THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (JANUARY)

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    Craig_Adams
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    JANUARY 16TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1906 Warren K. “Dal” Dallas was born in California. KPFM Assistant General Manager, 1946-47.

    1942 Bernard D. “Bernie” Seitz was born in Oak Park, Ill. KJIB founder, President & General Manager, 1968-74.

    1951 Louise Palmer Weber died at age 71 in Portland. KOIN “Wise & Otherwise” host, 1929-32. KWJJ 1934.

    1977 KBOO 90.7 MHz., was off the air 3 weeks because of component failures from it’s new, used transmitter.

    1986 Herbert W. Armstrong died at age 93 in Pasadena, CA. KWJJ “Radio Church of God” host, 1937-42.

    1989 KBNP 1410 Khz., signed on air as Portland’s First All Business Station. 24 hours, 5 K.W. day, 9 watts night.

    1989 KKRZ’s Little Ricky Rocko, World’s Youngest D.J. on Z100 appeared in “People” magazine article.

    2009 Marian Speaker died at age 90 in San Mateo, CA. KPDQ “Doorway To Fine Music” organist, 1956-57.

    2014 KXJM “Wild 107.5” began using the phrase “Jam’n 107-5” periodically, buried in stopsets as a placeholder.

    2018 Larry Caramella died at age 92 in Oregon City. KXL Personality 1952-56. KPOJ AM/FM, KGW AM/TV, KATU.

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    Craig_Adams
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    JANUARY 17TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1921 Clint Gruber was born in Portland. KOIN Announcer & Newscaster, 1951-52 & 1955-65. KEX 1952-55.

    1929 John Lewis was born in Seattle, WA. KPAM/KPFM News Director, 1954-56. KXL AM/FM News Editor.

    1935 KEX’s “Everybody Sing!” show debuted. You were invited to come to the studios and sing at 8:30 P.M.

    1939 Pat Pattee was born in Portland. KISN Air Personality, 1961-73. KLSC 1973-76. KAAR 1983-85.

    1947 Steven R. “Steve” Nicholl was born in Washington. KPAM/KKAD Program Director, 2006-07.

    1957 Jack B. Bladine died at age 52 in McMinnville. KMCM Co-founder with brother. President, 1949-57.

    1970 KGW 620 kHz., introduced its first “62 KGW” music survey. #1 was “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin.

    1973 Lincoln Smith died of cancer at age 25 in Salem. KISN 20/20 Newscaster 1970. KAST 1966. KVAS 1967.

    1998 Gene Brendler died at age 70 in Portland. KXL Staff Announcer, 1950-53. KPTV 1953-92. KHFS D.J., 1956.

    2011 KLPM 1150 kHz., Christian Spanish “La PaloMa” switched format to Regional Mexican as “Exitos.”

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    Craig_Adams
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    JANUARY 18TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1901 Rollie Truitt was born in Boulder, CO. KPOJ AM/FM Sportscaster, 1958-62. KEX AM/FM 1957. KWJJ/KEX-FM 1952-56.

    1913 Danny Kaye was born in Brooklyn, NY. KXL AM/FM Co-owner, 1957-81 with KJR, KJRB, KISW, KCKN.

    1922 Eager Beaver was born in Martinsville, GA. KPDQ Air Personality, 1957. KKEY 1958. KWJJ, 1959-60.

    1942 Tom Michaels was born in Walla Walla, WA. KEX Production Manager, 1981-87. KISN Program Director, 1966-71.

    1971 KGAR 1550 kHz., Golden Hits and Afternoon Talk, switched format to Country, as “Town and Country KGAR.”

    1980 KVAN 1480 kHz., changed call letters to KARO, standing for slogan “Car Radio” continuing its Top 40 format.

    1984 Ernest E. “Earnie” Crater died at age 75 in Vancouver. KKEY Sales Manager, 1961-84. KHFS Sales. Manager, 1954-57.

    1992 Willard Harris died at age 69 in Portland. Co-founder of KGAR’s “Gospel Train” show, 1976-81.

    1993 Wally Rossmann died at age 79 in Portland. KPFM/KPAM Owner, 1967-80. KXL Station Manager, 1957-58.

    1994 Norman Peter “Norm” Herman died at age 68 in Portland. KEX Chief Engineer, 1966-71.

    2007 KMUZ 1230 kHz., Gresham, became KSZN, simulcasting Spanish Adult Hits as “La Bonita.”

    2007 KSZN 1010 kHz., Milwaukie, became KMUZ, simulcasting Spanish Adult Hits as “La Bonita.”

    2016 Jon Tuska died at age 73 in Portland. KOAP-FM host of “Encore” 1983-84.

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    Craig_Adams
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    JANUARY 19TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1934 Robert Ball was born in Hackensack, N.J. KPDQ AM/FM Vice-President & General Manager, 1963-84.

