THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (FEBRUARY)

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    FEBRUARY 15TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1950 KWJJ 1080 K.C., was off the air most of the day beginning at 6:00 A.M. when a transformer burned out.

    1971 KBPS 1450 kHz., raised daytime power from 250 watts to 1,000 watts. Continued at 250 watts nights.

    1974 Frederick E. “Fred” Miller died at age 63 in Portland. KBPS Chief Engineer, 1938-39.

    1989 KOAP-FM changed call letters to KOPB-FM, standing for “Oregon Public Broadcasting” continuing format.

    1991 KMJK 1550 kHz., reverted call letters back to KVAN after 1 1/2 years, continuing KMXI Hot A.C. simulcast.

    2011 Kay West (#2) died at age 82 in Portland. KEX host of “Coffee with Kay West”, 1955-55.

    2012 Walter N. “Wally” Nelskog died at age 92 in Mill Creek, WA. KYXI Vice-President, 1967-68.

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    FEBRUARY 16TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1959 KVAN 910 K.C., became a secondary Portland CBS Radio affiliate, running one newscast a day.

    1968 Leith F. Abbott died at age 70 in Portland. KALE Director of Publicity & Public Relations, 1944-46.

    2003 KDZR 1640 kHz., began playing a test loop of the song “Be Our Guest” Preparation for “Radio Disney” debut.

    2006 KGON-HD2 92.3-2 became Portland’s first station to begin a 2nd Digital IBOC channel with “Live Rock.”

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    FEBRUARY 17TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1927 KXL 400 meters (749.6 kilocycles) moved temporarily to 770 kilocycles, continuing with 50 watts of power.

    1939 KOIN show “Everybody Wins” live from “Fields Motor Car Co.” Public invited. $25 in cash prizes. 7:30 P.M.

    1941 KGW debuted “Listen Ladies” hosted by Vere Kneeland at 9:15 A.M., Monday through Saturdays.

    1950 KWJJ-FM announced it would be closing down the FM station after grossing a total of $8.00 in 1949.

    1952 Wilbur J. Jerman sold KWJJ to Rodney F. Johnson for $200,000. Rod was a KWJJ announcer & technician.

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    FEBRUARY 18TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1924 KFEC The Meier & Frank station on 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) moved to 248 meters (1208.8 kilocycles).

    1927 KLIT signed on the air on 860 kilocycles with 7 1/2 watts from its studio & transmitter site at 475 21st St.

    1930 Jim Braun was born in Portland. KBOO host of their early morning classical shows, 1990-09.

    1939 Richard Conner was born in Portland. KLIQ weekend disc jockey, 1964. KOHI St. Helens, 1964-65. KBPS.

    1943 KGW “Schools at War” program debuted. Different schools told what they were doing for the war effort.

    1991 KVAN 1550 kHz., dropped its KMXI “Mix 106” simulcast 6:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. for a Light A.C. format.

    1994 KKBK “Classical 106.7 K-Bach” switched their format to “Portland’s All New Smooth Jazz 106.7.”

    1994 KMUZ Soft Adult Contemporary “Radio 1-2-3” switched to Classical, as “K-Bach, Digital Stereo 1230.”

    2000 Byron R. Paul died at age 90 in Portland. KOIN AM/FM/TV Transmitter Supervisor, 1934-74.

    2003 KDZR 1640 kHz.,, debuted the “Radio Disney” satellite format, broadcasting 24 hours a day.

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    FEBRUARY 19TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1905 Edmund B. “Ed” Craney was born in Spokane, Wash. KXL Co-owner & Vice President, 1937-55.

    1912 Lucille Powell was born in St. Helens. KGW-KEX Executive Secretary to Managing Director, 1934-44.

    1978 KUPL 1330 kHz., affiliated with the NBC Radio Network. Predecessor KPOK dropped Mutual Network in mid 1973.

    1985 Don Rickles died at age 57 in Glendale, Calif. KGW Announcer, 1946-48. KVAN-910, KBPS, NBC-TV.

    1990 KMJK 1550 kHz. and KMJK-FM Classic Rock switched to a Hot A.C. format as “The All New Magic 107.”

    2007 KPOJ 620 kHz., “Thom Hartmann” show began syndication, filling Al Franken’s spot on “Air America.”

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    FEBRUARY 20TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1912 Louis C. Cook was born in Douglas, Wyo. KVAN 910 K.C., Program Director, 1941-42.

    1919 Wireless censorship restrictions were lifted in Portland and on the Pacific Ocean. WWI had ended.

    1919 Dick Wesson was born in Shoshone, ID. KPOJ Newscaster, 1948-50. KALE DJ, 1946-48. Disney Announcer.

    1971 AP & UPI erroneously reported a National Emergency existed. Six Oregon stations out of 40 signed off.

    1981 KLIQ 1290 kHz., changed community city of license from Portland, OR. to Lake Oswego, OR.

    1982 KAAR was off the air two days. Heavy rains caused high water to short out its transformer for the station.

    1984 KYXI “News Radio 1520” switched to the “Stardust” nostalgia format, except for the morning news.

    1997 Embarcadero Media, Inc. sold KOTK/KINK-FM to EXCL Communications, Inc. Undisclosed price.

    2003 FCC rescinded KBOO’s $7,000 fine for violating indecency rule on its 1999 “Soundbox” program.

    2014 KXJM “Wild 107.5” switched fully back to “Jam’n 107-5” at 12 Noon. The slow change began January 16th.

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    FEBRUARY 21ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1920 Herb Davidson was born in Portland. KPOJ/KPOK/KUPL AM/FM Chief Engineer, 1956-77. KOIN-TV Chief Engineer.

