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    This is the updated version of the history that was posted January 2006. I’ve incorporated additional information that was suggested by posters including the re-write of the 1990 fuzzy period which is now clear. Additional information has also been added to every decade including the 1949 sign on. An example, the 1951 schedule of programs was not included in 2006. Also more names have been added to the personnel that past through the 1260kHz doors.


    On September 9, 1948 the FCC granted a construction permit to build an AM station on 1260kc with 1KW daytime only to McMinnville Broadcasting Co. (Jack B. Bladine, President & also Publisher of McMinnville’s “Telephone-Register” newspaper. Station co-Owner & brother Phillip N. Bladine was also associated with the newspaper). Call letters KMCM were assigned, standing for city of license, McMinnville OR. KMCM was originally applied for as an FM station in 1946. The application was withdrawn after West Coast FM growth did not bear out. In December 1948 licensee name changed to Yamhill Broadcasters.

    On January 28, 1949 ground was broken, when work began on the tower radials. Copper wire was buried 10 inches deep and extending out 200 feet from the base, every three degrees. 120 in all. By the end of February 1949 a 210 foot tower had been erected by C.H. Fisher & Son of Portland.

    On March 31, 1949 studio building forms were poured next to the tower at 2163 Lafayette Ave. in McMinnville. The exterior of the building was done in natural cedar siding with the pylon painted green. The inside had decorative mahogany trim. The 1,600 square foot building consisted of a lobby, business office, manager’s office, spacious 15 x 22 foot control room, two studios and a teletype room. A work room was used to store records and transcriptions. The control room had two-speed turntables for both transcriptions and 78 RPM records. The turntables were also equipped to spin the new long playing records. The building was built by “Clete” Gell Building & Remodeling. KMCM estimated construction cost was $27,500.

    On June 11, 1949 KMCM tested it’s new Western Electric 443A-1 transmitter for the first time at 5:15am. Then on Saturday June 18, 1949 at 11:00am KMCM began operation when McMinnville Mayor, R.H. Windisher threw the switch. A one hour inaugural program was broadcast from the stage of “The Mack Theater” (510 N.E. 3rd St.) and was viewed by an audience. Local dignitaries had been invited from every community in Yamhill County. KMCM staff were introduced by Lou Gillette. Music was provided by Steve Paietta & his Orchestra with vocals by Brad Reynolds. KMCM’s first newscast was broadcast by Gilbert Tilbury directly from the stage. One of the stories reported was the winning float entries in the Phil Sheridan parade.

    KMCM had 9 employees, with 35 year old Louis F. “Lou” Gillette (formerly on KPQ, KHQ-KGA, KOIN, KPOJ) Station Manager; Gilbert Tilbury, News Director; Bruce Brown (Telephone-Register, Sports Editor), Sports Director; Glasco P. Branson (formerly KELA C.M.) Commercial Manager & announcer; George L. “Skip” Hathaway (formerly KYUM C.E., KTAR) Chief Engineer; Phyllis Bladine (owner relation) receptionist-bookkeeper; 25 year old, Ivan Smith, operator-announcer; Eugene K. Kilgore (formerly on KRUL) operator-announcer. KMCM had the Associated Press wire service. The station was equipped with an “Echo-tape” reel to reel recorder. The format was local block & syndicated programming.

    KMCM utilized “Capitol Records Transcription Program Service”, which featured 15 minute syndicated programs such as: “My Serenade” 9-9:15am; “Rhythm Ranch” 10:15-10:30am; “Tex Ritter’s Music Corral” 12:45-1pm; “Sunset & Vine” 1:30-1:45pm; “Lullaby In Rhythm” 1:45-2pm; “The Jan Garber Show” 6:15-6:30pm; “The Eddie LaMarr Show” 7:20-7:30pm; “Music From Hollywood” 7:30-8pm. From “Teleways” syndication: “Chuckwagon Jamboree” 7-7:15am; From “Brown Radio Productions” syndication: “Hospitality Time” 12:30-12:45pm; From “Cardinal” syndication: “Sleepy Joe” 5:45-6pm Monday & Wednesday; From “American Cancer Society” syndication: “Morton Gould & His Orch. 5:45-6pm Tuesday & Thursday. Other national transcription programs carried were: “Hawaiian Echoes” 8:30-8:45am; “Plantation House Party” 7-7:15pm. Weekends included: “Southland Spirituals” 8:45-9am & “Voice of The Army” 10:15-10:30am. The Lang-Worth Transcribed Music Library Service was also utilized.

    Local programming included: “Alarm Clock Club” 6am; “News” 6:15am; “Alarm Clock Club” 6:20am; “News” 6:50-7am; “News” 8-8:05am; “Something For The Ladies” 9:15am, “Northwest News” 10-10:05am “Bargain Bulletins” 11am; “Newberg On The Air” 11:05am; “Sheridan On The Air” 11:30am; “Amity On The Air” 11:45am, “Noon News”; “Farmers Exchange” 12:15-12:30pm; “News” 2-2:15pm; “Yamhill County Today” 3pm; “Music For You” 3:10-3:30pm; “News” 4pm; “1260 Time” 4:10-4:45pm; “News” 6-6:15pm; “Bruce Brown & Sports From The Sidelines” 6:30pm; “Easy Listening” 6:45-7pm; “Kilgore Auction Time” with host Eugene Kilgore 7:15-7:20pm; “News” 8:15-8:30pm; “Swing Time” 8:30-9pm sign off.

    Saturday’s featured “4-H Club On The Air” 9-9:15am & “Hayloft Jamboree” featuring Jack Baker’s Southern Tennesseans, The 20-30 Four & more, 7-8pm from remote locations like Eagles Hall. By June 22, 1949 KMCM had listener reception reports “Heard loud and clear” in Tillamook & Delake (now part of Lincoln City). Also heard as for south as North Bend and north to Seattle and east to Maupin. KMCM operated 6:00am to sunset but had gained directional night approval. By September 1949 KMCM slogan: Always good listening.

