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    The info on KWOD as quoted by Randy_in_Eugene comes from an article I wrote on the SBE124 website at http://www.sbe124.org/newsletters/pdx0609/


    Actually this is the first time I have seen your article, but thanks for the link. I do remember traveling near Sac and hearing them mention QS Quadraphonic sometime in the 70s.

    One set of call letters I don’t see on the list are Bob Anthony’s KDBX, Banks. I don’t have a meaning for them though.


    KDBX is on the Portland area listing: 91 KDBX – chosen for easy pronunciation.


    I can throw a few Mid-Columbia calls into the mix.

    KIHR in Hood River was “In Hood River,” naturally. When I started there in 1966 the tagline was “The Melody Aisle on your Radio Dial” KCGB-FM was named for Columbia Gorge Broadcasting, which owned KIHR and added the FM.

    KODL in The Dalles was an obvious geographic call. For a few years in the 1970s it was KGLX “The Golden X” and “X-14” for its 1440 kHz frequency, playing an oldies format.

    KACI started as KRMW in 1955. The story was at the time that they wanted KRMC for Radio Mid-Columbia, but that set was assigned to the Navy at the time, so they settled for swapping the C for a W. No particular significance to the later KACI calls other than it’s a nice easy one to say. Their motto in the 1960s was “The Friendly Giant,” a classic example of the Big Lie style of advertising, since they were a kilowatt daytimer, shutting down at 4:30 in December.

    Let’s see – KCIV-FM at 104.5 stood for the 104 in Roman numerals and, as the owner used to say “CIVilization, the ultimate hope of mankind.” Later owners changed it to KMCQ for the Mid-Columbia’s Q, though for most of its life it went by Q-104, except for legal IDs.

    KMSW-FM in The Dalles is actually quite sweet, standing for Mylene S Walden, the wife of then-owner, Congressman Greg Walden. Now there’s gift that’s hard to top!

    One set of calls in the early days was KWRC in Pendleton. Officially, it was for the “World Roundup City,” and I even have the letterhead that shows that. But, it also happened to fit Western Radio Corporation, which at the time owned KODL and KWRC

    And in Goldendale, KYYT-FM was “kite,” originally, but has been Y-102 for years, other than mandatory ID. It’s AM partner, KLCK is for KLiCKitat County.


    Seguedad: WOW, Great! I think your right about KIHR being “In Hood River” instead of “Independent Hood River”. That doesn’t really fit as well.

    I’m thinking they could have adapted KRMW calls to mean “Radio Mid-columbia Wasco” (County).

    KMSW: Her full name is: Mylene Simons Walden.


    >>KDBX – chosen for easy pronunciation.

    how about “noise reduction” 🙂


    How about BanX?


    I never thought of that! So KDBX would stand for: Digital Branch eXchange.


    It appears that DBX encoding was used in MTS TV transmission… did it find any use in radio broadcast?



    >>did it find any use in radio broadcast?

    Had a DBX noise reduction module in a Teac Tascam 4 track reel to reel production deck that we used in the 80’s that cut tape hiss 75% or more.


    Well I think it’s time I consolidated the list to make it easy on you to know what we’re still looking for. On top of this, I went through the list again and came up with more meanings. I’ll list my new finds first.

    74 KCHC – Crater High, Central point.

    06 KEFS – EFFect. (North Powder)

    03 KEZX – Easy. (Medford)

    85 KKUC – Union County. (La Grande)

    03 KLTW – LiTe. (Prineville)

    05 KMMG – MaGia. (Weston) (Milton-Freewater)

    97 KPPT – PorT? (Toledo)

    89 KQFE – Family radio Eugene.

    97 KQHC – Harney County. (Burns)

    62 KSHA – SHAsta? (Medford)

    50 KVAS – Video AStoria?

    88 KWRL – Wallowa Radio La grande.

    Question: Do the calls KGIO Astoria have a Spanish meaning?

