THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (JULY)

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    Craig_Adams
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    JULY 1ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1897 Anne Johnstone was born on Whidbey Island, Wash. KWJJ Host of “Fellowship Haven”, 1937-1942.

    1928 KPK telegraph station began operation, based at Administration Building Terminal. Transmitter on North Burgard Ave.

    1958 KKEY carried the new “Interstate Bridge” dedication ceremonies “live” from the Vancouver, Washington side.

    1964 Clackamas Broadcasters, Inc. sold KGON 1520 kHz. to Republic Broadcasters, Inc. for $980,000.

    1969 “Sheilah In The Sky, KEX Traffic Watch.” Sheilah Frye, Portland Radio’s first flying Female Traffic Reporter.

    1974 KYXI 1520 kHz., became the NBC Portland area station when the NBC Radio Network moved from KGW.

    1974 Action Broadcasting Company sold KRDR to Community Communications Corporation for $575,000.

    1979 KMCM changed its call letters to KCYX 1260 kHz. standing for County of Yamhill eXchange, known as “K-Six.”

    1981 AFTRA strikers picketed KAAR 1480 kHz., offices at “The Governor Building” at: 408 S.W. 2nd Ave.

    1982 KYXI 1520 kHz., began airing the audio feed from “CNN 2” which would become CNN Headline News.

    1984 KGON 92.3 megahertz, dropped the “ABC Rock Radio Network.”

    1985 Western-Sun sold KSGO/KGON to Ackerley Communications (Barry Ackerley, President) for $6,750,000.

    1990 KLVS 1290 kHz., signed back on the air after 18 months with a Talk format. Studios at Harbor Square.

    1994 KOPB-FM a member station of “American Public Radio” changed its name to “Public Radio International.”

    1995 KOPB-FM 91.5 MHz., began 24 hour operation which included the entire OPB Radio Network.

    2012 KBPS Summer shutdown, first time in 41 years. Budget cuts, also eliminating G.M. position after 89 years.

    #38007

    Craig_Adams
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    JULY 2ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1912 Pete Kraushaar was born in Portland. KWJJ Organist. Played his shows live from Oaks Rink, 1945-48.

    1928 KXL 1360 K.C., began carrying shows as well as contributing to the “Evergreen” Northwest network.

    1928 Frank Opra was born in Ohio. KPAM/KPFM salesmen, 1961-62. KPTV Production Manager, 1952.

    1992 King Broadcasting Co. sold KGW 620 kHz. & KINK 101.9 MHz., to Embarcadero Media, Inc. for $11.5 Million.

    2005 KBOO-HD1 on 90.7-1 began broadcasting in Digital IBOC a simulcast of KBOO’s Eclectic format.

    #38020

    Craig_Adams
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    JULY 3RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    J1914 George E. Bruns was born in Sandy. KEX Musical Director, 1946-49. KOIN Asst. Music Director. Walt Disney Music Director.

    1934 Joe Allen was born in Paris, MO. KYTE/KYTE-FM/KESI/KBBT/KKCY/KUFO Chief Engineer, 1986-93.

    1939 Patricia Joy was born in Glendale, CA. OPB Director of Radio Programming, 1982-87. KGW/KGW-TV 1967-81.

    1954 KHFS Vancouver began testing its transmitter on 1150 kilocycles broadcasting some programming.

    1954 KGW’s “Foreman” Heck Harper rode his horse Jody as Grand Marshal in the Gresham Rodeo Parade.

    1963 Mark Daniels died at age 68 in Portland. KGW staff singer, 1926-36 & “Covered Wagon Days” cast, 1933.

    1970 KSLM-FM Salem, signed on air on 105.1 MHz. with 96 K.W. horizontal & 23 K.W. vertical. Transmitter on Bald Hill.

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    Craig_Adams
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    JULY 4TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1890 “Uncle” Nate Cohn was born in Portland. Hosted “Stars of Tomorrow” KEX 1949-58. KGW 1933-48. KEX.

    1922 KGW holiday. Frank McGlynn read the “Gettysburg Address.” Finola Craft sang the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

    1922 KYG special holiday concert at 9:00 P.M. featured Francis Richter and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

    1923 KGW carried President Harding’s Patriotic Address live via telephone lines from Multnomah Field from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

    1925 KGW broadcast the War Department 28 station hookup of the “Muster Day Exercises” at 5:50 P.M.

    1947 KGON 1230 K.C., Oregon City, signed on the air with 250 watts. Studios & transmitter were in Gladstone.

    1953 KFGR Forest Grove broadcast live coverage of Hillsboro “Happy Days” Parade and the Governor’s Address.

    1954 KHFS 1150 K.C., officially signed on the air at 7:00 A.M. with 1 K.W. daytime. Studios & transmitter in Vancouver, WA.