    On November 4, 1949 KMCM began 1KW directional night operation with an additional tower added. KMCM operation expanded 6:00am to 10:30pm weekly, adding these transcription programs from “Mutual” syndication: “Checkerboard Jamboree” with host Eddie Arnold, presented by Yamhill County Feed & Hatchery 6:45-7pm & “Blackstone The Magic Detective” 8-8:15pm. New local night programs were: “O’Malley’s Football Forecast 6:30-6:45pm; “Get Rich Quick” 9-9:30pm with music, fun & prizes! A new personality “Brother Bill’s Old Record Attic” 9:30-10:15pm featuring “collector’s items to delight the most avid record fan”. “Bruce Brown & Sports From The Sidelines” 10:15-10:25pm “Evening Edition News” 10:25-10:30pm sign off.

    On March 1, 1950 KMCM joined KBS (Keystone Broadcasting System, founded in 1941). On October 2, 1950 KMCM affiliated with the Liberty Network (Liberty Broadcasting System, founded in 1947 by Gordon B. McLendon. LBS studios were at flagship KLIF Dallas TX). LBS was primarily a sports network with some newscasts and entertainment programs but was growing fast with 300+ affiliates. At this time LBS was the 3rd largest radio network. By December 1950 Homer Rohse was News Director; Dudley Gaylord, Farm Director & Sports Director; Betty Barton, Women’s Director & Milt Muir, Chief Engineer. Former C.E., Skip Hathaway moved to KUGN as Chief Engineer 1951-73 (later KATR CE, KASH CE, KQDQ CE). In 1951 KMCM incorporated. License now read: Yamhill Broadcasters, Inc. By September 1951 KMCM slogan: Yamhill County’s listening habit.

    By November 1951 KMCM had added these syndicated transcription programs: From “CBS” syndication: “The Lenny Herman Quintet” 8:15-8:30pm Thursday; “The David Rose Show” 8:15-8:30pm Friday; “The Cavalcade of Music” 8-8:30pm Sunday; From “Lang-Worth” syndication: “The Bert Hirsch Trio” 11-11:25am; “The Airline Trio” 1-1:30pm; “Cote Glee Club” 6:15-6:30pm; “Blue Barron & His Orch.” 6:30-7pm; From “Army/Air Force” syndication: “Proudly We Hail” 7-7:30pm; “Stars On Parade” 8:15-8:30pm Tuesday; From “Cardinal” syndication: “Uncle Remus” 5:45-6pm; From “Spiritual Mobilization” syndication: “The Freedom Story” 6:15-6:30pm Sunday; From Broadcasters Program Syndicate: “Home Sweet Home” 6:30-6:35pm; From “Mutual” syndication: “Checkerboard Jamboree” 8-9pm Saturday; From “General Electric” syndication: “Excursions In Science” 8:15-8:30pm Wednesday; From “Works International” syndication: “Turning Points” 9-9:15pm; From “The Treasury Dept.” syndication: “Guest Star” 9:15-9:30pm Tuesday; From “Navy” syndication: “Adventure Is Your Heritage” 9:15-9:30pm Thursday; From “The Jesuits” syndication: “The Sacred Heart Program” 9:30-9:45pm.

    Local programming included: “Top of The Morning” 6-6:30am; “First Edition News” 7am; “The Weather Report” 7:10am; “Melody Corral” 7:15am; “News” 8-8:05am; “Morning Devotions” 8:45am; “Morning Melodies” 9am; “Morning Varieties” 9:30am; “Home Education News” 10:30am; “Music With Sparkle” 10:45am; “Yesteryear Music” 11am; “According To Record” 11:30am; “Midday Reveries” 11:35am; “Noon News Extra” 12pm; “Darigold Extra” 12:15pm; “Market Reports” 12:30pm; “Rural News” 12:45pm; “Melody Matinee” 1pm; “Western Favorites” 5:15-5:30pm; “Evening Education News” 6-6:15pm; “Evening Melodies” 6:35pm; “Sports Edition” 6:45pm; “Your Neighbor’s” 7pm; “Melody Club” 7:30-8pm; “Meet The Band” 8:30-9pm; “Music Request” 9:30pm; “News” 9:45pm; “Music Request” 10-10:30pm sign off.

    Saturdays featured: “4-H News” 12:45-1pm. Sundays: “Music For Sunday” 7:30am (sign on); “News” 7:55am; “Church of Christ” 8-815am; “Waltz Time” 8:30-9am; “Pipes Melody” 10-10:30am; “First Baptist Church” 11:25; “News” 12pm; “Community Chapel” 12:30-1pm; “Sunday Matinee” 1:30; “Concert Hour” 3pm; “Sunday Matinee” 4-5pm & 5:15pm; “First Christian Church” 6-6:15pm; “Favorite Albums” 7:30-8pm; “News” 9:45pm; “Music by Request” 10-10:30pm sign off.

    By December 1951 Blaine Hanks (earlier on KSLM. later on KOIN) was Program Director & Dudley Gaylord was Sports Director solely. By early 1952 LBS was the nations 2nd largest radio network with 458 affiliates. By May 1952 William Anderson was a KMCM operator-announcer. On May 16, 1952 The LBS Radio Network folded. By December 1952 Ivan A. Smith was Program Director & Dudley Gaylord was once again Farm Director & Sports Director.

    On February 12, 1953 the owners of KMCM & “Telephone-Register” merged newly acquired newspaper the “News-Reporter” forming the “News-Register”. By May 1953 Glasco P. Branson was KMCM’s G.M., News Director & Commercial Manager. Former G.M., Lou Gillette moved to ABC Radio in Hollywood. In Summer 1954 Craig E. Singletary joined KMCM as Sports Director & sales accountant. By December 1954 Jack Adkins was Chief Engineer & Leslie “Les” Cunningham, Program Director. Former P.D., Ivan Smith would move on to KXL ND, KPTV ND, KGW-TV Asst. ND, KREM-TV ND, KGW-TV News Producer, retired 6-5-80. KMCM slogan: Willamette Valley’s favorite radio station. In May 1955 Glasco P. Branson took on Program Director dutes, as well as G.M. & Commercial Manager when Les Cunninghan left to become the first PD at new station KPLK Dallas. By December 1955 Craig E. Singletary was News Director & Sports Director with Edwin “Ed” Nuhring, Chief Engineer.

