZ’s C.H.R. format.

    2004 KKCW-HD1 103.3-1 initiated broadcasting in Digital IBOC a simulcast of KKCW’s A.C. format.

    2004 KRVO-HD1 105.9-1 began broadcasting in Digital IBOC a simulcast of KRVO’s Classic Hits format.



    1923 Tom Phelan was born in Missoula, Mont. KVAN Chief Engineer, 1972-75. KPOJ/KPOK/KUPL (FM).

    1924 KGW presented a special children’s program at 5:00 P.M. “Christmas Stories by Mrs. W.R. Scott.”

    1929 KEX 1180 kilocycles, began carrying NBS chain programs, originating from sister station KJR Seattle.

    1929 KGW broadcast “Christmas Stockings” a play, featuring the Fada-Gill Players. 8:30 to 9:00 P.M.

    1933 KOIN special “The Toy & Joy Makers” 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. Portland Fire Bureau’s toys for needy children.

    1933 Henry W. Metzger died in Portland, age unknown. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Slam” 1923-26.

    1933 KGW presented “The Hoot Owls” special Christmas program aiding Sunshine Division, at 10:20 P.M.

    1938 KEX special “Christmas Carols” sung by State employees at the Capitol rotunda in Salem at 4:45 P.M.

    1943 KOIN broadcast “Northwest Neighbors” Christmas program. “The Story of The Nativity”, 9:30 to 10:00 P.M.

    1946 KXL special “A Christmas Carol” adapted from original story. 12:15 to 12:45 P.M. Meier & Frank sponsored.

    1959 Former KPRA/KWJJ-FM/KHTV studio and transmitter property auctioned to future KGMG owner.

    1997 KSKD 1040 kHz., became KLVP again after 63 days. K-Love was storing calls for a broadcast friend.

    2005 Earl Bayne died at age 82 in Portland. Former KPDQ/KPDQ-FM Announcer 1970-88.



    1918 Donald E. Breede was born in Portland. KEX, KQFM & KKRZ General Sales Manager, 1983-84.

    1923 KGW presented a “Christmas Musical Program” at 8:00 P.M., featuring the St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir.

    1925 KGW sacred broadcast from the “Liberty Park” Christmas Tree area of Creston Park at 8:15 P.M.

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

    1942 KOIN broadcast “Northwest Neighbors” Christmas program. “The Story of The Nativity” at 9:30 P.M.

    1944 KWJJ concluded the seasonal broadcast of “The Cinnamon Bear” program at 5:00 P.M. Started at 4:45 P.M.

    1945 KGW special “Christmas 1945” 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. KGW staff, Symphonic Choir, Reed College Madrigal Singers.

    1945 KOIN Gene Autry Show 2:30 P.M. sings St. Nick songs. Before Rudolph or Here Comes Santa Claus released.

    1947 KVAN 910 K.C., special “Christmas Concert” 2:00 P.M. Ridgefield High Music Dept. at the Auditorium.

    1965 Billy Benson, Sr. died at age 55 in Umatilla. KMCM host of “Brother Bill’s Old Record Attic” 1949-50.

    1965 KISN Whitey Coker became one of the first U.S. Independent News Correspondents to report from Vietnam.

    1968 Bill Rohrer died at age 56 in Portland. KWJJ Sound Engineer, 1955-62. KPOJ, KOIN. Rex Recording General Manager.

    1988 KVAN 1550 kHz., & KMJK 106.7 MHz., merged and became Engel Communications Group.


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    1916 Mr. Carol A. Saling was born in Beaver, Oregon. KPOJ & KPOJ-FM Chief Engineer, 1951-52.

    1923 KGW presented a “Special Christmas Concert” of harp music 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. by Alice Genevieve Smith.

