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

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    JUNE 15TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1915 Peggy Williams was born in Portland. KGW-KEX Director of Women’s Programs, 1941-43. Began 1937.

    1917 Virginia C. Kupfer was born in Portland. KGMG 95.5 M.C., Program Director, 1964-65.

    1927 Federal Radio Commission, National Frequency Realignment of Stations took effect at 12:00 A.M.

    1927 KOIN 319 meters (939.8 kilocycles), moved to 940 kilocycles with 1,000 watts. License community changed to Sylvan.

    1927 KTBR 263 meters (1139.8 kilocycles), moved to 1060 kilocycles with 50 watts, share time with KFJR.

    1927 KFJR 263 meters (1139.8 kilocycles), moved to 1060 kilocycles with 100 watts, share time with KTBR.

    1927 KEX 1240 kilocycles moved, to 1250 kilocycles with 2,500 watts.

    1927 KFWV 1410 kilocycles moved, to 1310 kilocycles with 50 watts.

    1927 KXL 770 kilocycles moved, to 1360 kilocycles with 50 watts.

    1927 KFEC 252 meters (1189.6 kilocycles) moved to 1400 K.C. Power reduced 150 to 50 watts, share time KFIF.

    1927 KFIF 252 meters (1189.6 kilocycles) moved to 1400 K.C. Power reduced 100 to 50 watts, share time KFEC.

    1927 KWBS 1490 kilocycles, moved to 1500 kilocycles with 15 watts.

    1934 KXL 1420 kilocycles, increased daytime power from 100 to 250 watts. Nights continued 100 watts.

    1935 Mel Blanc finished his last KEX “Cobwebs & Nuts” variety show, now on from 10:30 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.

    1945 “The Blue Network” heard over KEX 1190 K.C. became “ABC” The American Broadcasting Company.

    1947 Portland’s “F.M. Week” (ran 15th thru 21st). KPFM, KGW-FM & KALE(AM) presented special shows.

    1968 KISN 91 tweaked its format, playing a mix of everything, as “Kisn Goes All The Way.”

    1972 KPAM-FM raised power from 33 K.W. to 100 K.W. horizontal and 40 K.W. vertical. Plus antenna raised.

    1974 KEX broadcast the “Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade” emceed by Jimmy Hollister and Victor Ives.

    1995 KXYQ A.C. “Q105” began stunting at 12:00 Noon with the sound of Bird calls & later Whale calls.

    1995 KXYQ 105.1 ended stunting at 5:00 P.M. Switched format to Classic Rock as “The New Earth 105.”

    1998 Dan McPeak died at age 79 in Tampa, Fla. KGRO President & General Manager, 1959-63. KPDQ Chief Eng., 1958-59.

    2001 Gov. John Kitzhaber declared “Jim Howe Appreciation Day.” Retired. 39 years. KEX News Director.

    2005 Adah Louise (Murphy) died at age 55 in Ridgefield, WA. KVAN Program Director/Sales Manager, 1968-72.

    2006 KSZN 1010 kHz., Spanish Adult Hits “La Bonita”, switched to Spanish Sports “ESPN Deportes.”

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    JUNE 16TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1895 Leland E. “Lee” Davis was born in Palestine, Texas. KWJJ Announcer & Sales Accountant, 1931-40.

    1917 Edward A. “Ed” Mundt was born in Portland. KXL Chief Engineer, 1956-62. KXL Technician, 1951-56.

    1919 Charles Stimson “Stim” Bullitt was born in Seattle, WA. KGW AM/TV President, 1961-72 / KINK (FM) 1968-72.

    1928 KWJJ founder Wilbur Jerman announced he held the first Experimental TV license in the Northwest.

    1930 KGW & NBC broadcast the “Rose Festival Mardi Gras” spectacle with Sid Goodwin and Mel Blanc.

    1936 Robert M. “Bob” Oxarart was born in Los Angeles, CA. KUPL & KUPL-FM General Manager, 1975-84.

    1965 KBOO future station first formation meeting took place at Portland State Center to judge listener support.

    1975 KQIV 106.7 MHz., was authorized to move studios from the Lake Oswego Elks Lodge to Milwaukie.

    2005 KBPS-HD1 89.9-1 began broadcasting in Digital IBOC a simulcast KBPS-FM Classical music format.

    2013 Blaine Hanks died at age 86 in Pendleton. “KOIN Klock” “Come & Get It” shows, 1956-68. KMCM Program Director 1951-52.