    1941 Kate P. Hebard died at age 67 in Portland. KGW-KEX President, 1939-41 & “The Oregonian” President.

    1950 KPOJ AM/FM knocked off the air on two occasions due to heavy ice on power lines to Mt. Scott.

    1955 KPFM 97.1 Mc. & KLOR (TV) channel 12, ground breaking for a new 280 foot co-owned tower at KPFM’s site.

    1956 KVAN 910 Mc., Vancouver began 24 hour operation with “Uncle Bill” Howlett, midnight to 6:00 A.M.

    1967 KWJJ lost one of its 200 foot towers during high winds. Cable clamp slipped. Was off the air, 1-1/2 hours.

    1984 Temple Ehmsen died at age 81 in Portland. KGON 1230 K.C. Co-founded & Chief Engineer, 1947-49.

    1987 KVIX CHR “Magic” switched format to Old-Time Radio, moving studios to the “Oswego Towne Square.”

    1991 Anthony Casey “The Dark Casanova” died at age 27 in Portland. KBMS 1480 kHz., Air Personality, 1988-91.

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    Craig_Adams
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    JANUARY 20TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1908 Portland’s 3rd wireless telegraph exhibition took place at Peninsula Reading Room with 40 boys attending.

    1909 George H. Ludtke was born in Nehalem. KWAY 1570 K.C., Forest Grove, Chief Engineer, 1962-65.

    1913 George W. Conner was born in Cripple Creek, CO. KVAN Program Director, 1951-55 & News Director, 1951-53.

    1980 Robert W. Ball, Jr. KPDQ AM/FM Vice President & General Manager was elected First Vice-President of the N.R.B.

    2001 Travis Carion Owens died at age 78 in Portland. Former KBVM 88.3 Megahertz, President.

    2004 Walter J.M. Kraus died at age 87 in Palm Springs, CA. KQIV Founder, 1972-76. KRAF Founder.

    2007 Virginia P. Symons died at age 90 in San Diego, CA. KXL Co-owner, 1941-55 & Program Director, 1941-42.

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    Craig_Adams
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    JANUARY 21ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1904 Henry Blanc was born in San Francisco, CA. KXL Newscaster, 1955-56. KGW-KEX Announcer & Newscaster, 1930-34.

    1931 The Oregonian’s “Behind The Mike” column expanded to daily from Bi-weekly Sundays (4-13-30).

    1953 Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club brought his show to Paramount Theater. ABC transcribed for airing on the 22nd.

    1953 Paul G. Allen was born in Seattle, WA. KXL, KXJM, KXTG Chief Executive Officer, 1998 to 2009.

    1985 James Beard died at age 81 in N.Y.C. KOIN actor “The Journal Sunday Funnies Breakfast Club”, 1934-37.

    1994 Jeff Grimes died at age 45 in Eugene. KXL Operations Manager, 1988-92 & News Director, 1982-88.

    2008 KMUZ Mexican Oldies “La Bonita” switched its format to Nostalgia as “Radio Oregon 10-10 AM.”

    2012 Chuck Bernard died at age 92 in Portland. KPOJ Production Manager, 1956-62 & on KPOJ 1952-62. KATU.

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    Craig_Adams
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    JANUARY 22ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1903 Frank Hemingway was born in Brookings, SD. KWJJ Production Manager, 1940-41. KGW 1942-43. Later ABC Radio.

    1910 Arthur M. “Art” Morey was born in Hoquiam, WA. KWJJ Program Director, 1941-45. With KWJJ to 1975.

    1910 Billy Benson, Sr. was born in Maben, MS. KMCM host of “Brother Bill’s Old Record Attic”, 1949-50.

    1926 Forest W. Amsden was born in Sidney, MT. KGW AM-TV/KINK Vice-President & General Manager, 1970-79.

    1938 David Apple was born in Alameda, CA. KEX Weathercaster, 1982-86. KPTV 1992-98/1983-85. KATU 1985-92.

    1952 Field Enterprises sold KOIN AM/FM to Mt. Hood Radio-Television Broadcasting Corp. for $615,000.

    1953 KEX & ABC Radio broadcast “Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club” transcribed show from Portland at 8:00 A.M.

