THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (DECEMBER)

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    Craig_Adams
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    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.

    #40446

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 14TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1892 William D. Allington was born in Corvallis. KFIF founder & Station Manager, 1923-30. KBPS 1930-42.

    1929 KGW “Hoot Owls” shed light on the Christmas outdoor illumination theme & other things 10:30 to 12 A.M.

    1933 KBPS presented the “Parent-Teacher Radio Program” featuring chorus Christmas selections. 11:00 A.M.

    1935 KGW annual “Christmas Formal” from Multnomah Athletic Club with Eddie Burke & his Orch. 11:00 P.M.

    1942 David Lightbourne was born in Princeton, Illinois. KBOO host of “Rock & Roll House Party”, 1978-82.

    1968 Samuel “Sam” Herrick died at age 66 in Portland. KGW Co-star of “Covered Wagon Days”, 1932-35.

    1970 KLIQ-FM 92.3 megahertz, dropped ABC’s “American FM Radio Network.”

    2000 KXL cancelled its 4:00 to 7:00 P.M., afternoon news block, adding an affiliation with Jones Radio Networks.

    2004 Jimmy Hollister died at age 66 in Folsom, CA. KVIX Program Director, 1987-88. KPAM, KEX, KGW.

    2009 KXL reinstated its afternoon news block, 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. and moved Michael Savage to 7:00 P.M.

    #40447

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 15TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1899 Roxie Ellen Frederickson was born in Georgia. KPOJ & KPOJ-FM Women’s Director, 1950-52.

    1931 KXL programming “to stir the Christmas spirit.” 10:00 P.M. featuring 20 voice Vann Choral Club.

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

    1934 KXL 1420 kilocycles, began broadcasting its first “Santa Claus” program weekdays 5:30 to 6:00 P.M.

    1954 KBPS 1450 kilocycles, presented a special Christmas broadcast in French. Host Visitons Mimi at 4:30 P.M.

    #40448

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 16TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1899 Johnny Walker was born in Idaho. KOIN-KALE Program Director, 1936-37 & KOIN Co-Program Director, 1938-39.

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

    1936 KGW presented “Christmas Songs From Other Lands” at 6:00 P.M., sung by the Albany College chorus.

    1961 KPFM 97.1 MHz., became the first station in Portland to broadcast in multiplex Stereo at 12:00 Noon.

    1980 KXL 50 K.W., directional daytime only, began night operation. The first time in 51 years. 1 K.W., directional.

    1981 Ruth Holmes died at age 84 in Portland. KEX Actress “On The Oregon Trail” 1936 program.

    1987 KKSN 910 kHz. & KKLI 97.1 MHz., owner, Fort Vancouver Broadcasting Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    1998 Janet Baumhover died at age 100 in Portland. KGW-KEX actress “Covered Wagon Days” 1935-36. KALE.

    2001 Mr. Clare H. Hanawalt died at age 85 in Lake Oswego. KGW/KGW-TV Chief Engineer, 1958-77.

    2006 Ted Hallock died at age 85 in Portland. KPOJ AM/FM Program Director, 1951-53. KUGN Program Director, KKUL, KGW.

    2012 Bill Cole died in Bremerton, WA. KVAN Station Manager, 1984-86. KGAR/KVAN Operation Manager, 1981-84.

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    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 17TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1870 Robert G. Duncan was born in Kentucky. First Federally convicted radio individual for obscenities.

    1904 George W. Wann was born in Portland. KOIN & KOIN-FM Promotional Manager, 1949-53.

    1922 KGW presented a “Christmas Concert” at 7:00 P.M., featuring the 20 voice St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir.

    1927 KOIN moved studios from the basement of “The Heathman Hotel” to “The New Heathman Hotel.”

    1946 KGW special “Portland Breakfast Club Christmas Party” 100 children guests. 9:30 A.M. at the Aero Club.

    1956 KGW became an ABC affiliate. KEX switched to independent status for the first time in 27 years.

    1956 KGON 1520 kilocycles, Oregon City, became Portland’s NBC affiliate, after KGW dropped NBC for ABC.

    1956 KEX-FM 92.3 megacycles which had been a KEX AM simulcast was taken off the air for 8 months.

    2006 Don Stellges died at age 79 in Troutdale. KUIK Co-owner, 1962-67. KEX AM/FM Program Director, 1958-61.

    2011 KISN/KKSN 910 kHz., old Bauer FB-5000J transmitter was moved off property at: 4617 N.E. 158th Ave.

    2012 Linda J. Weagant died at age 73 in Vancouver, WA. KKEY Owner, 1987-97 & Co-owner, 1964-87.

    #40454

    semoochie
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    “2012 Linda J. Weagant died at age 73 in Vancouver, WA. KKEY Owner, 1987-97 & Co-owner, 1964-87.” Florinda. Linda was her nickname.

