THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (MAY)

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    MAY 12TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1923 KGW 400 meters (749.4 kilocycles) moved to 492 meters (609.3 K.C.). Power remained at 500 watts.

    1927 KFEC and Meier & Frank Co., won five suits in a Radio Broadcast Music Royalty Infringement Action.

    1977 KOIN switched call letters to KYTE, standing for “97 Kite” and programming Contemporary music.

    1977 KOIN-FM switched calls to KYTE-FM standing for “The FM Kite” programming an automated A.C. format.

    1985 Don Burden died at age 56 in San Mateo, CA. KISN President, 1959-76. KOIL, WIFE, KICN President.

    2006 KRSK-HD2 Molalla, on 105.1-2 initiated broadcasting a Dance format in Digital IBOC.

    2008 KVMX 107.5 MHz., Banks, simulcast of KXJM “Jammin’ 95.5” ended. Switched to “Jammin’ 107-5.”

    2008 KXJM CHR/Rhythmic “Jammin’ 95.5” switched format to Sports/Talk as the new “95.5, The Game.”

    2008 KLTH The K-Hits Corner studio was shut down when “Mark Lindsay’s The Rock & Roll Cafe” closed.

    2009 Roger L. Curtis died at age 53 in Portland. KBNP Operations Manager and Program Director, 2004-05.

    2017 Chuck Cade died at age 78 in Portland. KWJJ Air Personality in the early 1970’s. KOHI St. Helens.

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    MAY 13TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1909 Marlowe Branagan was born in Hastings, Neb. KKEY Sportscaster, 1959. KHTV, KGW-TV, KLOR.

    1922 KQY broadcast Portland’s first remote at 8:00 P.M. from Lincoln High School. Featured concert & lecture.

    1943 Cleve Allen was born in Queen City, Texas. KGW Personality, 1972. KINK 1971. KLIQ, KBOO, KBPS.

    1962 KGRO 1230 kHz., Gresham, raised day power from 250 watts to 1 K.W. with a new $10,000 transmitter.

    1968 Loyal E.W. “Lew” Conley died at age 66 in Portland. KLIQ Chief Engineer, 1957-60 & 1961-64. KVAN General Manager.

    1997 Stanley R. “Stan” Church died at age 87 in Lake Oswego. KOIN-KALE Public Events Director, 1936-42.

    2010 Rodney F. “Rod” Woita died at age 76 in Beaverton. KRWC 1570 K.C., Forest Grove, Sports Director, 1955-56.

    2011 Charles J. “Charlie” Vais died at age 83 in Lakewood, CO. KISN Station Manager, 1959. KICN Sales Manager.

    2016 Richard K. “Dick” Millison died at age 97 in Anacortes, WA. KUIK President, 1973-78. KRTV Station Manager.

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    MAY 14TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1918 Paul A. Alexander was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa. KUIK Farm Director, 1961-66 & Sales Manager, 1960.

    1926 KGW “Hoot Owls” program began on KFOA Seattle, Wash. The variety shows first chain broadcast.

    1939 Bob Chase was born in Sheldon, Iowa. KWJJ News Director, 1973-76. KEX 1978-98. KPAM 2000-03.

    1944 KGW NBC broadcast “The Jack Benny Program” from “Camp Adair” with KGW’s Dick Rand at 4:00 P.M.

    1975 William Moyes died at age 80 in Nahcotta, Wash. Oregonian “Behind The Mike” columnist, 1930-52.

    1977 Jack Hurd died at age 58 in Lake Oswego. KKEY Moderator, 1971-77. KGAR Talk Host, 1970. KLIQ Talk Host, 1967-69.

    1990 Thomas Huntsberger, trustee of bankrupt for Matrix Media, sold KCYX 1260 kHz., to Bohnsack Strategies.

    1998 Frank Sinatra died at age 82 in Los Angeles, California. KXL Co-owner, 1957-64, with KJR & KNEW.

    2016 Craig E. Singletary died at age 85 in McMinnville. KSLC 1972 Founder. KMCM Asst. General Manager. 1961, Operations Manager 1959-60.

