Portland Area Original Call Letter Meanings

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  • #8
    Craig_Adams
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    Back in January 2002 I posted this list and received feedback from You. Those corrections are reflected here. Since then there’s been an additional 20 new adds. Input is encouraged. I’m guessing on KSZN. If someone knows for sure, please fill us in.

    YR CALL – MEANING

    81 KAAR – All American Radio.

    32 KALE – KALE (slang for money).

    80 KARO – cAR RAdiO.

    91 KBBT – BeaT.

    01 KBET – BEaT.

    48 KBKO – gordon Bambrick, harold Krieger, Oregon (owners).

    88 KBMS – christopher Bennett’s Music Station (owner).

    89 KBNP – Business News Portland.

    67 KBOO – K-BOO (name based on “Berkeley BOO” a marijuana strain).

    30 KBPS – Benson Polytechnic School.

    89 KBVM – Blessed Virgin Mary.

    05 KCMD – CoMeDy.

    80 KCNR – CeNteR (station dial position).

    79 KCYX – K-siX (and for easy pronunciation).

    91 KDBX – chosen for easy pronunciation.

    00 KDBZ – BuZZ.

    22 KDYQ – sequence assigned.

    03 KDZR – Disney Radio.

    90 KESI – EaSy.

    97 KEWS – K-nEWS.

    26 KEX – chosen for easy pronunciation.

    93 KEZF – Easy ten-Forty.

    22 KFAB – sequence assigned.

    09 KFBW – BreW.

    22 KFEC – Known For Every Courtesy.

    23 KFFO – sequence assigned.

    50 KFGR – Forest Grove Radio.

    23 KFIF – sequence assigned.

    01 KFIS – FISh.

    25 KFJR – sequence assigned.

    24 KFOH – sequence assigned.

    24 KFQN – sequence assigned.

    24 KFRQ – sequence assigned.

    25 KFVL – Fort Vancouver, richard Lussier (owner).

    25 KFWV – sequence assigned.

    89 KFXX – FoX.

    63 KGAR – Gordon Arthur Rogers (owner).

    04 KGDD – “la Gran D” (translated “The Big One”).

    22 KGG – King GeorGe (of England).

    59 KGGG – lester Gould, dorothy Gould, leroy Garr (owners).

    60 KGMG – Good Music.

    22 KGN – sequence assigned.

    47 KGON – oreGON city.

    56 KGRO – Gresham Rural Outlook.

    99 KGUY – GUY (talk format for men).

    22 KGW – Key to the Great West. (23 KGW changed to “Keep Growning Wiser”).

    54 KHFS – Kilowatt High Fidelity Station.

    05 KIJZ – JaZZ.

    68 KINK – chosen for easy pronunciation and catchy.

    59 KISN – KISSIN’.

    68 KJIB – K-JIB (triangular sail).

    03 KKAD – ADvice.

    93 KKBK – K-Bach (named after Johann Sebastian Bach).

    84 KKCW – Country Western.

    88 KKCY – CitY.

    57 KKEY – KEY.

    88 KKGR – Gourmet Rock.

    98 KKGT – Great Talk.

    98 KKJY – K-JoY.

    94 KKJZ – JaZZ.

    85 KKLI – K-LIte.

    95 KKPZ – K-Praise.

    95 KKRH – eaRtH.

    83 KKRZ – Rose.

    95 KKSL – Salt, Light.

    80 KKSN – KiSSiN’.

    86 KKUL – cooL.

    52 KLIQ – cLIck.

    27 KLIT – Lewis Irvine Thompson (owner).

    79 KLLB – cLuB.

    09 KLPM – La PolaMa (translated “The Dove”).

    73 KLSC – cLaSSiC.

    02 KLTH – K-LiTe.

    97 KLVP – K-LoVe Portland.

    88 KLVS – eLViS.

    90 KLYC – Leading Yamhill County.

    49 KMCM – MCMinnville.

    84 KMHD – Mount HooD.

    77 KMJK – Magic.

    92 KMUZ – K-MUsic.

    90 KMXI – MIX.

    95 KNRK – New RocK.

    62 KOAP – Oregon Air Portland.

    60 KOHI – Oregon HIghway.

    26 KOIN – Know Oregon’s Independent Newspaper.

    08 KOOR – Oregon Oldies Radio

    89 KOPB – Oregon Public Broadcasting.

    73 KORI – Oregon Radio Incorporated.

    95 KOTK – K-TalK.

    51 KPAM – Portland Amplitude Modulation.

    99 KPBC – Percy Bartiminaus Crawford (company founder).

    47 KPDQ – Pretty Darn Quick.

    46 KPFM – Portland Frequency Modulation.

    92 KPHP – Portland’s Home of Praise.

    48 KPOJ – Portland Oregon Journal.

    68 KPOK – OKay.

    47 KPRA – Pacific Radio Advertising.

    58 KPVA – Portland Vancouver Area.

    09 KQAC – Quality, All Classical.

    55 KQFM – Quenton’s FM (Quenton Cox, owner).

    73 KQIV – Quadraphonic, numeral 4.

    07 KQOL – COOL.

    25 KQP – sequence assigned.

    22 KQY – sequence assigned.

    83 KRCK – K-RoCK.

    63 KRDR – caRD Radio.

    55 KRIV – RIVer.

    03 KRMZ – RoMance.

    58 KRRC – Radio Reed College.

    98 KRSK – RoSie.

    54 KRTV – Radio Tualatin Valley.

    02 KRVO – RiVer.

    53 KRWC – Radio Washington County.

    07 KRYP – “el ReY” Portland.

    84 KSGO – Solid Gold Oldies.

    78 KSKD – caScaDe.

    34 KSLM – SaLeM.

    01 KSTE – STar.

    06 KSZN – Sports espN.

    25 KTBR – Tell By Radio.