    In the November 17, 1956 Billboard Mag. VOX JOX column: Gary Aldridge, youngest deejay at KMCM has started a new show featuring a panel discussion of new record releases by local high school students. By December 1956 Craig E. Singletary had added Program Director to his other titles, as News Director & Sports Director. By March 1957 KMCM operated 6:00am to 10:00pm weekly. Also in 1957 Phillip N. Bladine became President of Yamhill Broadcasters, Inc. when brother Jack B. Bladine died. By February 1958 KMCM broadcast 6:00am to 8:00pm weekly. By July 1958 Glasco P. Branson was G.M. & Commercial Manager; Craig E. Singletary, Program Director & News Director. By July 1959 Craig E. Singletary had added Farm Director to his other titles, as Program Director & News Director. KMCM operated 6:30am to 6:30pm weekly.

    On August 22, 1959 it was announced KMCM was purchased by Yamhill Radio Co. (Jerry Carr, President; John Courcier, Vice-President & G.M.) for $80,000. (FCC approval on 10-1-59). Larry D. Lanz became Program Director & Glasco P. Branson, Commercial Manager. In December 1959 a call slogan was introduced “K-Mac” Radio 1260, always the best in listening. By August 1961 Gary Hamilton (later on KOIN-TV) was Program Director & Robert Lewis, Chief Engineer. By June 1962 the K-Mac air staff included: Gary C. (believed to be Gary Hamilton) 6:30-9am; Marv Ryum, 9-noon; “Newsreel” with Bill Powell, noon-12:30; Marv Ryum, 1-3pm & Larry Lanz, 3-6:30pm. KMCM format was M.O.R. (Middle of The Road). KMCM slogan: The most happy sound. By September 1962 Larry D. Lanz was G.M, Program Director & Chief Engineer; Gary Hamilton, News Director & William S. Powell, Commercial Manager.

    On April 1, 1963 KMCM was sold to 25 year old Ray A. Fields for $100,000. Licensee “Ray Andrew Fields” (formerly on KRKS, KRCK, KSPR, KTWO-TV, KPAS) who was President & G.M. Larry D. Lanz became Program Director & Chief Engineer; Tom Butler, Commercial Manager. KMCM dropped it’s liaison with KBS. By October 1963 Craig E. Singletary (later KSLC founder) was back as Sports Director again. Also on K-Mac were Marv Ryum & Whitey Coker (formerly on KNPT, later KISN ND). On October 29, 1963 KMCM opened it’s expanded studios at 2163 Lafayette Ave. In July 1964 Bud Charles became News Director (formerly on KEX). In September 1966 Richard “Dick” W. Bacon became Sports Director. The K-Mac air staff included: Dick Bacon, 6:30-9am; Ray Fields, 9-noon; “The Noon News” with Ralph Keyser & Larry Lanz, noon-1pm; Larry Lanz, 1-3pm; Zane Williams, 3-5pm & Ralph Keyser (formerly KFGR FD, KBND, KLBM, KBCH CE, KOOS) 5-6:30pm.

    In January 1967 KMCM switched to a Top 40 format. Hours of operation expanded 6:30am to 10:00pm Sunday through Thursday & 6:30 to midnight Friday & Saturdays. Ray A. Fields became President, G.M. & Program Director. By January 1967 Peter Marland (later aka Peter Marland Jones or P.M.J.)( on KEX, KROW, KKEY & KVAN) was DJing “The Road Runner Show” 3:00-6:30pm. By April 1967 Jay Van Dyke was News Director & Sports Director; Bill Barger, Chief Engineer; Robert “Bob” Williams, Sales Manager & Buzz Hill (formerly on KEDO, KLOG, later on KASH, KISN, KJRB & KPOK) was on 5:30pm to 10pm. In May 1967 The 1260 air staff included: “The Clock Watcher Show” with Ray Fields & Jay Van Dyke, news, 6:30-9am; Mike White, 9-noon; Bill Barger, noon-3; Ralph Keyser, 3-6:30pm & Peter Marland (later on KEX, KROW, KKEY & KVAN) 6:30-10pm. His slogan “Listen to P.M.”

    By October 1967 an almost entirely new KMCM air staff: Peter Powell, Ralph Keyser, Terry Wilson & Bill Ogden. In late 1967 Jerry Dimmitt (formerly on KUTY, KGIL, KOOS) became Commercial Manager. On January 1, 1968 KMCM became a charter affiliate of the “American Information Radio Network” abc’s new on the hour service. In 1968 Jerry Dimmitt began doing morning drive. (later on KLIQ AM/FM, KKEY, KAYO, KYXI, KTNT, KMO, KAAR, KKEY, KXL, KKEY, KVAN, KXYQ). By October 1968 Tim “T.J. Elliott” was on 5:30pm to 10pm.

    On October 29, 1968 KMCM was sold to Norjud Broadcasting, Inc. (Judith Irene “Judy” Aldred, President & co-Treasurer with father, Theodore H. Johanson, Vice-President & co-Treasurer) for $97,500. Transfer of control took place on 11-16-68. Judy’s husband, 38 year old Norman P. “Norm” Aldred (formerly on CKDO, WCCO, WROC, WTOL-TV, CFCF, CFPL) became General Manager, Program Director & Commercial Manager, while Judy (formerly on WTOL-TV) also became the Promotions Manager. Charles “Chuck” McKeen was News Director & Grant Fickert, Chief Engineer. KMCM’s switched back to a “Middle of The Road” format. In 1969 KMCM installed a new Collins transmitter. By October 1969 Jim Hardy was Chief Engineer. By December 1969 Norm Aldred was General Manager & Commercial Manager; Ed Smith, Chief Engineer.

