This Day in Portland Radio History (August) (Archive Edition)

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  • #42138
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    AUGUST 1ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1931 KGW broadcast 11:00 P.M. hour over KTBR so engineers could connect with new Faloma transmitter site.

    1955 KPAM cancelled its Classical format due to lack of sponsorship. Classical Music returned on September 1st.

    1957 KRIV 1480 K.C., Camas owner Gene R. Johnsick took on partner Donald R. Nelson to raise more capital.

    1964 KGON 1520 kHz., changed call letters to KYMN standing for “Kim Radio” and continued Top 40 format.

    1968 KXL 750 kHz., debuted its first morning news block, 6:30 to 7:45 A.M. with John Lewis, News Editor.

    1968 KVAN 1480 kHz., with a M.O.R. format, switched to Progressive Rock as “K-Van, The Mono Maniacs.”

    1977 KMJK Lake Oswego signed on the air on 106.7 MHz., with 94 K.W. Studios were at the “MagicManor.”

    1977 KGAR 1550 kHz., Vancouver, Top 40 “Super Rock” switched back to Country music as “Country 1550.”

    1978 Sho-N-Tel, Inc. sold KUIK to Dolphin Communications, Inc. for $250,000. (Don McCoun, President).

    1983 KBPS-FM signed on the air on 89.9 MHz., with 8.7 K.W. Studios were at Benson Polytechnic School.

    1987 KKSN 910 kHz., with a Popular music format, switched to Oldies as “Kisn 91.” Emulating its predecessor.

    1989 Engel Communications Group sold KVAN/KMJK (FM) to Fairmont Communications for $7.4 Million.

    1996 Baycom Oregon, L.P. sold KUPL & KKJZ to American Radio Systems License Corp. Price undisclosed.

    1998 KYXQ Talk Radio “10-10 AM, The Voice” switched format to Country Classics as “Cowboy Country.”

    2001 KUPL “Cruisin’ Oldies” changed call letters to KUFO switching to Talk Radio as “Extreme Talk 970.”

    2001 KUFO (FM) 101.1 MHz., changed calls just a little to KUFO-FM. “Unstoppable Rock. Rock 101 KUFO.”

    2003 KGUY Country Classics “K-Guy Country” switched to a Regional Mexican simulcast of KMUZ “La Zeta.”

    2005 WQCI 718 Beaverton officially signed on air on 1610 kHz., with 10 watts. Transmitter was atop City Hall.

    2014 KLTH Lake Oswego “Oldies 106.7” switched to new moniker at 5:00 P.M. as “106.7, The Eagle.”

    2016 KWLZ West Linn “Rock & Roll’s Greatest Hits, 96.3 KWLZ” switched to Top 40/Rhythmic, 5:00pm as “We 96-3.”

    #42146
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 2ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1902 Sheldon F. Sackett was born in Jefferson. KVAN-910 Owner & President, 1940-59 & KOOS 1938-70.

    1922 KYG 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) announced a shutdown for two weeks. Turned into a month and a half.

    1923 KGW organ music first broadcast during memorial for former President Harding. Frederick W. Goodrich played.

    1931 KGW heard over KTBR Sunday morning until new transmitter site was connected. Then a simulcast began.

    1943 Michael K. Wells was born in Martin’s Ferry, OH. KBOO Station Manager, 1978-80. Hosted Dawn Concert with Michael Wells.

    Aug 2, 1996 Old Dusty died at age 90 in Clackamas. KKEY Personality, 1966-68 & 1957-62. KGW, KWJJ, KVAN, KALE.

    #42147
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 3RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1910 Grand Jury found two indictments against United Wireless Telegraph Co., owners of station “PE” Portland.

    1931 KGW and KTBR simulcast continued while adjustments were made at new KGW transmitter site in Faloma.

    1951 KEX’s Uncle Bob Amsberry and Merrie Virginia were Grand Marshals of the Vancouver Cenaqua Parade.

    1968 Philip B. Kalar died at age 66 in Corvallis. KOAP-FM Music Director, 1962-68. WLS Program Director & Music Director.