    08 KABW – ???? (Westport)

    90 KACW – ???? (North Bend) (South Bend)

    59 KAGI – ???? (Grants Pass)

    73 KAGM – ???? (Klamath Falls)

    96 KAHY – ???? (Myrtle Point)

    91 KAKT – ???? (Phoenix)

    08 KANY – ???? (Ocean Shores)

    50 KAPA – ???? (Raymond)

    98 KAPK – ???? (Grants Pass)

    00 KAQX – ???? (Ilwaco) (Long Beach)

    99 KAUB – ???? (Reedsport)

    99 KAVJ – ???? (Sutherlin)

    88 KBBM – ???? (Waldport)

    84 KBGG – ???? (Cave Junction)

    99 KBGX – ???? (Newport)

    84 KBYQ – ???? (Sweet Home)

    87 KCKX – ???? (Stayton)

    72 KCMX – ???? (Ashland)

    90 KDRC – ???? (Waldport)

    55 KEED – ???? (Springfield)

    85 KGBU – ???? (Florence)

    09 KGIO – ???? (Astoria)

    97 KGZH – ???? (Nyssa)

    08 KHAL – ???? (Condon)

    04 KHTO – ???? (Milton-Freewater)

    05 KIDH – ???? (Jordan Valley)

    80 KIJK – ???? (Prineville)

    80 KISD – ???? (Medford)

    99 KJMX – ???? (Reedsport)

    96 KKJJ – ???? (Ashland)

    00 KKJX – ???? (Klamath Falls)

    92 KKNX – ???? (Eugene)

    83 KKRB – ???? (Klamath Falls)

    87 KKXO – ???? (Eugene)

    92 KLKY – ???? (Milton-Freewater) (Stanfield)

    97 KLLU – ???? (Reedsport)

    04 KMPQ – ???? (Roseburg)

    88 KNKN – ???? (Sweet Home)

    60 KNND – ???? (Cottage Grove)

    82 KNTL – ???? (Sweet Home)

    03 KOLW – ???? (Milton-Freewater)

    91 KOPE – ???? (Medford)

    06 KORM – ???? (Astoria)

    62 KPIR – ???? (Eugene)

    81 KQDQ – ???? (Eugene)

    05 KRJT – ???? (Elgin)

    83 KRNN – ???? (Creswell)

    95 KRTA – ???? (Medford)

    47 KRUL – ???? (Corvallis)

    80 KRWQ – ???? (Gold Hill)

    06 KRXF – ???? (Sunriver)

    50 KRXL – ???? (Roseburg)

    84 KSWW – ???? (Raymond)

    90 KSYD – ???? (Reedsport)

    97 KTBR – ???? (Myrtle Point) (Roseburg)

    97 KTHK – ???? (Milton-Freewater)

    63 KTIX – ???? (Pendleton)

    90 KUBQ – ???? (La Grande)

    39 KUIN – ???? (Grants Pass)

    98 KULU – ???? (Seaside)

    06 KVAN – ???? (Pilot Rock)

    09 KWCQ – ???? (Condon)

    98 KWEG – ???? (Warm Springs)

    01 KWVZ – ???? (Florence)

    77 KXBQ – ???? (Ontario)

    74 KXIQ – ???? (Bend)

    94 KXUX – ???? (Bend)

    99 KYSF – ???? (Bonanza)

    82 KZKD – ???? (Redmond)

    98 KZTU – ???? (Junction City)

    95 KZZE – ???? (Eagle Point)

    01 KZZM – ???? (Weston)

    84 KZZR – ???? (Burns)


    >>98 KZTU – ???? (Junction City)

    Those calls were given by the FCC on their “next tier” calls rotation.


    Ah, I can fill in the Condon calls.

    Here’s what I wrote in my June 3 newspaper column:

    KHAL-FM (93.5 mHz, with a 103.1 mHz translator covering The Dalles) went on the air in Condon nearly a year ago. The call letters came from Hal Rose, president of First Broadcasters Investment Group in Texas. They’re the ones that bought Q-104 in The Dalles and shifted it to the Seattle suburb of Covington. As part of that deal, they secured a construction permit for the Condon station, to help replace coverage lost in that area when the 100,000-watt Q-104 left.

    Haystack completed putting the station on the air with the KHAL call letters already in place.

    Now they have been changed to KWCQ, which is being promoted as “The New Q.” That happened May 18. Clever folks will remember that the old Q-104’s call sign was KMCQ, and the new KWCQ is the same — with the M turned upside down.

    “Future plans for the station,” says a press release, “include a power increase from the current 35, 000 watts to a full 100,000 watts. This will give the station the biggest single radio station signal between Heppner and Hood River, Goldendale and Madras.” Haystack also owns KYYT-FM (Y-102) and KLCK.




    Here’s what I remember…or think I remember. (It was 113 down here today for the second day in a row…so some brain cells have been fused together…)

    KPPT Toledo. The Point (?) Don’t remember the format.

    KSHA Medford – A country station known as Kay-Shay. (I worked in K-Falls at the time.) The only thing I recall relating to Mt. Shasta was you could see the mountain on the south horizon.

    KAGM Klamath Falls. I think KAGO’s FM ran a Good Music format for a time.

    KCKX Stayton. They were a Real Country affiliate for a short time…I remember cutting liners for “Kicks”…

    KIJK Prineville. I think John Kendall owned the station at one time…

    When I worked for Capps, I don’t remember KXIQ standing for anything other than a catchy call sign. The Country Q (Drake-Chenault’s country format), then Q-94 (playing TM’s Stereo Rock)…

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