    In March 1970 Harry Girtman (later on KROW) became Program Director. KMCM had no on air slogan, although letterhead stated: “Sounds like fun”. By October 1970 Chuck McKeen was Sports Director as well as News Director & Edward “Ed” Smith was Chief Engineer. By October 1971 KMCM’s format was M.O.R. with some Country-Western. Norman P. Aldred was General Manager; Timothy J. Elliott, Program Director & Bart Tolleson, Sales Manager. By October 1972 KMCM’s format was entirely Country-Western. Gene Page, Program Director; Jeff Davis, Music Director & Ed Owens, Chief Engineer. KMCM call slogan: More Country Music. In 1973 Jerry Robertson became News Director.

    Also in 1973 Norm Aldred founded Northwest Radio Network, Inc. It would offer Agricultural programming to other Oregon stations through the KMCM flagship. In April 1973 Tom O’Brien (formerly on KGAY, aka Tom Ross on KWRC; later aka Bruce Bjorkman on KCCS, aka Scott Preston on KSLM, KYNG, KWRC, KBZY, WMMZ GSM, KBZY, aka Bruce Bjorkman, Mr. BBQ on KXL) began 7 to midnight Sundays. Marc Rossmann (son of KPAM/KPFM owner Wally Rossmann) was afternoons or middays. By September 1973 Stan Ohl was KMCM Program Director; Don Lee, Music Director; Wally Keller, Chief Engineer; Warren Pomeroy, Sales Manager & Sandy Rhodes, Promotions Manager. In September 1973 Dave Paull (formerly on KJIB, aka Paul Dawson KACI ND) became News Director (later on KUIK, KOIN, KGW ND, KCNR & KXL).

    By February 1974 19 year old Jeff Davis was back (from KGAY) as Program Director, becoming Oregon’s youngest P.D. Jeff was also KMCM Chief Engineer. By November 1974 Michael R. “Mike” Kolb was Music Director; Philip “Phil” Pratt, News Director & Larry Ward, Sales Manager & Sports Director. The KMCM air staff included: Norm Aldred “The Morning Mayor” with Steve Young; Marv Ingram, mid-days; Jeff Davis, afternoon drive & Mike Kolb, evenings. In 1975 Paul Arca (later on KASH/KSND), Brian Bishop (later on KRKT, KASH, KBOY & KRWQ) & Ken Paul all joined the KMCM air staff. In Summer 1976 Paula Gunness (later on KASH/KSND, KVAL news anchor & KATU) was a KMCM Newscaster.

    By November 1976 KMCM’s format was Country & M.O.R. with Ken Paul (later on KRKT) as Program Director; Jeff Davis, Music Director (later on KPAM-FM, KWJJ-AM/FM OM/PM, KYXI, KSGO PD, KPDX & KPDQ-AM/FM PM); Pat Helberg (later on KVAL & KOIN-TV) News Director; Randy Rist, Chief Engineer & Bernard Iocullci, Promotions Manager. In early 1977 KMCM switched to an Adult Contemporary format and expanded it’s broadcast day 6:00am to 2:00am. Also in 1977 Norjud Broadcasting, Inc. was reorganized with Norman P. Aldred as President. In Fall 1977 ABC Radio cancelled it’s contract with KMCM. The station lost it’s “Information” Network affiliation. Scuttlebutt was, KMCM had played local spots during network commercial time. The station then became an affiliate of the Mutual Broadcasting System shortly after, using their on the hour feed.

    By November 1977 Larry Ward was General Manager; Jack Berry (formerly KUGN AM/FM PD, KPAY PD) Program Director; Rod Lewis, Music Director; Ron Ross, News Director; Ed Olmstead, Chief Engineer; Larry Miller, Sales Manager & Bernie Craig, Promotions Manager. By Fall 1978 Ron Romain became Program Director & Chief Engineer, hiring Jim Maass (formerly with KLIQ & KBZY) for evenings 6-midnight in Fall. By November 1978 Jack Barry was General Manager; Scott Martin, Music Director; Dave Hanson, Sports Director & Rich Mac, Promotions Manager. KMCM slogan: The only station you’ll ever need.

    On July 1, 1979 KMCM became KCYX (FCC shows 6-4-79). Mr. Aldred stated, the calls were changed “to repair damage” done from the former G.M. “running the station into the ground!” KCYX meaning: County of Yamhill eXchange. Call slogan: K-siX. Reflecting part of the dial position (1260KHz). The call slogan was dropped shortly there after. KCYX jingle package was called “Someplace Special – MOR” by T.M. Productions, Inc. (Sent to KCYX on 6-15-79). Slogans: “Someplace Special KCYX.” “The Spirit of Oregon.” Broadcast hours were shortened 6:00am to midnight. Norm Aldred was now President, General Manager & Program Director.

    By November 1979 Kay Egle was News Director; William “Bill” Strong, Music Director; Ed Olmstead returned as Chief Engineer; Jackie Fields-Wind (former wife of Ray Fields who was former KMCM owner) Sales Manager & Michael “Mike” Seely, Promotions Manager. In January 1980 Jim Maass (later aka Jim “The Big Ragu” Maass on KGW APD, aka Jim Ryan on KARO/KAAR, aka Jim Maass on KVAN-1550) returned as “Captain Jim” on the new 7-12am show “Night-Flight To Midnight” playing Top 40 music. In February 1980 Michael R. “Mike” Kolb (formerly KMCM MD, KFOG, KPEN PM) returned, becoming Program Director and hiring Craig Foster as a weekender.

    On March 3, 1980 MBS & KCYX debuted the hour long “Mutual Radio Theater” weeknights 10-11pm: Monday’s “Western Theater” hosted by Lorne Greene; Tuesday’s “Comedy Theater” hosted by Andy Griffith; Wednesday’s “Mystery Theater” hosted by Vincent Price; Thursday’s “Romance Theater” hosted by Cicely Tyson & Friday’s “Adventure Theater” hosted by Leonard Nimoy. In May 1980 KCYX dropped it’s Top 40 music evenings and returned to Adult Contemporary as other day parts. Mark Hokit (formerly with KWRC & KSLM/KSKD) weekends. Ken & Becky Harmes, Sunday mornings.

