KYTE – What’s the deal?

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  • #50091
    semoochie
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    Sorry, I’m old. My focus was on something that wouldn’t have protection from a full power station. I was referring to their LPFM.

    #50159
    paulwalker
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    Speaking of being old, whenever I hear the KYTE calls I think of the old am station that gave KGW a run for its money circa late 70’s. They actually sounded very good but the band could not support two AM top 40’s as the action was moving quickly to FM. Anyone remember London and Engleman? Those times on AM were doomed.

    #50162
    boisebill
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    Heh..
    Just ran across a “KYTE 970” Frisbee moving boxes while painting.

    #50163
    paulwalker
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    Ron Leonard. Man, he was good!

    #50164
    mwdxer1
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    I’ve got a couple of them.

    #50166
    semoochie
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    KYTE was great the first year and home of the Blazers in their championship season, which brought the ratings up to #2, right behind KGW! After that, they decided to be more “adult” and it wasn’t as much fun, blowing up entirely a year later. I never understood why they didn’t move the whole station to FM, instead of changing it to Rock 40 or whatever that was. It’s not like 97 Country took advantage of the KYTE calls.

    #50173
    Steve Naganuma
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    Here is a KYTE/Portland Station Composite from 1978.

    The new management that took over in 1979 wanted the Country format on the AM. The KLLB call letters originally stood for Country Club (KLLB) 101FM. No call letter change needed when the format went to KB101 Rock Deluxe.

    #50174
    paulwalker
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    Nice aircheck, I think they moved to the SF market in the 80’s. Where are they now? Have no idea but based on age probably retired.

    #50175
    Andy Brown
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    “No call letter change needed when the format went to KB101 Rock Deluxe.”

    Didn’t they file on the calls KRCK when they became available? Or was that the next ownership change? I remember Mike Cooley said he had to go back and re-do the studies at some point in there. It would have been before John Walker and then Charlie Bush landed at KMJK.

    #50176
    Steve Naganuma
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    The KRCK call letter change came in 1983. Here is some history on 101.1 FM.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/KXL-FM

    #50177
    Steve Naganuma
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    Paul, here is a little more information on London and Engelman.

    The rest of the story about London and Engelman

    #50178
    paulwalker
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    That is quite sad. But everyone dies eventually. The two were quite good as a team. Too bad they broke up.

    #50179
    semoochie
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    The story refers “The FM Kyte” as Top 40. It was AC, leaning Adult Top 40 or Hot AC although I don’t think either existed yet. It was mostly voice tracked with some live drop-ins during drive times, at least PM drive, where I sat in once and again after the change to Country.

    #50201
    paulwalker
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    Didn’t Andy Barber work for KYTE for a stint? I know he worked at Magic for awhile some 40 years ago. Then back to Seattle then eventually to Tulsa OK where he finally settled down. Talk about your nomad dj’s. Edit: apparently the great Andy Barber has retired from radio.

    #50202
    Steve Naganuma
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    Andy worked at KYTE in 1978 and KMJK in 1981. Andy is on the KYTE Composite posted above. Paul, here is an aircheck you may enjoy. It’s Andy on KING from 1976. Andy gave me the tape from the KING aircheck skimmer.

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