THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (MARCH)

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    MARCH 13TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1922 7XF inaugurated Oregon’s 1st regularly scheduled newscast at 7:45pm. Charles Austin was Oregon’s 1st newscaster.

    1946 Robert E. “Bob” King was born in Oakland, CA. KPAM/KPFM Program Director, 1969-70. KGW Program Director, 1970’s.

    1968 KPFM 97.1 MHz., debuted “Nite-Flite” Portland’s first Underground Rock & Electronic music show with Dan Foley.

    1972 KOAP-FM moved from Carl Place, to former KOAP-TV Council Crest Drive studio and Stereo began.

    1980 KLIQ 1290 kHz., with its Big Band music “The Sound of The 40’s” switched format back to Talk Radio.

    1998 KUFO announced it had been paid for 50 spins of: Limp Bizkit’s “Counterfeit” in a “pay for play.”

    2013 Daniel “Dan” Eilers died at age 57 in Bend. KGW Newscaster, 1973. KING, KBDF, KASH, KBPS.

    2017 KFBW HD3 on 105.9-3 “Tailgate 103.7” via K279BO 103.7 switched to Classic Country “103.7, The Legend.”

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    MARCH 14TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1904 Paul Connet was born in Portland. KGW-KEX National Sales Manager, 1941-42 & Sales Manager, 1939-40.

    1928 Lewis Irvine Thompson sold 10 watt KLIT Portland to Eugene Broadcast Station for an estimated $5,000.

    1940 “Tiger” Tom Murphy was born in Sioux City, Iowa. KISN Air Personality, 1959-65. KPOJ, KJR, KOL, KRLA.

    1949 KEX 1190 K.C., donated interview recordings of the Oregon Legislature to the OHS transcription library.

    1984 Golden West Broadcasters, Inc. sold KEX/KKRZ(FM) to Taft Television & Radio Co. for $8,127,391.

    1993 Gene R. Johnsick died at age 73 in Mt. Angel. KRIV Camas founder, President & Chief Engineer, 1956-58.

    2006 KNRK-HD2 on 94.7-2 initiated broadcasting in Digital IBOC the “Deep Tracks” music format.

    2008 An angry “Jammin’ 95.5” listener rammed his car through the front doors into the KXL/KXJM’s lobby.

    2017 KGON-HD2 on 92.3-2 “The Metal Channel” switched format to “Delta Blues.”

    2017 KRSK-HD2 on 105.1-2 “Delta Blues” switched format to “Radio Disney.”

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    MARCH 15TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1922 Hallock & Watson Radio Service was granted Oregon’s first commercial license. Call letters were KGG.

    1923 Stubbs Electric Co. sold (dark) KYG to Benson Polytechnic Institute for $1,500. Later became KFIF.

    1926 Harry Read as KQP Inc., re-acquired KQP with financial help from “The Portland News” newspaper.

    1933 John Lind died at age 34 in Portland. KEK Station Manager, 1929-33 for the Mackay telegraph station.

    1939 Darrell E. Kennedy was born. KPAM Vice-President & General Manager, 1997-00. KPDQ AM/FM General Manager, 1993-96.

    1972 KGW celebrated its 50th Anniversary with Mel Blanc as special guest at: Portland Ad Club luncheon.

    1972 FCC Broadcast Bureau Chief recommended denial of the license to KVAN 1480 owner Cathryn C. Murphy.

    2004 KZNY Oregon City changed its call letters to KGDD, continuing Adult Standards format as “Sunny 1520.”

    2004 KGUY 1010 kHz., Milwaukie, changed its call letters to KZNY, continuing its Regional Mexican format.

    2011 KUFO Active Rock “101 KUFO” began a simulcast of KXL 750 as “News Radio 101-FM” at 8:47 A.M.

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    MARCH 16TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1914 Ralph Greer was born in Portland. KGW Traffic Manager, 1946-54. KGW-KEX Traffic Manager, 1940-42.

