THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (JANUARY)

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    JANUARY 1ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1924 & 1925 KGW 492 meters (609.3 kilocycles) was silent, in order to give its staff one complete holiday.

    1926 KQP 229 meters (1309.1 kilocycles) moved temporary to 1410 kilocycles and shared time with KFWV.

    1926 KFWV 1410 kilocycles (The Wilbur Jerman station) began sharing time with KQP (The Harry Read station).

    1926 KGW carried “The Rose Bowl” game for the first time (via Western Union line) Univ. of Alabama vs Univ. of Washington.

    1927 KEX 670 kilocycles, signed back on the air. Vandals 5 days earlier had done $1,000 damage to transmitter site.

    1929 KGW carried via NBC for the first time “The Rose Bowl” Univ. of Calif. vs Georgia Tech. 1:30 P.M.

    1929 KXL 1250 kilocycles, presented at the stroke of midnight, a New Year’s special concert until 1:00 A.M.

    1930 KGW special New Year’s concert of organ music 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. A greeting to its listeners.

    1931 KGW presented live from the “Sign of The Rose Tea Shop” a special New Year’s program at 1:15 P.M.

    1934 KGW carried via NBC for the first time “The Tournament of Roses Parade” 9:45 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

    1936 KEX affiliated with NBC’s new Pacific Coast “Blue” Network and presented “The Rose Bowl” at 2:00 P.M.

    1938 Ronald A. “Ron” Hudson was born in Portland. KKEY Chief Engineer, 1968-98.

    1938 KALE carried via Mutual (MBS) “New Year’s Around The World” 8:00 A.M. & “America Sends Greetings” 5:00 P.M.

    1949 KGW special “1948 On Review.” Ten outstanding news events of 1948. (Vanport Flood) 6:00 P.M. to 6:15 P.M.

    1953 KEX AM/FM “New Year Show.” A review of Portland & Oregon news stories of 1952. 9:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

    1961 KGGG 1570 kilohertz, Forest Grove became KWAY, standing for Washington & Yamhill counties.

    1962 KEX presented a special “Program PM” 70 minute review of the top news stories of 1961 at 8:15 P.M.

    1963 KPDQ 800 kHz. & KPDQ-FM 93.7 MHz. “Top 10 Top Stories of 1962.” and what’s coming in space at 3:00 P.M.

    1966 KISN 910 kHz., began “20/20 News” News at 20 minutes before the hour & 20 past the hour.

    1967 KPAM/KPFM changed format described as 50% from Top 50 Albums, 20% Jazz and 20% Big Band.

    1968 KGAR affiliated with ABC’s new American Contemporary Radio Network. News at 54: past the hour.

    1968 KKEY affiliated with ABC’s new American Entertainment Radio Network. News at 30: past the hour.

    1968 KWJJ affiliated with ABC’s new American Information Radio Network. “News of the hour, on the hour.”

    1969 KWJJ 1080 kHz., switched ABC Networks from American Information to the Entertainment Network.

    1978 KQFM began broadcasting with Golden West personnel, continuing from “The Audio Group” building.

    1987 KWRC, Incorporated, sold KWRC to 94 Country, Inc. for $152,500. Clifford A. Zauner, President.

    1989 Gothic Broadcasting Corp. sold KKUL to KKUL Radio, Inc. for $225,000. Richard Hodge, President.

    1992 Eager Beaver died at age 69 in Seattle, WA. KPDQ Air Personality, 1957. KKEY 1958. KWJJ 1959-60. KLIQ.

    2005 KXL affiliated with Fox News Radio. “Your news, traffic & weather station, News Radio 750 KXL.”

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    JANUARY 2ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1915 Duncan Macleod was born in Portland. KOIN AM/FM Newscaster, 1946-56. KOIN/KALE 1938-46. KXL.

    1922 7YG demonstrated music broadcast’s, at Oregon Institute of Technology’s open house, 2:30 to 9:30 P.M.

    1924 Ed Leahy was born in Portland. KLIQ AM/FM Program Director, 1969. KGRO Program Director, 1961-62.

    1954 Jeff Davis was born in McMinnville. KPDQ AM/FM, KFIS Production Manager, 1994-2012. KWJJ Program Director.

    1967 KLIQ 1290 kHz., switched from Talk Radio and Jazz, to full time Talk. Slogan: “It’s The Talk of The Town.”

    2003 Crawford Broadcasting Co. sold KKSL 1290 kHz & KKJY 1640 kHz to Radio Disney Group, LLC for $3.8 Million.

    2008 Margaret “Midge” Cauthers died at age 67 in Sandy. KVAN/KARO/KAAR Office Manager, 1974-82.

    2014 Mayor, Tim Leavitt proclaimed KPAM’s “Bob Miller Day In Vancouver”, saluting his retirement.

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    JANUARY 3RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1929 KXL debuted “Howling Order of Portland Tom Cats” variety show, 10 to midnight, similar to the KGW Hoot Owls.