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    JUNE 17TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1898 Harry Grannatt was born in Colorado Springs, Colo. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Stringbean”, 1928-33.

    1932 KOIN 940 K.C., was the only station to air coverage of “The Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade.”

    2003 Donald R. “Don” Lucich died at age 80 in Oregon City. KPDQ & KPDQ-FM Commercial Manager, 1969-84.

    2005 Althee J. Renwick, later as Althee Kleiner, died at age 83 in Portland. KWJJ Musical Director, 1942-43.

    2014 Sherm Washburn died at age 96 in Portland. KEX Newscaster, 41-55. KLOR News Director, KOIN-TV, KIEM.

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    JUNE 18TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1890 Willard P. Hawley, Junior was born in Watertown, N.Y. Pioneer broadcaster of 7XG and KYG 1922.

    1912 Irving V. Schmidtke was born in Portland. KFGR/KRWC Forest Grove, Founder & Co-owner, 1950-58.

    1925 KGW became the first station to cover “The Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade” 2:45 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

    1949 KMCM 1260 K.C., McMinnville, signed on air from “The Mack Theater” building, 1 K.W., daytime only.

    1965 International Good Music Inc. sold KGMG 95.5 MHz., to Seattle, Portland & Spokane Radio for $125,000.

    1968 KBOO 90.7 MHz., signed on the air with 10 watts. Studio at: 120 S.W. Clay. Transmitter: Healy Heights.

    1973 KPOK 1330 kHz., “The Golden Sound” switched to “Cross-Country.” Top Hits with Modern Country.

    1973 KPOK 98.5 MHz., “The Golden Sound” switched format to Beautiful Music as “98-FM, The Difference.”

    1976 KQIV 106.7 MHz., Lake Oswego, went dark. The station would return in 13 months as KMJK.

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    JUNE 19TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1925 KGW became the first station to cover The Rose Festival “Merrykhana Parade” 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

    1928 KXL 1360 K.C., debuted “The Telegram Variety Hour” Tuesday nights from 10:30 to midnight.

    1941 Eugene Lovejoy died at age 36 in Portland, due to sudden heart attack. KGW-KEX Engineer, 1941.

    1948 Jeff Grimes was born in Ames, Iowa. KXL Operations Manager, 1988-92 & News Director, 1982-88.

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    JUNE 20TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1903 William E. “Bill” Richardson was born in Shamakin, PA. KPDQ General Manager, 1949-51. KWJJ General Manager.

    1933 KGW “Homicide Squad With Captain Niles of Portland Police” title was shortened to “Homicide Squad.”

    1963 Keri L. Stone was born in Portland. KINK Assistant Program Director, 1986-88. KATU.

    1967 Walter P. Rossmann purchased full ownership of KPAM/KPFM within the Romito Corp. for $20,000.

    1977 KBOO signed off the air for six days while moving studios from 3129 S.E. Belmont St. to 65 S.W. Yamhill St.

    1990 KCYX 1260 kHz. (off the air) changed call letters to KLYC, standing for: “Leading Yamhill County.”

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    JUNE 21ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1893 Gwladys Bowen was born in New Haven, CT. KGW “Cocktail Hour” Portland society scene host, 1940’s.