    On May 30, 1980 KCYX was sold to Radio 1260, Inc. (Merrill “Deane” Johnson & wife Kathleen “Kathie” Johnson, 66.66%; Vera T. Frederick, 23.33%; Delwin Peterson & wife Marilyn Peterson, 10.01%) for $475,000. The land continued to be owned by the Aldred’s. Assignment of license on 5-21-80. Deane Johnson (formerly on KSIB, KJAN CE, KNIM CE, KDSN, KCIM, KANS CE, KOOO PD/CE, KWMT PD, KOMA PD, WTIX PD, WKYC PD, KOIL AM/FM PD, KDWB GM/PD, KKJO Exe.VP&GM) became President & General Manager; Kathie Johnson, General Sales Manager; Son, Michael Johnson (formerly with KKJO, later with KEX/KKRZ) was Chief Engineer & Craig Foster, Music Director. Added slogans: “The new KCYX.” “Yamhill County’s KCYX.”

    In September 1980 Steve Kenyon became Sports Director. The KCYX air staff included mornings with Mike Kolb & Brian Edwards (formerly on KSLC) with Kay Egle & Deane Johnson, news & occasionally Steve Kenyon, sports 6-9am; “Open Line” with Kay Egle, 9-10am; Tom Shannon, 10-3pm; Jim Sayers (later aka Jim Bickel on KXL, KING, KXLY PD) 3-7pm; Craig Foster (later aka Craig Adams on KAAR, KKSN AM/FM & KLTH) 7-12am. “Mutual Radio Theater” was on 10-11pm. Weekends: Steve Kenyon (formerly on KAGO??), Chris Scherp. Bill Ashenden (later with KEX/KQFM, KYTE/KRCK, KKRZ GM/SM, KXL GSM) was added to the sales staff. Here are some 1980 KCYX pictures courtesy of Deane Johnson:

    On January 1, 1981 Steve Kenyon moved 7-12am weekly. On July 19, 1981 KCYX saluted the American trucker when KGO’s Al “Jazzbeaux” Collins visited during his “Live On The I-5” excursion which began in Vancouver, B.C. Jazzbeaux was being chauffeured in a tractor-trailer rig. He broadcast 2 to 4pm on KCYX with Mike Kolb hosting and taking calls from listeners. On August 20, 1981 KCYX became one of a handful of Oregon stations to use a satellite dish for network news. Mutual installed the $6,000. dish free, even before Portland’s distribution dish. (Westar I Satellite). In January 1982 Brian S. Edwards became Program Director. By February 1982 Fred Owen was doing Saturday mornings & Mike Campbell was on the air staff. Also in 1982 Paul Tilton (later on KGON, KXYQ-FM, KUPL, KSGO, KMJK-FM, aka Johnny Walker on KLCX, aka Paul Tilton on KJNO PD, KTKU PD, KTWI/KTWS PD, KKLR, KGON) began weekends 6am to noon.

    In June 1982 Steve D. Kenyon became Program Director as well as S.D. & mornings 6-9am. On September 6, 1982 KCYX dedicated it’s newly rebuilt “Studio A”. By November 1982 Deane Johnson was President; Kathleen Johnson, G.M. & General Sales Manager; DeeDee Harrington, News Director. In 1983 Tod Butterfield was 3-7pm & Jeff Allen was hired. In May 1983 Michael Jack Kirby (formerly on KBOO, KKSN, KWIP, KKSN, later KAAR PD, KYTE, KXYQ-FM, KKRZ, KISM MD, KFFM PD, aka M.J. on KXJM, aka Michael Kirby on KXL) began weekends. In August 1983 Ben Gutierrez (formerly KSLC ND) & Chris Taylor (formerly on KGW, KWRS PD, KPAM-1410, KWIP, KCNR AM/FM) began as weekenders. In Fall 1983 Dean Norton became News Director. In January 1984 KCYX News Director, Dean Norton died. Ben Gutierrez, Acting News Director. In February 1984 Al Schwartz became News Director & Brad Eaton (formerly on KLIQ AM/FM, KVAS ND, KKEY, later on KXL, KAYO, KPAM-860, KING AM/FM) became Public Affairs Director for “Open Line” 9-11am. Also in 1984 Jim Patterson began the 3-7pm shift.

    In Fall 1984 Steve Kenyon (later on KEX) became Station Manager as well as Sports Director. Also by this time Deane Johnson (later SpaceCom, Pres.; MetroCities Communications. Pres.) was President & G.M. again & Kathie Johnson, General Sales Manager. In October 1984 Ben Z. Gutierrez became News Director. In late 1984 Chris Taylor (later on KCNR AM/FM, KGRV, KROR, KCNR/KKLI, KPDQ AM/FM PM, KKRZ, KMXI, KDBX, KPAM-860, KYSJ) became Program Director & on 11-3pm. In Spring 1985 Jim Patterson became Program Director and continued doing afternoon drive. Also in 1985 Scott Roberts (later on KCNR) joined the air staff. By November 1986 Ben Z. Gutierrez (later on KHVH, KHNR ND, KITV weatherman) became Music Director as well as News Director. In 1987 Jon Scot (formerly on KZOZ, later on KKRZ/KEX, KKSN-FM) became Production Director.

    On July 31, 1987 KCYX was sold to Matrix Media, Inc. (Michael S. Symons, President) for $681,812. Matrix Media also owned KBCH & KCRF (FM) Lincoln City. In August 1987 John Hugill (formerly on KWIP, KAAR PD, KKRZ APM, later on KMJK-FM, KKSN, KKSN-FM PM, KLTH CD) became Production Director. In September 1987 Glenn Nobel (formerly on KAGO, simultaneously on KSLC) weekends & Mark Lacy (later on KWJJ) joined the air staff.

