THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (FEBRUARY)

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    FEBRUARY 1ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1897 Art Kirkham was born in Portland. KOIN Vice-President, 1942-53. Program Director & Chief Announcer, 1929.

    1916 Walter J.M. Kraus was born in Vancouver, WA. KQIV Founder, 1972-76. KRAF Reedsport, founder.

    1952 KGW-FM 100.3 M.C. signed back on the air after 24 months, with a power increase to 57,000 watts.

    1952 Mark Andrews was born in Portland. KWJJ Program Director, 1986 & Music Director, 1981-85. KYXI.

    1957 Dick Novak was given the award “Mr. Rock & Roll, D.J.” for his outstanding influence with Teen-Agers.

    1960 Willard P. Hawley Jr. died at age 70 in Portland. Pioneer broadcaster and Owner of 7XG/KYG 1922.

    1962 Howard C. Fay died at age 46 in Portland, Oregon. KPOJ AM/FM Account Executive, 1948 to 1962.

    1965 KYMN Top 40 “Kim Radio 1520” Oregon City, switched format to Good Music as “Fine Kim Music.”

    1971 KPDQ began broadcasting with pre-sunrise authority, signing on at 6:00 A.M. to sunrise with 491 watts.

    1974 KGON 92.3 MHz., signed back on air with a distinctive Rock N’ Roll format, broadcasting in Stereo.

    1984 KAAR began a 24 hour schedule with its Oldies format, except for a talk show 10:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.

    1987 KYTE 970 kHz., Al Ham’s “The Music of Your Life” switched to an automated Adult Standards format.

    1987 KVIX 1290 kHz., picked up “The Music of Your Life” to complement its Old Time Radio programming.

    1988 Don Kennedy died at age 48 in Scottsdale, AZ. KISN Personality, 1965-67. KASH Program Director, 1971-75.

    1999 Paul A. Alexander died at age 80 in Forest Grove. KUIK Farm Director, 1961-66; Sales Manager, 1960.

    2002 KKJZ “Today’s Smooth Jazz” switched to Adult Contemporary music as “Light Rock 106.7, K-Lite.”

    2005 KCMD “Straight Country 970” switched format to “All Comedy Radio” network as “Johnson 970.”

    2007 KKSN Oldies “Kisn 910” switched format to “Talk Radio Oregon.” It began simulcasting KTRO-FM.

    2008 KMUZ 1010 kHz., became KOOR standing for “Oregon Oldies Radio” continuing its Variety format.

    2008 KXMG 1150 kHz., Spanish Adult Contemporary “MaGia” switched format to Regional Mexican “Ke Buena.”

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    FEBRUARY 2ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1892 Charles O. Chatterton was born in Rhinelander, WI. KGW-KEX Manager, 1937-39. KGW Manager, 1931-37.

    1898 Janet Baumhover was born in Portland. KGW-KEX actress on “Covered Wagon Days” 1935 to 1936. KALE.

    1907 Arden X. Pangborn was born in Burr Oak, KS. KGW-KEX General Manager, 1944-46. With KGW-KEX in 1941.

    1916 KFU & KGN wireless telegraph station aerials dropped when a heavy coating of ice hit the Portland area.

    1956 KRIV 1480 K.C. Camas, WA, signed on air with 1 K.W., non-directional, 6:00 A.M. to sunset with an MOR format.

    1969 KPDQ-FM “The Sound of Inspiration” began 24 hour operation after years of being 6:00 A.M. to 12:00 A.M.

    2005 Addie Bobkins died at age 72 in Woodburn. KISN Air Personality, 1963-64. KEX, 1956-57. KXL in 1955.

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    FEBRUARY 3RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1926 Buddy Simmons was born in Memphis, TN. KVAN Program Director, 1960-62. KRDR Music Director, 1967-73.

    1975 KOAP-FM expanded SCA sub-carrier channel hours with the addition of the “Radio Reading Service.”

    1984 Bill Mears died at age 73 in Portland. KOIN AM/FM Asst. Manager & Program. Director, 1969-71 & Program. Director, 1953-69.

    1999 Archie F. Brusch died at age 76 in Woodburn. KWRC builder & Chief Engineer, 1964-66. KATU Transmitter Engineer.

    2005 KRMZ Spanish Love Songs “Romance 1150” became KXMG “Magia” switched to Spanish Adult Contemporary.

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    Craig_Adams
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    FEBRUARY 4TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1924 Marko Haggard was born in Hastings, Nebr. KGW host of “Talk It Out”, 1965-66. KATU.