    #40465

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 18TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1928 KGW presented Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” 9:30 to 10:30 P.M., sponsored by Charles F. Berg Co.

    1931 KGW broadcast “The Hoot Owls” Christmas Request Program, to benefit the “Sunshine Division.”

    1945 KGW special. “Portland Breakfast Club’s Christmas Party” for children in orphanages and nurseries.

    1958 Johnny Venture was born in Portland. KKSN-FM Production Manager, 1990-91. KKLI-KCNR, KBPS.

    1975 Henry M. “Hank” Norton died at age 69 in Hawaii. KGW Publicity Manager, 1957-58, Continuity 1951.

    1988 Warren K. “Dal” Dallas died at age 82 in Lacey, WA. KPFM Assistant General Manager, 1946-47.

    2000 KGW’s old towers were toppled at: 10000 N. Expo Road. KGW moved to the site August 3, 1931.

    2003 Fisher Broadcasting sold KOTK 1080 kHz. and KWJJ 99.5 MHz. to Entercom Communications for $44 Million.

    2006 Robert Ellis “Bob” Rudolph died at age 85 in Coupeville, WA. KEX Sales Manager, 1954-62 & 1945.

    #40474

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 19TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1882 Dr. Herbert H. Hughes was born in Macon, MO. KGRO Co-founder, 1956-59. Gresham Mayor, 1940-56.

    1902 Harry N. Gillgam was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Pianist in “The KOIN Orchestra” 1970-72.

    1928 George Goode was born in Seattle, WA. KPAM & KPFM News Director, 1967-68. KXL News Director, 1960-61.

    1930 KBPS “Christmas Tree Program” 12:00 to 12:30 P.M. Talks by Police Chief of the Sunshine Division, etc.

    1930 KGW presented “The Hoot Owls” Christmas benefit show for the Rainbow Division from 10:30 to Midnight.

    1944 KGW special: “Portland Breakfast Club’s Orphan Christmas Party” from the Aero Club. 8:30 to 9:00 A.M.

    1945 KOIN broadcast “Northwest Neighbors” Christmas program “Story of The Nativity”, 9:30 to 10:00 P.M.

    2005 Chris J. Witting died at age 90 in Syracuse, NY. Former KEX & KEX-FM President, 1953-55.

    #40482

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 20TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1918 James T. “Jim” McGuire was born in Minneapolis, MN. KPAM/KPFM Asst. Manager, 1958-59 & Program Director, 1955-59.

    1929 KGW “The Hoot Owls Christmas Party” with Charles F. Berg, Master of Ceremonies, 10:30 to Midnight.

    1932 KBPS 1420 kilocycles, broadcast a special Yule play titled the “Christmas Kid” at 3:15 to 3:45 P.M.

    1934 KEX premiered the comedy/variety program “Thursday Theater” from “The Arabian Room” at 9:30 P.M.

    1935 KFJR 1300 kilocycles, presented “The Scandinavian Hour” special, featuring Christmas music at 9:30 P.M.

    1944 KOIN broadcast “Northwest Neighbors” Christmas program “The Story of The Nativity”, 9:30 to 10:00 P.M.

    1979 New Broadcasting Corporation sold KVAN 1480 kHz., to Patten Communications Corp. for $967,725.00

    1985 KAAR began night operation with 2.5 K.W., from 3 tower directional array. Daytime power continued 1 K.W.

    1991 Joseph E. “Joe” Patterson died at age 81 in Portland. KEX Technical Chief, 1954. KATU Engineer.

    1999 KKSN-FM 97.1 MHz. & KRSK 105.1 MHz., moved from the “Pioneer Tower” building to the “Bancroft Building.”

    2002 KVAN 1550 kHz., increased power from 10 K.W. day, directional nights to 12 K.W. day, directional nights.

    #40497

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 21ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1910 Paul LaRiviere was born in South Braintree, MA. KOAP-FM/TV General Manager, 1963-64. KEX-FM Program Director.