    On September 25, 1987 KCYX changed format to A.C. & Talk when it became Portland’s affiliate for “The Larry King Show”. KUPL had dropped the show in Spring 1987. KCYX began the King show live at 12:06am to 2am with a tape delay 2:06am to 5am. Now with a much larger audience listening in the station’s fringe, KCYX was being bombarded from Northern listeners wanting the station to increase power and begin the King show at an earlier hour. On November 16, 1987 KCYX moved the beginning of “The Larry King Show” to 9:06pm live to 2am and repeating 2:06am to 5am. On November 30, 1987 KCYX’s Larry King dominates ended when KXL picked up the show beginning the program at 11:06pm. KCYX listeners still heard Larry two hours before KXL. On February 5, 1990 KXL moved Larry King to 9:06pm matching KCYX but by then KCYX had moved King to an 8:06pm starting time.

    In October 1987 Gregg K. Clapper (later on KKGT, KTLK & KPAM PD) became General Manager; Rich Patterson (formerly on KEX/KQFM, KIQY & simultaneously at KKRZ with KCYX) Program Director & afternoons (later KEX APD/MD & KPAM-860). In January 1988 K.C. McCormick (formerly on KSLM) became Public Affairs Director. In Spring 1988 Warren Franklin (formerly on KAPS, KBAM, KVAS, KSLM, KGAL, KTDO, KVAN-1550 PD/MD, KYKN) became General Manager (later KBZY VP). In 1988 Marty Lanser (later on KOSO) began air shifts & Tom Lockyear began newscasts. In Spring 1989 Dick Saint(e) (formerly aka Dick Middleton on KLOO, KFLY, KBZY, aka Dick Saint on KISN, KGB, KFRC, KRLA, KHJ, WLS, KIIS, WCFL, KEX, later on KFMS) joind the air staff. In January 1990 Glenn Nobel returned (formerly on KAGO, KLAD) and began morning drive. In March 1990 Glenn Nobel became Program Director.

    On May 14, 1990 Thomas Huntsberger, trustee of the bankrupt estate of Matrix Media, Inc. sold KCYX to Eugene businessmen Larry R. Bohnsack for $120,000. On May 16, 1990 KCYX suspended operations and left the air for 50 days. On June 20, 1990 calls were changed to KLYC which stood for: Leading Yamhill County. This slogan was not used on air.

    On July 6, 1990 KLYC signed on the air at 5:00pm. Steve Kenyon returned from KAGO (later on KUMA) to become Operations Manager & Program Director; Jon Warren (later on KEJO, KUIK) News Director; Glenn Nobel (formerly on KWBY, later on KRKT-FM PD, KXL-FM, KUPL-FM, KEKB PD, KRWQ VP/OM, KMNT OM, KRKT PD, KLOO-FM OM, KFLY/KEJO/KLOO OM/PD) Production Director; K.C. McCormick (later aka K.C. Caldwell on KGON & KTWI/KTWS) Promotions & Public Affairs Director. KLYC format was “a blend of Adult Favorites, Light Country and Easy Listening Jazz”. KLYC operated 5am to midnight and became an affiliate of CNN Radio. The Mutual Network affiliation was dropped.

    KLYC schedule was: Agriculture programming 5-6am; Steve Kenyon & K.C. McCormick 6-9am.; K.C. McCormick 9-12pm; Midday News 12-1pm; Glenn Nobel 1-7pm; 7-12am. Weekend programming included: Jazz Saturday nights; Spanish Sunday mornings and Country music the rest of Sunday. KLYC slogan: The best is always here on 1260. On October 2, 1990 the FCC approved the license transfer to Bohnsack Strategies, Inc. (Larry R. Bohnsack, President & G.M.). By this time Tim King was News Director. In 1991 Eve Fuller (formerly with KGMB-TV, KQMQ, KKON/KOAS, KHBC-TV ND, KMVI ND) joined the KLYC staff. Also in 1991 Lori Raab (later on KBND & KTVZ) became News Director. 199? Andy West (later on KSJJ, KFIS/KPDQ AM/FM OM/PD) joined the air staff. In 199? Lars Ward was Program Director.

    In 1993 KLYC studios moved to 1975 Calvin Court, N.E. This was granted on 11-18-93. In August 1994 Steve Lindsley (formerly KFIR ND-SD-PM, KQEN ND, KPIC-TV, KPVI-TV, KQEN/KRSB ND, KYRE, KXL, KQEN ND, KKMX OM; later KYKN, KUIK, KOHI, KEX, KPAM, KQEN, KMED, KEX) was Sports Director & afternoon drive. In 1995 Mark Marshall (formerly aka Mark Hokit on KWBY, KCKX, KYKN) was Sports Director. By November 1996 Kevin Weeks was News Director. KLYC slogans: “We’re Yamhill County’s Choice.” “We’ve got the entertainment you want, and the information you need.” “Your radio for Yamhill County.” “Your station for Yamhill County’s favorite music.” “Your community connection.”

    By November 1997 Phillip Bohnsack (owner relation?) was News Director. By November 1998 Mark Marshall (later on KOTK/KWJJ, KXL, KUIK, KBZY) was Vice-President of Programming & Tim Riley (formerly on KUIK; later KOTK ND, KCMD ND, KUFO-FM ND) News Director. In 1999 KLYC moved it’s transmitter site to 10027 Warmington Rd., S.E. Directional night power was reduced from 1kw to 850 watts by 9-6-01. By November 1999 Scott Simmons was Vice-President of Programming & Asst. Music Director. Also Aaron Andrews, Music Director.

    In March 2000 Eve Fuller returned as Program Director & News Director. On May 16, 2000 Larry Bohnsack ran for State Representative, 29th District and narrowly lost the election. In 2001 KLYC changed format to Oldies exclusively. On September 24, 2002 the FCC denied Bolnsack Strategies, Inc. a request for a waver of the late payment penalty concerning the FY2001 regulatory fees due for KLYC. By December 2004 Mr. Bohnsack’s wife Laurel “Stella” Bohnsack was Public Affairs Director & James Boyd (formerly KBND PD, KTIX PD ND & CE, KGAL OM, KGAR/KVAN CE, KSLM CE, KEJO CE)Chief Engineer (later with KBCH/KYTE/KCRF/KNCU CE, KYTT/KYSJ CE, KDCQ CE, KWBY CE, KBZY CE, KCKX CE,KWIP CE, KXPC CE, KMCQ CE, KUIK CE). In 2005 Larry R. Bohnsack became Program Director as well as President & G.M.; Laurel “Stella” Bohnsack, Operations Manager & Eve Fuller, News Director. KLYC slogans: “Radio for Yamhill County.” “1260 KLYC, playing the songs you want to hear.”