    1923 Bill Howlett was born in Portland. KISN News Director, 1961-63 & Night News Editor, 1963-76. KVAN 1955-59. KLIQ.

    1926 KGW dedicated 8th floor studios at 6:30 P.M., expanding from the 7th floor. Two studios and an announcer booth.

    1939 Jim Howe was born in Tigard. KEX News Director, 1965-94 & KEX Newscaster, 1962-01, KUMA. KCRE.

    1940 KWJJ installed Western Union printer at the transmitter studio for telegraph requests on Sammy Taylor’s “Jamboree.”

    1951 Pioneer Broadcasters, Inc. sold KGW Radio to Samuel I. Newhouse & Mitzi E. Newhouse for $350,000.

    1952 Marshall Moss was born in Wichita, Kan. KRDR/KKGR/KMUZ AM/FM Program Director, 1988-95.

    1966 Jeannette Cramer died at age 71 in Beaverton. Host of “KGW Cooking School.” On KGW 1923-35.

    1975 Johnny Carpenter died at age 69 in Portland. KOIN Radio-TV Sports Director, 1953-69. Joined KOIN in 1937.

    1985 Columbia-Willamette Broadcasting Co. sold KKCW (FM) to Fairwest Enterprises, for: $5,060,000.

    1991 George Page died at age 48 in Portland. KBOO host of “Jazz Rap” 1972-91. KKSN 1982-84. KATU 1968-75.

    1999 Dean H. Woodring died at age 65 in Portland. KGW Station Manager, 1972-75. KGW-TV Vice-President & General Manager.

    2001 KINK-FM 101.9 MHz., reverted its call letters back to KINK (FM).

    2004 KWJJ-FM 99.5 MHz., moved studios from the old IBM Building to The Bancroft Building at 9:58 P.M.

    2008 Kenneth “Ken” Ford died at age 80 in Hockinson, Wash. KVAN 1480 Air Personality in late 1960’s.

    2014 KXRY 91.1 MHz., Portland, began operation with 7 watts as “Xray-FM.” Formerly KRRC Reed College.

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    FEBRUARY 22ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1919 Jack W. Adkins was born in Oregon. KPDQ Chief Engineer, 1951-52 & KPDQ Farm Director, 1952-53.

    1925 KGW 492 meters (609.3 kilocycles) moved to 610 kilocycles. First Oregon station to switch to kilocycles.

    1932 Addie Bobkins was born in Los Angeles, CA. KISN Air Personality, 1963-64. KKEY 1975. KEX 1956-57. KXL 1955. KWJJ 1953.

    1950 Adah Louise (Murphy) was born in Los Angeles, CA. KVAN 1480 kHz., Program Director/Sales Manager, 1968-72.

    1965 Ivan Jones died at age 61 in Rainier. KGW Farm Director, 1954-59. KEX Farm Director, 1951-54. KOIN 1932-45.

    1984 KKCW 103.3 MHz., Beaverton began testing its transmitter at the KPDX (TV) tower site on Skyline.

    1993 Mary Cullen died at age 91 in Reno, NV. KPOJ host of “Mary Cullen Open House”, 1948-58. KALE 1944-48.

    2012 Herb Davidson died at age 92 in Portland. KPOJ/KPOK/KUPL AM/FM Chief Engineer, 1956-77. KOIN-TV Chief Engineer.

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    FEBRUARY 23RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1893 George Sturley was born in Vancouver, Wash. KGW Engineer & Technician, 1929-33. Amateur 7BJ, 7GS.

    1944 Mike Johnson was born in Cleveland, OH. KMHD Producer. KZSC Co-Producer of “Closet Free Radio.”

    1956 KRWC 1570 K.C., broadcast the 10th annual “All-Northwest Barbershop Ballad Contest” live from Forest Grove.

    1979 KBOO, KJIB, KPAM-FM, KPDQ-FM, KQFM, KXL-FM off the air when a tree limb fell across a feeder line.

    2004 KOTK 1080 kHz., moved studios from the old IBM building to the Bancroft building at 7:40 P.M.

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    FEBRUARY 24TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1870 Carol P. Leadbetter was born in Calif. KGW-KEX President, 1941-44 & KGW AM/FM President, 1944-47.

    1891 Aaron M. “Bud” Frank was born in Portland. KFEC Station Manager, 1922-29 & Meier & Frank Co. President.

    1948 KPFM sponsored a Radio Dealers show in the Benson High auditorium to “Hear The Story of F.M.”

    1984 KKCW Beaverton signed on the air on 103.3 MHz. with 85 K.W. Studios were at “Center Plaza West” building.

    1990 Johnnie Ray died at age 63 in Los Angles, CA. KVAN Host “Johnnie Ray Music” Mon. Wed. Fri. 5:15 P.M., 1948.

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    FEBRUARY 25TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1900 Ina Hood was born in Charlotte, N.C? KGW staff solo singer, 1928-29. Also on KOIN. Mother of Ern Hood.

    1926 KGW debuted “The Vaudeville Hour” variety show which included Tommy Luke’s singing Flower Girls.

    1991 Ernie “Ern” Hood died at age 67 in Portland. A founding member of KBOO & Air Personality, 1973-84.

    2010 Dick Bogle died at age 79 in Portland. KEX “Minority View” Host, 1972-77. KMHD 2007-09. KATU.

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