THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (DECEMBER)

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    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 1ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1904 Jean Paul King was born in Alda, Nebr. KGW Chief Announcer, 1928. NBC Announcer, 1931-55.

    1928 KEX 1180 kilocycles, doubled its power from 2,500 to 5,000 watts. “Oregon’s Most Powerful Station.”

    1933 KFJR began the annual “Santa Claus” program weekdays 5:30 to 6:00 P.M., sponsored by Meier & Frank.

    1942 KEX “The Blue Network”, formerly “NBC Blue” Network, dropped its three note chimes musical signature.

    1954 KGW studios moved from “The Oregonian Building” to 409 S.W. 13th Ave. Studio air work from transmitter site.

    1954 KGW-FM 100.3 M.C., became KQFM, standing for owner Quenton H. Cox, who went by nickname “Q.”

    1955 KEX 1190 K.C., broadcast the “Kay West” show at 10:00 A.M. with guest Rita Calhoun, on holiday recipes.

    1959 KRWC 1570 K.C., “The Station of Inspiration” became KGGG. Slogan: “K-triple-G, The Voice of The Valley.”

    1965 Chem-Air, Inc. sold KPAM & KPFM to Romito Corp. for $175,000 (Walter P. Rossmann, President).

    1970 Johnny Carpenter, KOIN Radio & Television Sports Director, retired from KOIN AM/FM/TV after 30 Years.

    1973 KPAM Top 40 “K-Pam, AM 14” became KLSC and switched to AIR’s “Classic Gold” (Drake-Chenault).

    1977 KEX began broadcasting “The Cinnamon Bear” at 6:40 P.M. Sponsored by Lipman’s for the final time.

    1980 KPAM Top 40 “K-Pam, AM 14” switched to Contemporary Christian as “Music You Can Believe In.”

    1984 Donald R. “Don” Dawson died at age 74 in Lake Oswego. KGW-KEX Promotions Manager, 1940-43.

    1988 KRDR 1230 kHz., became KKGR, standing for city of license: GResham and continuing its Lite Jazz format.

    1999 Maryetta K. Devereaux died at age 79 in Portland. KPAM & KPFM Promotions Manager, 1960-63.

    #33472

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 2ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1911 Oregon State Wireless Association was organized at the YMCA, Charles L. Austin, elected President.

    1920 Mark Lee was born in Beaumont, Texas. KLIQ & KLIQ-FM Talk Show Host, 1966-69 & 1971-72.

    1921 Jesse B. Weed, who later built KGW, transmitted a live concert from James John High School.

    1931 KOIN began broadcasting the children Christmas program “Toyland” weekdays, 5:00 to 5:15 P.M.

    1935 KOIN started the yearly “Toyland Express” children show with Art Kirkham as Santa Claus at 4:45 P.M.

    1957 KEX D.J. Al Priddy was fired after P.D. Mel Bailey told him not to play “White Christmas” by Elvis Presley.

    1983 Don Butler died at age 41 in Nepal. KBPS Sportscaster, 1959. KELA News Director, KID News Director, KOIN-TV.

    1985 KMJK & KMJK-FM affiliated with NBC’s “The Source” and dropped the ABC Contemporary Network.

    1998 KBPS 1450 kHz., began the Portland radio classic “The Cinnamon Bear.” Airing the program at 2:30 P.M.

    #33489

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 3RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1911 Thomas T. “Tom” Ely was born in Clancy, Mont. KEX AM/FM Chief Engineer, 1945-54. WBZ AM/TV.

    1928 KFEC presented “The Toy And Joy Makers” Portland Fire Bureau’s toys for needy children. 8:00 to 10:00 P.M.

    1929 Harold L. Hinson was born in Lancaster, S.C. KCNR/KPAM General Manager, 1980-83. WBT Vice-President & General Manager.

    1930 Keith Allen was born in Portland. KLIQ AM/FM Program Director, 1969-70. KPOJ AM/FM Personality, 1967-69.

    1931 KBPS 1420 K.C., special “Christmas Seals” program at 12 Noon, featuring Minna Pelz Cole & Abe Bercovitz.

    1951 Frank Trevor died at age 53 in Portland, KOIN Radio pianist, 1929-51. “Koin Klock” program co-host.

    1970 FCC denied the five Star Stations, Inc. licenses including KISN, KOIL AM & FM and WIFE AM & FM.

    1980 KBPS once again presented “The Cinnamon Bear” twice daily. 12:30 P.M. and a repeat at 4:30 P.M.

    #33500

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 4TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1925 KGW broadcast its first “The Hoot Owls” Sunshine Drive Christmas program from 10:30 P.M. to midnight.