    1923 KGG special: “The Story of The Nativity” 11:30 P.M. with carol service under the direction of Mrs. E. Peterson.

    1928 KGW became the first station in Oregon to begin permanent programming from New York (NBC).

    1929 KOIN 940 kilohertz, special “Children’s Christmas Program” from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

    1930 KGW broadcast “Franz Children’s Hour” Christmas program 5:00 to 6:00 P.M., sponsored by Franz Bread.

    1934 KXL broadcast what was most likely a very hurried “Santa Claus” program at 5:30 to 6:00 P.M.

    1935 KGW special: “The KGW-KEX Staff Christmas Tree & Party” was held over the air 4:30 to 5:00 P.M.

    1935 KEX presented “Carols” by The Oswego-West Linn High School Music Department, 11:00 to 11:15 P.M.

    1937 KXL & KALE concluded the national broadcast premiere of “The Cinnamon Bear” holiday program.

    1937 KEX presented “Time Out For Christmas” at 2:30 P.M. KGW-KEX staff greetings & Christmas Party.

    1939 Roger Doyle was born in Wichita, KS. KBPS-FM President, 2002-04. “Classical Favorites” host.

    1940 KOIN broadcast “Christmas Carols” performed by the Franklin High School Chorus, 6:00 to 6:30 P.M.

    1942 KXL presented “The Nativity” at 2:30 P.M., was followed by “Yuletide Reminiscence” 3:00 to 3:30 P.M.

    1944 KOIN broadcast “Song of The Columbia” Christmas at The Whitman Mission with The Koin Orchestra 9:30 P.M.

    1945 KOIN special “Christmas Eve At Shriners Hospital” 5:00 to 5:30 P.M. featuring a children’s story of Christmas.

    1946 KALE presented “An Oregon Christmas” 6:30 to 7:15 P.M., featuring the Jefferson High School Choir.

    1947 KXL broadcast the Christmas Eve Service from Westminster Presbyterian Church, at 11:00 P.M.

    1949 KEX “Uncle Bob’s Xmas” 4:15 P.M. Amsberry sings Christmas songs with Gus Goose & Gabby Squirrel.

    1950 KOIN AM/FM “Child Story of Christmas” 2:30 to 3:00 P.M. Featuring the Jefferson High School Choir.

    1952 KGW AM/FM “Christmas at Veterans’ Hospital” 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. KGW String Ensemble & Glenn Shelley.

    1954 KOIN AM/FM “The Story of The Nativity” 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. Featuring The Duncan Singers & KOIN Orchestra.

    1955 KPOJ AM/FM “Christmas Card” presentations of “A Christmas Carol” 8:30 P.M. “Story of The Nativity.”

    1955 KWJJ Foursquare Church Pastor Harold Jefferies with special message “No Room For Him” 11:00 A.M.

    1964 KLIQ studio & transmitter flooded with several feet of Willamette River water, dubbed the 64 Christmas flood.

    1964 KEX presented “A Christmas Carol” recorded by KEX Personalities. 3:05 P.M.. Other times on Christmas day.

    1966 KISN 910 kHz., began “Kisn’s Holiday Festival of Music” Christmas Eve. 30 hours of traditional music.

    1968 KISN presented Portland & Vancouver school choirs in a program of Christmas music thru Christmas Day.

    1973 KXL AM/FM “24 Hours of Christmas Music on KXL Radio” 6:00 P.M. Christmas Eve to 6 P.M. Christmas Day.

    1976 KGAR 1550 kHz, 1 KW daytime only, increased power to 10 KW directional nights. Began 24 hour operation.

    1985 KGW broadcast its first locally produced stereo program “Sing Your Own Messiah”, 8:00 to 10:00 P.M.

    1999 Vern Mueller died at age 74 in Portland. KPOJ Program Director & News Director & KPOK News Director, 1950-74.

    2008 Rev. Charles Williams died at age 85 in Portland. KPDQ Host of “The Redemption Hour”, 1974-82.

    2014 Ralph Steadman died at age 63 in Eugene. KPAM Talk Show host 2000-01. KGW, 1989-91. KUGN 1992-95.



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    1894 William Moyes was born in Lawrence, MA. The Oregonian “Behind The Mike” columnist, 1930-52.