    1987 KMJK-FM 106.7 megahertz, Lake Oswego became KMJK (FM) again.

    2003 Harold L. Hinson died at age 73 in Southern Pines, N.C. KCNR (FM) & KPAM General Manager, 1980-83.

    2007 Archie Presby died at age 99 in Escondido, CA. KGW-KEX Program Manager, 1934. KGW Program Manager, 1933-34.

    2010 KWJJ-HD3 on 99.5-3 initiated operation with a simulcast of “ESPN Sports Radio 1080, The Fan.”

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    Craig_Adams
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    JANUARY 23RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1902 Glenn Shelley was born in Portland. KOIN organist, 1954-65. KGW 1944-53. KGW-KEX 1933-44. KGW 1931-33.

    1924 Richard J. “Dick” Butterfield was born. KOIN/KOIN-FM & KOIN-TV General Manager, 1973-77.

    1925 KDYQ 360 meters (832.7 K.C.) signed off the air for a studio & transmitter move and never returned.

    1939 Barney Keep married Eleanor Cleveland. Later the “Biscuit Burner” on Barney’s KEX “Keep Time” program.

    1955 KQFM added Sundays to its broadcast schedule, 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Station was now on 7 days a week.

    1978 KQFM 100.3 MHz., unveiled a new format “Pop Album Oriented Contemporary Music” as “Stereo Q100.”

    1990 KKCY changed call letters to KUFO, standing for “Unidentified Flying Object”, continuing its AOR format.

    1996 Jody Hotka died at age 45 in Portland. KWJJ AM/FM Production Manager, 1980’s. KODL Promotion Manager.

    2001 KUPL 970 kHz. “Classic Hit Country” switched its format to Oldies, as “AM 970, Cruisin’ Oldies.”

    2016 Bob Bennett died at age 67 in Palm Springs, CA. KPAM/KPAM-FM Personality, 1975-76. KKSN/KKSN-FM.

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    Craig_Adams
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    JANUARY 24TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1957 Brad Dolbeer was born in Portland. KINK Assistant P.D. & Personality. KLTH A.P.D. 2006-09. KGON, KMJK.

    1963 Anthony Casey “The Dark Casanova” was born in Portland. KBMS Air Personality, 1988-91. KBOO.

    1972 KPOK 1330 kHz., “Pop tunes blended with Oldies” switched to “The Golden Sound” Hits of the past 20 years.

    1972 KPOK-FM 98.5 MHz., automated “OK Stereo 98” switched to automated version of “The Golden Sound.”

    1974 KGON (FM) 92.3 MHz., left the air for 8 days to move studios from Oaks Park to KYXI studios in Clackamas.

    1978 Robert W. Ball, Jr. KPDQ AM/FM Vice-President & G.M. received the “Award of Merit” at the N.R.B. convention.

    2011 KPWX Regional Mexican “1130 AM La Mexicana” switched format to Spanish Christian as “La PaloMa.”

    2012 Ed L. Nuhring died at age 82 in Portland. KMCM Chief Engineer & Announcer, 1955-61. KOIN-TV Technician.

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    Craig_Adams
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    JANUARY 25TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1881 Chuck W. Myers was born in Muscatine, Iowa. KOIN President, 1931-46. KQP Sales Manager, 1926.

    1898 Anson Bush was born in Portland. KOIN co-host of “The Frank Trevor & Anson Bush Show”, 1931-32.

    1911 Earl E. Peterson was born in Illinois. KGW Chief Engineer, 1953-56. KGW-KEX Engineer starting, 1938.

    1923 KFEC began broadcasting Weather Reports on the designated weather wave 485 meters (618.1 kilocycles).

    1956 John C. Emmel died at age 48 in Portland. KWJJ Musical Director, 1948-51. KALE Music Director, 1944-45. KOIN.

    1979 KMJK was authorized to change studio location from “MagicManor” to the “Kristin Square” building.

    1990 Alexander Lockwood died at age 87 in Los Angeles, CA. KGW actor “The Coffee Club” 1936-37. Movie actor.

    1991 KMJK-FM “Mix 106” “The Best Mix of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s”, changed its calls to KMXI, for: “Mix 106.”

