This Day in Portland Radio History (February)(Archive Edition)

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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.

    #44215
    semoochie
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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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    semoochie
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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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