    1918 Dan McPeak was born in L.A. KGRO President & General Mgr., 1959-63. KPDQ Chief Engineer, 1958-59.

    1920 Rudy Lachenmeier was born in Napoleon, N.D. KGW Sports Director, 1950-53. KXL Sports Director, 1942-48.

    1922 Travis Carion Owens was born in Poynor, Texas. Later KBVM 88.3 Megahertz, President.

    1926 KOIN 319 meters (939.8 kilocycles) moved studios from the “Hotel Portland” to the “Heathman Hotel.”

    1941 Matthew A. “Matt” Howard had incurable cancer, committed suicide on Vista Bridge. KGW Musical Director, 1928-29.

    1992 Bob Hinz died at age 69 in Corvallis. KOAP-FM Director of Operations, 1974-84. Program Director, 1967-69.

    1996 Lester J. “Les” Windes died at age 83 in Portland. KWJJ Chief Engineer, 1953-76. At KWJJ in 1947.

    2002 KSTE-FM Modern A.C. “Star 105-9” began stunting as “Quick 106.” The best parts of 426 songs, hourly.

    2009 Ray Horn died at age 78 in Beaverton. KCNR/KKUL Station Manager, 1986-87. KKEY, KKSN, KQIV, KGW.

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    JUNE 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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    JUNE 23RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1905 Eleanor M. Schmidtke was born in Yauco, P.R. KFGR/KRWC Co-owner & News Director, 1950-58.

    1911 Doctor Athol R. Baily was born in Wichita, Kans. KBPS Assistant Supervisor, 1945-49.

    1923 Mel Blanc’s first radio appearance. The KGW children’s show “Stories by Aunt Nell.” Mel sang solo.

    1947 KEX broke ground on the new Clackamas transmitter site, using the same KDKA spade for the ground breaking.

    2003 Danny Lee, aka Dan Cochran died at age 56 in McMinnville. KMCM Air Personality. KGAY.

    2008 Franklin “Frank” Hood died at age 88 in Vancouver, WA. KWJJ & KPRA (FM) Chief Engineer, 1947-48.

    2008 KCMD “AM 970, Solid State Radio” changed its nickname to “AM 970, The Talker” for IDing its format.

    2008 Ric Elgin died at age 63 in Portland. KAAR Program Director, 1983. KMJK Program Director, 1978.

    #41896

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    JUNE 24TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1899 Dick Haller was born in Ironwood, Mich. KGW’s first Program Director, 1924-34. Hoot Owls, 1923-29.

    1924 KFQN 283 meters (1059.3 K.C.) signed on air with 5 watts. Third Baptist Church. First Oregon Religious Station.

    1927 KFWV 1310 kilocycles, changed its call letters to KWJJ, standing for station founder Wilbur Jeffrey Jerman.

    1927 KLIT 1450 kilocycles, signed off the air. Station sold to Curtis G. Phillips, later becoming KGEH Eugene.

    1971 KOIN via CBS “Arthur Godfrey Time” from Portland with guest: Trailblazer announcer Bill Schonely.

    2010 KPSU 1450 aired “The Debate Hour” sodomy discussion via KBPS, leading to the time lease ending.

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    JUNE 25TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1921 7XF reported playing phonograph music regularly making Charles Austin, Oregon’s First Disc Jockey.

    1924 Dick Novak was born in Portland. KPOJ Production Manager, 1962-70. KXL, KYXI, KPOK, KGW, KGON.

    1978 Peggy Williams died at age 63 in Lake Oswego. KGW-KEX Director of Women’s Programs, 1941-43.

    1989 Frank Hemingway died at age 86 in Santa Monica, CA. KWJJ Production Manager, 1940-41. KGW 1942-43.

    1991 Ed Butherus died at age 75 in Portland. KGW Announcer & Newscaster, 1946-53. KGW-KEX 1941.

    2002 KSTE-FM “Quick 106” ended stunting, switched to Classic Rock “105.9 The River, First Class Rock.”

    2010 KPSU’s simulcast on KBPS 1450 kHz., ended on this date but continued on low power at 98.1 MHz.

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    JUNE 26TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1932 KGW Dramatic Guild debuted the series “The Murder At Hazelmoor” romantic mystery, 8:00 P.M.