    1997 KNRK’s “Big Stink 2” at Estacada Timber Bowl concert: Radiohead, Matchbox 20, Smash Mouth, etc.

    2007 Johnny Venture died at age 48 in Portland. KKSN-FM Production Manager, 1990-91. KKLI/KCNR-FM.

    2009 Michael Bailey died at age 60 in Portland. KKCW “K103” Personality, 1985-09. KINK Program Director, 1979-80.

    2010 KRSK-HD3 “ESPN Deportes” switched languages after 33 days to the English version “ESPN Sports.”

    #42151
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 4TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1922 KFAB signed off the air after just 15 days. Station was sold to F.S. Barton in Salem and became KFCD.

    1956 KPDQ held its grand opening for its new studios in the Hollywood District at 4903 N.E. Sandy Blvd.

    1963 KOIN Art Kirkham (now retired) was the Grand Marshal of “The West Linn Community Fair” parade.

    1967 Herb Jepko via KSL, broadcast his Nightcap Show 11pm-5am from Portland’s Sheraton Motor Inn convention.

    1996 KNRK first “Big Stink” at Estacada Timber Park concert: Everclear, No Doubt, Magnapop, Spacehog.

    1997 KOPB-FM plans were leaked to slash Classical music programs which angered hundreds of its listeners.

    2009 Lois V. Olsen died at age 82 in Hillsboro. KFGR 1570 K.C., Forest Grove, Program Director, 1951-52.

    2009 KXJM 107.5 MHz., moved antenna off the KOIN-TV tower to the upper panel on new Sylvan Tower, LLC.

    #42159
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    AUGUST 5TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1957 KEX-FM 92.3 M.C., signed back on the air after 8 months. Station began a separate Classical music format.

    1959 Tommy Luke died at age 69 in Portland. KGW’s “Tommy Luke’s Flower Girls” & other show titles, 1925-40.

    1997 The Real Don Steele died at age 61 in Los Angeles, CA. KISN Air Personality & Program Director, 1963-64.

    2001 KNRK’s “Big Stink 6” Estacada Timber Bowl concert: Nickelback, Everclear, Offspring, The Cult, etc.

    2013 Cumulus Licensing LLC sold KXPC 97.9 Aloha (off air) to Educational Media Foundation for $6.8 Million.

    #42161
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 6TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1918 Walter A. “Walt” Kobek was born in Detroit, MI. KLIQ Commercial Manager, 1957-58. KXL salesman, 1960’s.

    1919 Robert C. “Bob” LaBonte was born in MN. KPOJ Commercial Manager, 1952-58. KERG G.M., 1958-63. KXL.

    1954 Fred F. Chitty died at age 56 in Vancouver, Wash. KVAN-910 & KOOS General Manager, 1945-54.

    1969 Dean Collins died at age 82 in Sitka, Alaska. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Sonnet”, 1924-33. KOIN, KALE.

    1982 Bill Ballance did his provocative syndicated female oriented talk show from KAAR studios, 9-Noon for 2 days.

    1988 Patricia Joy died at age 48 in Portland. OPB Director of Radio Programming, 1982-87. KGW/KGW-TV 1967-81.

    1990 KKRZ promotional stunt for new “Z100” D.J. Billy Hayes who posed as needing a job perched on a billboard.

    2000 KNRK’s “Big Stink 5” Portland Meadows concert: 2 Doors Down, Strok 9, Papa Roach, 8stops7, etc.

    2006 Eileen B. Peck died at age 82 in Wilsonville. KQFM Promotions Manager, 1965-69.

    2012 KOPB-FM & OPB eliminated the last of its music programming: “In House” and “American Routes.”

    2012 George Harris died at age 61 in San Francisco CA. KGW Reporter & Anchor, 1979-80. KING N.D. KYXI.

    #42166
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 7TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1907 United Wireless Telegraph Co. announced plans to build the city’s first wireless telegraph station “PE.”