    1934 KGW 620 K.C., opened its new Oregonian 7th floor studios with all Western Electric studio equipment.

    1934 KGW established a separate news bureau, using UP & INS. They were prohibited from using The Oregonian AP.

    1981 Henry Blanc died at age 76 in L.A. KXL Newscaster, 1955-56. KGW-KEX Announcer & Newscaster, 1930-34.

    1985 KRCK AOR “Rock 101” changed its call letters to KYTE-FM again, switching format as “Classical 101.”

    2014 Mayor, Charlie Hales proclaimed KPAM’s “Bob Miller Day In Portland.” Proclamation read by Jim Howe.

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    JANUARY 4TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1949 Michael Bailey was born in Portland. KKCW “K103” Air Personality, 1985-09. KINK Program Director, 1979-80.

    1958 KRWC 1570 K.C., Forest Grove switched its format from variety block programming to Christian programs.

    1964 Guy E. Mathews died at age 72 in Portland. KGRO Co-founder, 1956-59. Gresham City Councilman.

    1990 Helen Drill died at age 78 in La Grande. KBKO/KLIQ Co-owner & host of “Holiday For You with Helen Holiday.”

    1996 AK47 gunman took 4 hostages at “Koin Center” building. Shots fired, 2 wounded. KUPL salesman confronted.

    2006 John A. “Jack” Luetjen died at age 82 in Vancouver, WA. KKEY Sales Manager, 1958-61. KRTV General Manager & Program Director.

    2011 KXPD 1040 kHz., signed off the air after 8 days. This was done most likely to renew their S.T.A.

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    JANUARY 5TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1901 Forrest Berg was born in San Francisco, Calif. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Squeak”, 1929-30.

    1919 Skip Hathaway was born in Battle Ground, WA. KMCM Chief Engineer, 1949-51. KUGN Chief Engineer, KASH.

    1922 Althee J. Renwick. Later Althee Kleiner was born in Oregon. KWJJ Musical Director, 1942-43.

    1979 KYTE-FM Contemporary music “The FM Kite” switched format to the “New Country Stereo 101.”

    2009 KTRO 910 kHz., “Talk Radio Oregon” switched format to a simulcast of “The Wolf” Country format.

    2010 Dr. Patricia L. Green “Pat” Swenson died at age 93 in Portland. KBPS Station Manager, 1947-94.

    2014 Annabeth Jamieson died at age 65 in Portland. KBOO host of “Eve’s Organic Garden” 1977-87.

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    JANUARY 6TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1902 Gwynn E. Bishop was born in Portland. KBPS Chief Engineer, 1933-38. Benson electrical instructor.

    1907 Helen Kleeb was born in South Bend, WA. KEX actress on “Covered Wagon Days” 1934-35. CBS-TV’s Waltons.

    1933 KGW “Hoot Owls” program ended 10 years on the air. Also was heard on KMO, KHQ, KFOA, KFJI.

    1949 Frank E. Marrion died at age 37 in Astoria. KVAN 910 K.C., Commercial Manager, 1945-46.

    1978 Isabel Errington died at age 65 in New York, NY. KGW actress: “Homicide Squad” & “On The Oregon Trail.”

    1992 KLVS 1290 kHz., signed back on the air with Christian programming. Studios: 4700 S.W. Macadam Ave.

    1992 “KGON Tower” worker Curtis M. Irwin, 22 years old, plunged to his death inside the center tower leg.

    2004 KWJJ-FM 99.5 MHz., became known as “The Wolf” at 5:00 P.M., continuing its Country format.

    2015 Mike Tanner died at age 68 in Hood River. KKSN-AM/FM Personality, 1987-93. KUPL AM/FM 1984-86.

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    JANUARY 7TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1929 Bob Craig “The Old Backwoodsman” was born in Spokane, WA. KRDR Air Personality, 1977-86.