    1938 KEX 1180 K.C., reception report verified, published, received from G.W.F. Rouse of Sydney, Australia.

    1948 KGW began using its new General Electric transmitter installed in Healy Heights after Vanport Flood.

    1967 Showalter J. “Bud” Lynch died at age 63 in West Yellowstone, MT. KGW Production Manager, 1931-32

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    JUNE 27TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1923 KFIF 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) Benson Polytechnic School reduced power from 200 to 100 watts.

    1931 KGW debuted “Sitting In The Shade” with “Toley” Tolman singer and Glen Shelley organist at 3:15 P.M.

    1961 Frank H. Coffin died at age 50 in Portland. KGW Asst. Manager, 1949-52. KOIN-TV Sales Manager.

    1987 John A. Salisbury died at age 71 in Portland. KXL News Director, 1961-78, Exe. Director of News, 1978-82.

    1989 Dorothy Stimson Bullitt died at age 97 in Seattle, Wash. KGW & KGW-TV President, 1957-61.

    2004 Ted Yaw died at age 81 in Beaverton. KXL Staff Announcer, 1948-52 (of the Yaw’s family restaurant).

    2014 Uncle Mort died at age 64 in Portland. KBOO host of “Rockaholics Anonymous” show. 1984-08.

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    JUNE 28TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1887 Mason Moltzner aka Ken Mason was born in St. Paul, MN. KEX Actor, 1944-47. KGW 1931-39. KOIN.

    1906 Vivian Lee was born in Portland. KWJJ Host of “Between You & Me with Vivian Lee” 2:00 P.M., 1948-49.

    1925 KFVL 231 meters (1297.8 kilocycles) Vancouver Barracks with 5 watts. Destroyed by fire, never returned.

    1925 Jack R. Wilbur was born in Salem, Oregon. KPOJ Promotions Manager, 1958-59. KPDQ, KOZE.

    1929 KGW “Hoot Owls” program season ender with guest Eddie Peabody, King of The Banjo. 10:30 P.M.

    1965 Marlowe Branagan died at age 56 in Portland. KKEY Sportscaster, 1959. KHTV, KGW-TV, KLOR TV.

    1993 KEZF 1040 kHz., Tigard, signed on air with 2,200 watts day & 200 watts nights with the K-Love format.

    2002 KSTE-FM changed its call letters to KRVO, standing for “105.9, The River” continued Classic Rock format.

    2008 Mark Lindsay hosted his last Saturday night show on KLTH “K-Hits, 106.7” although he didn’t know it at time.

    2010 Carl Wagner died at age 76 in Anderson, OH. KEX/KKRZ (FM) President, 1987-91. WKRC AM-FM General Manager.

    2013 KLYC McMinnville signed back on the air at 1:00 P.M. with a live public celebration from Granary District.

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    JUNE 29TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1905 Les Halpin was born in Kaslo, B.C., Canada. KOIN News Director, 1940-67. Began at KOIN in 1935.

    1913 Lou Gillette was born in Fairbanks, AK. KMCM Station Manager, 1949-53. KALE/KPOJ AM/FM, 1946-49.

    1953 First Portland area Radio test of Conelrad from 1:00 A.M. to 2:00 A.M. 5 stations broadcast on 640 K.C. & 5 on 1240 K.C.

    1956 KPOJ AM/FM inaugurated the first mobile studio on the West Coast during a Rita Moreno autograph party.

    1979 KMJK 106.7 MHz formatted, Mellow Rock “The Magic FM” changed to Top 40 as “The All New Magic 107.”

    2011 “Mel Blanc Day” proclaimed in Portland, honoring former KGW-KEX Star. Three month celebration.

    2011 KXPD 1040 kHz., Tigard signed back on the air with programming from China via “Easy FM” in English.

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