    1928 KGW began presenting its “Santa Claus” program 6:00 to 6:30 P.M. Sponsored by J.C. Penney Co.

    1933 KOIN started broadcasting the children Christmas program “Toyland Express” weekdays at 5:00 P.M.

    1936 KWJJ moved its transmitter from the “Broadway Theater” building to the new Oaks Park transmitter site.

    1960 W. Carey Jennings died at age 60 in Los Angeles. KWJJ General Manager, 1941-42. KGW-KEX General Manager, 1934-41.

    1963 KEX paid “Interstate Bridge” tolls for 10,081 listeners who said “KEX” at the toll gates. 56.7% did.

    1976 KEX was awarded “MOR Station of The Year” at the “International Radio Programming Forum.”

    1977 KBOO debuted “Indian World.” John Talley hosted the First Native American Radio Program in Portland.

    1979 KBPS picked up “The Cinnamon Bear” after not airing the previous year and broadcast it twice daily.

    2001 Eads Broadcasting Corp. sold KGUY to Northwest Radio Broadcasting for $750,000. (Bill Sizemore).

    2015 KDZR Lake Oswego, signed back on the air as “Talk 1640.” News, Talk, Business. Salem Talk shows.

    #33539

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 5TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1873 Bishop Walter Sumner was born in Manchester, N.H. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Sermon” 1924-32.

    1892 Rev. Dr. John G. Mitchell was born in South Shields, England. KPDQ “Know Your Bible” host 1966.

    1905 Benard A. “Ben” Buisman was born in Milaca, MN. KXL Farm Director, 1946-54. Son, Jr. was KEX Farm Director.

    1910 Barney R. Miller was born in Ashland. KGW-KEX Program Director, 1937-41. KNX News Director, 1960-67.

    1914 Paul Nichols was born in Portland. KOIN studio technician and sound effects, 1935-42. KOIN AM/FM/TV.

    1918 Kay West (#3) aka Rita Dewart was born in Portland. KEX host of “Coffee with Kay West”, 1955-60.

    1943 KEX “Be Alert” program, promoted the “War Stamp Mart”, selling war stamps as gifts for Christmas.

    1950 KGW owned by “The Oregonian Publishing Co.” placed under a new corporation “Pioneer Broadcasting.”

    1976 KPDQ 800 kHz. & 93.7 MHz., picked up the Mutual Broadcasting System as a secondary Portland affiliate.

    1991 KINK-FM changed its call letters to KINK again. KGW calls never changed through this first KINK-FM era.

    2007 KBPS 1450 kHz., began airing once again the Portland holiday favorite “The Cinnamon Bear” at 9:00 A.M.

    2011 KPWX “1130 kHz., La Mexicana” switched language to Russian as “New Life” Portland Christian Radio.

    #33560

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 6TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1928 KOIN 940 kilocycles began presenting it’s “Santa Claus” program, weeknights 7:00 to 8:00 P.M.

    1929 KGW 620 presented “The Hoot Owls” featuring a Christmas shopping theme. 10:30 to Midnight.

    1945 KEX “Kay West” interviewed Frances Werschkul on Christmas craft decoration suggestions and gifts.

    1946 KEX debuted its biggest radio production of the late 40’s “Neath Western Skies”, Friday’s at 9:30 P.M.

    1967 KLIQ-FM 92.3 MHz., signed on the air with 59 K.W. as Portland’s first FM Talk station, simulcasting KLIQ.

    1976 KEX broadcast the Portland radio classic “The Cinnamon Bear” at 6:40 P.M. Sponsored by Lipman’s.

    1988 KEX 1190 kHz., with 50 K.W. directional day & night, changed to non-directional daytime only.

    1999 Eleanor M. Schmidtke died at age 94 in Forest Grove. KFGR/KRWC Co-owner-News Director, 1950-58.

    2003 Paul Rask died at age 76 in Portland. KGW Sports Director, 1953-55, KPOJ AM/FM Talk Show Host, 1960’s.

    2007 Jessie Jacqueline Jerman died at age 91 in Portland. KWJJ/KPRA/KWJJ-FM Co-Owner, 1938-52.

    #33561

    semoochie
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    “1988 KEX 1190 kHz., with 50 K.W. directional day & night, changed to non-directional daytime only.” I don’t usually bother with things like this but if a person didn’t know better, they’d think you were saying that KEX had switched to daytime only service. How about, “…changed daytime signal to non-directional.”?

