THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (JULY)

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    JULY 14TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1871 Charles F. Berg was born in San Francisco, CA. KGW “Hoot Owls” founder & leader “Grand Screech” 1923-32.

    1891 Guy E. Mathews was born in Heppner. KGRO Co-founder, 1956-59 and Gresham City Councilman.

    1927 Don Stellges was born in Morrill, NE. KUIK Co-Owner, 1962-67. KEX AM-FM Program Director, 1958-61.

    1935 KGW-KEX simulcast of the dedication & first performance of the new Oregonian pipe organ, 9:30 to 10:00 P.M.

    1939 Peter Farrell was born in Queens, New York. Oregonian “Behind The Mike” columnist, 1979-92.

    1948 KPDQ resumed 1 K.W. from Oaks Park, six weeks at 250 watts from Chief Engineer’s home! Vanport Flood.

    1972 Bob McAnulty died at age 47 in Portland. KLIQ Program Director, 1960-62, News Director, 1966-67.

    1978 Nat Jackson died at age 51 in Beaverton. KPAM/KPFM News Director & Sales Manager, 1966-67. KISN.

    2009 Dallas “Dal” McKennon died at age 89 in Raymond, WA. KGW host “Mr. Buttons” kids show, 1950-51.

    2014 K274AR on 102.7 MHz., in Gresham, began simulcasting KXTG “750, The Game” Sports format.

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    JULY 15TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1915 Bureau of Navigation Radio Service warned Portland wireless operators to stop ship wireless interference.

    1959 KPAM/KPFM by FCC order was returned to previous owner, pending a hearing on protest from KPDQ.

    1976 Bart Woodyard died at age 69 in Vancouver, WA. KGW-KEX Orch. Leader, 1934-35. Owner of “Bart’s Wharf.”

    1984 Thomas “Tom” James died at age 72 in Portland. KPOJ & KPOJ-FM staff engineer, 1947-69.

    1988 1010 Broadcasting, Inc. sold KZRC to the Daytona Group for $150,000. Owners of KXYQ 105.1 MHz.

    2010 KRSK-HD3 on 105.1-3 began broadcasting in Digital IBOC “ESPN Deportes” format the next 33 days.

    2011 KWJJ-HD2 on 99.5-2 “The Delta” Blues format switched to a sports simulcast “1080 AM, The Fan.”

    2011 KWJJ-HD3 on 99.5-3 simulcasting sports radio “1080 AM, The Fan” switched format to “ESPNews.”

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    JULY 16TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1911 Helen Drill was born in Portland. KBKO/KLIQ Co-owner, 1949-54. “Holiday For You with Helen Holiday.”

    1949 Gene Autry was a guest on KGW’s “The Young Oregonian’s On The Air” Saturday, 12:00 Noon 12:15 P.M.

    1954 Steve Taylor was born in Grants Pass. Air Personality on KGON, KMUZ, KVAN-1550, KPDQ AM/FM.

    1991 Earl Meissner died at age 89 in Portland. KGW-KEX Engineer, 1935-39. United Radio Supply, 1935-67.

    1997 Fox/News Corporation sold KKSN AM/FM & KKRH to Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. Price was unknown.

    2005 Forrest W. Ogan died at age 83 in Lancaster, CA. KISN Chief Engineer, 1960. KDOL Chief Engineer, 1967-74.

    2013 Bernard D. “Bernie” Seitz died at age 71 in Portland. KJIB founder, President & General Manager, 1968-74.

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    JULY 17TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1883 James Abbe was born in Alfred, ME. KGW Commentator, 1942-44, KXL 1942, NBC 1944-47, ABC 1947-48.

    1939 Don Kennedy was born in Spokane, WA. KISN Personality, 1965-67. KASH Program Director, 1971-75. KALE Program Director.

    1947 Don Johnston was born in Portland. KXL Newscaster, 1973-73. KBBQ. KACY Assistant Program Director.

    1995 KXYQ Classic Rock, changed its call letters to KKRH “Earth 105, Your Planet for Rock & Roll Classics.”

    2014 Zachary Sommer, 38, jumped off the old KXPC Silverton tower. Parachute failed and he plunged to his death.

    2015 Robert E. “Bob” King died at age 69 in Portland. KPAM/KPFM Program Director, 1969-70. KGW Program Director. 1970’s.

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    JULY 18TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1894 (Anola) “Peter” Mudie was born in Ferndale, Wash. She hosted KOIN’s “Consumer News” 1934-61.

