THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (MARCH)

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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 Chief Engineer.

    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.

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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).

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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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    MARCH 28TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1922 7XG became KYG. Power increased from 5 watts to 100 watts. Studio & transmitter: 400 E. 22nd St. N.

    1922 7XI became KGG, standing for: “King GeorGe.” Power increased from 5 to 50 watts. Studio & transmitter: 192 Park St.

    1929 KTBR moved its “Commodore Hotel” transmitter to its studio location at the “Weatherly Building.”

    1940 KALE moved its “Weatherly Building” transmitter to the Barnes Hill site at Sylvan with sister KOIN.

    1940 KALE 1300 K.C., raised day power from 1 K.W. to 5 K.W. And 1 K.W. night power switched to directional.

    1956 KEX’s Barney Keep won the vote for Deejay “Mayor for a Day”, promoting the sale of Easter Seals.

    1968 Intruder with a hammer and tire iron tried to break into KEX at 11:17 P.M., shattering glass in the door.

    2000 Spartan Media, Inc. sold KGUY 1010 kHz., to Eads Broadcasting Corp. (Richard C. Eads, Vice-President).

    2007 KTRO 93.1 MHz., Talk formatted “Talk Radio Oregon”, switched to Regional Mexican as “El Rey.”

    2013 Joe Light died at age 79 in Sacramento, CA. KISN Air Personality, 1965-66. WIFE P.D. KOIL M.D. KICN, KRIZ, KCBQ.

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    MARCH 29TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1906 Quenton “Q” Cox was born in Murdock, Nebr. KQFM Owner, 1954-62. KGW AM/FM General Manager, 1946-54.

    1922 KGW broadcast a guest singer, for an in studio concert which was filmed by Portland’s “Screenland News.”

    1941 The N.A.R.B.A. Treaty (North American Region Broadcast Agreement) went into effect at 3:00 A.M.

    1941 KVAN 880 kilocycles, Vancouver, Wash., moved to 910 kilocycles with 250 watts & daytime only.

    1941 KOIN 940 kilocycles moved to 970 kilocycles with 5 K.W. daytime, 5 K.W. directional nights.

    1941 KWJJ 1040 kilocycles moved to 1080kc with 500 watts, dividing nights with KRLD Dallas. WTIC Hartford.

    1941 KEX 1160 kilocycles moved to 1190 kilocycles. and continuing with its 5,000 watts day and night.

    1941 KALE 1300 kilocycles moved to 1330 kilocycles. 5 kilowatts daytime & 5 K.W. directional nights.

    1941 KXL 1420 kilocycles moved to 1450 kilocycles and continuing with 250 watts. Sharing time with KBPS.

    1941 KBPS 1420 kilocycles moved to 1450 kilocycles and continuing with 100 watts. Sharing time with KXL.

    1998 KKSN Adult Standards “Sunny 910” switched to “Sports Radio 910, The Fan.” Sunny moved 1520 kHz.

    1998 KFXX “Sports Radio 1520, The Fan” became Adult Standards “Sunny 1520.” The Fan moved to 910 kHz.

    2003 Francis Murphy died at age 88 in Portland. The Oregonian “Behind The Mike” columnist, 1952-79.

    2004 “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on KFXX 1080 Fan, moved to “ESPN Radio” studios for syndication.

    2006 Ken DeBord died at age 79 in Rose Lodge. KKEY Program Director, 1958-59. KVAN 1955-58.

    2011 KUFO 101.1 MHz., changed its call letters to KXL-FM, continuing to simulcast KXL’s News/Talk format.

    2011 KXFD 970 kHz., changed its call letters to KUFO, continuing its Talk Radio format as “Freedom 970.”

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    MARCH 30TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1919 Chuck Bernard was born in Portland. KPOJ Production Manager, 1956-62. With KPOJ 1952-62. KATU.

    1937 Red Robinson was born in Comox, B.C., Canada. KGW Personality, 1959-60. KGW-TV, CKWX, CFUN.

    1942 KGW premiered “Homekeepers Calendar with Helen Malloy” featuring Glenn Shelley organ. 10:30 A.M.

    1946 Journal Publishing Co. sold KOIN to Field Enterprises, Inc. for $943,967. (Marshall Field, President).

    1948 M.L. Marsh was born in Noti. KINK Program Director, 1974-76. KQFM interim Program Director, 1979.

    1963 KKEY Roger Hart introduced “Paul Revere & The Raiders” (their new manager) at the “Trapedero.”

    1991 KKSN-FM 97.1 held what would later become the last “Kisn Easter Egg Hunt” at West Delta Park.

    2009 “The Lars Larson Show” on KXL 750 was picked up for syndication by “Compass Media Networks.”

    2011 KEX News/Talk format began FM simulcast on K272EL 102.3 MHz., from Mt. Scott with 99 watts.

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