    #33584

    Craig_Adams
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    Done. Thanks!

    #33585

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 7TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1906 Henry M. Swartwood, Jr. was born in Portland. KOIN-KALE Program Director, 1939-44. KOIN 1933.

    1922 KGW officially dedicated its 500 watt transmitter at 8:00 P.M., which was put into service on Nov 20th.

    1923 Rev. Charles Williams was born in Logans Ferry, PA. KPDQ host “The Redemption Hour”, 1974-82.

    1929 KGW special “Hoot Owls” broadcast. Sunshine Division raising a Christmas fund for the needy.

    1934 KFJR began broadcasting Meier & Frank’s annual “Santa Claus” program weekdays, 5:15 to 5:45 P.M.

    1941 Radio kept busy with Flash Bulletins from their announcers and networks on the Pearl Harbor attack.

    1993 Great American Broadcasting Company, owners of KEX & KKRZ filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

    2004 Donald E. Breede died at age 85 in Portland. KEX/KQFM/KKRZ General Sales Manager, 1983-84.

    #33617

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 8TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1893 Harland W. “Harlan” Tucker was born in Portland. KALE Chief Announcer, 1944-46. KGW-KEX 1942.

    1920 7YG presented Oregon’s first live song performance, sung by Walter Jenkins at the Benson Hotel.

    1930 KOIN 940 K.C., debuted the hour long “Koin Klock” program at 6:00 A.M., which ran 41 years.

    1932 Lawrence F. “Larry” Curran was born in Tacoma, WA. KYMN News Director, 1964-65. KYXI, KGON.

    1933 KGW special “The Hoot Owls” Christmas program to aid the Sunshine Division. 10:20 to Midnight.

    1939 KBPS “Christmas Books For Children” was the Library Association of Portland’s, theme. 4:05 P.M.

    1941 KGW, KOIN, KEX & KALE broadcast President Roosevelt’s speech at 9:30 A.M. PST to Congress (WWII).

    1941 All West Coast stations were silenced at 7:00 P.M. except for KIRO Seattle. “Pearl Harbor” Dec 7th.

    1951 KGW program “Hostess House Party” at 10:00 A.M. featured Christmas package design & display.

    1988 Alfred T. “Al” Picinni died at age 67 in Bakersfield, CA. KWJJ Sales Manager, 1965. KKEY Program Director, 1959-60.

    1989 KBVM signed on the air on 88.3 MHz., with 1.85 K.W. Studios on the University of Portland campus.

    1991 Hazel Kenyon Markel died at age 92 in Seattle, WA. KBPS Director of Radio, 1939-42. Mutual. NBC.

    2002 Al Emrich died at age 89 in Vancouver, WA. KAAR General Manager, 1983-85. KLIQ AM/FM, KGAR, KKEY.

    #33631

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    DECEMBER 9TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1927 KGW “Hoot Owls” & the Sunshine Division, asking for contributions for poor families. 10:30 P.M.

    1932 KGW “Hoot Owls” annual Christmas drive for the needy, through The Sunshine Division at 11:00 P.M.

    1993 Great American Broadcasting Co. owners of KEX & KKRZ transferred licenses to Citicasters Co.

    1996 KKRZ issued the CD “Z100 Morning Zoo-Like A Virgin No More!” Proceeds benefited Salmon Claus.

    1999 Maryetta Devereaux died at age 79 in Portland. KPAM & KPFM Promotions Manager, 1962-63.

    2014 Violet J. “Vi” Schultz died at age 86 in Portland. KGW AM/FM Music Librarian, 1949-52. KPOJ AM/FM.

    #33649

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 10TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1911 Chet Huntley was born in Cardwell, MT. KGW-KEX Announcer, 1936-37. KIRO, KHQ, CBS, ABC, NBC.

    1925 KQP 212 meters (1414.1 K.C.) moved to 229 meters (1309.1 K.C.) and had recently increased to 1 K.W.

    1926 KGW “Hoot Owls” & Sunshine Division raised over $400 for poverty-stricken families. 10:30 P.M.

    1930 KFJR began the annual “Santa Claus” program 5:30 to 6:00 P.M. weekdays except Sundays. M&F sponsor.

    1936 William P. “Bill” Strandborg died at age 60 in Portland. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Talon” 1923-24.

