THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (FEBRUARY)

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  • #35107
    Craig_Adams
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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.

    #35151
    Craig_Adams
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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.

    2000 Alice Baughman died at age 85 in Oregon City. KGON 1230 K.C., Host of “Aunt Alice Tales for Tots.”

    #35152
    Craig_Adams
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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.

    #35165
    Craig_Adams
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    FEBRUARY 26TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1922 “The Morning Oregonian” newspaper inaugurated a permanent column “Radio News” on Sundays.

    1973 KEX began an experiment. Their first telephone talk show, hosted by Peter Marland-Jones, 10:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.

    1995 KGON celebrated their 21st anniversary with Cheap Trick in concert at the downtown Marriott.

    2000 Bob Craig “The Old Backwoodsman” died at age 71 in Portland. KRDR Air Personality, 1977-86.

    #35189
    Craig_Adams
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    FEBRUARY 27TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1922 7XF began broadcasting U.S. Public Health Bulletins at 8:45 P.M. by request of the local medical field.

    1931 KGW purchased property in Faloma, OR. (off North Denver Ave.) for their new KGW transmitter site.

    1943 KGW “Stars of Tomorrow” kids gave their last radio performance in the windows of “Star Furniture.”

    1970 KPFM changed its call letters to KPAM-FM, standing for “K-Pam, Stereo 97.” “The Best Rock In Stereo.”

    1971 KOIN-FM 101.1 MHz., antenna was destroyed when KOIN-TV tower collapsed from a thick ice coating.

    2002 KRSK settled its slogan litigation with the Rosie O’Donnell lawyers. “Rosie 105” became “Rosey 105.”

    2010 Arthur M. “Joe” Clifford died at age 89 in Tigard. Former KGW Local Sales Manager, 1962-65.

    #35191
    semoochie
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    “1970 KPFM changed its call letters to KPAM-FM, standing for “K-Pam, Stereo 97.” “The Best Rock In Stereo.”” For anyone who wasn’t here in 1970, “The Best Rock in Stereo” was Top 40 because that’s basically what Rock was. Album Rock had started to make inroads but wasn’t really there yet, to be able to own the Rock title.

    #35201
    Andy Brown
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    ““The Best Rock in Stereo” was Top 40 because that’s basically what Rock was.”

    No, wrong, inaccurate, that’s what radio was thriving on because Top 40 was based on the sale and airplay of 45 singles. Although album rock was still young (1966), the sale of albums was growing at an incredible rate and 45’s lost ground in overall sales even if many radio stations still clung to what they were doing. I witnessed the smaller area for 45’s at Sam Goody when I was a teenager in the 60’s. In the store it became mostly albums. The rise of stadium concerts was also big blow to Top 40 because many of the bands that could sell out big venues had little to no presence on Top 40 stations. Some had no singles out at all in 1970 but were packing stadiums and not playing bubble gum shit. But one thing for sure, Top 40 was not, repeat NOT, what rock was. It never was, in fact. Rock was live performances beginning in the 60’s and never let go.
    At some point in the 70’s Top 40 became fragmented into hot hits and a bunch of other terms used to market the change to FM radio. The term Top 40 was coined in 1960. By the early ’70s the writing was on the wall and the money controllers knew it. It didn’t filter down to programmers right away because ad money still flowed . . . for a while. In the 80’s when CHR took over for Top 40 and played even less of an assortment of artists, it was the death knell for AM country wide. It was FM CHR and not MTV that killed AM Top 40. Of course, here in Portland, which apparently was always a few years behind in these matters and never really started anything new but rather copied what was successful elsewhere, Top 40 lasted a few years longer then in the larger markets. After KISN committed suicide by owner, KGW and some lightweight stations tried to continue with Top 40 but it was futile. Top 40 was, after all, built on hype and repetition. It was relevant for about 20 years. It never was about music, it was about money.

    #35209
    Craig_Adams
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    FEBRUARY 28TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1903 Edris M. Noble (later Cox) was born in Portland. KOIN 940 K.C., Dramatic Director, 1928-38.

    1924 Steve Shepard was born in Chelsea, Mass. KISN Vice-President & General Manager, 1964-72. KOIL Vice-President & General Manager, 1958-64.

    1931 Scripps Newspapers sold KOIN 940 K.C., to Journal Publishing Co., owners of “The Oregon Journal.”

    1931 KEX 1180 K.C., affiliated with UBC Network and continued to carry programs from its own NBS chain.

    1955 KPFM 97.1 M.C., began broadcasting from the new 280 ft. KLOR (TV-12)/KPFM tower on Sentinel Hill.

    1956 Charles O. Chatterton died at age 64 in Merced, CA. KGW-KEX Manager, 1937-39. KGW Manager, 1931-37.

    1958 Tom B. Purcell, KGRO Gresham Co-owner, critically injured in car accident. Father Tom W. Purcell died.

    1972 KLIQ-FM 92.3 MHz., was knocked off the air for five days when a severe windstorm damaged its antenna.

    1988 Dick Brown died at age 77 in Portland. KALE/KPOJ AM-FM/KPOK AM-FM General Manager, 1948-73.

    1988 KZRC Milwaukie signed on the air on 1010 kHz., with 4.5 K.W. Transmitter on: S.E. Hogan Rd. in Gresham.

    1998 KKEY changed its call letters to KKGT, standing for “Great Talk”, continuing its Talk Radio format.

    FEBRUARY 29TH. LEAP DAY

    1924 Mel Blanc, 15, performed two vaudeville numbers as guest on KGW’s “Hoot Owls” for the first time.

    1936 KEX presented “Safeway Circus Court” 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. Highlights: Leap Year & Lent. Love & Fish, etc.

    #35210
    semoochie
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    Andy, I’m not debating anything you said, although I thought Todd Storz named it Top 40 when he invented it in 1952. My point was that Top 40 had been synonymous with Rock and in 1970, still was. I’m not saying that Album Rock(AOR came later.)wasn’t considered Rock, just not all by itself. I only brought this up because people who are too young to remember, probably thought Craig’s post referred to an Album Rock station, which it did not.

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