This Day In Portland Radio History (November)

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  • #3741
    Craig_Adams
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    NOVEMBER 28TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1904 William N. Mahon was born in Manila, Philippines. KEX Station Manager & P.D., 1926-27. KGW 1922-26.

    1929 KGW “National Security League Thanksgiving Day Talk” with Colonel William Brown at 12:45 P.M.

    1933 KGW transcontinental broadcast of Verdi’s La Traviata at 1:30 P.M. over NBC live from M&F Auditorium.

    1934 Bob Dye was born in Huntington. KKEY Talk Host, 1977-79. KLIQ 1980. KYXI 1976. KSRV P.D. 1959-62.

    1935 KFJR began M&F’s “Santa Claus” program, weekdays 5:00-5:30pm with Santa, Tinker Bell & Tinker Toy.

    1935 KOIN 940 K.C. presented its 5th annual “Toyland Express” program from 4:45 to 5:00 P.M. weekdays.

    1944 The Oregonian Publishing Co. sold KEX 1190 K.C. to Westinghouse Radio Stations, Inc. for $ 400,000.

    1952 KPOJ’s Scappoose Joe (Harley Youngblood) was Grand Marshal of “The Fairy Tale Parade” at 10:00 A.M.

    1958 Evelyn Sibley Lampman (formerly with KGW) was Grand Marshal of “The Fairy Tale Parade” Author “Of Mikes & Men.”

    1959 KISN moved studios from Vancouver to Portland and “The kisn Corner” was born at 10 N.W. 10th Ave.

    2003 KBPS 1450 kHz began broadcasting its signal in stereo, utilizing a new Nautel ND-1 transmitter.

    2005 KKCW “K103” presented for the first time, the Portland radio classic “The Cinnamon Bear” 7:00 A.M.

    #3786
    Craig_Adams
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    NOVEMBER 29TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1927 KGW began the 2nd annual “Meier & Frank Santa Claus” program weekdays from 7:00-7:30 P.M.

    1928 KTBR broadcast Japan programs live via KFJI Astoria, via over the air pickup from Japan, 2:00 to 4:00am.

    1928 KGW presented “Portland’s first Thanksgiving.” Musical of the Wright Family’s observance, 5:00 to 6:00pm.

    1933 KEX debuted Mel Blanc’s Xmas show? “Hi-De-Ho-Ho” 9:00-9:15 P.M. Monday, Wednesday & Friday’s.

    1934 KOIN’s 4th annual “Toyland Express” began with Santa weekdays. Lipman’s sponsored. 4:45 to 5:00 PM.

    1935 KEX became the first station to broadcast the 7th annual “Fairy Tale Parade.” 10:45 to 11:00 A.M.

    1939 KEX 1180 K.C. moved to 1160 K.C. to prevent KOB from interfering. WOWO 1160 would not interfere.

    1948 KEX & KEX-FM were first to simulcast “The Cinnamon Bear” and first to broadcast it on FM. 4:45 PM.

    1957 KGW’s Heck Harper was Grand Marshal of “The Fairy Tale Parade” & KOIN’s Art Kirkham “Santa.”

    1967 KKEY 1150 kHz. Vancouver, Wash. was authorized to change city of license to Portland, Oregon.

    1968 Aaron M. “Bud” Frank died at age 76 in Portland. KFEC Station Manager, 1922-29 and M&F Co. President.

    1977 Allen E. Hoffard died at age 45 in Washington, D.C. KFGR/KRWC Program Director, 1953-54 & News Director, 1951-55.

    1978 KEX/KQFM announced they moved to new “Golden West Broadcast Center” 4949 S.W. Macadam.

    1989 Konnie G. Worth died at age 80 in Portland. KGW host “To The Ladies”, 54-56. KGW-TV host “Telescope.”

    2011 KRRC 97.9 MHz. license and call letters were deleted by the FCC, as requested by Reed Institute.

    #3792
    semoochie
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    “1933 KEX debuted Mel Blanc’s Xmas show? “Hi-De-Ho-Ho” 9:00-9:15 P.M. Monday, Wednesday & Friday’s.” Was it called that because it was on KE”X”?

    #3816
    Craig_Adams
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    It might have been called that because it might have had an Xmas theme. This is when holiday shows would begin and it ended on December 27, 1933 a perfect ending for the holiday season.

    #3817
    Craig_Adams
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    NOVEMBER 30TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1907 George McGowan was born in Portland. KEX News Director, 1956-57. News Editor, 1958-59. Co
    -News Director, 1959.

    1912 Wireless station “PSN” began operation from the YMCA building at 6th & Taylor (831 S.W. Sixth).

    1934 KGW 620 kc presented “Christmas Suggestions.” Sponsored by Meier & Frank at 7:30 to 7:45 P.M.

    1941 KEX began broadcasting for the first time “The Cinnamon Bear” sponsored by Lipman’s at 6:00 P.M.

    1950 Osmond “O.B.” Stubbs died at age 87 in Portland. KQY Broadcast Pioneer & founder, 1922 to 1923.

    1953 KGW broadcast “Hostess House Party.” Ornament Annual: Making Xmas decorations. 10:00 to 10:15 A.M.

    1965 KGW announced installation of its new 70-foot news flash beacon on top of the KGW Broadcast Center.

    1974 Gerald E. “Jerry” Speerstra died at age 63 in Portland. KWJJ Program Director, 1952-65 & Sales Manager, 1949-52.

    1987 KXL re-affiliated with the Mutual Broadcasting System & dropped the ABC Talk Radio Network.

    1998 Alexander Broadcasting sold KXL & KXL-FM to Rose City Radio Corp. for $55 Million (Paul G. Allen).

    2004 KPOJ 620 kHz 5kw directional nights increased power to 25kw day & 10kw nights. Directional all hours.

    #3820
    semoochie
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    “It might have been called that because it might have had an Xmas theme. This is when holiday shows would begin and it ended on December 27, 1933 a perfect ending for the holiday season.” I’m sure it had an Xmas theme. I just thought it might be called Xmas instead of Christmas because of the KEX connection. It would be difficult to find anyone, who knows for sure.

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