THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (APRIL)

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    Craig_Adams
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    APRIL 15th. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1908 Kay West (#1) was born in Newberg. KEX host of “At Home with Kay West”, 1945-55. KGW, KWJJ, KOIN.

    1909 Gordon E. Bambrick was born in Ada County, Idaho. KBKO/KLIQ President & General Manager, 1949-54.

    1927 Don Manning was born in Portland. KBOO host of “Bebop Spoken Here” 1979 to 2005. KCNR 1986.

    1930 KOIN Orchestra filled in for Paul Whitman & His Orchestra from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. over CBS Radio Network.

    1933 Jim Andrews was born in Reedsport. KKUL Air Personality, 1986-87. 24 years at KBOO.

    1934 Barry A. Ackerley was born in Des Moines, Iowa. KGON & KFXX Owner & President, 1985-92.

    1939 Bob “Big Daddy” Duke was born in Vancouver, WA. KGAR General Manager, 1969-78. KWAY General Manager, 1965.

    1959 KPOJ switched to a Popular music format as “Action Radio” dropping MBS & “Don Lee” Networks.

    1959 KWJJ affiliated with The Don Lee Network. JJ now had two networks. KWJJ picked up ABC on April 1, 1959.

    1996 KXL-FM 95.5 “Best of The 70’s” expanded into the 80’s as “Music Radio 95 KXL, The Greatest Hits.”

    2004 KZNY 1010 kHz., switched from “Regional Mexican” to a Standards format, as “Sunny 10-10.”

    2008 KLVP-FM became KLVP(FM). This adjustment came after KLVP 1040 kHz., became KXPD on 7-31-2006.

    2010 KMHD-HD2 on 89.1-2 began operation, broadcasting “The Quarry” from Mt. Hood Community College.

    2011 Russell R. Niehaus died at age 85 in Portland. KBVM founding member and former board member.

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    Craig_Adams
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    APRIL 16th. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1940 KEX broadcast “Portland Beavers” opener, vs “San Francisco Seals.” Pacific Coast Baseball, 3:00 P.M.

    1961 KLIQ 1290 kHz., increased power from 1 K.W. to 5 K.W., daytime only, from their Oaks Park transmitter site.

    2001 KSTE-FM adjusted “Star 105-9” nickname slightly to “Star 105.9”, continuing Modern A.C. format.

    2008 Phil Bladine died at age 89 in McMinnville. KMCM Co-founder with brother, 1949-59. President, 1957-59.

    2009 KBPS-FM changed call letters to KQAC, for: “Quality, All Classical.” KBPS-HD1 became KQAC-HD1.

    2010 Keri L. Stone died at age 46 in Portland. KINK Assistant Program Director, 1986-88. KATU.

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    #28514

    Craig_Adams
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    APRIL 17th. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1916 John A. Salisbury was born in Minneapolis, MN. KXL News Director 1961-78, Exe. Director of News, 1978-82. KPTV.

    1937 Lee McCormick was born in Portland. KINK Chief Engineer, 1987-98. KGW, Chief Engineer, 1982-86. KEX.

    1959 KGON Oregon City, 1520 K.C., added a Mutual affiliation with NBC. KPOJ AM/FM reverted to independent.

    1964 Dr. Herbert H. Hughes died at age 81 in Gresham. KGRO 1230 K.C., Co-founder, 1956-59. Gresham Mayor.

    1997 KWJJ & KWJJ-FM moved from the “Wilcox Mansion” to the old IBM building at: 2000 S.W. First Ave.

    2009 Les Sarnoff died at age 60 in Portland. KINK Air Personality, 1986-2008 & 1977-82. KGON 1975-76.

    2011 Norman P. Aldred died at age 80 in Newberg. KMCM/KCYX Co-owner, President & General Manager, 1968-80.

    #28521

    Craig_Adams
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    APRIL 18th. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1893 Clyde H. Bruyn was born in Portland. KEX Chief Engineer, 1928-33. KEX Engineer, 1933-67. KGW Engineer, 1933-44.