    1924 KGW broadcast Portland’s First church service via remote control at 10:30 AM from First Presbyterian Church.

    1927 Charles J. “Charlie” Vais was born in Howells, N.E. KISN Station Manager, 1959. KICN Sales Manager, 1959-60.

    1929 KGW special “Hoot Owls” Sunshine Division program to raise a Christmas fund for needy. 10:30 to Midnight.

    1930 KXL presented “The Toy And Joy Makers” 9:00 to 1:00 P.M. Portland Fire Bureau’s toys for needy children.

    1943 KGW special “Portland Breakfast Club’s Orphan Christmas Party” from the Aero Club. 8:30 to 8:45 A.M.

    1947 KALE’s General Manager, Sam Jackson, 33 years old, crashed & died, piloting “The Journal” News-copter.

    1953 KBPS presented a program of discussion on Christmas customs with host Caroll Geist at 11:30 A.M.

    1977 David M. Myers, Audio Group sold KQFM to Golden West Broadcasters (Gene Autry, President) for $500,000.

    2004 KKRZ-HD1 100.3-1 initiated broadcasting in Digital IBOC a simulcast of KKRZ’s C.H.R. format.

    2004 KKCW-HD1 103.3-1 initiated broadcasting in Digital IBOC a simulcast of KKCW’s A.C. format.

    2004 KRVO-HD1 105.9-1 began broadcasting in Digital IBOC a simulcast of KRVO’s Classic Hits format.

    #40500

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 22ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1923 Tom Phelan was born in Missoula, Mont. KVAN Chief Engineer, 1972-75. KPOJ/KPOK/KUPL (FM).

    1924 KGW presented a special children’s program at 5:00 P.M. “Christmas Stories by Mrs. W.R. Scott.”

    1929 KEX 1180 kilocycles, began carrying NBS chain programs, originating from sister station KJR Seattle.

    1929 KGW broadcast “Christmas Stockings” a play, featuring the Fada-Gill Players. 8:30 to 9:00 P.M.

    1933 KOIN special “The Toy & Joy Makers” 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. Portland Fire Bureau’s toys for needy children.

    1933 Henry W. Metzger died in Portland, age unknown. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Slam” 1923-26.

    1933 KGW presented “The Hoot Owls” special Christmas program aiding Sunshine Division, at 10:20 P.M.

    1938 KEX special “Christmas Carols” sung by State employees at the Capitol rotunda in Salem at 4:45 P.M.

    1943 KOIN broadcast “Northwest Neighbors” Christmas program. “The Story of The Nativity”, 9:30 to 10:00 P.M.

    1946 KXL special “A Christmas Carol” adapted from original story. 12:15 to 12:45 P.M. Meier & Frank sponsored.

    1959 Former KPRA/KWJJ-FM/KHTV studio and transmitter property auctioned to future KGMG owner.

    1997 KSKD 1040 kHz., became KLVP again after 63 days. K-Love was storing calls for a broadcast friend.

    2005 Earl Bayne died at age 82 in Portland. Former KPDQ/KPDQ-FM Announcer 1970-88.

    #40502

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 23RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1918 Donald E. Breede was born in Portland. KEX, KQFM & KKRZ General Sales Manager, 1983-84.

    1923 KGW presented a “Christmas Musical Program” at 8:00 P.M., featuring the St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir.

    1925 KGW sacred broadcast from the “Liberty Park” Christmas Tree area of Creston Park at 8:15 P.M.

    1932 KGW “The Hoot Owls” annual Christmas drive for the needy, thru The Sunshine Division. 11:00 to midnight.

    1942 KOIN broadcast “Northwest Neighbors” Christmas program. “The Story of The Nativity” at 9:30 P.M.

    1944 KWJJ concluded the seasonal broadcast of “The Cinnamon Bear” program at 5:00 P.M. Started at 4:45 P.M.

    1945 KGW special “Christmas 1945” 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. KGW staff, Symphonic Choir, Reed College Madrigal Singers.