    1972 Norman J. “Norm” Sugg died at age 79 in Seattle, WA. KGW-KEX Commercial Manager, 1942-45.

    1974 Cliff Engle died at age 65 in Stockton, CA. KGW “Hoot Owl” Grand Scribe, 1929-33. KTBR, 1931-32.

    1981 KQFM 100.3 MHz., Progressive Rock “Q100” switched format to Oldies, as the new “Solid Gold FM-100.”

    1984 KKRZ 100.3 MHz., Young Adult Top Tracks “The Rose” switched to CHR as “Z100, The Switch Is On.”

    1984 KUPL-FM dropped its AM simulcast and began a separate format as “K98, Continuous Hit Country.”

    1994 Roger Davis died of type one diabetes at age 34 in Portland. KGON 92.3 MHz., Air Personality, 1983-86.

    2011 Skip Hathaway died at age 92 in Portland. KMCM Chief Engineer, 1949-51. KUGN Chief Engineer, KASH C.E.

    2013 Charles E. “Chuck” Knopf died at age 64 in Salem. KYXI Sports Director, 1976-79. KWJJ-FM.

    2013 Lady Audrey, “Mistress of The Night” died at age 56 in Portland. KMJK Personality 1977. KOIN, KISN.

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    MARCH 17TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1898 James Wyatt was born in Saskatoon, Sask. Canada. KOIN “Five Star Final” anchorman, 1937-56. KXL, KEX.

    1930 KFIF 1420 kilocycles, exchanged call letters for KBPS, standing for: “Benson Polytechnic School.”

    1932 “Captain Clay” Gordon was born in Bismarck, N.D. KYTE/KLLB Traffic Reporter, 1980-82. KAAR.

    1933 KEX featured the first of several shows from “Glen Rice & His Beverly Hill Billies” 8:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

    1962 KGMG 95.5 MHz., became Portland’s 2nd station to broadcast multiplex Stereo beginning at 1:00 P.M.

    1972 KQFM raised power from 17 K.W. to 100 K.W. on the KXL-FM tower. Studios: 2815 S.W. Barbur Blvd.

    1992 Bankruptcy court sold KKGR to Pacific Northwest Broadcasting Corp. for $82,000 (Dick Schwary).

    1994 KKBK 106.7 MHz., changed its calls to KKJZ, standing for “Smooth Jazz 106.7” continuing format.

    1997 Heritage Media Corp. sold KKSN AM/FM & KKRH (FM) to Fox-News Corp. (Rupert Murdoch, CEO).

    2004 Wilbur Jeffery Jerman died at age 102 in Portland. Radio pioneer of namesake KWJJ, 1925-52.

    2010 KXJM “Jammin’ 107-5” switched slogan to “Wild 107-5” at 10:00 A.M., continuing CHR/Rhythmic format.

    2011 Clint Gruber died at age 90 in Portland. KOIN Announcer/Newscaster, 1951-52 & 1955-65. KEX 1952-55.

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    MARCH 18TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1896 Clarence “Toley” Tolman was born in Fish Creek, ID. KGW Co-star on “Me & My Shadow” 1932-41.

    1908 Fifth Portland public demonstration of wireless telegraph took place at Williams Avenue School.

    1918 Bob Hazen was born in Portland. KOIN/KXL Personality, 1959-72. KPOK, KPAM/KPFM, KGON, KEX.

    1922 Archie F. Brusch was born in Aurora. KWRC builder/Chief Engineer, 1964-66. KATU Transmitter Chief.

    1940 Phil Harper was born in Kansas City, MO. KGW Air Personality, 1969-74. KING, KMPS, KYCW.

    1949 KEX won third in Billboard Magazine’s 11th annual Radio & TV promotion competition, for sales.

    1959 KLIQ became the first All News Station in the Nation. “News, fresh timely dramatic first on KLIQ.”

    2000 Allyn G. “Al” Roberts died at age 83 in Salem, Ore. KXL Program Director, 1936-37. KSLM. KFWB.

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    MARCH 19TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1916 Donald W. “Don” Green, Jr. was born in Portland. KGW-KEX Announcer, 1940-44. KGW 1944-48. KPFM.

    1922 7XI signed on the air on 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) 5 watts. Owner: Hallock & Watson Radio Service.

    1922 KGW, The Morning Oregonian station began tests on 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) with 50 watts power.

    1925 Radio Division denied license of KFQN 1060 (kilocycles) Owner, Third Baptist Church had an irregular schedule.

    1932 KOIN transmitter operator, Lloyd Woodell, fell and struck his head. He was rushed to hospital. Concussion.

    1978 Bob Thomas died at age 72 in Tigard. KEX News Director, 1945-55. KGW-KEX News Editor, 1941-45.

    2004 KFXX “Sports Radio 910, The Fan”, switched to a Talk format as “Max 910.” The “Fan” moved to 1080 kHz.

    2004 KOTK Talk formated “Hot Talk 1080”, switched to Sports Talk, as “Sports Radio 1080, The Fan.”

    2009 KXL “The Lars Larson Show”, syndicated by Westwood One was canceled. 11 days later a new network.

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    MARCH 20TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1929 Meier & Frank Co. sold KFEC to Carl E. Haymond. KFEC was moved to Yakima, WA. Became KIT.