    Special Thanks to the following individuals who helped make this radio history more complete: Judy Aldred, Norm Aldred, Bill Ashenden, Bruce Bjorkman, K.C. Caldwell, Jerry Dimmitt, Brad Eaton, Ray Fields, Eve Fuller, Harry Girtman, Ben Gutierrez, Buzz Hill, Deane Johnson, Mike Johnson, Steve Kenyon, Michael Jack Kirby, Mike Kolb, Steve Lindsley, Jim Maass, Glen Nobel, Rich Patterson, Dave Paull, Chris Taylor & Paul Tilton.

    References: Broadcasting Yearbook(s),, McMinnville News-Register, McMinnville Public Library, Oregon Historical Society Library & The Oregonian.


    As usual, my friend, it’s first-rate work. You’ve become a valuable resource. Thanks for the effort.


    Thanks Mike! Just received a nice E-Mail from Gary Grossman who shed some light on 1260 personnel that worked for KRKT later. I was able to add to their call letter bios.

    If You know of 1260 personnel not listed in this history, and some of a person’s call letter bio, I would be most interested in hearing from you on this thread, or you can E-Mail me at:



    Great job on this great radio station…I am unclear as to why it went dark?

    And why is this station always fascinated me, a great sound, but not always alot of community support – is it the LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD syndrome?

    If Salem radio suffers from the PDX shadow what must McMinnville, Hillsboro be like?


    Great job and thanks Craig… when living out at SE 135th in Portland I could listen to McMinnville on my 1940 RCA radio and noted how good the audio was. Like everyone else they had their ups and downs and I am glad they are still up and running.


    Thanks for the comprehensive history Craig!


    Thanks Littlesongs.

    Steve Taylor wrote on Deane’s thread mentioning Jeff Allen later working for KPDQ. That’s the kind of information I’m looking for and has been added to the master copy. Thanks Steve!


    Update: Mike Johnson gave me Marty Lancer’s E-Mail address. All I can say is WOW! Marty has an incredible memory. He gave me so much new information for this history, I decided to re-post his time period at KCYX. There is so much added I started new paragraphs! He gave me 17 names not listed before. Plus I got additional information from Josh Fields in this time period, so there is a lot you’ve never seen.


    In Spring 1985 Jim Patterson (later KMJK-FM sales) became Program Director and continued doing afternoon drive. Also in 1985 Scott Roberts (later on KCNR) joined the air staff. In September 1985 Josh Fields (son of 1963-68 KMCM owner Ray Fields & Jackie Fields-Wind, former KCYX S.D.) began Sunday mornings, in addition to engineering & producing the Spanish language program “The Latino Spirit of Yamhill County” (Espiritu Latino del Condao Yamhill) which was hosted by Felix Zamora, with Reuben Contreras, Sr. & Isabel Montemayor. Josh Fields also KCYX’s “News Hound” helped Ben Gutierrez hunt down local news stories.

    In February 1986 Marty Lanser (formerly KWWW PSD, KNCW MD, KHSN, KBDF, KSHR, KNCW PD, KCDA-FM, KLCK PD & co-owner) began hosting the “Open Line” talk show. The KCYX line-up: Steve Kenyon & Ben Gutierrez, news 6-9am; Marty Lanser “Open Line” 9-11am; Mike Thomas 11-3pm; Kerry O’Donnell 3-7pm; Andy Tripp 7-12am. Weekenders included Josh Fields, Bryan Wolf, John Prevedello (later KUGN, KZEL & KEZI GM), Jeff Templeton (formerly aka J.T. Scott on KOHI) 12-6pm Sundays & Chris Cunningham, sales. Then in March 1986 the schedule changed to: Steve Kenyon & Ben Gutierrez, news 6-9am; Ben Gutierrez “Open Line” 9-11am; Kerry O’Donnell 11-3pm; Marty Lancer 3-7pm; Andy Tripp 7-12am.

    In April 1986 Tom Lockyear began afternoon news on KCYX. In May 1986 Don Rogers began weekends. In July 1986 Tom Lockyear moved to disc jockey evenings 7-12am. In September 1986 Don Rogers took over middays 11-3pm. By November 1986 Ben Z. Gutierrez became Music Director as well as News Director & Josh Fields had moved to weekend afternoons. In May 1987 Steve Kenyon moved to KAGO and was replaced by Steve Gaffney, mornings 6-9am. By June 1987 Josh Fields had moved to full-time mid-days, in addition to doing news & sports for Marty Lanser’s afternoon show. In June 1987 John Pundt (later KNPT/KYTE sales, KOOS/KTEE/KBDN/KJMX GM) began in sales. In late June 1987 Dan Hyatt began weekends.

    On July 31, 1987 KCYX was sold to Matrix Media, Inc. (Michael S. Symons, President) for $681,812. Matrix Media also owned KBCH & KCRF (FM) Lincoln City. In August 1987 Bryan Walker (KBCH/KCRF CE) became Chief Engineer. Josh Fields temporarily took middays 11-3pm & John Hugill (formerly on KWIP, KAAR PD, KKRZ APM) became Production Director. Ray Nelson & Ray Nelson Jr. weekends. In September 1987 Steve Kenyon (formerly on KAGO) returned. Glenn Nobel (formerly on KAGO, simultaneously on KSLC) weekends & Mark Lacy (later on KWJJ) joined the air staff. In September Dan Hyatt (later on KYJC) was placed in the midday slot.