    1920 Frank Herron was born in Port Angeles, WA. KVAN Chief Announcer, 1948-49. KWJJ/KWJJ-FM & KPRA.

    1929 Harry Christensen was born in Arlington, WA. KYXI News Director, 1967-74. KKSN Personality, 1982-87.

    1954 KGW’s “The Corral” show, live from “The Division Street Corral” with guest Heck Harper, 9:30-10:00 P.M.

    1997 KFXX 1520 kHz., Oregon City, raised night power from 10 K.W. directional to 15 K.W. directional.

    #42180
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 8TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1925 Merrie Virginia (Ginny Tyler) was born in Berkeley, CA. KEX host of “The Merrie Circle”, 1950-53.

    1986 Community Pacific Broadcasting Corp., sold KRDR to Columbia River Broadcasting for $600,000.

    1989 Terry Donahue died at age 32 in Scappoose. KAAR Program Director, 1987. KKLI 1985-86, KKRZ 1984, KLLB 1981.

    1990 KBNP Radio, Inc. sold KBNP to Second Amendment Foundation for $320,000. (Alan M. Gottlieb).

    1999 KNRK “Big Stink 4” Portland Meadows concert: Everclear, Blink 182, Pennywise, Eve 6, Zebrahead, etc.

    2005 Hal Raymond died at age 73 in York, PA. KISN Program Director, 1959-61. KEX 1968-73. KGW 1964-68.

    #42187
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 9TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1930 “KGW-RKO Midnight Frolic” debuted on the RKO Theater stage featuring host Mel Blanc. 11:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M.

    1939 KEX “Oregonian Home Institute.” Guest, Jane Allen, Oregonian Fashion Editor discussed Fall fashions at 10:00 A.M.

    1944 Joseph Sampietro died at age 47 in Portland. KOIN-KALE Musical Director, 1942-44. KFEC Musical Director, 1928-29.

    1991 KINK (FM) changed calls to KINK-FM. First KGW preparation for calls KINK (AM). The KGW calls remained.

    #42199
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 10TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1888 Simeon R. Winch was born in Portland. KALE Vice-President, 1931-46. Journal Business Manager.

    1916 Mr. Clare H. Hanawalt was born in Seattle, WA. KGW AM/TV Chief Engineer, 1958-77. Plus KINK.

    1925 Larry Caramella was born in Roccataglia, Genoa, Italy. KXL Personality 1952-56. KPOJ AM/FM, KGW AM/TV, KATU.

    1928 Don W. Burden was born in Gilcrest, CO. KISN President, 1959-76. KOIL AM-FM, WIFE AM-FM, KICN, KWIK.

    1935 KGW “The Oregonian On Review” show featured Hesperian Nudist Society, health benefits. 6:30 P.M.

    1943 Ben Marsh was born in Scobey, MT. KQIV Program Director, 1973 & News Director, 1972-73. KYXI.

    1953 KFGR 1570 K.C., Forest Grove Radio changed call letters to KRWC standing for Radio Washington County.

    1953 Dave “Records” Stone was born in Portland. KISN Music Director, 1971-72. KKSN-FM, 2001-05. KKSN.

    1959 KKEY 1150 K.C., Country Western music switched to “Good Music.” “Top tunes from albums and shows.”

    1963 KGAR Vancouver signed on the air on 1550 kHz., with 1 K.W. Studios and transmitter at Fruit Valley, WA.

    1987 Gemy, Inc. filed a lawsuit for loan default against KAAR 1480 kHz., Belridge Broadcasting of Portland.

    1988 Luke L. Roberts died at age 80 in Tolovana Park, OR. KOIN AM & FM Program Director, 1951-52.

    2009 CBS Radio Stations, Inc. sold KUPL, KINK, KUFO, KCMD(AM) to Alpha Broadcasting, for $40 Million.

    2009 KMHD moved studios from “Mount Hood Community College” to the “OPB Broadcast Center” at 2:00 P.M.

    #42205
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 11TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1940 KOIN 940 K.C., added an additional 540 foot Ideco tower and raised night power to 5 K.W. directional.

