THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (FEBRUARY)

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  • #34729

    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.

    #34756

    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 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.

    #34795

    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.

    #34838

    Craig_Adams
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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.

    #34854

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    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.

    #34887

    Craig_Adams
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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.

    #34921

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    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.”

    #34979

    Craig_Adams
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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.

    #34999

    Craig_Adams
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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.

    #35007

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    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.”

    #35017

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    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.

    #35042

    Craig_Adams
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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 Redfield, S.D. KEX News Director, 1965-94 & KEX Newscaster, 1962-01, KUMA News Director. 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.

    #35056

    Andy Brown
    Participant

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

    When I arrived in Portland in March of 1976, Herb was no longer chief at KUPL. Jim Heim was. He hired me p/t on the second day I was in town. I met Herb a few years later. Didn’t he end up over at KGW?

    #35064

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    Will correct the listing. Thanks for posting. My records were inconclusive as to where Herb ended up.

    #35065

    Craig_Adams
    Participant

    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 AM-FM, KPOK AM/FM, KUPL-FM Chief Engineer, 1956-75. KOIN-TV Chief Engineer.

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