THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (FEBRUARY)

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    Craig_Adams
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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.”

    #34477

    semoochie
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    “1965 KYMN Top 40 “Kim Radio 1520” Oregon City, switched format to Good Music as “Fine Kim Music.”” Biggest kick in the pants ever was the billboard reading, “Don’t you wish your children listened to KYMN?”. Well, they did, up until that point!

    #34497

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

    The final nail in the coffin. That was really the day that the entire KISN bubble burst for the what seemed at the time to be the end. However, the pubescent love of screaming jocks and bubble gum music is like a vampire, you can’t kill it unless you drive a silver stake through its heart. That heart would resurface on 95.1 several years later, although it would be canned. So what is the real reason for KISN LP vacating their Mt. Scott nest? It must be money. Such a shame. Coverage will be about one half of what it was.

    #34518

    Craig_Adams
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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 General Manager, 1944-46. KGW-KEX General Manager, 1943-44. KGW-KEX Managing Director, 1941-43.

    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.

    #34527

    Craig_Adams
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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.

    #34528

    semoochie
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    “So what is the real reason for KISN LP vacating their Mt. Scott nest?” The nearest I can tell, the Kisn people don’t seem to know and aren’t that concerned because they figure it will have an online presence soon. I’m sure that the KISN-LP people know the answer. Oh, in a related area, that other 95.1 LPFM was granted.

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    #34543

    Andy Brown
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    “aren’t that concerned” “online”

    We’ve seen that before. It didn’t work, remember? Somewhere along the line, someone or some group has to pay the bills.

    #34553

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    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.

    #34564

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    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.

    1926 Bill Mason was born in Morrison, IL. KXL Chief Announcer, 1947-50. KCIM News Director, 1952-53. WOC.

    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 wind storm. 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.”

    #34587

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    FEBRUARY 6th. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    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 Promotions Manager, 1952-55.

    1988 KKSN-FM A.C. “K-Lite 97 FM” switched to an Oldies simulcast with 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.

    #34648

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    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.

    2017 Jeff Douglas died at age 70 in Tigard. KINK Program Director, 1968-72 & Station Manager, 1972-78. KGW-TV 1979-90.

    #34684

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    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.

    #34685

    semoochie
    Participant

    “2017 Jeff Douglas died at age 70 in Tigard. KINK Program Director, 1968-72 & Station Manager, 1972-78. KGW-TV 1979-90.” Wasn’t Jeff Douglas on OPB for many years after that? I know he used to do the pledge drives.

    #34698

    Andy Brown
    Participant

    Douglas was known for creating OPB’s “Oregon Art Beat” series and for his outdoor work on “Oregon Field Guide” and historical documentary work on “Oregon Experience.”

    https://www.opb.org/news/article/opb-journalist-jeff-douglas-dies/

    #34719

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    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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