    1926 KQP 1410 kilocycles (212.6 meters) moved to 319 meters (939.8 kilocycles). Continuing 1 K.W. power.

    1927 KFIF (KBPS) Benson, became the first school station in the Northwest to broadcast a basketball game.

    1958 Camas-Washougal Radio sold KRIV Camas, to William B. & Cathryn C. Murphy for an undisclosed price.

    1985 Mel Bailey died at age 71 in Palm Springs, CA. KXL AM/FM Station Manager, 1966-74 & Program. Director, 1961-66.

    1985 Ken Lomax died at age 60 in Springfield. KYXI Personality, 1968-72. KPOJ Personality, 1956-59. KISN.

    1987 Tom Warner died at age 52 in Troutdale. Ore. KVAN-910 Air Personality, 1954-55. KUMA, KBCH.

    2005 KRSK-HD1 on 105.1-1, began broadcasting in Digital IBOC a simulcast of KRSK’s Hot A.C. format.

    2010 KOOR Variety “Oregon’s Community Station” switched to Spanish News/Talk “W Radio 1010 AM.”

    2012 Jaime Cooley died at age 33 in Cathlamet, WA. KNRK Asst. Program Director & Music Director, 2003-08.

    2015 KGDD 1520 kHz, Oregon City, changed their call letters to KXET and changed format to Russian Christian.

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    semoochie
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    The other day, I ran into a KOOR Broabcasting Company in (I believe) Virginia.

    #26973

    Craig_Adams
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    FEBRUARY 5TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1892 Dorothy Stimson Bullitt was born in Seattle, WA. KGW AM/TV President, 1957-61. On the King board.

    1898 Frank Trevor was born in Moline, Ill. KOIN pianist, 1929-1951 and “Koin Klock” program co-host.

    1922 7XF owner Charles L. Austin broadcasting nightly 30 to 60 minute “concerts” on the stations phonograph.

    1938 KGW broadcast by remote, the opening of Timberline Lodge 6:00 to 7:00 P.M., feed to the NBC Red chain.

    1965 KPAM/KPFM were knocked off the air at 11:15 A.M. to 6:30 P.M. by a windstorm. Gusts 85-90 M.P.H.

    1988 KKLI became KKSN-FM, continuing its Adult Contemporary format as “K-Lite 97 FM” for one day.

    2001 KBET 105.9 MHz., Vancouver WA., signed on the air with 4.4 K.W. Studios at: 5005 S.W. Macadam Ave. in Portland.

    2015 KXET 1150 changed their call letters to KGDD & changed their format to regional Mexican as “La Gran D.”

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    1899 Chester L. “Chet” Blomsness was born in Portland. KGW Sales Manager, 1936-55. KOIN 1930-36. KXL 1928-30.

    1918 Donald “Don” Boyd was born in New Mexico. KYXI Promotions Manager & Air Personality, 1971-72.

    1921 Robert “Bob” Whitely was born in Calif. KOIN National Sales Manager, 1958-67. KPOJ Promo. Manager, 1952-55.

    1988 KKSN-FM A.C. “K-Lite 97 FM” switched to Oldies simulcast of KKSN 910 as “97 Kisn spells KISN.”

    1988 Ina Hood died at age 87 in West Linn, Oregon. Former KGW staff solo singer, 1928 to 1929. KOIN.

    1995 KINK 620 kHz., Triple A simulcast became KOTK switching format to Hot Talk as “Super Talk 620.”

    2002 KKJZ changed call letters to KLTH, standing for “K-Lite” and continuing its A.C. format as “Light Rock 106.7.”

    2011 KZZR Government Camp, signed on the air with 3.4 K.W., Regional Mexican music as “La Zeta 94.3.”

    2015 Jim Howe died at age 75 in Beaverton. KEX News Director, 1965-94 & KEX Newscaster, 1962-01. KUMA.

    2015 Bill Minckler died at age 66 in Carefree, AZ. KKCW Program Director, 1987-04. KGW Program Director, 1981-84.

    2016 Steve Shepard died at age 91 in Bellaire, TX. KISN President, 1972-76 & Vice-President & General Manager, 1964-72.

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    Craig_Adams
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    FEBRUARY 7TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1898 Leith Abbott was born in Dunsmuir, Calif. KALE Director of Publicity & Public Relations, 1944-46.