    1996 Robert W. “Bob” Brower died at age 75 in Portland. KGON 1230 kHz., Chief Engineer, 1949-51. KGW-TV.

    2003 Dave Stone’s, Kisn “Time Machine” airing on KKSN-FM, began syndication as “Forgotten Oldies.”

    2011 KLPM 1150 kHz., changed its calls to KXET standing for “Extios” continuing its Regional Mexican format.

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    Craig_Adams
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    JANUARY 26TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1894 Dr. John H. Fitzgibbon, Sr. was born in Portland. KGON 1230 K.C., Co-founder & President, 1947-56.

    1925 Kenneth E. “Ken” Palmer was born in Neosho, MO. KYMN President, 1964-67. KYXI President, 1967-71.

    1932 KGW debuted “Tea Time Bazaar” at 3:45 P.M. It was co-hosted by Frank Sardam & Ann Roberts.

    1952 Jane Hoyt was born in Long Beach, CA. KEX Promotion Director, 1979-80. KOIN/KYTE Public Affairs Director.

    1955 Eddie Van Halen was born in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. KZRC/KXYQ AM/FM Co-owner, 1992-95.

    1967 Leonard “Len” Shreve died at age 50 in Portland. KGW Newscaster & DJ, 1952-56. KWJJ Technician, 1941-50.

    1973 Pacific & Southern Company, Inc. sold KYXI to McCoy Broadcasting Company for $1.5 Million.

    2007 Volcano Broadcasting Co. sold KOHI to Mountain Broadcasting, LLC for $195,000. (Martin Rowe, President).

    2011 KKAD “Sunny 1550” changed its call letters to KKOV. Call letter meaning “The Couve” slang for Vancouver.

    #40812

    Craig_Adams
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    JANUARY 27TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1894 Dr. John H. Fitzgibbon, Sr. was born in Portland. KGON 1230 K.C., Co-founder & President, 1947-56.

    1925 Kenneth E. “Ken” Palmer was born in Neosho, MO. KYMN President, 1964-67. KYXI President, 1967-71.

    1932 KGW debuted “Tea Time Bazaar” at 3:45 P.M. It was co-hosted by Frank Sardam & Ann Roberts.

    1952 Jane Hoyt was born in Long Beach, CA. KEX Promotion Director, 1979-80. KOIN/KYTE Public Affairs Director.

    1955 Eddie Van Halen was born in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. KZRC/KXYQ AM/FM Co-owner, 1992-95.

    1967 Leonard “Len” Shreve died at age 50 in Portland. KGW Newscaster & DJ, 1952-56. KWJJ Technician, 1941-50.

    1973 Pacific & Southern Company, Inc. sold KYXI to McCoy Broadcasting Company for $1.5 Million.

    2007 Volcano Broadcasting Co. sold KOHI to Mountain Broadcasting, LLC for $195,000. (Martin Rowe, President).

    2011 KKAD “Sunny 1550” changed its call letters to KKOV. Call letter meaning “The Couve” slang for Vancouver.

    #40813

    semoochie
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    It looks like you inadvertently posted January 26th on January 7th again.

    #40816

    Craig_Adams
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    Thanks!

    #40817

    Craig_Adams
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    JANUARY 28TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1909 Isabell Hoyt was born in Portland. KVAN 910 K.C. Program Director, 1955-59. KXL Merchandise Manager, 1959-62.

    1933 Charles A. Morden died at age 80 in Portland. KGW’s first General Manager, 1922-27.

    1949 KMCM McMinnville broke ground on future tower site. Work began installing 120 tower radials 10″ deep.

    1953 Gordon W. Allen & Thomas P. Kelly purchased 75% of KLIQ’s Mercury Broadcasting. Co. for $26,800.

    1967 Bruce Fichtl died at age 73 in Beaverton. KOIN Asst. Manager, 1930-32. KOIN Sales Manager, 1929.

    1976 KQIV by LMA to Brotherhood Broadcasting Co., sued by Willamette Broadcasting Co. for failure to pay.

    2005 KUPL changed its call letters to KCMD, continuing its Classic Country format as “Straight Country 970.”

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