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

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    AUGUST 27TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1898 Walter C. Evans was born in Columbus, OH. KEX & KEX-FM President, 1947-52.

    1899 Byron Foulger was born in Ogden, UT. KGW “Covered Wagon Days” Director/Actor, 1931. Later on Petticoat Junction.

    1907 Archie Presby was born in Sherbrooke, Que. KGW-KEX Program Manager, 1934. KGW Program Manager, 1933-34.

    1910 First wireless message sent from the interior of a forest fire transmitted from Tollgate to Portland.

    1914 All Portland amateur telegraph stations were disconnected and dismantled, rendering them useless. WWI.

    1922 Forrest W. Ogan was born in Tulare, CA. KISN Chief Engineer, 1960. KDOL AM-FM Chief Engineer, 1967-74.

    1948 Les Sarnoff was born in Michigan. KINK Air Personality, 1986-2008 & 1977-82. KGON 1975-76.

    2007 KLTH 106.7 opened an additional studio: “The K-Hits Corner” at “Mark Lindsay’s Rock & Roll Cafe.”

    2010 FCC warned Russian pirate operating 1710 kHz., “This radio station must be discontinued immediately.”

    2011 KKCW Bruce Murdock, K103 mornings was Grand Marshal of Beaverton’s “Celebration Day Parade.”

    2012 KXL’s “Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis” program began national syndication with “Premiere Networks.”

    #42340
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 28TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1898 Michael J. “Mike” Frey was born in Walhalla, N.D. KGW & KGW-FM General Manager, 1946-51.

    1919 Forest Service wireless telephone station near Mt. Hood summit talked with 6XO in San Francisco, Calif.

    1929 KWBS 1500 K.C. became KVEP “The Voice of East Portland” with studios: Francis Motor Car Co. building.

    1953 KXL moved studios from “The Orpheum Theatre” building to newly built S.E. 82nd Avenue studios.

    1959 KPAM and KPFM switched from Religious and Good Music back to a Good Music (Classical) format.

    1972 OEPBS sold the former KOAP-FM/KEX-FM studio & transmitter site to Port Services Co. for $53,000.

    1992 KVAN 1550 kHz., and KMJK 106.7 owner Fairmont Communications Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    1998 KKRH 105.1 MHz., changed call letters to KRSK, standing for “Rosie 105”, continuing its Hot A.C. format.

    2002 Alan L. Torbet died at age 83 in West Hartford, CT. KALE/KPOJ AM/FM Sales Manager, 1948-49.

    #42353
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 29TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1892 Harry B. Read was born in Seattle, WA. KXL Founder/Broadcast Pioneer, 1926-37. KQP/KOIN 1925-26.

    1924 KFQN 283 meters (1059.3 kc) signed off air at 9:00 P.M. forever. Oregon’s First Religious Station.

    1946 Bwana Johnny was born in Oregon. KARO/KAAR Program Director, 1981-82. KLLB Music Director, 1982.

    2007 KDZR-HD1 on 1640-1, began broadcasting in Digital IBOC a simulcast of KDZR’s Radio Disney.

    2010 Melvin E. “Mel” Waggoner died at age 76 in Portland. OPB Radio/TV Director of Gift Planning, 1993-07.

    2010 KUPL moved from 2040 S.W. 1st Ave. studios to the 6th floor of “Pacwest Center” building. at 8:23 P.M.

    #42357
    semoochie
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    AUGUST 30TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1934 KEX 1180 K.C. moved studios from “Terminal Sales Building” to “The Oregonian” building with KGW.

    1963 Phil Bethune was born in Portland. KKSL/KKPZ Air Personality, 2003. KFXX/KOTK. KBOO 1994-95.

    1980 KLLB “KB101-FM” Top 300 Oldies countdown Labor Day weekend with deejay “Tiger” Tom Murphy.

    1985 Tamarack Communications sold KLIQ 1290 kHz., to LodeStar Communications Corp. for $3.5 Million.

    2007 KIJZ Vancouver, WA., “Smooth Jazz 105.9” switched format to Classic Hits music, as “Cool 105-9.”

    #42366
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    AUGUST 31ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1933 Dean H. Woodring was born in Yankton, SD. KGW Station Manager, 1972-75. KGW-TV Vice-President & General Manager.

    1995 KPHP changed its call letters to KKSL standing for “The Salt & Light of Portland” continued Religious format.

    1995 Apogee Communications, Inc. sold KFXX/KGON/KNRK to Entercom Communications for $24.5 Million.

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