    1945 KOIN Gene Autry Show 2:30 P.M. sings St. Nick songs. Before Rudolph or Here Comes Santa Claus released.

    1947 KVAN 910 K.C., special “Christmas Concert” 2:00 P.M. Ridgefield High Music Dept. at the Auditorium.

    1965 Billy Benson, Sr. died at age 55 in Umatilla. KMCM host of “Brother Bill’s Old Record Attic” 1949-50.

    1965 KISN Whitey Coker became one of the first U.S. Independent News Correspondents to report from Vietnam.

    1968 Bill Rohrer died at age 56 in Portland. KWJJ Sound Engineer, 1955-62. KPOJ, KOIN. Rex Recording General Manager.

    1988 KVAN 1550 kHz., & KMJK 106.7 MHz., merged and became Engel Communications Group.

    #40509

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 24TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1916 Mr. Carol A. Saling was born in Beaver, Oregon. KPOJ & KPOJ-FM Chief Engineer, 1951-52.

    1923 KGW presented a “Special Christmas Concert” of harp music 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. by Alice Genevieve Smith.

    1923 KGG special: “The Story of The Nativity” 11:30 P.M. with carol service under the direction of Mrs. E. Peterson.

    1928 KGW became the first station in Oregon to begin permanent programming from New York (NBC).

    1929 KOIN 940 kilohertz, special “Children’s Christmas Program” from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

    1930 KGW broadcast “Franz Children’s Hour” Christmas program 5:00 to 6:00 P.M., sponsored by Franz Bread.

    1934 KXL broadcast what was most likely a very hurried “Santa Claus” program at 5:30 to 6:00 P.M.

    1935 KGW special: “The KGW-KEX Staff Christmas Tree & Party” was held over the air 4:30 to 5:00 P.M.

    1935 KEX presented “Carols” by The Oswego-West Linn High School Music Department, 11:00 to 11:15 P.M.

    1937 KXL & KALE concluded the national broadcast premiere of “The Cinnamon Bear” holiday program.

    1937 KEX presented “Time Out For Christmas” at 2:30 P.M. KGW-KEX staff greetings & Christmas Party.

    1939 Roger Doyle was born in Wichita, KS. KBPS-FM President, 2002-04. “Classical Favorites” host.

    1940 KOIN broadcast “Christmas Carols” performed by the Franklin High School Chorus, 6:00 to 6:30 P.M.

    1942 KXL presented “The Nativity” at 2:30 P.M., was followed by “Yuletide Reminiscence” 3:00 to 3:30 P.M.

    1944 KOIN broadcast “Song of The Columbia” Christmas at The Whitman Mission with The Koin Orchestra 9:30 P.M.

    1945 KOIN special “Christmas Eve At Shriners Hospital” 5:00 to 5:30 P.M. featuring a children’s story of Christmas.

    1946 KALE presented “An Oregon Christmas” 6:30 to 7:15 P.M., featuring the Jefferson High School Choir.

    1947 KXL broadcast the Christmas Eve Service from Westminster Presbyterian Church, at 11:00 P.M.

    1949 KEX “Uncle Bob’s Xmas” 4:15 P.M. Amsberry sings Christmas songs with Gus Goose & Gabby Squirrel.

    1950 KOIN AM/FM “Child Story of Christmas” 2:30 to 3:00 P.M. Featuring the Jefferson High School Choir.

    1952 KGW AM/FM “Christmas at Veterans’ Hospital” 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. KGW String Ensemble & Glenn Shelley.

    1954 KOIN AM/FM “The Story of The Nativity” 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. Featuring The Duncan Singers & KOIN Orchestra.