    On September 25, 1987 KCYX changed format to A.C. & Talk, 24 hours daily, when it became Portland’s affiliate for “The Larry King Show”. KUPL had dropped the show in Spring 1987. KCYX began the King show live at 12:06am to 2am with a tape delay 2:06am to 5am. Now with a much larger audience listening in the station’s fringe, KCYX was being bombarded from Northern listeners wanting the station to increase power and begin the King show at an earlier hour. In October 1987 Gregg K. Clapper (later on KKGT, KTLK & KPAM PD) became General Manager; Rich Patterson (formerly on KEX/KQFM, KIQY & simultaneously at KKRZ with KCYX) Program Director.

    By October 1987 the KCYX air staff included: Steve Kenyon & Ben Gutierrez, news 5-9am; “Open Line” with Ben Gutierrez 9-11am; Rich Patterson 11-3pm; Marty Lanser 3-7pm; John Hugill (later on KMJK-FM, KKSN, KKSN-FM PM, KLTH CD) 7-12am; Larry King 2-5am. Weekends included: Chris Sargent (later on KACI, KQEN, KTMT, KKMX PD, KXYQ-FM, KKJJ PD, KYGO-FM, KEJO/KLOO/KLOO-FM/KRKT/KTHH Dir. of Prog., KIFS/KLDZ/KMED/KRWQ/KZZE Dir. of Prog., KDUK/KFLY/KODZ/KPNW Dir. of Prog., KFBW/KLTH PD) 6-noon Sundays. On November 16, 1987 KCYX moved the beginning of “The Larry King Show” to 9:06pm live to 2am and repeating 2:06am to 5am. On November 30, 1987 KCYX’s Larry King domination ended when KXL picked up the show, beginning the program at 11:06pm. KCYX listeners still heard Larry two hours before KXL.

    In January 1988 Jon Scot (formerly on KZOZ, later on KKRZ/KEX, KKSN-FM) became Production Director; K.C. McCormick (formerly on KSLM) became Public Affairs Director & KCYX cancelled the “Open Line” talk show. The air staff line-up included: Steve Kenyon & Ben Gutierrez (later on KHVH, KHNR ND, KITV, KGMB-TV weatherman) news 5-10am (except Mondays 5-8am because of Steve’s sales meeting); Marty Lanser (later KOSO APD, KQOD, KUYL PD, KWSX) 10-3pm (except Mondays 8-3pm); Rich Patterson (later KEX APD/MD & KPAM-860) 3-6pm; K.C. McCormick 6-9pm; Larry King 9pm-5am.


    KCYX actually ran Larry King starting at 8:00pm. That was one of the first moves I made when I went from KEX to KCYX in October 1987. I don’t remember the date, but some point, we started running it until 2am. There was music from 2a-5a. Among the overnight folks was Mark Lacy, who worked morning after Steve Kenyon left the station. Mark later worked at KWJJ.


    Rich: Thanks! I’ve added the information. Do you know when Steve Kenyon left KLYC mornings?


    Not sure, but I think it was shortly after I left KCYX full-time in January 1990. Sean Foy took over my 3p-6p shift. I continued to do a taped show, “6 at 6” every night.

    I went back to KEX full-time & was a “consultant” for KCYX….basically programming without having to be at the station more than twice a week. By then, I think we all knew that the station was on life support. Playing the game of “paycheck roulette” got to be pretty old, so I took a pay cut at KCYX for the security of a more reliable payday at KEX.


    Rich: When I got over to the master copy it said Glen Nobel began morning drive in January 1990. I’ve included the paragraph below.

    Was the “6 at 6” just a six song shift?

    I’ve added the Sean Foy shift.

    Also can you remember what Dick Saint(e)’s shift was in 1989?


    In Spring 1988 Warren Franklin (formerly on KAPS, KBAM, KVAS PD, KSLM, KGAL, KTDO, KVAN-1550 PD/MD, KYKN) became General Manager (later KBZY VP). Also by this time KCYX had moved Larry King to an 8:06pm starting time and ended the program at 2am. From 2-5am music was played with Mark Lacy. In Summer 1988 Lauren Engel began weekends. In Fall 1988 Cindy Starr began weekends. In Spring 1989 Dick Saint(e) (formerly aka Dick Middleton on KLOO, KFLY, KBZY, aka Dick Saint on KISN, KGB, KFRC, KRLA, KHJ, WLS, KIIS, WCFL, KWJJ, KEX, later on KFMS) joind the air staff. In January 1990 Glenn Nobel returned (formerly on KAGO, KLAD) and began morning drive. By February 1990 Sean Foy was on 3-6pm. In March 1990 Glenn Nobel became Program Director.

    On May 14, 1990 Thomas Huntsberger, trustee of the bankrupt estate of Matrix Media, Inc. sold KCYX to Eugene businessmen Larry R. Bohnsack for $120,000. On May 16, 1990 KCYX suspended operations and left the air for 50 days. On June 20, 1990 calls were changed to KLYC which stood for: Leading Yamhill County. This slogan was not used on air.


    Steve Gaffney returned to Lincoln City radio (KBCH/KCRF)market after his short stint at KCYX. He continued to work for Matrix Media, later Oceanlake Broadcasting, and Yaquina Bay Broadcasting. He was the voice of the Taft HS Tigers on radio and cable television till 2003.


    Thanks! I’ve added that to the master copy.


    Special Thanks to Ruben Contreras Jr. for finding this gem, which features a young Ivan Smith reading the news. Here’s what you see:

    In this rare silent video tour of KMCM from 1952, we first see one of the towers. The camera pans down to the original small studio building before the 1963 edition. First we see Jack Bladine’s daughter, Phyllis (now Phyllis Anusich) KMCM receptionist, who is typing. I’m guessing in the next scene is Bill Powell, behind his desk, reading a letter. In the next clip is Glasco Branson, KMCM Sales Manager, behind his desk, on the phone. Then it’s to the KMCM transmitter room with Chief Engineer, Skip Hathaway, adjusting the pachbay for the camera and tuning the Western Electric 443A-1 transmitter. Next we see Skip who was also part of the KMCM air staff, in the main studio running the board and cueing newsman, Ivan Smith, who we see reading the news. Ivan would later be seen on television doing the same thing on KPTV & KGW-TV. This is a short film, running 1:41.

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