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    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.



    1907 Reverend William J. Ashley-Cole was born in Birmingham, England. KPAM/KPFM Co-owner, 1959.

    1932 Robert E. “Bob” Hawkins was born in Chicago, Ill. KEX Program Director, 1964-65. KVI Program Director KSFO.

    1937 KGW’s tower site on North Denver Ave., flooded when dikes broke on the Columbia River Slough.

    1944 Ric Elgin was born in St. Cloud, MN. KAAR Program Director, 1983. KMJK Program Director, 1978. KYXI, Music Director.

    1964 Barney Goldstein died at age 77 in Portland. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Schmoos” 1923-29.

    1979 Johnny Walker died at age 80 in Portland. KOIN/KALE Program Director, 1936-37 & KOIN Co-Program Director, 1938-39.

    1988 KKUL 1410 kHz., off the air, changed its call letters to KBNP standing for “Business News Portland.”

    1989 KKCY began stunting at Midnight as “People’s Radio.” Guest D.J.’s broadcast whatever they wanted.

    2014 Jack P. “Pete” Kandel died at age 86 in Portland. KPDQ AM/FM General Manager, 1986-93. KPDQ AM/FM Vice-President.



    1875 Frederick W. “Fred” Wegner was born in Portland. Beavers baseball recreation telegrapher, KWJJ, KEX, KXL.

    1905 Walter L. Read was born in Bremerton, WA. KVAN Founder & Owner, 1939-40. Brother of KXL’s Harry Read.

    1907 First known Oregon wireless telegraph demonstration took place at the Portland Public Library.

    1910 Frank H. Coffin was born in Butte, N.D. KGW Assistant Manager, 1949-52. KOIN-TV Sales Manager.

    1944 Westinghouse Radio took over KEX operation, with its studios in the “KWJJ Building”, with KGW.

    1974 Gov. Tom McCall proclaimed it “Barney Keep Day In Oregon.” Celebrating 30 years on KEX mornings.

    1981 Fred White died at age 88 in Portland. KEX “Covered Wagon Days” program script writer in 1935.

    2000 KEWS “K-News” became KDBZ standing for “620, The Buzz.” Plus modified its News/Talk format.

    2003 Helen Kleeb died at age 96 in Los Angeles, CA. KEX “Covered Wagon Days” actress, 1934-36. The Waltons CBS-TV.

    2009 KKPZ 1330 kHz., “K-Praise” moved studios from John’s Landing to its transmitter site on Mt. Scott.

    2010 KXPD signed back on air with an Old Time Radio format. Programs from the 1930’s, 1940’s & 1950’s.



    1889 Tommy Luke was born in Grass Valley, CA. KGW’s “Tommy Luke’s Flower Girls” & other titles, 1925-40.

    1911 Charlie LaFranchise “Uncle Charlie” was born in Chicago, Ill. KPOJ AM/FM Sports Director, 1949-55.

    1922 Art Kirkham, 25, made his radio debut on KGW as the nights’ featured soloist tenor at 8:15 P.M.

    1936 KOIN & KALE sharing the “Don Lee-Columbia Network” became known as “The Columbia Pacific Network.”

    1983 Anna “Cody” Shaffer died at age 55 in Portland. KBPS Assistant Production Manager, 1974-83.

    1989 KKCY stunting as “People’s Radio”, changed format at 5:00 P.M. to AOR as “101 KUFO” slogan letters.



    1912 Homer H. Welch was born in Portland. KGW Program Director, 1944-51. KGW-KEX Program Director, 1941-44.

    1922 Earl P. Bayne was born in Livingston, Mont. KPDQ & KPDQ-FM Announcer, 1970-88.

    1958 First Portland produced Stereo spot “Logan Oldsmobile” for KPAM/KPFM at Northwest Recording.

    1961 KVAN 1480 K.C., moved its transmitter site from Camas, WA. to Jantzen Beach Amusement Park.

    1962 Ashley Dixon, Sr. died at age 79 in Portland. Radio Pioneer. KFJR Co-founder, 1923-36. KALE, KGW.

    1965 Burglars broke in KWJJ’s transmitter site, stealing about $3,338. worth of remote control components.

    1991 KMXI Adult Contemporary “Mix 106” switched to “Oldies 106.7”. The first of 2 times the slogan was used.

    2009 KXPD Tigard, “La X, 1040 AM” with its Regional Mexican format, went dark for a year and a half.



    1918 Bob Anderson was born in Portland. “The Scandinavian Hour” Host 55 Years: KKEY, KPOJ, KGW, KXL.

    1922 KGW New Years Night Concert. Vocals: Randolph Thomas & Harvey Hudson with Voilinist, Pearl Staples.

    1923 KGW Portland Hotel New Year’s Frolic featured George Olsen’s Metropolitan Orch. 10:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.