    1937 Benard A. “Ben” Buisman, Jr. was born in Portland. KEX Farm Director, 1954-59. His Dad Sr., KXL Farm Director.

    1966 KLIQ 1290 kHz., studios at Oaks Park suffered $20,000 to $25,000 fire damage from an arsonist.

    1974 Chet Huntley died at age 62 in Big Sky, MT. KGW-KEX Announcer, 1936-37. KIRO, KHQ, CBS/ABC/NBC.

    1987 Don Kirkendall died at age 63 in Portland. KVAN interviewer of “The Don Kirkendall Show”, 1954-55.

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    MARCH 21ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1912 Stuart L. Hannon was born in Spokane, Wash. KXL Program Director, 1940-41. KEX 1943.

    1922 The Oregonian Publishing Co. was granted the 98th commercial license bearing call letters KGW.

    1940 KOIN 940 K.C. A second partly completed Ideco tower, swayed, buckled and fell while guy wires were tightened.

    1952 KEX debuted “Music For Powerland” with narrator Clint Gruber, sponsored by P.P.&. L. at 9:30 P.M.

    1962 Quenton H. Cox sold KQFM to Point-O-Salescast, Inc. for $1.00, plus the liabilities of $10,000.

    2011 Barry A. Ackerley died at age 76 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. KGON/KFXX Owner & President, 1985-92.

    #35624

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    MARCH 22ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1913 Tom McCall was born in Egypt, Mass. KGW Commentator, 1952-54. KEX News Editor, 1949. KGW-KEX 1944.

    1938 Gary Hamilton was born in New York, NY. KMCM Program Director, 1961-62 & News Director, 1962-64.

    1949 Harland W. “Harlan” Tucker died at age 55 in North Hollywood, CA. KALE Chief Announcer, 1944-46.

    1963 Frances R. Symons died at age 70 in Portland, Oreg. KXL President and Co-owner, 1937-55.

    1982 KKSN Adult Contemporary format, switched to Classical at 6:00 A.M. as “The State of The Arts.”

    2011 Bob McGill died at age 92 in Portland. KOIN AM/FM Station Manager, 1975-77. KGW 1946-51.

    2013 KLYC 1260 kHz., McMinnville, signed off the air at 12:60 P.M. A frequency salute. The LMA fell through.

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    MARCH 23RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1916 Jessie Jacqueline Jerman was born in Walla Walla, WA. KWJJ/KPRA(FM)/KWJJ-FM Co-Owner, 1938-52.

    1922 KGW continued testing its new transmitter after 10:00 P.M. with live vocals and phonograph music.

    1923 KFFO 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) Hillsboro signed on the air with 5 watts. Owner: Dr. E.H. Smith, Osteopath.

    1923 KDYQ 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KFFO with KFDJ, KFEC, KGG, KGN, KQY.

    1923 KFDJ 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KFFO with KDYQ, KFEC, KGG, KGN, KQY.

    1923 KFEC 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KFFO with KDYQ, KFDJ, KGG, KGN, KQY.

    1923 KGG 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KFFO with KDYQ, KFDJ, KFEC, KGN, KQY.

    1923 KGN 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KFFO with KDYQ, KFDJ, KFEC, KGG, KQY.

    1923 KQY 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KFFO with KDYQ, KFDJ, KFEC, KGG, KGN.

    1923 Benson Polytechnic School, granted a license, from The Radio Division, bearing call letters KFIF.

    1932 Jimmy (Bang-Bang) Walker was born in Birmingham, AL. KGAR Personality, 1974-76. KKEY 1977-81.

    1952 NBC saluted KGW’s 30th birthday with “Portland 620” at 7:30pm starring KGW alumni including Mel Blanc.

    1986 KUPL AM/FM transmitter site fire! Off air. $580,000 damage. Mutual regional downlink was knocked Out!

    1987 James T. “Jim” McGuire died at age 68 in Lake Oswego. KPAM/KPFM Asst. Manager, 1958-59 & Program Director.

    2004 KRSK 105.1 MHz., Salem was granted a license to change its community of license to Molalla, Oregon.

    2005 KNRK-HD1 on 94.7-1 began broadcasting in Digital IBOC a simulcast of KNRK’s New Rock format.

    2009 KCMD Talk formatted “AM 970, The Talker” changed nickname slogan to “The New 970 dot AM.”

    2011 Heidi Tauber died at age 52 in Portland. KKSN-FM News Director, 1991-93. KOPB-FM, KPOJ, KINK (FM).

    #35699

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    MARCH 24TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1936 KEX “The Young Firpo/Red Bruce Fight” from Portland Auditorium, 9:30 P.M. Rollie Truitt was the announcer.