    1904 Harold Singleton was born in Golden, CO. KRTV Founder, 1954-58. KGW AM/FM Chief Engineer, 1946-53.

    1926 KQP began leasing its air time to “The Portland News” paper. Slogan “KQP & The Portland News.”

    1977 KBOO back on air after transmitter problems on 1-16-77. New 27 year old transmitter was installed.

    2004 Bill Wingo died at age 77 in Enterprise. KWAY Station Manager, 1961. KRWC/KGGG News Director, 1959-60.

    2009 KQSO-LP 102.9 MHz., Newberg, signed on air with 1 watt of power. Transmitter Chehalem Mountain.

    2011 KPWX “La PaloMa” switched back to Regional Mexican as “1130 AM La Mexicana” after just 14 days.

    2016 Dave Anderson died at age 55 in Portland. KPAM co-host “Mark & Dave” 2013-16 & KEX 2002-13. KATU.

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    Craig_Adams
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    FEBRUARY 8TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1906 Ted R. Gamble was born in Nevada, MO. KOIN AM/FM/TV President, 1953-60. Portland Theater owner.

    1948 KPDQ began it’s first religious weekday program “Wings of Healing” 8:30 A.M. with Dr. Thomas Wyatt.

    1953 KPAM/KPFM became the first stations in Portland to broadcast channeled “Stereo” simultaneously.

    1981 Donovan “Don” Zundel died at age 66 in Portland. KPDQ Program Director, 1947-51. KPFM 1946-47. KEX, KXL.

    1989 KKSN 910 kHz., Oldies “Kisn-FM” simulcast, switched format to Adult Standards as “Sunny 910.”

    1998 George Cowan died at age 49 in Beaverton. KGAR Air Personality, 1970’s. KOIN-TV Technician for 25 years.

    2006 KBVM 88.3 MHz., moved its Antenna from the KOIN-TV tower to the adjacent Sylvan Tower, LLC.

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    Craig_Adams
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    FEBRUARY 9TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1947 Dave Paull was born in Boston, MA. KGW News Director, 1980-82. KKLI News Director, 1986. KEX/KKCW.

    1948 KEX’s debuted the sarcastic “Women Shouldn’t Listen” show at 9:15 A.M. A contest about contests.

    1959 KBPS Centennial program: Mike Haggerty, Oregon Historical Society, 8th grade, Robert Gray School.

    1963 KPOJ-FM 98.7 MHz., signed back on the air after 4 months. Damaged from The Columbus Day Storm.

    1996 KGON 92.3 MHz., celebrated its 22nd birthday with Blue Oyster Cult in concert at the Roseland Theater.

    2012 Homer F. Rohse died at age 92 in McMinnville. KMCM News Director, 1950-53. News-Register General Manager.

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    Craig_Adams
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    FEBRUARY 10TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1907 United Wireless Telegraph Co. announced plans to build Portland’s first wireless station: “PE.”

    1920 Chuck Foster was born in Yakima, WA. KXL News Director, 1952-55. KGW News Director, 1950-52.

    1959 KBPS interviews Ted Hallock who was State Coordinator for the Oregon Centennial Exposition.

    1967 KISN’s first annual “Kisn Bridal Fair” took place in the Grand Ballroom of the “Portland Hilton Hotel.”

    1978 KXL’s old 82nd & Sunnyside studios were burnt to the ground, during a Clackamas Fire Dept., exercise.

    1997 KEZF 1040 kHz., became KLVP standing for K-Love Portland, continuing its Contemporary Christian format.

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    Craig_Adams
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    FEBRUARY 11TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1905 Kelmar LeMaster was born in Washington. KALE Director of Public Relations & Promotion, 1946-48.

    1908 Luke L. Roberts was born in Oregon. KOIN Program Director, 1951-52 & Farm Director, 1948-51.

    1924 George R. Sanders was born in Michigan. KWJJ General Manager, 1966-73, & News Director, 1963-73.

    1927 KWBS signed on air with 10 watts on 200 meters (1498.9 K.C.) Owner was William Berthold Schaeffer.

    1929 KGW broadcast the First All-musical Program from the Northwest over NBC transcontinental, the “Empire Builder” program.

    1931 KGW began broadcasting transcriptions at 2:00 P.M. The duel machines cost $1,000. Weight 500 lbs.

    1959 KGON 1520 K.C., featured the Centennial LP record “Oregon! Oregon!” by Stan Freberg at 9:05 P.M.

    1966 KWAY 1570 K.C., assets were sold at 4:30 P.M. by the County Administrative Officer of Washington County.

    1973 Rodney F. Johnson sold KWJJ to Roy H. Park Broadcasting of Roanoke, Inc., for: $2,500,000.

    1985 Russ Conrad died at age 63 in Milwaukie. KEX Personality, 1955-75. KYXI News Anchor, 1978-83.

    1986 Holiday Radio, sold KSLM/KSKD 105.1 MHz to Ronette Communications Corp. for $1,200,000.

    2005 KGON 92.3 MHz., presented the first day of the “Top 923 Countdown” of Classic Rock songs.

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    Craig_Adams
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    FEBRUARY 12TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1938 KGW became first in Portland to install a transcription cutter (RCA equipment) to record its own programs.

