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    Craig_Adams
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    OCTOBER 1ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1917 Rosemary Schlack was born in Davenport, Iowa. KEX Music Librarian, 1967-75. Traffic Manager, 1975-76.

    1946 KXL resumed night operation (WWII over) sunset sign off. Signed back on at 10:05 P.M. to 2:00 A.M. sign off.

    1958 Portland’s First Radio-TV stereo simulcast was “The Lawrence Welk Show” on KGW Radio & KGW-TV.

    1958 KRWC Forest Grove studios moved from Sunset Drive to a mobile prefabricated unit at: 2740 Pacific Ave.

    1959 KXL 750 K.C., Rock & Roll format, slowly began changing to a softer sound described as “Good Music.”

    1959 Yamhill Broadcasters, Inc. sold KMCM 1260 to Yamhill Radio Co. for $80,000. with Jerry Carr, President.

    1962 KEX 1190 kHz., Easy Listening & Rock N’ Roll format was changed, leaning towards a more adult sound.

    1966 KISN 910 kHz., moved its transmitter site to Hemlock. Increased power from 1 K.W. to 5 K.W. directional.

    1970 KLIQ 1290 kHz., Country music “Country Click” switched to a Talk, Instructional, Public Affairs format.

    1970 KLIQ-FM “Country Click” continued. Increased power from 59 K.W. to 100 K.W. with new Collins transmitter.

    1973 Cascade Broadcasting Corp. sold KLIQ-FM 92.3 MHz., to McCoy Broadcasting Co. for $400,000. (KYXI AM).

    1977 KGON Air Personalities, Iris Harrison & Marty Party were married. They originally met at KFMY in 1975.

    1994 KPSU (slogan letters) signed on the air at “Portland State University” from 5:00pm to 12:00am, using KBPS.

    1994 KUPL 98.5 MHz., moved its studios from the “Sylvan Park Office Campus” to the “Koin Center” building.

    1994 KKJZ 106.7 MHz., moved its studios from the “Kristin Square” building, to the “Koin Center” building.

    2010 Bustos Media KGDD, KPWX, KLPM, KOOR & KRYN began an LMA merger with Adelante Media, LLC.

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    #32138

    semoochie
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    OK, let’s recap what happened on this date: In 1959, KXL switched away from a Rock & Roll format. In 1962, KEX did the same. In 1966, KISN raised power, whose existence was probably the reason for the other format flips. In 1970, KLIQ-FM, raised power and in 1973, was sold to KYXI, creating KGON. In 1977, KGON’s Iris Harrison and Marty Party were married.

    #32172

    Craig_Adams
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    OCTOBER 2ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1915 KFU – Federal Telegraph Co. station in Portland’s Lents district, reported first voice transmission in Oregon.

    1924 Ken Lomax was born in Eugene. KYXI Personality, 1968-72 & KPOJ 1956-59. KISN, KERG, KORE, KUGN.

    1934 KEX picked up the popular local drama series “Covered Wagon Days” at 8:15 P.M. from sister station KGW.

    1941 Tom Symons, Jr. died at age 52 in Newberg. KXL Co-owner, President & General Manager, 1937-41.

    1967 KOAP-FM knocked off the air for 46 days, when a strong windstorm (78 M.P.H.) damaged the antenna.

    1988 Ralph C. Mifflin died at age 75 in Seattle, Wash. KXL Chief Engineer, 1937-53. KFPY Operator.

    1989 KVAN 1550 kHz., began a simulcast of KMJK FM’s Classic Rock format. Studios: “Kristin Square” in Portland.

    1996 KBBT Alternative Rock “The Beat” switched format to Traditional Country as “Straight Country 970.”

    1996 KVAN 1550 was knocked off the air 7 days after an electrical fire destroyed a shed and relay. $20,000. damage.

    1998 Gene Autry died at age 91 in Studio City, Calif. KQFM/KKRZ (FM) Owner, 1977-84 & KEX 1962-84.

    2004 Ancil Payne died at age 83 in Seattle, WA. KGW AM & TV, KINK Vice-President & General Manager, 1965-71.

    2007 Tawn Mastrey died at age 53 in Minneapolis, MN. KUFO Morning Air Personality, 1996-98. KLSX.

    2012 KKRZ “Z100, All The Hits” moved from Portland studios to “Triangle Pointe” building in Tigard at 2:00 P.M.

    #32242

    Craig_Adams
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    OCTOBER 3RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1916 Dr. Patricia L. Green “Pat” Swenson was born in Seattle, Wash. KBPS Station Manager, 1947-94.