    1922 KGW broadcast a Christmas Concert, 3:30 to 4:00 P.M. Selected boy’s chorus from Pilgrim Boys’ choruses.

    1922 Donald R. “Don” Lucich was born in Washington. KPDQ & KPDQ-FM Commercial Manager, 1969-84.

    1923 KGW gave its staff the day off. Did not broadcast. At the time on: 492 meters (609.3 kilocycles) 500 watts.

    1926 KEX 670 K.C., signed on the air with 5 K.W. “Oregon’s Most Powerful.” Studios in “Terminal Sales Building.”

    1927 KGW presented “Christmas Greetings from Olds, Wortman & King Co.” Dudley Buck Male Quartet.

    1929 KEX 1180 kilocycles, special “Christmas Carols” program broadcast from 8:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

    1930 KGW presented “A Christmas Greeting from Charles F. Berg” with Emil Broms, baritone. 9:30 P.M.

    1932 KXL brought you the “Toy & Joy Makers.” Portland Fire Bureau’s toys for needy children. 9:30 P.M.

    1933 KEX special “The Story of The Birth of Jesus” featuring First Presbyterian Church Choir. 10:00 to 10:30 P.M.

    1935 KXL 1420 kilocycles, presented “Yuletidings” a program of phonograph records from 11:00 AM to 3:15 P.M.

    1937 KGW broadcast “Christmas Greetings” to 200+ isolated lightships and lighthouse keepers at 9:00 A.M.

    1938 KXL 1420 kilocycles, special “Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol” broadcast from 9:15 A.M. to Noon.

    1941 KWJJ brought you the “Toy And Joy Makers” Portland Fire Bureau’s toys for needy children. 1:30 to 4:30 P.M.

    1941 KGW added an additional 625 foot tower and increased night power from 1 K.W. to 5 K.W. directional.

    1945 KWJJ live from Temple Baptist Church a traditional Julotta service with the Temple Choir. 6:15 to 7:30 A.M.

    1945 KOIN special “Santa’s Arrival At Shriners’ Hospital.” Art Kirkham & Johnny Carpenter report at 8:00 A.M.

    1946 KGW broadcast “The Oregonian’s Christmas Hour” featuring the 16-voice KGW Choir. 3:00 to 4:00 P.M.

    1948 KEX special “The Gift of Carols” featuring the Linfield College 40-Voice Acapella Choir. 8:00 to 8:30 A.M.

    1953 KGW presented a “Christmas Festival” featuring the Portland Symphonic Choir. 6:00 to 7:00 A.M.

    1954 KPAM/KPFM special program: Handel’s “Messiah” & Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. Noon to 4:00 P.M.

    1955 KVAN presented Hudson’s Bay High School & Fort Vancouver High School Christmas Concert. 2:00 P.M.

    1968 KINK 101.9 MHz., signed on the air with 97 K.W. Studios at: KGW Broadcast Center. The Underground Link.

    1986 KCNR 1410 kilohertz, changed calls to KKUL, standing for “Cool” Jazz, continuing its Jazz format.



    1924 KGW “Hoot Owls” 2nd Anniversary broadcast. First live audience. From “Portland Hotel” Grillroom. 7:00 to 10:00 P.M.

    1926 KEX transmitter site suffered $1,000 damage by vandals, one day after its debut. Off the air for 5 days.

    1989 KKCY 101.1 MHz., New Age A.C. “The City” broadcast its last day, ending at midnight. Then began stunting.



    1907 Reverend William J. Ashley-Cole was born in Birmingham, England. KPAM/KPFM Co-owner, 1959.

    1932 Robert E. “Bob” Hawkins was born in Chicago, Ill. KEX Program Director, 1964-65. KVI Program Director KSFO.

    1937 KGW’s tower site on North Denver Ave., flooded when dikes broke on the Columbia River Slough.

    1944 Ric Elgin was born in St. Cloud, MN. KAAR Program Director, 1983. KMJK Program Director, 1978. KYXI, Music Director.