    1963 John Salisbury, KXL News Director & former KPTV News Anchor was Grand Marshal of Hillsboro “Happy Days.”

    1971 KOAP-FM 91.5 MHz., began broadcasting on Sundays, once again but was still off the air on Saturdays.

    1973 KQIV Great American Birthday Party-Picnic concert at Delta Park: Notary Sojac, Pleasure, Holy Modal.

    1976 KEX read the Declaration of Independence at 12:30 P.M. & 8:30 PM. without commercials. The Bicentennial.

    1976 KGW broadcast synchronized music and narrative for the Fort Vancouver Fireworks Display at 10:00 P.M.

    1981 A.F.T.R.A. strikers picketed KAAR 1480 kHz., studios and transmitter at 11197 North Portland Road.

    2007 Jim Andrews died at age 74 in Oak Grove. KKUL Air Personality, 1987-88. 24 years at KBOO.

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    Craig_Adams
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    JULY 5TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1909 Byron R. Paul was born in Falls City. KOIN AM/FM/TV Transmitter Supervisor, 1934-74.

    1958 KGW’s Heck Harper rode his horse Jody as Grand Marshal in the Molalla Buckeroo Parade & Rodeo.

    1965 KGMG changed its call letters to KXL-FM. Began simulcasting KXL(AM) Good Music all instrumental format.

    1986 C. Howard Lane died at age 78 in Portland. KOIN AM/FM/TV President, 1952-53 & 1960-75. Vice-President, 1953-60.

    2004 John “Lefty” Palmer died at age 95 in Portland. KOIN AM/FM National Sales Manager, 1949-54 & TV to 1973.

    2011 Churchill Media sold KXPD to Riverside Broadcasting, LLC for $840,000. and a $500,000 promissory note.

    2017 Michael K. Wells died at age 73 in Dolomites, Italy. KBOO Station Manager, 1978-80. Host: Dawn Concert with Michael Wells.

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    Craig_Adams
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    JULY 6TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1933 Carl Wagner was born. KEX & KKRZ President, 1987-91. WKRC AM/FM General Manager. KTVN AM/FM General Manager.

    1972 Bob McAnulty, Air Personality was involved in a bad traffic accident on I-5. He would die in 6 days.

    1990 KLYC McMinnville signed on the air on 1260 kHz. Former KCYX which had been dark for 2 months.

    1992 KLVS changed call letters to KPHP standing for “Portland’s Home of Praise” continued Christian programs.

    1999 “The Ackerley Tower” (former KGON Tower 92.3 FM) sold to Stonehenge Towers, LLC for $2.3 Million.

    2017 KGDD 1150 kHz. Tower was taken down at 10:34 A.M. by a crane. The old KKEY Tower stood for 63 years.

    2005 WQCI718 Beaverton began testing on 1610 kHz. with 10 watts. Transmitter: Atop City Hall building.

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    Craig_Adams
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    JULY 7TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1892 Wallace L. Kadderly was born in Portland. KGW Farm Director, 1945-50. KUIK Farm Director, 1958.

    1916 Allyn G. “Al’ Roberts was born in Salem. KXL Program Director, 1936-37. KSLM. KFWB.

    1917 Fred C. Haskins was born in Portland. KPDQ Program Director & Chief Engineer, 1951-52.

    1934 Melvin E. “Mel” Waggoner was born in Livermore, CA. OPB Radio-TV Director & Gift Planning, 1993-07.

    1954 KOIN AM-FM debuted “Shelley Serenade” with Glenn Shelley organist weekdays from 8:30-8:45 A.M.

    1974 “Dr. Demento Show” began national syndication. KRRC Program Director/General Manager as Barry E. Hansen, 1961-63.

    1993 Rogue Broadcasting Corp., Debtor-In-Possession sold KMXI to Baycom Oregon L.P. for $2,625,000.

    1993 KMXI 106.7 MHz., changed call letters to KKBK standing for “K-Bach” continuing its Classical format.

    #38172

    Craig_Adams
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    JULY 8TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1937 Frank Benny was born in Chicago, Ill. KISN Program Director, 1964-65. KEX 1961-63. WUBE Program Director. WGR.

    1983 Bob Redd died at age 76 in Los Angeles, CA. KGW Program Manager, 1932-33. “Covered Wagon Days” writer.

    2000 Ron Rule died at age 84 in Portland. KOIN AM/FM/TV Staff Announcer, 1945-81. KUIK Co-Owner, 1958-59.

    2009 Dolphin Communications, Inc. sold KUIK to Westside Radio, Inc. for $1 Million (Spencer Rubin, President).

    2011 KRSK-HD2 on 105.1-2 “All Comedy Radio” format, switched to “The Delta” Blues music format.

    2012 “The Big B.A.” Bob Ancheta, Air Personality retired after 43 years on KINK, KGON, KMJK, KQIV, KVAN.