    1937 KEX debuted “Hayloft Jamboree” Western music show based on NBC Blue Network’s “National Barn Dance.”

    1946 Discharged G.I. walked into KEX studio during a live program with Kay West & guest. He Yelled a demand.

    1960 KGW 620 kHz., an independent station since 4-1-1959 re-affiliated with the NBC Radio Network.

    1971 Republic Broadcasters, Inc. sold KYXI & KIMN AM/FM to Pacific & Southern Co. for $6,493,550.

    2002 KDBZ Talk “AM 6-20, The Buzz” changed call letters to KTLK, standing for “News/Talk 6-20 KTLK.”

    2006 KKSN “Kisn 9-10” debuted musician/singer Mark Lindsay’s Saturday night show “Mark After Dark.”

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    JANUARY 8TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1916 Eldon Campbell was born in Alert, Ind. KEX Sales Manager, 1945-50 & Program Director, 1945.

    1930 Portland Police Chief, Leon Jenkins asked City Council for $16,000. for a police broadcast station.

    1949 Uncle Nate’s “Stars of Tomorrow” moved from KGW to KEX. On Saturday Mornings at 10:00 A.M.

    1968 KXL-FM 95.5 MHz., began 24 hour operation, continuing to broadcast its “Good Music” format.

    1980 KVAN Progressive Rock “K-Van, The Mono Manics” switched to Top 40 radio as “Car Radio 1480.”

    1983 Tom McCall died at age 69 in Portland. KGW Commentator, 1952-54. KEX News Editor, 1946-49.

    1993 William N. Mahon died at age 88 in Gresham. KEX Station Manager & Program Director, 1926-27. KGW, 1922-26.

    1995 James M. Morris died at age 91 in Corvallis. KOAP-FM/TV Director of Educational Radio & TV, 1961-63.

    2010 KYCH-HD2 on 97.1-2 switched from Christmas music to the R&B, Technopop “Funkytown” format.

    2010 Bob Blackburn died at age 85 in Issaquah, WA. KEX Sports Director, 1953-58 & 1962-67. KPOJ, KXL, KWJJ.

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    JANUARY 9TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1912 Franklin “Frank” Hood was born in Madera, CA. KWJJ Chief Engineer, 1946-48. KWJJ Announcer, 1941-46.

    1917 Barney Keep was born in Portland. KEX Personality, 1945-79. KGW-KEX 1944-45. KXL 1943-44. KOAC.

    1929 Kay West (No. 2) was born in Madison, Wisc. KEX host of “Coffee with Kay West” 1955. WHA.

    1932 Jyrl Burris was born in Valley Falls, KS. Portland’s first female DJ, playing Popular music on KLIQ in 1952.

    1948 KPRA 95.7 M.C., moved to 95.5 M.C. Power had increased from 250 to 3,410 watts on Healy Heights.

    1949 KBKO 1290 K.C., conducted its first test broadcast at 10:00 A.M. from its transmitter site at Oaks Park.

    1949 Larry R. Bohnsack was born in Sheridan, WY. KLYC President & General Manager, 1990-2011.

    1959 KGW Middle of the Road format “Radio Active 6-2-0” switched to Top 40 echo “Sound 62” at 6:00 A.M.

    1981 KGW opened all-new broadcast facilities in “KGW Broadcast Center”, taking a year and a half to build.

    1987 KKRZ moved its antenna from Healy Heights KXL-FM tower to Skyline’s KPDX tower. New Harris transmitter.

    2004 Leon Drews died at age 97 in Portland. KHFS Organist, 1956. KALE 1941. KOIN 1935-40. KPRO, KFI.

    2006 KLTH Adult Contemporary “Light Rock 106.7, K-Lite” switched format to Classic Hits as “K-Hits 106-7.”

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    JANUARY 10TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1927 Johnnie Ray was born in Hopewell. KVAN host of Johnnie Ray Music, Mon./Wed./Fri. 5:15 P.M. in 1948.

    1942 “NBC Blue” Network heard over KEX became “The Blue Network.” NBC began the Network separation.

    1949 KBKO 1290 K.C., signed on the air with 1 K.W., daytime only, from studios in “The Carmen Building.”

    1979 KGON, KOAP-FM, KPAM-FM, KPDQ-FM, KQFM, KXL-FM, KUPL off the air most of the day, Ice Storm.

    2000 Chester R. “Chet” Duncan died at age 89 in Walnut Creek, CA. KOIN Public Relations Director, 1942-47.

    2001 Thom O’Hair died at age 58 in Eugene. KQFM “Q100” Program Director & Air Personality, 1980-81.

    2005 Don Porter died at age 84 in Portland. KGW Program Director, 1958-61. KXL Program Director, 1957-58. KPOJ.

    2010 KUPL became “Duck Country” for a day, supporting “The Oregon Ducks”, against The Auburn Tigers.

    2010 KWJJ “The Wolf” became “The Duck” for a day, supporting “The Oregon Ducks”, against Auburn Tigers.

    2011 KMHD-HD2 on 89.1-2 began broadcasting. Slogan call KZME’s local music format on K296FT 107.1

    2013 KUPL “New Country 98-7” switched slogan to “The New 98-7, The Bull” at midnight and DJ’s blown out.

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    JANUARY 11TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1908 Second Portland demonstration of wireless telegraph took place at the Sellwood Library at 7:45 P.M.