    1964 Barney Goldstein died at age 77 in Portland. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Schmoos” 1923-29.

    1979 Johnny Walker died at age 80 in Portland. KOIN/KALE Program Director, 1936-37 & KOIN Co-Program Director, 1938-39.

    1988 KKUL 1410 kHz., off the air, changed its call letters to KBNP standing for “Business News Portland.”

    1989 KKCY began stunting at Midnight as “People’s Radio.” Guest D.J.’s broadcast whatever they wanted.

    2014 Jack P. “Pete” Kandel died at age 86 in Portland. KPDQ AM/FM General Manager, 1986-93. KPDQ AM/FM Vice-President.



    1875 Frederick W. “Fred” Wegner was born in Portland. Beavers baseball recreation telegrapher, KWJJ, KEX, KXL.

    1905 Walter L. Read was born in Bremerton, WA. KVAN Founder & Owner, 1939-40. Brother of KXL’s Harry Read.

    1907 First known Oregon wireless telegraph demonstration took place at the Portland Public Library.

    1910 Frank H. Coffin was born in Butte, N.D. KGW Assistant Manager, 1949-52. KOIN-TV Sales Manager.

    1944 Westinghouse Radio took over KEX operation, with its studios in the “KWJJ Building”, with KGW.

    1974 Gov. Tom McCall proclaimed it “Barney Keep Day In Oregon.” Celebrating 30 years on KEX mornings.

    1981 Fred White died at age 88 in Portland. KEX “Covered Wagon Days” program script writer in 1935.

    2000 KEWS “K-News” became KDBZ standing for “620, The Buzz.” Plus modified its News/Talk format.

    2003 Helen Kleeb died at age 96 in Los Angeles, CA. KEX “Covered Wagon Days” actress, 1934-36. The Waltons CBS-TV.

    2009 KKPZ 1330 kHz., “K-Praise” moved studios from John’s Landing to its transmitter site on Mt. Scott.

    2010 KXPD signed back on air with an Old Time Radio format. Programs from the 1930’s, 1940’s & 1950’s.



    1889 Tommy Luke was born in Grass Valley, CA. KGW’s “Tommy Luke’s Flower Girls” & other titles, 1925-40.

    1911 Charlie LaFranchise “Uncle Charlie” was born in Chicago, Ill. KPOJ AM/FM Sports Director, 1949-55.

    1922 Art Kirkham, 25, made his radio debut on KGW as the nights’ featured soloist tenor at 8:15 P.M.

    1936 KOIN & KALE sharing the “Don Lee-Columbia Network” became known as “The Columbia Pacific Network.”

    1983 Anna “Cody” Shaffer died at age 55 in Portland. KBPS Assistant Production Manager, 1974-83.

    1989 KKCY stunting as “People’s Radio”, changed format at 5:00 P.M. to AOR as “101 KUFO” slogan letters.



    1912 Homer H. Welch was born in Portland. KGW Program Director, 1944-51. KGW-KEX Program Director, 1941-44.

    1922 Earl P. Bayne was born in Livingston, Mont. KPDQ & KPDQ-FM Announcer, 1970-88.

    1958 First Portland produced Stereo spot “Logan Oldsmobile” for KPAM/KPFM at Northwest Recording.

    1961 KVAN 1480 K.C., moved its transmitter site from Camas, WA. to Jantzen Beach Amusement Park.

    1962 Ashley Dixon, Sr. died at age 79 in Portland. Radio Pioneer. KFJR Co-founder, 1923-36. KALE, KGW.

    1965 Burglars broke in KWJJ’s transmitter site, stealing about $3,338. worth of remote control components.

    1991 KMXI Adult Contemporary “Mix 106” switched to “Oldies 106.7”. The first of 2 times the slogan was used.

    2009 KXPD Tigard, “La X, 1040 AM” with its Regional Mexican format, went dark for a year and a half.



    1918 Bob Anderson was born in Portland. “The Scandinavian Hour” Host 55 Years: KKEY, KPOJ, KGW, KXL.

    1922 KGW New Years Night Concert. Vocals: Randolph Thomas & Harvey Hudson with Voilinist, Pearl Staples.

    1923 KGW Portland Hotel New Year’s Frolic featured George Olsen’s Metropolitan Orch. 10:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.

