THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (FEBRUARY)

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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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    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 1st All-musical Program from the N.W. 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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    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.

    2017 John Kirby died at age 63 in Portland. KYXI Sportscaster for the Portland Winterhawks, hockey team 1983.

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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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    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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