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    1889 Adolph F. Linden was born in Seattle, Wash. KEX Owner, 1928-29 along with KJR Seattle, KGA & KYA.

    1896 Jeannette Cramer was born in Grants Pass. Hosted “KGW Cooking School.” Was on KGW 1923-35.

    1911 United Wireless Telegraph Co. (“PE” Portland owners) were found guilty on 4 counts in U.S. Circuit Court.

    1911 Frank E. Marrion was born Goldendale, Wash. KVAN 910 K.C. Commercial Manager, 1945-46.

    1918 Jack Hurd was born in Helena, MT. KKEY Talk Personality, 1971-77. KGAR 1970. KLIQ AM/FM 1967-69.

    1930 FRC denied KVEP license renewal. “The Oregon Wildcat” had uttered obscene language on the air.

    1934 KBPS 1420 K.C., signed off the air for Summer Vacation. KXL 1420 kilocycles would fill-in the void.

    1960 KEX AM/FM moved studios from “Radio Center” to 2130 S.W. 5th Ave. Roger Ferrier was first Disc Jockey.

    1969 Alaric H. “Rickey” Bras died at age 79 in Centralia, WA. KVAN Program Director & Music Director, 1948-51.

    1977 “NBC News & Information Service” ended nationally and on Portland affiliate KYXI 1520 Oregon City.

    1995 KMUZ 1230 kHz., Gresham, Soft A.C., switched to Regional Mexican “Radio Fiesta” via KWBY Woodburn.

    2003 Tom Phelan died at age 79 in Portland. KVAN-1480 Chief Engineer, 1972-75. KPOJ/KPOK/KUPL(FM).



    1903 Harry H. Buckendahl was born in Chicago, IL. KOIN AM/FM Vice-President & Gen. Mgr., 1944-52 & 1960-68.

    1908 Mel Blanc was born in San Francisco, CA. KEX Star, 1933-35. KGW “Hoot Owls”, 1927-32. CBS 1946-47.

    1924 KFOH 283 meters (1059.3 kilocycles) “The Radio Bungalow” signed off the air at 10:00 P.M. forever.

    1930 KVEP went dark. The FRC had denied license renewal. KUJ Longview share-time was also not honored.

    1948 KGW was knocked off the air at 5:20 P.M. after losing one of two towers during the Vanport Flood.

    1950 Leland E. “Lee” Davis died at age 54 in Portland. KWJJ Announcer and Sales Accountant, 1931-40.

    1951 The Real Ron O’Neil was born in Newberg. KISN Personality 1973. KPOI 1980-81. KGMZ-FM 1997-08.

    1952 Walter C. Evans died at age 53 in Baltimore, MD. Was current KEX & KEX-FM President, 1947-52.

    1958 Willis M. “Bill” Ross died at age 48 in Salem. KALE Program Director, 1946-47. KOIN, KGW-KEX, KSLM.

    1980 Norjud Broadcasting (Norman P. Aldred) sold KCYX to Radio 1260, Inc. for $475,000. (Merrill Deane Johnson).

    2003 Pacific Northwest Broadcasting Corp. sold KMUZ 1230 kHz., Gresham to Bustos Media for $1,130,000.



    1907 Bart Woodyard was born in Bluefield, WV. KGW-KEX Orchestra Leader, 1934-35. Owner of “Bart’s Wharf.”

    1923 KGN signed off the air. Charles Austin sold KGN to Eric H. Chambers, becoming KFOH, in March 1924.

    1924 KGG signed off the air. Joe Hallock & Cliff Watson would be quarter owners of the original KOIN in 1926.

    1935 KBPS became Portland’s first station to use a short-wave remote unit between a ball park and a studio.

    1938 Jim Meeker was born in Beloit, KS. KISN, Music Director, 1965-66. KRLA Program Director, 1971. KGB.

    1948 KXL 750 kilocycles began 24 hour operation, broadcasting emergency information during Vanport Flood.

    1948 KEX debuted “Early Bird Time” weekday mornings. Bob Amsberry’s first KEX program. 6:00 A.M. to 6:30 A.M.

    1968 KISN Good Guys Fun Festival at Memorial Coliseum. Concerts and over 50 exhibits, running for ten days.

    1992 Paul F. Mathew died at age 74 in Gresham. KEX Chief Engineer, 1971-84. Joining the staff in 1957.

    Andy Brown

    I remember meeting Paul Mathew back in ’76 in his white jump suit. He kind of looked like Pete Townshend on the cover of his first solo album “Who Came First” sans the long and facial hair.


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

    …Which was, and always has been, in Orchards, not Vancouver.,-122.56108&z=18&t=SLB

    Current city limits run south of 503. Before annexation in the mid 90s, it ran the length of Andresen Road IIRC.

    1935 KBPS became Portland’s first station to use a short-wave remote unit between a ball park and a studio.

    Does anybody even still do that or are they all satellite/microwave/ISDN/whatever? I remember hearing a few remotes around 26-29 MHz as a kid in the late 80s and early 90s, on my grandparents’ stereo which had a shortwave tuner.

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