    1907 Evelyn Sibley Lampman was born in Dallas. KGW Educational Director, 1946-51. KEX Chief Writer.

    1910 Donald R. “Don” Dawson was born in California. KGW & KEX Promotions Manager, 1940-43.

    1912 Frederick “Fred” McKinney was born in Silver Lake. KOIN host of The Fred McKinney Show, 1960-62.

    1918 Mary Pierce was born in Portland. KKEY “Moderator” (Talk Show Host), 1974-91.

    1939 Anna Lee Snyder died at age 57 in Portland. KEX Radio psychic, 1933-34. KGW 1932. KXL 1931.

    1942 KXL discontinued night hours, when WSB went 24 hours for WWII war effort, serving night shift workers.

    1970 KPOK-FM was off the air when a transmitter line burned. Station waited for repair equipment for 11 days.

    1971 KISN debuted in Portland the syndicated Casey Kasem “American Top 40” Sundays 7:00-10:00 P.M.

    1989 Stephen Gaylord died at age 93 in Portland. KEX Announcer, 1932-33. KOIN 1931-32. KGW 1927-32.

    1994 KMUZ Gresham, Classical formatted, changed to KKBK, standing for “K-Bach, Digital Stereo 1230.”

    1999 The Mutual Broadcasting System was discontinued after 62 years of service to the Portland area.

    #28530

    Craig_Adams
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    APRIL 19th. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1918 Bob McGill was born in Portland. KOIN AM/FM Station Manager, 1975-77. KGW 1946-51. KOIN-TV Asst. Program Director.

    1966 Ben Crosby died at age 58 in Portland. KVAN Sales Manager, 1965-66. KWJJ Promotion Manager, 1948-65.

    1971 KBPS 1450 kHz., became a charter member of the newly formed “National Public Radio” network – NPR.

    1991 Eldon Campbell died at age 75 in Indianapolis, Ind. KEX Sales Manager, 1945-50 & Program Director, 1945.

    1995 Trumper Communications, Inc. sold KXYQ & KYXQ-FM to Heritage Media Corporation, for $7 Million.

    2009 Charles Stimson “Stim” Bullitt died at age 89 in Seattle, WA. KGW AM/TV President, 1961-72 & KINK 1968-72.

    #28550

    Craig_Adams
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    APRIL 20th. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1943 KEX’s “Victory Parade of Spotlight Bands” A Blue Network show, originated from Portland’s Public Auditorium.

    1964 KGMG 95.5 MHz., Classical, automated IGM music format switched to an automated IGM MOR format.

    2012 Willie Nelson, former KVAN 910 K.C., air personality, helped unveil a statue honoring him in Austin, Texas.

    #28566

    Craig_Adams
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    APRIL 21ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1944 Robert G. Duncan died at age 73 in Portland. The first federally convicted individual for radio obscenities.

    1961 KRRC 89.3 MHz., signed back on the air after installation of a new high-fidelity transmitter and rebuilt studio.

    2005 KKSN-FM “97.1 Kisn-FM” Classic Hits, switched to Adult Hits as “97-1 Charlie FM.” Kisn moved to 910 kHz.

    2005 KOTK “Max 910” Talk format, switched to Classic Hits as “Kisn 910”, which moved from KKSN-FM.

    #28579

    Craig_Adams
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    APRIL 22ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1938 KXL moved main studios from “The Multnomah Hotel” to the “KXL Building” at: 1101 S.W. Washington St.

    1940 KEX debuted the program “It’s A Woman’s World” hosted by Vere Kneeland at 11:15 A.M. weekdays.

    1963 KXL’s John Salisbury was awarded the George Washington Medal of Honor, from The Freedom Foundation.

    1976 George McGowan died at age 60 in Portland. KEX News Director / News Editor, 1956-59 & KEX 1951-76.

    #28587

    Craig_Adams
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    APRIL 23RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1891 Joe H. Hallock was born in Heppner. Radio Pioneer. KGG Co-owner, 1922-24. KOIN Co-owner, 1926.