    1938 KOIN special “Battleship Oregon.” Race from Pacific to the Atlantic. Outbreak of Spanish-American War.

    1959 KBPS presented an Oregon Centennial speech by writer and historian Stewart Holbrook at 7:00 P.M.

    2007 KKSN 910 kHz., became KTRO standing for “Talk Radio Oregon” and continuing its Talk format.

    2015 KXET 1520 kHz., Oregon City changed their call letters to KQRR & continued Russian Christian format.

    2015 KQRR 1130 kHz., Mount Angel changed their call letters to KXET. Continued Russian religious radio.

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    FEBRUARY 13TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1897 Richard Montgomery was born in Portland. KEX “Book Chat” host, 1973-79 & 1933-42. KGW 1925-33.

    1907 Thomas D. “Tom” Rishworth was born in Saint Paul, Minn. KGW Assistant Manager, 1954-56.

    1926 Delmar R. “Del” Lundbom was born in Oregon. KGON 1230 K.C., Program Director & News Director, 1949-51.

    1928 KXL 1360 kilocycles, debuted the program “Night Squawkers” Monday nights, 10:30 P.M. to Midnight.

    1948 Dick Haller died at age 53 in Honolulu, HI. KGW’s First Program Director, 1923-34 & Hoot Owl, 1923-29.

    1956 KVAN 910 K.C., moved main studios from their transmitter site at Smith Lake to 707 Main St. in Vancouver, WA.

    1956 KVAN 910 K.C., directional day & night with 1kw power switched to non-directional daytime only.

    1959 KBPS 1450 K.C., presented “Songs For The Centennial” an Ainsworth Elementary School program, 4:45 P.M.

    1961 KPFM 97.1 M.C., became the first FM station in the Portland area to broadcast on a 24 hour schedule.

    1967 Steven M. Forsyth was born in Denver, Colo. KNRK General Sales Manager, 1996-00. KGON/KFXX 1993-95.

    1984 KUPL 1330 kHz., “The Music of Your Life” Nostalgia format changed to “More Country Favorites.”

    2001 KBET changed its call letters to KSTE-FM, standing for “Star 105-9” and continuing its Modern A.C. format.

    2005 Kay West #1 died at age 96 in Portland. KEX host of “At Home with Kay West”, 1945-55. KGW, KOIN.

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    Craig_Adams
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    FEBRUARY 14TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1912 Frank H. Coffin was born in Portland. KGW AM/FM Assistant Manager & Program Director, 1950-52.

    1919 Richard K. “Dick” Millison was born in Pateros, WA. KUIK President, 1973-78. KRTV Station Manager, 1956.

    1930 KGW “Hoot Owls” Valentine Party show. Guest: Eddie Peabody, King of The Banjo, at 10:40 P.M.

    1936 KEX and American Legion Auxiliary dedicated a program to the Sons & Daughters of Oregon Pioneers.

    1937 KEX presented Quincy Scott, Oregon Pioneers Society, speaking on “Oregon And Its American Ideals.”

    1953 Philip L. “Phil” Jackson died at age 59 in Portland. KALE/KPOJ & KPOJ-FM President, 1944-53.

    1955 Ronald G. “Ronnie” Callvert died at age 81 in La Jolla, CA. KGW Hoot Owl “Grand Skidoo” 1925-28.

    1957 KRTV which stood for “Radio Tualatin Valley” changed its call letters to KUIK, standing for “Radio Quick.”

    1959 KEX & KPOJ broadcast Vice-President, Richard Nixon’s Oregon Centennial speech at Salem’s Capitol.

    1959 KPOJ broadcast the Centennial Banquet in the U.S. National Bank Building, lobby. V.P. Nixon spoke.

    1961 KOIN “Time To Remember” program. Musical Valentine for sweethearts featured romantic songs.

    1971 KXL AM-FM “Sunday Spectacular/Happy Birthday Oregon.” Story in poetry & song with Gov. Tom McCall.

    1979 Barney Keep broadcast his last morning show on KEX, from a packed house at “Civic Theater.”

    1983 KAAR 1480 kHz., Top 40 “Car Radio” switched to Solid Gold Oldies “Car Radio, The All American.”

    1989 KYTE-FM changed its call letters to KKCY, standing for “The City”, continuing its New Age A.C. format.

    1996 KBNP & KBMS were knocked off the air for days because of heavy flooding at their transmitter sites.

    2000 Rosie O’Donnell’s controversy with KRSK, “Rosie 105″s slogan, went nationwide in “People” Magazine.

    2003 KKJY changed its call letters to KDZR in preparation for “Radio Disney” format change. Stayed Christian.

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