    1906 S.W. McCready was born in Wenatchee, WA. KVAN Co-General Manager & Chief Engineer, 1944-45.

    1913 Ralph C. Mifflin was born in Spokane, WA. KXL Chief Engineer, 1937-53 & KXL-FM 1947-48. KFPY.

    1948 KGW & KGW-FM Open House, 30 minute tours of new 4th floor studios in the new Oregonian Building.

    1999 Lou Gillette died at age 86 in Anacortes, WA. KMCM Station Manager, 1949-53. KALE/KPOJ 1946-49.

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    JULY 19TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1906 Henry M. “Hank” Norton was born in Ritzville, Wash. KGW Publicity Manager, 1957-58.

    1919 Dallas McKennon was born in La Grande. KGW kid host “Mr. Buttons” 1950-51. KWJJ’s “Mr. Patches” 1951.

    1930 Keith T. Forney was born in Kearney, Neb. KRWC 1570 K.C. Forest Grove, Chief Engineer, 1958.

    1974 KBOO moved to KXL-FM tower. Raised power from 3.5 K.W. to 12.5 K.W. horiz & 1.3 K.W. vert. Ant. raised to 800 feet.

    1975 KISN’s “Uncle” Don Wright was Grand Marshal of “The Gresham Fun Fest Parade.”

    1981 Al “Jazzbo” Collins live broadcast on KCYX from 2:00 – 4:00pm during his “Live On The I-5” truckers salute.

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    JULY 20TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1903 Temple V. Ehmsen was born in Portland. KGON 1230 K.C. Co-founder & Chief Engineer, 1947-49.

    1905 Harold Warling was born in California. KRWC 1570 K.C. Forest Grove, Farm Director, 1956-57.

    1932 KGPP Portland Police station on 2442 K.C. was officially dedicated at 8:00 P.M. by Mayor George Baker.

    1939 Don Craig was born in Lubbock, TX. KLIQ AM/FM General Manager, 1971-72 & Talk Host. KASH General Manager.

    1971 Marc K. Bowman died at age 74 in Newport. KGMG Station Manager, 1960-63. KOIN 1937-43. KEX.

    1988 KAAR Vancouver, 1480 kHz., became KBMS officially but had used slogan calls “KBMS” for 2 months.

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    JULY 21ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1927 KGW carried network radios’ first boxing match, “The Dempsey-Sharkey Fight” on NBC at 5:30 P.M.

    1929 KGW transmitted the first West Coast narrow broadcast to a radio, installed on a speeding train.

    1930 KXL debuted “The Multnomah Hotel Orchestra” program which began weeknights from 7:00 to 7:30 P.M.

    1940 Eleanora “Elenora” Tingle Kneass died at age 26 in Portland. KGW-KEX Music Librarian, 1936-40.

    1949 Bob Bennett was born in Culver City, CA. KPAM/KPAM-FM Personality, 1975-76. KKSN/KKSN-FM, 1988.

    1982 Herbert M. “Herb” Johnston died at age 68 in Portland. KXL Farm Director, 1963-65. KGW-KEX Chief Announcer.

    2004 Claude Pike died at age 85 in Oregon City. KGON-1520 Personality, 1960-62. KRWC News Analyst, 1959.

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    JULY 22ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1913 Alfred C. “Al” Emrich was born in Portland. KAAR General Manager, 1983-85. KLIQ AM/FM, KGAR, KKEY.

    1920 Arthur M. “Joe” Clifford was born in Sedan, Kans. KGW Local Sales Manager, 1962-65.

    1925 KFJR 263 meters (1139.8 K.C.) raised power from 5 to 50 watts from transmitter at: 1350 E. 36th Ave.

    1930 The Federal Radio Commission opened its first office in Portland at the new “Post Office Building.”

    1947 KPFM 94.9 megacycles, moved frequency to 97.1 M.C. Power had been increased to 1,530 watts.

    1985 Barney Keep, former KEX morning personality was Grand Marshal of the Milwaukie Festival Daze Parade.

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    JULY 23RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1911 United Wireless Telegraph Co., the owners of station “PE” Portland officially declared bankruptcy.

    1923 Ivan Smith was born in Onarga, IL. KXL 1953-55. KMCM Program Director, 1952-53. KWRC, KPTV News Director, KGW-TV Asst. News Director.

    1951 KEX debuted “Dreamland Playhouse.” An imaginative show with Uncle Bob Amsberry & Merrie Virginia.

    1977 Burton S. Hutton died at age 72 in Corvallis. KALE Farm Director, 1945-48. KOAC Agricultural Director.

    1978 Ralph Rogers died at age 66 in Portland. KGW-KEX Program Director, 1941-42, ABC 1943, KEX 1952-56, KXL.

    1984 Delmar R. “Del” Lundbom died at age 58 in Virginia. KGON-1230 Program & News Director, 1949-51.

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    JULY 24TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1887 Chuck Whitehead was born in Ogden, UT. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Serenader” 1926-29. KOIN.