    1952 KEX debuted “Uncle Bob’s Star Performers” hosted by Bob Amsberry. His children’s talent show.

    1959 Broadcasters Oregon Ltd. sold KPAM 1410 K.C. & KPFM 97.1 M.C. to Gospel Broadcasting Co. for $200,000.

    1992 KBPS & KBPS-FM dedicated their new studios at: 515 N.E. 15th Ave. Old studios were: 546 N.E. 12th Ave.

    1995 George W. Conner died at age 82 in Vancouver, WA. KVAN Program Director, 1951-55 & News Director, 1951-52.

    #28595

    Craig_Adams
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    APRIL 24TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1936 Judith I. “Judy” Aldred was born in New York. KMCM President, 1968-77. WTOL (TV) Toledo, Ohio.

    1952 KEX debuted “Search For Stars” show based on “Stars of Tomorrow” but for adults, also Nate Cohn hosted.

    1978 KPDQ & KPDQ-FM received a “Community Improvement Award” from the Portland Chamber of Commerce.

    1981 KGON 92.3 MHz., “The Album Station”, affiliated with “The Source.” NBC’s young adult network.

    2013 Rose Marie Scott died at age 84 in Gresham. KGW Newscaster, 1965-66. KGW-TV Anchor, 1966-72.

    2015 Melodie Silverwolf died at age 61 in Portland. KBOO “Positively Revolting” co-host. KBOO Board President.

    #28618

    Craig_Adams
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    APRIL 25TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1877 Ore L. Price was born in Chapaign County, IL. KGW-KEX President, 1938-39, General Manager, 1927-38.

    1906 Floyd Wetteland was born in Calif. KGW-KEX Engineer, 1934-35. NBC Hollywood, Staff Engineer.

    1911 Frederick E. “Fred” Miller was born Chinook, Mont. KBPS Chief Engineer, 1938-39. Radio Teacher.

    1938 KEX became the World’s 1st Radio Post Office, during a 4:30 P.M. broadcast, designated the Rose City branch.

    1960 KPOJ & KPOJ-FM switched from a Popular music format to “Music of Yesterday, songs made of Gold.”

    1966 Burglars broke into KPAM & KPFM studios stealing $15,000 in equipment. Stations off the air for 9 hours.

    1997 Kenneth A. “Kenny” Green died at age 65 in Las Vegas, Nev. KAAR Vice-President & Co-owner, 1987.

    #28619

    semoochie
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    I’m intrigued about this notice regarding KPOJ. It sounds like anything played would have to be no later than the 40s. There wasn’t much in the way of audio restoration in those days so almost everything would have to be from a 78rpm! It doesn’t seem like a particularly fun way of whiling away the hours, at least, not very often.

    #28639

    Craig_Adams
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    APRIL 26TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1852 Charles A. Morden was born in London, Ontario, Canada. KGW’s first General Manager, 1922-27.

    1927 Gene Brendler was born in Madison, Wis. KXL Staff Announcer, 1950-53. KPTV 1953-92. KHFS 1956.

    1927 KFIF Benson Polytechnic School, reduced power from 150 to 100 watts on 252 meters (1189.6 K.C.).

    1928 Ralph C. Weagant was born in Portland. KHFS/KKEY Co-founder & President, 1955-87. KXL 1948-54.

    1931 Edward S. “Tige” Reynolds died at age 53 in Portland. KGW Hoot Owl “Grand Sketch”, 1924-30.

    1959 “Don Lee Broadcasting System” was sold & consolidated into ABC Radio. Both networks on KWJJ.

    1966 Stolen KPAM/KPFM stereo broadcast unit, turntables, etc., recovered. 18 and 20 year old arrested.

    1988 KAAR (slogan calls KBMS) signed back on the air after 8 months with Urban Contemporary format.

    1995 Pacific Northwest Broadcasting Corp. sold KMUZ-FM to Apogee Communications for $3,500,000.

    2010 Former KKGT Co-owner, Bill Sizemore announced for the second time he would run for Oregon Governor.

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    #28641

    Andy Brown
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    1995 Pacific Northwest Broadcasting Corp. sold KMUZ-FM to Apogee Communications for $3,500,000 and KNRK was born.

    #28647

    Craig_Adams
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    In slogan calls only. KMUZ-FM continued to be the calls until April 28, 1995.

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