    1977 KMJK 106.7 MHz., was granted dual city identification. New ID was “KMJK Lake Oswego, Portland.”

    1980 KEX 1190 kHz., added an affiliation with the Mutual Network. Continuing its ABC Information affiliation.

    1987 KAAR 1480 kHz., with an Oldies format, went dark for 9 months after the power was cut by P.G.E.

    2004 Virginia Ann (Catton) Kupfer died at age 87 in Portland. KGMG Program Director, 1964-65.

    #42214
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    AUGUST 12TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1887 Barnett H. “Barney” Goldstein was born in Russia. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Schmoos” 1923-29.

    1910 “PE” Portland’s “United Wireless Telegraph Co.” station was shutdown. The owners were indicted.

    1943 –KGW 620 K.C., broadcast the Vanport City Grand Opening. Homer Welch was master of ceremonies.

    1955 KGON 1230 K.C., was shutdown for 10 hours at 8:00 A.M. by a IBEW Local 49 strike. New staff was brought in.

    1974 KLIQ 1290 kHz., Talk Radio “The Talk of The Town” switched to Big Bands as “The Sound of The 40’s.”

    #42219
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    AUGUST 13TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1863 Osmond “O.B.” Stubbs was born in Lowell, Mass. KQY Broadcast Pioneer & founder, 1922-23.

    1926 Blaine Hanks was born in Twin Falls, Ida. “KOIN Klock” & “Come And Get It” shows, 1956-68. KMCM.

    1926 Virginia Becker was born in Portland. Singer on KGW’s “Stars of Tomorrow” 1934-38. Then Hollywood.

    1944 KALE 1330 K.C., moved studios from the “New Heathman Hotel” to the 9th floor of the “Studio Building.”

    1990 Allen E. “Al” Uhles died at age 83 in Colorado Springs, CO. KALE/KPOJ AM/FM Music Director, 1945-49.

    1999 KXYQ “10-10 AM The Voice” changed its call letters to KGUY “Guy Talk, 1010 AM. Talk With Balls!”

    2011 KXET 1150 kHz., was knocked off the air when metal thieves broke into KXET transmitter building.

    #42224
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 14TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1928 Alvin E. “Al” Bauer was born in Vancouver, WA. KVAN Sales Manager, 1952-53. KXL 1954-59. KWSC.

    1937 KGW inaugurated its 625 foot Truscon tower at Faloma, 8:30 P.M. KOIN salute 8:45 P.M. & NBC 9:00 P.M.

    1970 Mark F. DeLauney died at age 59 in Everett, Wash. KVAN Asst. Manager, 1947-48. KVAN, 1946-51. KLOG.

    1981 Gene Baker died at age 71 in Burbank, CA. KOIN Announcer/Singer, 1931-35. KEX. Later announcer for “Queen For A Day.”

    2003 Rosemary Schlack died at age 85 in Portland. KEX Music Librarian, 1967-75 & Traffic Manager.

    #42227
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 15TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1917 Leonard “Len” Shreve was born in Tillamook. KGW Newscaster & Deejay, 1952-56. KWJJ Technician, 1941-50.

    1957 KLIQ 1290 K.C., returned to the air after two years, from their Oaks Park studios and transmitter site.

    1960 “Shorty The Hired Hand” died at age 47 in Seaside. KKEY Air Personality, 1958-59. KVAN 1952-58.

    1968 KPOJ-FM became KPOK (FM) and simulcasting ended. OK Stereo began “The Button-Down Sound.”

    1988 KGW 620 kHz., refocused its Adult Contemporary music format, playing hits and dropping currents.

    1991 Charlie LaFranchise “Uncle Charlie” died at age 79 in Milwaukie. KPOJ Sports Director, 1949-55. KPTV.

    1998 George Sanders died at age 74 in Enka, N.C. KWJJ General Manager, 1966-73 & News Director, 1963-73.

    2016 KWLZ West Linn, Top 40/Rhythmic “We 96-3” changed its call letters to KWEE. Alpha Media, 2 year LMA.

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