    2016 Gerry Pratt died at age 88 in Portland. KOIN business commentary, 1972-73. KATU “Town Hall” host.

    #38173

    Craig_Adams
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    JULY 9TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1910 Laurence R. “Larry” Kirk was born in Seaside. KXL Sales Manager, 1938-40. KAST Sales Manager, 1938.

    1926 KGW “Hoot Owls” with guest: Dolly Kay “The Phonograph Girl” Columbia hit artist. 10:30 P.M. to 12:00 A.M.

    1953 Louis C. Cook died at age 41 in Vancouver, Wash. KVAN 910 K.C., Program Director, 1941-42.

    1976 KGW’s transmitter building was shot up by two motorcyclists with a rifle & pistol. A guard was also fired upon.

    #38175

    Craig_Adams
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    JULY 10TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1889 Karl Herbring was born in Portland. KWJJ Secretary-Treasurer, 1949-52 & KWJJ-FM 1949-50.

    1913 Wally Rossmann was born in Portland. KPAM/KPFM Owner, 1967-80. KXL Station Manager, 1957-58.

    1941 Russell Murphy, 17, was fatally injured at the KGW-KEX transmitter site. A crate toppled on him.

    1947 KPRA 95.7 M.C., was reported to be on air from time to time for days testing its transcribed music.

    1947 Mason Moltzner, aka Ken Mason died at age 60 in Portland. KEX Actor, 1944-47. KGW 1931-39. KOIN.

    1964 KWRC Woodburn signed on the air on 940 kHz., with 250 watts daytime, on North Pacific Highway.

    1989 Mel Blanc died at age 81 in LA. KEX Star of “Cobwebs & Nuts” 1933-35. KGW “Hoot Owls” 1927-32.

    #38178

    semoochie
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    Welcome back Craig! I was going to give you a week before doing my thing again.

    #38206

    Craig_Adams
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    Thanks Semoochie!

    #38210

    Craig_Adams
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    JULY 11TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1922 KYG presented dance music 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. The Don Adams Orchestra with vocals by The Radio Trio.

    1937 KGW-KEX began using shortwave portable transmitters as backpacks for on the spot news reports.

    1955 KOIN & KOIN-FM moved studios from the “New Heathman Hotel” to the “KOIN Television Building.”

    1973 KPOK-FM changed its call letters to KUPL standing for Couple. “98-FM” continuing its Beautiful Music.

    2013 KQRZ-LP 101.5 MHz. Hillsboro, switched frequency to 100.7 MHz. at 8:00 P.M. for signal improvement.

    #38243

    Craig_Adams
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    JULY 12TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1912 Lester J. “Les” Windes was born in Winona, WA. KWJJ Chief Engineer, 1953-76. Began on KWJJ in 1947.

    1928 KWBS 1500 K.C., was suppose to begin sharing time with Longview, Washington’s new KUJ but refused.

    1949 George L. Moorad, 41, died in an airplane cash near Bombay, India. KGW News Analyst, 1946-49.

    1949 KWJJ 1080 K.C., began using the area’s first commercially licensed remote shortwave unit.

    1965 “KGW Broadcast Center” was officially dedicated at: 1501 S.W. Jefferson St., 54,000 square feet.

    1976 KYXI switched to an All News format. “News 15.” Affiliated with “NBC News & Information Service.”

    2002 Dick Novak died at age 78 in Portland. KPOJ Production Manager, 1962-70. KXL, KYXI, KPOK, KGW.

    2010 KKSN 910 kHz., “ESPN Deportes” began a simulcast of KNRK-HD2 “Northwest Bands” at 9:47 A.M.

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    Craig_Adams
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    JULY 13TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1937 KGW Preview of The Soap Box Derby. “Learn how to enter and compete for rich prizes.” 9:45 P.M.

    1955 Heck Harper Day at Jantzen Beach Park. KGW’s Heck arrived in a helicopter to meet his club fans.

    1957 KGRO 1230 K.C., Gresham, believed the first station in the area to broadcast “live” from a helicopter.

    1971 KOIN-FM 101.1 began broadcasting from the new KOIN radio tower with added vertical polarization.

    1995 Common Ground Broadcasting sold KDBX 107.5 MHz to Salem Communications for over $1 Million.

    2012 Merrie Virginia died at age 86 in Issaquah, WA. KEX host of “The Merrie Circle” 1950-53 (Ginny Tyler).

    2015 Gene Still died at age 73 in Portland. KOIN Newscaster & Public Affairs host, 1967-76. KOIN-FM 1976-77. KBPS.

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