    1955 KGW’s Heck Harper was Grand Marshal of “The Foster Booster’s 4th Annual Christmas Parade.”

    1965 KWJJ 10 K.W. directional at Smith Lake, raised daytime power to 50 K.W. directional, Hemlock site.

    1993 Joe Allen died at age 59 in Portland. KYTE-AM-FM/KESI/KBBT/KKCY/KUFO Chief Engineer, 1986-93.

    2005 Dick Sainte died at age 67 in Sherwood. KEX Air Personality, 1981-82. KWJJ 1979-80. KISN 1964-67.

    #33664

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 11TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1877 Edward S. “Tige” Reynolds was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa. KGW Hoot Owl “Grand Sketch” 1924-30.

    1909 Willis M. “Bill” Ross was born in Portland. KALE Program Director, 1946-47. KOIN 1945. KGW-KEX 1935-40.

    1925 KGW first “Hoot Owls” Sunshine Division drive. Destitute families in need of food baskets for Christmas.

    1929 KGW presented a five minute “Christmas Illumination Talk” with Henry Judson. 2:55 to 3:00 P.M.

    1931 KGW broadcast the “Hoot Owls” Christmas request program, to benefit the Sunshine Division. 10:45 P.M.

    1954 KGW’s Heck Harper rode horse Jody as Grand Marshal in Foster Boosters Club Christmas Parade.

    1967 KLIQ-FM became the Nations first 24 hour All Talk FM outlet with added overnights 12:00 to 6:00 A.M.

    1988 Kelmar LeMaster died at age 83 in Sedona, AZ. KALE Director of Public Relations & Promotion, in 1946.

    2002 Jeanne M. Yount died at age 83 in Portland. Oregon Journal “What’s On The Air” Columnist, 1945-49.

    2010 Paul W. Nichols died at age 96 in Portland. KOIN studio technician and sound effects, 1935-42.

    2012 Steven M. Forsyth killed in “Clackamas Town Center” mall at age 45. KNRK General Sales Manager, 1996-00.

    2014 Victor M. Ives died at age at age 79 in Lake Oswego. KVIX President, 1987-88. KMJK AM/FM General Manager. KEX General Manager.

    #33682

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    DECEMBER 12TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1890 Ted Kooreman was born in Alton, IA. KALE Station Manager, 1934 & 1937-40 & Sales Manager, 1935-44.

    1904 Joe Smidl was born in Klamath Falls. KEX Engineer, 1963-68. KWJJ Announcer, 1933-46.

    1915 Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. KXL Co-owner, 1957-64 with KJR & KNEW.

    1924 Bob McAnulty was born in Oregon City. KLIQ Program Director, 1960-62 & News Director, 1966-67.

    1930 KGW presented “The Hoot Owls” Christmas benefit program for the Sunshine Division, at 10:30 P.M.

    1939 Denis Ackerman was born in Larned, KS. KWJJ & KJIB News Director, 1976-77 & Music Director, 1974-76.

    1944 Mischa Pelz died in San Francisco, CA. KGW-KEX Orchestra Conductor, 1931-36. KOIN Conductor, 1926-30.

    1994 KXYQ Adult Contemporary simulcast of KYXQ-FM, switched to Talk Radio as “1010 AM, The Voice.”

    2007 Dale Denny died at age 92 in Vancouver, WA. KOIN fill-in News Editor, 1957 & Newsman, 1941-63.

    #33703

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    DECEMBER 13TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1906 Robert Redd was born in Pendleton. KGW Program Manager, 1932-33 and “Covered Wagon Days” writer.

    1910 Bill Mears was born in Calif. KOIN AM/FM Asst. Manager & Program Director, 1969-71. Program Director, 1953-69.

    1926 KXL 400 meters (749.6 K.C.) signed on the air with 250 watts at 6:30 P.M. from the Mallory Hotel.

    1926 KTBR opened an additional studio at the “Portland Telegram” newspaper office in the Telegram Building.

    1929 KGW presented “The Hoot Owls” featuring a Christmas outdoor illumination theme. 10:30 to Midnight.

    1941 KGPP Portland Police station on S.W. 2442 moved to a new $4,000 studio with soundproofing, air conditioning.

    2004 KXL 750 kHz., dropped its CBS affiliation after Dan Rather’s “60 Minutes” fallout on President Bush.

    2008 Steve Brown died at age 69 in Omaha, Nebraska. KISN Program Director, 1959. Vice-President of Programming.

    2011 KPWX 1130 kHz., Mt. Angel became KQRR, standing for Russia Radio, continuing New Life Christian format.

    2012 KKRZ-HD2 on 100.3-2 switched format from “Lite and Easy” or Soft A.C. to KEX News/Talk format.

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