    1925 KGW New Year’s Eve program featured Herman Kein’s Orch. from the “Multnomah Hotel” Indian Grill.

    1926 KGW’s “Hoot Owls” welcomed the New Year with an “appropriate program” 10:30 P.M. to Midnight.

    1927 KGW Dance Orch. 11:00-12:00am., then a “New Year Frolic” midnight to 1am. Mix of music, fun & nonsense.

    1928 KGW carried a three hour New Year’s Eve Frolic from NBC in San Francisco beginning at 10:30 P.M.

    1929 KGW welcomed New York, Chicago, Denver & San Francisco to 1930 from NBC. 8:55 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.

    1931 KOIN’s “New Year’s Eve Dance Party” featured the KOIN Orchestra. Program began at 9:30 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.

    1934 KGW’s “Let’s Dance” New Year’s Eve featured Hymie Breslow’s Orch. from The Portland Hotel 11:00 P.M.

    1936 KXL’s “New Year’s At The Lonesome Club” featured the Claude Brereton Orchestra at 11:45 P.M.

    1945 KWJJ 1080 kilocycles, “New Year’s Program” beginning at 9:45 P.M. to ?

    1950 KGW presented organist Glenn Shelley 10:00 P.M. to midnight at the “Liberty Theater” on the giant Wurlitzer.

    1951 KGW was direct from downtown with a special New Year’s Eve broadcast from 11:55 P.M. to 12:30 A.M.

    1953 KWJJ 1080 kc., broadcast a New Year’s Eve show with Sammy Taylor from 10:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.

    1954 KPOJ 1330 kc., and KPOJ-FM 98.5 mc., “The Hop” program “New Year’s Dancing Party” 10:30 P.M. to 12:30 A.M.

    1955 KPOJ AM/FM presented “1955” local & International news highlights. Vern Mueller & Chuck Bernard hosted.

    1958 KPDQ 800 kc., highlighted news events of 1958, hosted by Phil Boyer and Dan McDonald at 4:00 P.M.

    1960 KEX featured “The Top Song Hits of 1960.” Special four hour retrospective from 8:00 P.M. to midnight.

    1963 KPOJ 1330 kc., and KPOJ-FM 98.5 mc., began its “KPOJ Radio New Year’s Eve Dance Party” 6:30 P.M. to 12:00 A.M.

    1965 KGW presented “News Diary ’65” at 7:00 P.M. News events with the voices of people who made news.

    1966 KPOJ 1330/KPOJ-FM 98.5 “The KPOJ Dance Party” featured Big Bands from 7:00 P.M. to midnight.

    1966 KISN 910 kHz., presented “The Top Hits of 1966.” All New Year’s Eve. from 6:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.

    1967 KOIN – CBS Radio’s 40th annual Coast to Coast “New Year’s Eve Dancing Party” with 12 Big Bands.

    1969 Red Dunning retired after 25 years as KOIN Music Director. Honored on KOIN’s “Come And Get It” show.

    1983 KGON 92.3 megahertz, dropped its NBC “The Source” affiliation.

    1985 Constance Roth Folts died age 79 in Newport Beach, CA. KGW-KEX “Covered Wagon Days” actor, 1933-34.

    1986 LodeStar Communications (Victor M. Ives) sold KMJK-FM to Magic Radio, Inc. for $3,900.000.

    1988 KLVS 1290 kHz., Lake Oswego with its All Elvis format, went dark for 18 months.

    1996 Citicasters sold KEX, KKRZ & KKCW to Jacor Communications for $774 Million. Included 10 FM’s & 4 AM’s.

    2000 Arthur M. “Art” Morey died at age 90 in Mission Viejo, CA. KWJJ Program Director, 1941-45.

    2002 KVAN 1550 kHz., increased day power from 12 K.W. non-directional, to 50 K.W. non-directional.

    2003 Charles L. Burrow died at age 91 in Nehalem. KEX Sales Promotion Manager, 1947-55. WBZ Promo Manager.

    2015 Scott Carter died at age ?? in Los Angeles, CA. KINK Production Manager, 1974-77. KXL 1982-84. KOAP-FM.

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