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    MAY 15TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1876 William P. “Bill” Strandborg was born in Ashtabula, Ohio. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Talon”, 1923-24.

    1903 Virgil S. Smith was born in Marion Co. IA. KGW-KEX News Editor, 1934-43. The Blue Network, KMPC.

    1923 Radio Division discontinued the weather wavelength at 485 meters. This affected KGW and KFEC.

    1923 Leo Erickson was born in North Dakota. KYTE/KLLB Chief Engineer, 1980-83. KGAR Chief Engineer, 1963-64.

    1928 Rusty Nails aka Jim Allen was born in Portland. KWJJ host of “Jimmy Allen’s Scrapbook” 1951-52. KPTV.

    1938 Jimmy Hollister was born in San Joaquin County, CA. KVIX Program Director, 1987-88. KPAM, KEX & KGW.

    1943 Ralph Edwards “Truth Or Consequences” NBC live broadcast from Public Auditorium at 5:00 P.M. & 8:00 P.M.

    1957 Cecil Teague died in Portland. KOIN staff organist on the stations’ Wurlitzer organ, 1931-38.

    1965 KWJJ 1080 kHz., began 24 hour operation, expanding its Country music format around the clock.

    1985 KVAN 1550 kHz., moved studios from Orchards to “Avenida del Sol” shopping center in Vancouver, Wash.

    1998 EXCL Communications sold KINK-FM to American Radio Systems License Corp. This was a station swap.

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    MAY 16TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1923 Pete Wheeler (Howard W. Pierson) was born in Dunsmuir, Calif. KLIQ Talk Show Host, 1967-72.

    1944 Ben E. Titus committed suicide at age 46 with .22 rifle in Portland. KGW-KEX news writer, 1943-44.

    1946 Larry Scott was born in Oakland, CA. KQIV personality 1972-74. KGON, KINK, KVAN, KPFA.

    1952 KXL 750 K.C., was informed by the FCC to discontinue night operation. WSB about to begin 24 hour operation.

    1952 LBS-The Liberty Broadcasting System, folded. KGON 1230 K.C. & KMCM 1260 K.C., went independent.

    1973 KPOJ Inc. sold KPOK & KPOK-FM to Tracy Broadcasting Co. for $1,050,000 (Dick Stevens, President).

    1990 KCYX 1260 kHz., McMinnville, Oregon went dark for a month and a half.

    2006 KZNY Mexican Oldies changed call letters to KSZN switching format to Spanish Sports “ESPN Desportes.”

    2008 KLVP 88.7 MHz., “K-Love” changed community of license from Cherryville, Oregon to Sandy, Oregon.

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    MAY 17TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1907 John C. Emmel was born in Naperville, Ills. KWJJ Musical Director, 1948-51. KALE Music Director, 1944-45.

    1923 Ted Yaw was born in Winlock, WA. KXL Announcer, 1948-52. (relation of the Yaw’s family restaurant fame).

    1948 KEX studios, radio debate with Tom Dewey & Harold Stassen. Distributed to ABC, KGW-NBC, KALE-MBS.

    1976 KQIV passed into receivership under (attorney) John W. Kendall, who represented many stations.

    1990 Rev. Dr. John G. Mitchell died at age 97 in Portland. KPDQ host of “Know Your Bible” 1966. KWJJ.

    1997 Fred Von Hofen died at age 75 in Bellevue, WA. KGW Station Manager, 1958-59. KBBX President.

    2001 FCC fined KBOO $7,000. for violating the indecency rule on “Soundbox.” This was rescinded on 2-20-03.

    2009 George Anthony died at age 82 in Portland. KXL Program Director, 1952-53. KXLY Program Director & Station Manager.

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    MAY 18TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1925 KFJR signed on the air on 263 meters (1139.8 K.C.) at 9:00 P.M. with 5 watts. Studio in the Ashley Dixon Garage.

    1942 “The Funny Money Man” starring Homer Welch began on KGW Monday thru Friday’s at 4:30pm, giving away money.