    1947 Staff of “KEX Salutes KGW” 6:00 to 6:30 PM. The occasion of KGW’s 25th anniversary. This was a simulcast.

    2011 Paul E. “Buzz” Barr died at age 72 in Hoquiam, WA. KISN Program Director, 1966-67. KOL Program, Director. KJR.

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    MARCH 25TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1908 George L. Moorad was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Later KGW News Analyst, 1946-49.

    1912 United Wireless Telegraph Co. (“DZ” Portland) owner pleaded: “No Contest” in Federal Court.

    1922 KGW 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) officially signed on air with 50 watts. Studio Transmitter: The Oregonian Building.

    1922 7XF 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KGW with 7XG & 7XI.

    1922 7XG 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KGW with 7XF & 7XI.

    1922 7XI 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KGW with 7XF & 7XG.

    1926 KQP 319 meters (939.8 kilocycles) 1 K.W. power, left the air for two weeks and would return as KOIN.

    1932 “KGW 10th Anniversary Program” celebration, heard over NBC Orange & Gold Networks at 11:00 P.M.

    1981 KARO changed its call letters to KAAR, standing for “All American Radio” and continuing Top 40 format.

    1994 KZRC “Z-Rock” changed its call letters to KXYQ, switching to a simulcast of “Q105” A.C. format.

    1994 KXYQ became KXYQ-FM. “The Q105 Difference! No rap. No hard stuff & no sleepy elevator music.”

    2003 KVAN Talk Radio formatted “K-Van 1550”, changed its call letters to KKAD, standing for “Advice Talk.”

    2004 KFXX Vancouver, changed its calls to KOTK, and continuing its Talk Radio format as “Max 910.”

    2004 KOTK changed its call letters to KFXX and continuing its Sports format as “Sports Radio 1080, The Fan.”

    2010 Phil Bethune died at age 47 in Portland. KKSL & KKPZ Air Personality, 2003. KFXX/KOTK. KBOO.

    2012 John Talley died at age 81 in Portland. KBOO “Indian World” host, 1977-2000. First Portland Native American program.

    2013 KPAM 860 kHz., dropped CBS Radio News and became an affiliate with NBC Radio News.

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    MARCH 26TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1907 Myron McCamley was born in Portland. KGW Office Manager & sometimes KGW host, 1931-32.

    1917 YMCA wireless telegraph station “PSN” offered its resources to U.S. Army & Navy. They accepted. WWI.

    1932 KOIN transmitter cat, jumped from a window sill into a generator and was electrocuted. This took KOIN off the air.

    1940 KEX “Covered Wagon Days” drama ended, in its 9th season. The longest running series in the Northwest.

    1956 Dwight D. Loomis died at age 40 in Alamogordo, N.M. KWJJ Chief Engineer, 1948-53. KGW-KEX.

    1999 KXL-FM formatted “Triple A” switched its music to Rhythmic Contemporary Hits: “Jammin’ 95.5.”

    2014 Aldo Donald “Don” Parr, Jr. died at age 81 in Beaverton. KPOJ AM/FM Sales Manager, 1958-60.

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    MARCH 27TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1909 Billy Sandiford was born in Portland. KOIN Staff Announcer, 1933-36. KAST Assistant Manager, 1936-37.

    1910 Chester R. “Chet” Duncan was born in Wenatchee, Wash. KOIN Public Relations Director, 1942-47.

    1929 Edwin L. “Ed” Nuhring was born in Jolley, Iowa. KMCM Chief Engineer & Announcer, 1955-61. KOIN-TV.

    1964 KPOJ-FM 98.7 MHz., moved its frequency to 98.5 MHz., continuing with 4,100 watts.

    1980 KGW scooped world with Mike Beard’s airplane report, Mt. St. Helens was erupting first time in 123 years.

    1986 KUPL 1330 kHz., returned to air four days after the Mt. Scott transmitter site fire. Reduced power to 1 K.W.

    1987 107 Limited sold KMJK to Magic Radio for $3.9 Million. (Bruce Engel, owner; Gary Capps, C.E.O.)

    1987 Patten Communications Corp. sold KAAR 1480 kHz., to Belridge Broadcasting of Portland, Inc. for $550,000.

    1989 KXL affiliated with the “CBS Radio Network”, continued its affiliation with the “Mutual” network.

    2009 Alan Gottlieb sold his 34% interest in KBNP to 2nd Amendment F. & C.C.F.T.R.T.K.A.B.A for $1.088 Million.

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