    02 KTLK – TaLK.

    06 KTRO – Talk Radio Oregon.

    90 KUFO – Unidentified Flying Object.

    57 KUIK – qUIcK.

    73 KUPL – coUPLe.

    39 KVAN – VANcouver.

    29 KVEP – Voice of East Portland.

    87 KVIX – Victor Ives (owner).

    00 KVMX – MiX.

    61 KWAY – Washington And Yamhill (counties).

    27 KWBS – William B. Schaeffer (owner).

    87 KWBY – coWBoY.

    27 KWJJ – Wilbur Jeffrey Jerman (owner).

    64 KWRC – Willamette Radio Central.

    99 KXJM – JaMmin’.

    26 KXL – chosen for easy pronunciation.

    05 KXMG – MaGia (format).

    06 KXPD – “la X” PortlanD.

    08 KXTG – The Game.

    86 KXYQ – chosen for easy pronunciation.

    05 KYCH – CHarlie.

    22 KYG – sequence assigned.

    64 KYMN – KiM.

    77 KYTE – KiTE.

    67 KYXI – KiXIe.

    04 KZNY – suNNY.

    88 KZRC – Z-RoCk.

    01 KZRI – chosen for easy pronunciation.

    #135
    Pat
    Participant

    KKCW – Columbia Willamette

    #136
    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    I believe that connection came later. I’ve always heard the calls KKCW were picked for the format they were going on the air with. This changed when KUPL-FM went Country before KKCW got on the air.

    #137
    jhumespcn
    Participant

    What a fun topic!

    I was somewhat surprised at how many call letters were owner initials. The first time I came across that was a station in, I believe, Bellevue, WA, in the early 60s–KFKF for Kemper Freeman Kemper Freeman.

    #138
    kjunguy
    Participant

    How about 104.1’s original calls KJUN in 01?

    #139
    mightymoose
    Participant

    So that’s what KFKF stood for, Kemper Freeman.

    #140
    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    kjunguy: Yes but wasn’t KJUN only used in Portland for testing the new transmitter site in 2001?

    #141
    jay_zie
    Participant

    KBND – Bend

    KNLR – New Life Radio

    KPBR – Prineville, Bend, Redmond

    KRDM – Redmond

    KTWS – The Twins

    KWPK – The Peak

    #142
    Listener_Pete
    Participant

    I am not in the biz, but I am pretty sure that “CW’ in KKCW originally meant Country/Western. K103 came on the air as the “Love Song Station.”

    For years, many people thought “CW” stood for Craig Walker even though he was not there in the beginning.

    #143
    Broadway
    Participant

    1971 KCCS Salem,Or owned by (CCS) Christian Center of Salem.

    #144
    kennewickman
    Participant

    A link ;

    http://www.smecc.org/call_sign_letter__meaning.htm

    KIXI = IXI + roman numeral for 9-10

    KMPC LA = Mcmillin Petroleum Company

    KOA Denver = K(lear ) O(ver) A(merica)

    KZEL Eugene = George Zeller ( orignal owner )

    This data base has a whole lot of callsigns and their original meanings from all over the country.

    #145
    Joe Ferguson
    Participant

    Craig,

    The CW in KKCW calls stood for Columbia Willamette, the name of John Tilson’s company that owned the station. Columbia-Willamette Broadcasting Co. From the beginning the company never intended to use the call letters except for legal ID. There was concern that the calls were to similar sounding to KGW and listener confusion could result. The station was always referred to as K103.

    John is seemingly big on naming his companies after local rivers. ie: McKenzie River Broadcasting in Eugene.

    #146
    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    Now I don’t know what to do with the KKCW calls. Does anyone have John Q. Tilson III’s E-Mail or could you contact him for me?

    #147
    johnf
    Participant

    Craig, regarding the very last one on the list — KZRI — I’m pretty sure that the “RI” has been used by Educational Media Foundation in the call letters for many stations in its Air 1 network (“R” being for Air and “I” being for 1). And I would guess they used the “Z” for no special reason other than they simply needed one more letter….

    This is similar to the fact that “LV” is used a lot in calls for the stations in EMF’s K-Love network.

    #148
    kjunguy
    Participant

    Craig, that is correct. 10 hours of broadcasting were done to show the signal coverage in the greater Portland area. KJUN was the set of call letters that were transferred into Portland from Tillamook where they were used on 94.1 for several months. I just assumed you wanted all the call letters that were assigned to stations in Portland.

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