    1957 Donald W. “Don” Green, Jr. died at age 41 in Portland. KGW-KEX Announcer, 1940-44. KGW 1944-48. KPFM 1950.

    1957 KPAM & KPFM began regular stereophonic broadcasts at 10:00 A.M. Nine hours were presented weekly.

    1960 Ted R. Gamble died at age 54 in San Francisco, Calif. KOIN AM/FM/TV President, 1953-60.

    1978 Michael J. “Mike” Frey died at age 79 in Portland. KGW & KGW-FM General Manager, 1946-51.

    1980 KARO granted “Special Temporary Authority” to transmit nights from daytime site. (Mt. St. Helens erupts).

    1988 Fort Vancouver Broadcasting Corp. (KKSN AM & FM) attended a Hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

    1991 KBBT Easy Listening formatted “Easy 970”, transformed into Alternative Rock, as “970, The Beat.”

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    MAY 19TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1906 Leon Drews was born in Portland. KOIN Organist, 1935-40. KALE 1941. KPRO, KFI, KHFS 1956.

    1930 Robert G. Duncan “The Oregon Wildcat” was arrested for “electioneering” on Election Day on KVEP.

    1941 Vern H. Haybarker died in Portland. KGW original Chief Engineer, 1922-33. Oregonian Electrical Engineer.

    1984 Stinson 1948 airplane with a family of 4, hit the KYTE & KOIN-TV guy wires, crashing and killing the family.

    1997 Forrest Berg died at age 96 in Portland. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Squeak”, 1929-30. Son of Charles F. Berg.

    2010 Bob Liddle died at age 88 in Seattle, WA. KEX Personality, 1959-61. KXL 1956-59. KIXI News Director.

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    MAY 20TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1942 Roy C. Hunt died in Riverside, CA. KOIN & KALE Vice-President & General Manager, 1929-42. KXL Vice-President & General Manager, 1927-29.

    1942 Bob Swanson was born in Bend. KEX Music Director, 1974-94 & Personality, 1967-94. KIDO Music Director, KING.

    1973 KQIV Free Concert at Mt. Tabor Park featuring Portland rock group Brown Sugar. 5,000 fans attended.

    1996 Henry Broadcasting Co. (Charlton H. Buckley) sold KBBT & KUFO (FM) to American Radio Systems.

    2000 Jesse E. Leonard died at age 85 in Portland. KEX News Director, 1955-56 & Production Manager, 1951-52.

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    MAY 21ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1902 Samuel “Sam” Herrick was born in Williamsport, PA. KGW co-star on “Covered Wagon Days”, 1932-35.

    1923 Bob Hinz was born in Corvallis. KOAP-FM Director of Operations, 1974-84 & Program Director, 1967-69.

    1928 KFEC moved its transmitter from the “Meier & Frank” building to the Meier & Frank Delivery Depot building.

    1930 The Chamber of Commerce wrote to the FRC to stop KVEP from broadcasting “offensive utterances.”

    1955 KEX radio personality Moon Mullins was Grand Marshal of the Parkrose “Fun-O-Rama” parade.

    1982 Brownlow, Brownlow & Ward sold KOHI St. Helens to Volcano Broadcasting for $150,000 (Forrest Smith).

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    MAY 22ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1933 Ted Rogers was born in Chicago, IL. KPDQ AM/FM Operations Manager, 1988-93. KYTE 84-87. KEX Music Director, 1966-69.

    1982 Fred Clyde died at age 71 in Beaverton. KPOJ AM/FM morning Personality on “Jones & Clyde” 1967.

    1992 “The Oregonian” printed its last “Behind The Mike” column (by Peter Farrell) after 62 years. 1930.

    1994 Don Craig died at age 54 in Stayton. KLIQ & KLIQ-FM General Manager, 1971-72. KASH General Manager.

    2001 Jay W. Wright died at age 92 in Seattle, WA. KGW AM & TV Director of Engineering, 1961-64.

    2011 Ray Ramsey died at age 87 on Mercer Island, WA. KEX Air Personality, 1962-64. KOL, KREM.

    2017 Scappoose Joe (Harley Youngblood) died at age 89 in Florence. KOIN Klock co-host, 1969-70, KPOJ Personality, 1952-57.

