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    1927 KGW began the 2nd annual “Meier & Frank Santa Claus” program weekdays from 7:00 to 7:30 P.M.

    1928 KTBR broadcast Japan programs live via KFJI Astoria, via over the air pickup from Japan, 2:00 to 4:00 A.M.

    1928 KGW presented “Portland’s first Thanksgiving.” Musical of the Wright Family’s observance, 5:00 to 6:00 P.M.

    1933 KEX debuted Mel Blanc’s Xmas show? “Hi-De-Ho-Ho” 9:00-9:15 P.M. Monday, Wednesday & Friday’s.

    1934 KOIN’s 4th annual “Toyland Express” began with Santa weekdays. Lipman’s sponsored. 4:45 to 5:00 P.M.

    1935 KEX became the first station to broadcast the 7th annual “Fairy Tale Parade.” 10:45 to 11:00 A.M.

    1939 KEX 1180 K.C. moved to 1160 K.C., to prevent KOB from interfering. WOWO 1160 K.C., would not interfere.

    1948 KEX & KEX-FM were first to simulcast “The Cinnamon Bear” at 4:45 P.M. and first to broadcast it on FM.

    1957 KGW’s Heck Harper was Grand Marshal of “The Fairy Tale Parade” & KOIN’s Art Kirkham “Santa.”

    1967 KKEY 1150 kHz. Vancouver, Wash. was authorized to change city of license to Portland, Oregon.

    1968 Aaron M. “Bud” Frank died at age 76 in Portland. KFEC Station Manager, 1922-29 and M&F Co. President.

    1977 Allen E. Hoffard died at age 45 in Washington, D.C. KFGR/KRWC Program Director, 1953-54. News Director, 1951-55.

    1989 Konnie G. Worth died at age 80 in Portland. KGW host “To The Ladies”, 1954-56. KGW-TV host “Telescope.”

    2011 KRRC 97.9 MHz., license and call letters were deleted by the FCC, as requested by Reed Institute.

    2014 The Real Ron O’Neil died at age 63 in Newberg. KISN Air Personality, 1973. KPOI 1980-81. KGMZ-FM 1997-08.



    1907 George McGowan was born in Portland. KEX News Director, 1956-57. News Editor, 1958-59. Co-News Director, 1959.

    1912 Wireless station “PSN” began operation from the YMCA building, at: 195 Sixth St. (later: 831 S.W. 6th Ave.)

    1934 KGW 620 K.C., presented “Christmas Suggestions.” Sponsored by Meier & Frank at 7:30 to 7:45 P.M.

    1941 KEX began broadcasting for the first time “The Cinnamon Bear” sponsored by Lipman’s at 6:00 P.M.

    1950 Osmond “O.B.” Stubbs died at age 87 in Portland. KQY Broadcast Pioneer & founder, 1922-23.

    1953 KGW broadcast “Hostess House Party.” Ornament Annual: Making Christmas decorations. 10:00 to 10:15 A.M.

    1965 KGW announced installation of its new 70-foot news flash beacon on top of the KGW Broadcast Center.

    1974 Gerald E. “Jerry” Speerstra died at age 63 in Portland. KWJJ Program Director, 1952-65. Sales Manager, 1949-52.

    1987 KXL re-affiliated with the Mutual Broadcasting System & dropped the ABC Talk Radio Network.

    1998 Alexander Broadcasting sold KXL & KXL-FM to Rose City Radio Corp. for $55 Million (Paul G. Allen).

    2004 KPOJ 620 kHz., with 5 K.W. directional nights increased power to 25 K.W. day & 10 K.W. nights. Directional all hours.

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