THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (APRIL)

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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, 1922-1927.

    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 kc).

    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”, 1924-1930.

    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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    APRIL 27TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1938 Paul E. “Buzz” Barr was born in Aberdeen, WA. KISN Program Director, 1966. KING Program Director, KOL P.D.

    1947 Ted Hammond died at age 33 in Manila, The Philippines. KWJJ Announcer & Operator, 1937-1945.

    1959 KVAN 910 kc, dropped its secondary CBS affiliation in preparation for the new KISN “Swingin’ 91.”

    1969 Jack Colon died at age 45 in Los Angeles, CA. KALE Sportscaster, 1944-47. Jackson King on KFWB, KHJ.

    1972 Rogan Jones died at age 77 in Bellingham, WA. KGMG Co-owner & President, 1960-65. KVOS AM-TV.

    1987 Melvin “Mel” Blanc, former KGW-KEX Radio Personality, was inducted into DeMolay Hall of Fame.

    1987 KKSN (Kisn 91) / KKLI (K-Lite 97 FM) were served with an Oregon Income Tax Lien of: $9,701.07.

    2001 Dave Vincent died at age 50 in Portland. KUPL-FM “Country Dave” 1980-96. KMJK-FM “Spacey Dave.”

    2012 Lucille Powell died at age 100 in Portland. KGW-KEX Executive Secretary to Managing Director, 1934-44.

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    APRIL 28TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1907 Allen E. “Al” Uhles was born in Missouri. KALE / KPOJ & KPOJ-FM Musical Director, 1945 to 1949.

    1912 Graham Archer was born in Blackfoot, Idaho. Executive Director of Golden Hours, 1973-85. KOIN, KGW.

    1946 ABS formerly known as ABC, the Associated Broadcasting Corp. folded. KWJJ went independent.

    1966 Burglars broke into the KVAN 1480 kc studio & transmitter site and stole $65.00 worth of relay tubes.

    1995 Trumper Communications, Inc. (Jeffrey D. Trumper) sold KKCW to Citicasters for $30 Million Dollars.

    1995 KMUZ-FM changed its call letters to KNRK, standing for “New Rock 94.7” Continued Alternative Rock.

    2004 Irving V. Schmidtke died at age 92 in Forest Grove. KFGR/KRWC Founder & Co-owner, 1950-1958.

    2013 Loren Wyss died at age 79 in Portland. KXL Economic Commentator at 7:45 A.M. daily in the 1970’s.

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    APRIL 29TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1873 Kate P. Hebard was born in Portland. KGW-KEX President, 1939-41. Also “The Oregonian” President.

    1918 Paul F. Mathew was born in East Moline Ill. KEX Chief Engineer, 1971-1984. Joining the staff in 1957.

    1934 KWJJ 1060 KC, moved to 1040 KC, dividing nights with KRLD Dallas, Texas & WTIC Hartford, CT.

    1950 KGON 1230 K.C., Oregon City began 24 hour operation from its Gladstone studio & transmitter site.

    1975 “62 KGW Presents Portland’s Top 620, *By Request.” The 2 day countdown with “Hey Jude” as number 1.

    1987 KRDR 1230 kHz., Gresham, announced the station was unable to meet its latest payroll & was up for sale.

    1988 KPDQ’s Chris Taylor and Barb Hughes were married after work, in a ski boat, on the Willamette River.

    2005 KKSN-FM changed its call letters to KYCH standing for “97-1, Charlie FM”, continuing its Adult Hits format.

    2005 KOTK changed its call letters to KKSN again after 7 years. Continuing with its Oldies format as “Kisn 910.”

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    APRIL 30TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1890 Charles L. Austin was born in Clinton, Iowa. Father of Oregon Broadcasting. 7ZI/7XF/KGN 1921-23.

    1926 Ken DeBord was born in Sayre, OK. KKEY Program Director, 1958-59. KVAN Personality, 1955-58.

    1933 Willie Nelson was born in Abbott, Texas. KKEY Air Personality, 1958-1959. KVAN-910kc, 1956-58. KCNC.

    1938 John H. “Jack” Barnet died in Portland. KGW Sales Manager, 1931-32. KEX Station Manager, 1928-29.

    1949 KWJJ-FM signed on the air on 95.5mc with 3,410 watts simulcasting AM sister. Transmitter: Healy Heights.

    1958 Anne Johnstone died at age 60 in Portland, Oregon. KWJJ host of “Fellowship Haven”, 1937-1942.

    1959 KVAN 910 K.C., began playing “Teenage Bill of Rights, Pt. 1. The Revolution” by Robby John for 24 hours.

    1962 KOAP-FM 92.3 M.C., signed on the air with 57 K.W., from Healy Heights, simulcasting sister KOAC.

    1966 Burglars broke into KVAN 1480 kHz., and knocked it off air for 7 days, stealing transmitter tubes.

    1976 KLSC 1410 kHz., Classic Gold format switched back to KPAM (FM) Top 40 simulcast after 2 1/2 years.

    1982 Glenn Shelley died at age 81 in Portland. KOIN organist, 1954-65. KGW 1944-53. KGW-KEX 1933-44. KGW.

    1984 Gerald J. “Jerry” Flesey died at age 72 in Portland. KISN General Manager, 1960-61. KOIL Sales Manager.

    1985 Isabell Hoyt died at age 76 in Portland. KVAN-910 Program Director, 1955-59. KXL Merchandise Manager.

    1997 Edris M. Noble (Cox) died at age 94 in Butte, Montana. KOIN 940 K.C. Dramatic Director, 1928-38.

    1999 KXL-FM changed its call letters to KXJM, standing for “Jammin’ 95.5” “Portland’s New Hit Music Station.”

    2005 Peter Marland-Jones died at age 77 in Lincolnshire, England. KKEY Talk Host, 1975-77 & 1972-73. KEX, 1973-75.

    2010 David Lightbourne died at age 67 in Laramie, Wyo. KBOO “Rock & Roll House Party” host, 1978-82.

    2012 Roger Doyle died at age 72 in Portland. KBPS-FM President, 2002-04. KBPS “Classical Favorites” host.

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