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    MAY 23RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1904 James M. Morris was born in Corvallis. KOAP-FM/KOAP-TV Director of Educational Radio & TV, 1961-63.

    1938 KEX broadcast the last episode of the 5 1/2 year old “Homicide Squad” 9:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. on Monday.

    1959 KRRC 89.3 M.C., became the first station in the Northwest to broadcast a Spanish language program.

    1960 Rudy Lachenmeier died at age 39 in Portland. KGW Sports Director, 1950-53, KXL Sports Director, 1942-48.

    1973 Gary Hamilton died at age 35 of burns in Portland. KMCM Program Director, 1961-62 & News Director, 1962-64.

    1983 George E. Bruns died at age 68 in Portland. KEX Musical Director, 1946-49. KOIN Asst. Music Director. Disney Studios.

    1984 Donald H. “Don” McGannon died at age 63 in Chester, Conn. KEX & KEX-FM President, 1955-62.

    1995 WPHG710 signed on the air on 530 kHz., with 10 watts of power near Portland International Airport.

    2015 Alvin E. “Al” Bauer died at age 86 in Portland. KVAN Sales Manager, 1952-53. KXL 1954-59. KWSC.

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    MAY 24TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1956 John H. Fitzgibbon sold his 50% of Clackamas Broadcasters, Inc. KGON to Robert J. Hartke for $25,454.

    1966 KOAP-FM 91.5 MHz., moved its offices from the DCE Building to The Northwestern, Inc., Building.

    1973 Ada Brown appeared before the FCC to present arguments on the KVAN license owned by Cathryn Murphy.

    1976 U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the FCC decision denying KISN & Star Station license renewals.

    2010 KCMD “Freedom 970” changed its calls to KXFD standing for FreeDom and continuing Talk format.

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    MAY 25TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1915 Sammy Taylor was born in Toronto, KS. KWJJ Program Director, 1965-77 & Music Director, 1965-74, KWJJ 1953-74. KGON.

    1920 James L. “Jim” Hamstreet was born in Sheridan, Wyoming. KGMG General Manager, 1962-63.

    1927 KXL 770 K.C., broadcasting with 250 watts of power day & night, was reduced to 50 watts.

    1927 KEX 1240 K.C., broadcasting with 5,000 watts, reduced to 2.5 K.W. on it’s 20 K.W. transmitter.

    1937 KEX debuted “Songs At Eventide” at 9:00 P.M., with Glenn Shelley, Frances Pozzi & Robert Hamlin.

    1979 Oliver L. Withers sold KWRC to KWRC, Inc. (Byron M. Stephenson, President & General Manager).

    2002 Bob Anderson died at age 83 in Portland. “Scandinavian Hour” 55 Year host on KKEY, KPOJ, KGW, KWJJ, KPDQ, KXL.

    2007 Mark Marshall died at age 46 in Salem. KLYC Vice-President of Programming, 1997-98. KOTK/KWJJ, KXL.

    2011 KXL 750 kHz., “NewsRadio 101FM KXL” simulcast end, switched to “SportsRadio 750AM The Game.”

    2011 KXTG 95.5 MHz., “SportsRadio 95.5, The Game” switched to Hot A.C. as “The New Live 95-5” at 5:00 P.M.

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    MAY 26TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1933 Frank Bonnema was born in Merrill, Iowa. KGW Personality, 1962-63. KPTV, KYXI, KTAC News Director. KREW.

    1942 George Page was born in Alameda, Calif. KBOO host of “Jazz Rap”, 1972-91. KKSN 1982-84. KATU.

    1949 Chuck Whitehead died at age 61 in Portland. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Serenader” 1926-29. KOIN.

    1994 KXYQ Broadcasting Company sold KXYQ & KXYQ-FM to Trumper Communications Inc. for $5.6 Million.

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