    1910 Gene Baker was born in Portland. KOIN Announcer & Singer, 1931-35. Then on KEX. Later “Queen For A Day” TV Announcer.

    1931 John Talley was born in Syracuse, NY. KBOO “Indian World” Host, 1977-00. First Portland Native American program.

    2006 Fred Eichhorn died at age 87 in Portland. KXL Operations Manager, 1956 & Program Director, 1942-43.

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    JANUARY 12TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1919 Claude Pike was born in Washington. KGON 1520 K.C., host, 1960-62. KRWC Christian News Analyst, 1959.

    1930 “The Oregonian” introduced a Sunday (bi-weekly) radio column “Behind The Microphone” (Behind The Mike).

    1946 KGW debuted “Name Your Music” contest show for NBC Pacific Coast stations, 4:30 to 5:00 P.M.

    1972 Ore L. Price died at age 94 in Portland. KGW-KEX President, 1938-39 and General Manager, 1927-38.

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    JANUARY 13TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1905 Charles L. “Ted” Baum was born in Portland. KGW staff performer, 1931-32. KOIN 1933.

    1909 Ernest E. “Earnie” Crater was born in Portland. KKEY Sales Manager, 1961-84. KHFS Sales Manager, 1954-57.

    1921 Barbara Angell was born in Berkeley, CA. KWJJ Host, 1960. KPDQ Host, 1957. KPTV, 1953-57.

    1925 Anton H. “Tony” Schmidt was born in Portland, Oregon. KOAP-FM/TV Chief Engineer, 1961-74.

    1949 Bill Minckler was born in Portland. KKCW Program Director, 1987-2004. KGW Program Director, 1981-84.

    1969 KXL 750 affiliated with ABC’s American Information Radio Network, but with limited network broadcasts.

    1970 KPOK-FM 98.5 MHz., reported operating with 1 K.W. for the past 2 weeks. Weather holding up antenna repair.

    2002 Dave Collins died at age 78 in Portland. KKEY Talk Host, 1971-83. KWRC, 1970-71. KLIQ AM-FM, 1969.

    2002 Rev. William J. Ashley-Cole died at age 94 in Anacortes Wash. KPAM/KPFM Co-owner, 1959.

    2005 KWJJ-HD1 on 99.5-1 began broadcasting in Digital IBOC, a simulcast of KWJJ’s Country format.

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    JANUARY 14TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1902 Tom Purcell was born in Iowa. KGRO Co-founder & President, 1956-59. “Gresham Outlook” Publisher.

    1920 Maryetta K. Devereaux was born in Aberdeen, WA. KPAM & KPFM Promotions Manager, 1960-63.

    1938 Byron Swanson was born in Longview, WA. KEX/KKRZ Chief Engineer, 1986-02. KUPL AM/FM Chief Engineer, 1982-86.

    1938 Paul Moore was born in Illinois. KKEY Talk Show Producer, 1976-81. KVAN 1480 K.C., Air Personality, 1963.

    1974 FCC granted KVAN 1480 kHz., a permit allowing the previous illegal transmitter move five years earlier.

    1997 KOTK 620 kHz., brought Don Imus to “The Benson Hotel” for a live “Imus In The Morning” broadcast.

    1997 Bryce R. Howard died at age 71 in Portland. KHFS/KKEY Chief Engineer, 1955-66. KEY Air Personality.

    2004 KBMS – ABC’s “Classic Soul Hits” format, switched back to “The Touch” Urban Contemporary format.

    2005 Craig Walker retired from KKCW “K103” mornings, after 35 years in Radio. KGW Program Director & KPAM AM-FM Program Director.

    2014 David S. “Dave” Strauss died at age 83 in Portland. KEX Promotions Manager, 1956-57. KGW Promotions Manager, 1956.

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    JANUARY 15TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1960 KISN held an open house for their new studios at 10 N.W. 10th Ave. Studios had opened on 11-28-59.

    1973 KEX affiliated with ABC’s American Information Network. They had lost ABC Radio to KGW on 12-17-56.

    1987 KMJK 1290 kHz., Lake Oswego, became KVIX, continuing its CHR format as slogan “Magic.”

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