    1925 KGW New Year’s Eve program featured Herman Kein’s Orch. from the “Multnomah Hotel” Indian Grill.

    1926 KGW’s “Hoot Owls” welcomed the New Year with an “appropriate program” 10:30 P.M. to Midnight.

    1927 KGW Dance Orch. 11:00-12:00am., then a “New Year Frolic” midnight to 1am. Mix of music, fun & nonsense.

    1928 KGW carried a three hour New Year’s Eve Frolic from NBC in San Francisco beginning at 10:30 P.M.

    1929 KGW welcomed New York, Chicago, Denver & San Francisco to 1930 from NBC. 8:55 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.

    1931 KOIN’s “New Year’s Eve Dance Party” featured the KOIN Orchestra. Program began at 9:30 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.

    1934 KGW’s “Let’s Dance” New Year’s Eve featured Hymie Breslow’s Orch. from The Portland Hotel 11:00 P.M.

    1936 KXL’s “New Year’s At The Lonesome Club” featured the Claude Brereton Orchestra at 11:45 P.M.

    1945 KWJJ 1080 kilocycles, “New Year’s Program” beginning at 9:45 P.M. to ?

    1950 KGW presented organist Glenn Shelley 10:00 P.M. to midnight at the “Liberty Theater” on the giant Wurlitzer.

    1951 KGW was direct from downtown with a special New Year’s Eve broadcast from 11:55 P.M. to 12:30 A.M.

    1953 KWJJ 1080 kc., broadcast a New Year’s Eve show with Sammy Taylor from 10:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.

    1954 KPOJ 1330 kc., and KPOJ-FM 98.5 mc., “The Hop” program “New Year’s Dancing Party” 10:30 P.M. to 12:30 A.M.

    1955 KPOJ AM/FM presented “1955” local & International news highlights. Vern Mueller & Chuck Bernard hosted.

    1958 KPDQ 800 kc., highlighted news events of 1958, hosted by Phil Boyer and Dan McDonald at 4:00 P.M.

    1960 KEX featured “The Top Song Hits of 1960.” Special four hour retrospective from 8:00 P.M. to midnight.

    1963 KPOJ 1330 kc., and KPOJ-FM 98.5 mc., began its “KPOJ Radio New Year’s Eve Dance Party” 6:30 P.M. to 12:00 A.M.

    1965 KGW presented “News Diary ’65” at 7:00 P.M. News events with the voices of people who made news.

    1966 KPOJ 1330/KPOJ-FM 98.5 “The KPOJ Dance Party” featured Big Bands from 7:00 P.M. to midnight.

    1966 KISN 910 kHz., presented “The Top Hits of 1966.” All New Year’s Eve. from 6:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.

    1967 KOIN – CBS Radio’s 40th annual Coast to Coast “New Year’s Eve Dancing Party” with 12 Big Bands.

    1969 Red Dunning retired after 25 years as KOIN Music Director. Honored on KOIN’s “Come And Get It” show.

    1983 KGON 92.3 megahertz, dropped its NBC “The Source” affiliation.

    1985 Constance Roth Folts died age 79 in Newport Beach, CA. KGW-KEX “Covered Wagon Days” actor, 1933-34.

    1986 LodeStar Communications (Victor M. Ives) sold KMJK-FM to Magic Radio, Inc. for $3,900.000.

    1988 KLVS 1290 kHz., Lake Oswego with its All Elvis format, went dark for 18 months.

    1996 Citicasters sold KEX, KKRZ & KKCW to Jacor Communications for $774 Million. Included 10 FM’s & 4 AM’s.

    2000 Arthur M. “Art” Morey died at age 90 in Mission Viejo, CA. KWJJ Program Director, 1941-45.

    2002 KVAN 1550 kHz., increased day power from 12 K.W. non-directional, to 50 K.W. non-directional.

    2003 Charles L. Burrow died at age 91 in Nehalem. KEX Sales Promotion Manager, 1947-55. WBZ Promo Manager.

    2015 Scott Carter died at age ?? in Los Angeles, CA. KINK Production Manager, 1974-77. KXL 1982-84. KOAP-FM.

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