    1955 KPOJ AM/FM “Christmas Card” presentations of “A Christmas Carol” 8:30 P.M. “Story of The Nativity.”

    1955 KWJJ Foursquare Church Pastor Harold Jefferies with special message “No Room For Him” 11:00 A.M.

    1964 KLIQ studio & transmitter flooded with several feet of Willamette River water, dubbed the 64 Christmas flood.

    1964 KEX presented “A Christmas Carol” recorded by KEX Personalities. 3:05 P.M.. Other times on Christmas day.

    1966 KISN 910 kHz., began “Kisn’s Holiday Festival of Music” Christmas Eve. 30 hours of traditional music.

    1968 KISN presented Portland & Vancouver school choirs in a program of Christmas music thru Christmas Day.

    1973 KXL AM/FM “24 Hours of Christmas Music on KXL Radio” 6:00 P.M. Christmas Eve to 6 P.M. Christmas Day.

    1976 KGAR 1550 kHz, 1 KW daytime only, increased power to 10 KW directional nights. Began 24 hour operation.

    1985 KGW broadcast its first locally produced stereo program “Sing Your Own Messiah”, 8:00 to 10:00 P.M.

    1999 Vern Mueller died at age 74 in Portland. KPOJ Program Director & News Director & KPOK News Director, 1950-74.

    2008 Rev. Charles Williams died at age 85 in Portland. KPDQ Host of “The Redemption Hour”, 1974-82.

    2014 Ralph Steadman died at age 63 in Eugene. KPAM Talk Show host 2000-01. KGW, 1989-91. KUGN 1992-95.

    #40519

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 25TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1894 William Moyes was born in Lawrence, MA. The Oregonian “Behind The Mike” columnist, 1930-52.

    1922 KGW broadcast a Christmas Concert, 3:30 to 4:00 P.M. Selected boy’s chorus from Pilgrim Boys’ choruses.

    1922 Donald R. “Don” Lucich was born in Washington. KPDQ & KPDQ-FM Commercial Manager, 1969-84.

    1923 KGW gave its staff the day off. Did not broadcast. At the time on: 492 meters (609.3 kilocycles) 500 watts.

    1926 KEX 670 K.C., signed on the air with 5 K.W. “Oregon’s Most Powerful.” Studios in “Terminal Sales Building.”

    1927 KGW presented “Christmas Greetings from Olds, Wortman & King Co.” Dudley Buck Male Quartet.

    1929 KEX 1180 kilocycles, special “Christmas Carols” program broadcast from 8:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

    1930 KGW presented “A Christmas Greeting from Charles F. Berg” with Emil Broms, baritone. 9:30 P.M.

    1932 KXL brought you the “Toy & Joy Makers.” Portland Fire Bureau’s toys for needy children. 9:30 P.M.

    1933 KEX special “The Story of The Birth of Jesus” featuring First Presbyterian Church Choir. 10:00 to 10:30 P.M.

    1935 KXL 1420 kilocycles, presented “Yuletidings” a program of phonograph records from 11:00 AM to 3:15 P.M.

    1937 KGW broadcast “Christmas Greetings” to 200+ isolated lightships and lighthouse keepers at 9:00 A.M.

    1938 KXL 1420 kilocycles, special “Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol” broadcast from 9:15 A.M. to Noon.

    1941 KWJJ brought you the “Toy And Joy Makers” Portland Fire Bureau’s toys for needy children. 1:30 to 4:30 P.M.

    1941 KGW added an additional 625 foot tower and increased night power from 1 K.W. to 5 K.W. directional.

    1945 KWJJ live from Temple Baptist Church a traditional Julotta service with the Temple Choir. 6:15 to 7:30 A.M.

    1945 KOIN special “Santa’s Arrival At Shriners’ Hospital.” Art Kirkham & Johnny Carpenter report at 8:00 A.M.

    1946 KGW broadcast “The Oregonian’s Christmas Hour” featuring the 16-voice KGW Choir. 3:00 to 4:00 P.M.

    1948 KEX special “The Gift of Carols” featuring the Linfield College 40-Voice Acapella Choir. 8:00 to 8:30 A.M.

    1953 KGW presented a “Christmas Festival” featuring the Portland Symphonic Choir. 6:00 to 7:00 A.M.

    1954 KPAM/KPFM special program: Handel’s “Messiah” & Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. Noon to 4:00 P.M.

    1955 KVAN presented Hudson’s Bay High School & Fort Vancouver High School Christmas Concert. 2:00 P.M.

    1968 KINK 101.9 MHz., signed on the air with 97 K.W. Studios at: KGW Broadcast Center. The Underground Link.

    1986 KCNR 1410 kilohertz, changed calls to KKUL, standing for “Cool” Jazz, continuing its Jazz format.

    #40526

    Craig_Adams
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    DECEMBER 26TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1924 KGW “Hoot Owls” 2nd Anniversary broadcast. First live audience. From “Portland Hotel” Grillroom. 7:00 to 10:00 P.M.

    1926 KEX transmitter site suffered $1,000 damage by vandals, one day after its debut. Off the air for 5 days.

    1989 KKCY 101.1 MHz., New Age A.C. “The City” broadcast its last day, ending at midnight. Then began stunting.

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