THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (APRIL)

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    APRIL 11TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1932 KEX 1180 K.C., officially dedicated their new enlarged studios at 9:30 P.M. Fed to the NBC Gold Network.

    1940 KGW-KEX combined staff count: Office, Technical & Announcers 46. Musicians, etc. 34. Total 80.

    1955 KPOJ AM/FM revamped programming with different break times and show titles were changed.

    1959 Thomas B. Purcell and associates sold KGRO 1230kc., Gresham to Daniel M. McPeak for $44,000.

    1963 KKEY’s Roger Hart produced the “Louie Louie” song tape session for Paul Revere and The Raiders.

    1969 KVAN 1480 kilohertz, reported back on the air, after illegally moving transmitter to 11197 N. Portland Rd.

    2007 KTRO-FM 93.1 megahertz, Gladstone changed call letters to KRYP, standing for “El Rey” and Portland.

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    APRIL 12TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1889 John C. Egan was born in Rockford, IL. KWJJ Co-Owner, 1929-47 & General Manager, 1926-47. KPRA (FM).

    1898 Merton H. “Mert” Bories was born in Portland. KGW-KEX Program Director, 1936-38. KQW Music Director.

    1916 “Laramie” Clair Musser was born in Cody, Wyoming. KRDR Music Director, 1964-67. KUIK 1958-59.

    1923 Philip A. “Phil” Roewe was born in St. Clair, Illinois. KPDQ Commercial Manager, 1956-57. WTMV.

    1926 KOIN 319 meters (939.8 kilocycles) signed on the air from the Hotel Portland. Transmitter: Mt. Calvary Hill.

    1934 Loren Wyss was born in Portland, OR. KXL Economic Commentator at 7:45 A.M. daily in the 1970’s.

    1954 KLIQ went dark for 3 years and four months, when agents of the I.R.S. padlocked the studio door.

    1971 KOIN-FM returned to the air after a month and a 1/2. KOIN-TV tower collapsed on antenna tower.

    1980 Richard Montgomery died at age 83 in Portland. KEX “Book Chat” host, 1973-79 & 1933-42. KGW 1925-33.

    1987 KMJK-FM still stunting, announced at 6:00 P.M. The station would change format at 6:00 A.M. tomorrow.

    1988 Patten Communications Corp. sold KAAR (off the air) to Christopher H. Bennett for $475,000.00.

    2004 KGDD 1520 kHz., Standards format “Sunny 1520”, switched to Regional Mexican, as “La Gran D.”

    2004 KPDQ/KPDQ-FM & KFIS(FM) moved studios from the Mt. Tabor District of Portland, to Milwaukie.

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    APRIL 13TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1902 Del Porter was born in Newberg. Played sax in The Strollers on KGW in 1925. Later wrote for Spike Jones.

    1920 7CR & 7ZB broadcast messages to Portland stations and listening stations. Phonograph music was heard.

    1920 Alvin D. “Al” Bauer was born in Forest Grove, Montana. KPOJ Farm Director, 1949-54. KBZY General Manager.

    1923 Bob Steffen was born. KMHD host of “Sundays with Bob Steffen” 6:00 to 9:00am, 1989 to 2014.

    1928 Whitey Coker was born in Mandan, N.D. KISN News Director, 1966-76. KWIL Sports Director. KMCM, KNPT.

    1952 KEX debuted “Sunday School with Uncle Bob” Amsberry as host. For kids unable to attend. 9:00 A.M.

    1965 Benard A. “Ben” Buisman died at age 59 in Gresham. KXL Farm Director, 1946-54. Son Jr. was KEX Farm Director.

    1987 KMJK-FM still stunting, switched to “Classic Hits 106.7” at 6:00 A.M. Leaning towards Classic Rock music.

    1987 KXYQ-FM “Q105” moved studios from Salem to Portland’s U.S. Bancorp Tower Building (Big Pink).

    1998 Arden X. Pangborn died at age 91 in Portland, Oregon. KGW-KEX General Manager, 1944 to 1946.

    2012 Marty Party, KGON Air Personality, retired after 34 years on 92.3, beginning in 1977. KFMY 1975.

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    APRIL 14TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1947 KGW “Dr. I.Q.” NBC quiz show began from the “Paramount Theater” stage for six weeks. Fed to NBC.

    2003 KRSK “Rosey 105” switched nicknames to “105-1, The Buzz” and continuing their Hot A.C. format.

    2009 KXMG 1150kHz, became KLPM which meant “La PaloMa.” The Christian Spanish format continued.

    2014 Richard Conner died at age 75 in Portland. KLIQ weekend disc jockey, 1964. KOHI 1964-65. KBPS.

    2014 KPOJ “Fox Sports Radio 620” changed nickname slogan to “Rip City Radio 620.” Format continued.

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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 7:00pm over the CBS Radio Network.

    1933 Jim Andrews was born in Reedsport, Oregon. KKUL Air Personality, 1986 to 1987. 24 years at KBOO.

    1934 Barry A. Ackerley was born in Des Moines, Iowa. KGON & KFXX Owner & President, 1985 to 1992.

    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 kilohertz, 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 July 31, 2006.

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

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

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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 kw. to 5 kw, 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, standing for: “Quality, All Classical.” KBPS-HD1 became KQAC-HD1.

    2010 Keri L. Stone died at age 46 in Portland, Ore. KINK Assistant Program Director, 1986-1988. KATU.

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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, Executive 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 kc. 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 kc. 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 & 1977-1982. KGON 1975-1976.

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

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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 to 1943.

    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, Oregon. KKEY “Moderator” (Talk Show Host), 1974 to 1991.

    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 7:00-10:00pm.

    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.

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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 APD.

    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.

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    APRIL 20TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

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

    1964 KGMG 95.5 MHz., Classical, automated IGM music format switched to an automated IGM M.O.R. format.

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

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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 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 switched to 910.

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

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    APRIL 22ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1938 KXL moved main studios from “The Multnomah Hotel” to the “KXL Building” 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.

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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 kc & KPFM 97.1 mc 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 NE 12th Ave.

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

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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 hosted by Nate Cohn.

    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.

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    APRIL 25TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1877 Ore L. Price was born in Chapain 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, Montana. KBPS Chief Engineer, 1938-39. Radio Teacher.

    1938 KEX became the World’s 1st Radio Post Office, during a 4:30p 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, NV. KAAR Vice-President/Co-owner, 1987.

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