    1946 Tim Freed was born in Portland. KGAR Chief Engineer & Personality, 1966-68. KGW, KPFM, KBPS.

    1957 KPDQ lost $500 in equipment from its Hollywood District studios and there was no forcible entry.

    1969 Robert E. Hartzog died at age 63 in Friday Harbor, WA. KALE Chief Engineer, 1932-40. KOIN, KFEC.

    1979 Don Johnston died at age 32 in Ventura, CA. KXL Newscaster, 1973. KACY Asst. Program Director.

    1985 KAAR switched to daytime hours while work continued on the new 2.5 K.W. three tower directional array.

    2006 Educational Media Foundation sold KLVP 1040 kHz., to Churchill Communications for $1.8 Million.

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    JULY 25TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1913 George Heimrich was born in Kansas. KXL Coordinator of Government Programs, 1943-44, War Program Director.

    1922 KFAB signed on the air. 360 meters (832.7 K.C.) with 10 watts. Studio: Pacific Radiofone Company.

    1922 KGG 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KFAB with KGN, KGW, KQY, KYG.

    1922 KGN 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KFAB with KGG, KGW, KQY, KYG.

    1922 KGW 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KFAB with KGG, KGN, KQY, KYG.

    1922 KQY 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KFAB with KGG, KGN, KGW, KYG.

    1922 KYG 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KFAB with KGG, KGN, KGW, KQY.

    1996 Salem Communications Corp. sold KDBX 107.5 MHz., to American Radio Systems for $14 Million.

    1996 KDBX Contemporary Christian “Spirit-FM” began at 12:00 A.M. stunting as Alternative Rock “The End.”

    1996 KPDQ Religious “AM 800” switched to Contemporary Christian music as “The new Spirit 800 AM.”

    1997 Alvin D. “Al” Bauer died at age 77 in Vancouver, WA. KPOJ AM/FM Farm Director, 1949-54. KBZY General Manager.

    2003 KTLK “News/Talk 620” switched to Oldies, as “Super 62.” (former “62 KGW” station channel slogan).

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    JULY 26TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1935 Merrill “Deane” Johnson was born in Colfax, IA. KCYX President & General Manager, 1980-87. KOIL AM/FM Program Director.

    1954 Bill Gallant was born in Hartford, CT. KGW Talk Host, 1989-91. KXL Talk Host, 1987-89, KEX 1986.

    1967 KVAN was fined $500 by FCC for 7 violations including, no program log entries and unattended operation.

    1982 KPAM 1410 kHz., Contemporary Christian became KCNR. Began simulcast of sister FM’s Hot A.C. format.

    1982 KCNR (FM) changed call letters to KCNR-FM standing for “the music CeNteR” its 97.1 dial position.

    1991 Gwladys Bowen died at 98 in Washington, D.C. KGW host of “Cocktail Hour” Portland society scene in the 1940’s.

    1991 KGW “AM 620, The Talk Station” switched to a KINK (FM) simulcast, Contemporary Album format.

    1994 KXYQ Broadcasting Co. sold KXYQ and KXYQ-FM to Trumper Communications Inc. for $5.6 Million.

    1996 KDBX 107.5 Alternative “The End” ended stunting, switched to a simulcast, Modern Rock “The Beat.”

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    JULY 27TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1912 Charles L. “Chuck” Burrow was born in Vale. KEX AM/FM Sales Promotion Manager, 1947-55. WBZ Promotion Manager.

    1914 Donovan “Don” Zundel was born in Brigham City, UT. KPDQ Program Director, 1947-51. KEX, KXL, KPFM.

    1959 “Art Linkletter’s House Party” 4 day broadcast (KOIN AM/FM/TV & CBS) via the Centennial Exposition Arena.

    2011 The “HD” stations of KOPB-FM, KKRZ, KKCW, KFBW, KRSK were taken off air for 3 days for repairs.

    2013 Kathie J. Johnson died at age 72 in Omaha, NE. KCYX Co-Owner, 1980-87. General Mgr., 1982-84. G.S.M., 1982-87.

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    JULY 28TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1966 KRDR 1230 kHz., denied permit to move its transmitter site to Troutdale Airport, by Multnomah County.

    1972 Medical Investigator said Bob McAnulty died of heart disease, not a direct result of the car accident.

    1989 KGW Adult Contemporary “Sounds like Fun”, switched format to talk “AM 620, The Talk Station.”

    2008 KBMS was fined by the FCC $5,600 for main studio locked and unmanned during regular business hours.

    2011 Dismantling of the 1971 analog KOIN-TV tower began. At one time the tower held 7 FM antennas.

    2013 KXPC 97.9 MHz., Aloha began testing at 12 midnite, Rhythmic Top 40 format. Frequency moved from Eugene.

    2015 Rusty Nails aka Jim Allen died at age 87 in Beaverton. KWJJ host of “Jimmy Allen’s Scrapbook” 1951-52.

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