    1928 KEX 1080 K.C., began carrying “ABC Northwest” chain programs originating from sister KJR Seattle.

    1932 KOIN 940 K.C., broke ground at Sylvan (Barnes Hill) for a new two story transmitter building & tower.

    1958 KOIN AM/FM first Live Stereo remote in the Northwest. From the Hi-Fi show at Multnomah Hotel.

    1971 KOAP-FM expanded broadcasting to 7 days a week with the addition of Saturdays 9:30 A.M. to 10:00 P.M.

    2015 Tom Parker died at age 64 in Portland. KXL-FM Operations Manager, 1990-92, KKCW 1992-05, KKLI, KGW.

    #32264

    Craig_Adams
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    OCTOBER 4TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1924 KGW broadcast Portland’s first play-by-play game. World Series via Western Union wire, re-created at KGW.

    1943 KBPS debuted the program “Great Moments In Oregon History” at 11:15 A.M., from the KEX studios.

    1959 Roger Davis was born in North Bend. KGON weekend Personality, 1983-86.

    1970 KGW debuted the award winning “Open Door” program, which ran Sunday mornings for eleven years.

    1971 KKEY began the switch to a Talk Radio format with debut of “The Jack Hurd Show” 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

    1992 M.L. Marsh died at age 44 in San Francisco, CA. KINK Program Director, 1974-76. KQFM interim Program Director.

    1993 Frederick M. “Fred” Warner died at age 68 in Portland. KBPS Program Director, 1957-58.

    1996 KDBX changed call letters to KBBT-FM, standing for “The Beat” continuing its Alternative Rock format.

    2005 Jimmy (Bang-Bang) Walker died at age 73 in Portland. KGAR Personality, 1974-76. KQIV, KKEY.

    2012 KKCW “Soft Rock, K103” moved from Portland studios to the “Triangle Pointe” building in Tigard at 12:19 P.M.

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    Craig_Adams
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    OCTOBER 5TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1903 Delbert W. “Del” Milne was born in Portland. KEX Director of Popular Music, 1933. KGW 1929-31.

    1921 Rod Johnson was born in Chehalis, WA. KWJJ President, 1952-73. Rex Recording founder, 1949-73.

    1922 Frank Kinkaid was born in Gainesville, Florida. KXL newscaster, 1979. KOIN-FM host, 1975-76.

    1923 Patsy Bauman was born in Topeka, KS. KGW-KEX actress, 1942-46. “Grandpappy & His Pals” 1942.

    1982 Frank Bonnema died at age 49 in Portland. KGW Air Personality, 62-63. KPTV. KYXI. KTAC, News Director.

    1984 George H. Ludtke died at age 75 in Forest Grove. KWAY 1570 K.C., Chief Engineer, 1962-65.

    2006 KVMX 80’s Hits, “Mix 107-5”, switched format to Rhythmic Hot Adult Contemporary as “Movin’ 107-5.”

    2009 KSZN 1230 kHz., Spanish Sports, “ESPN Deportes”, switched calls to KRYN “La Reyna” Regional Mexican.

    #32278

    Craig_Adams
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    OCTOBER 6TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1894 Glenn Hurlburt was born in California. KGW staff with piano show, 1931-32. Then on to KPO-NBC.

    1914 Jesse E. Leonard was born in Rose Lake, ID. KEX News Director, 1955-56. Production Manager, 1951-52.

    1926 KFIF at Benson Polytechnic School, raised power from 100 to 150 watts on 248 meters (1208.8 kilocycles).

    1938 KEX 1180 kilocycles, debuted the local program “Friendly Neighbors” 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. Thursdays.

    1961 KVAN 1480 kHz., moved studios from the “Washington Hotel” in Portland, to the “Riviera Motel” in Vancouver.

    1989 Clyde Hamstreet, Trustee-In-Bankruptcy sold the KKSN-FM transmitter site to KGON for $470,000.

    2004 KGON 92.3 MHz., was the first station in Oregon to test a hybrid IBOC digital transmission signal.

    2012 KGON personality, Iris Harrison inducted into “Oregon Music Hall of Fame” at the Aladdin Theater.

    #32297

    Craig_Adams
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    OCTOBER 7TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1925 KFWV 1410 K.C. signed on the air with 50 watts from Wilbur J. Jerman’s home, as “The Voice of Mt. Tabor.”

    1927 Don Rickles was born in Portland. KGW Announcer, 1946-48. KVAN-910. KBPS. NBC Announcer, 1950-85.

    1928 KEX began carrying CBS programming via its “ABC Northwest” chain. Was Columbia’s debut in the West.

    1936 Ashley C. Dixon-KFJR, Inc. sold KFJR to The Journal Publishing Company, owners of KOIN & KALE.

    1985 KCNR AM/FM, Hot Contemporary switched music to a Soft Adult Contemporary format as “K-Lite.”

    2011 KKSN 910 kHz., moved its transmitter site from: 4617 N.E. 158th Ave. to: 17200 N.E. Marine Drive. KFXX 1080 kHz.

    2011 KKSN reduced power from 5 K.W. directional day & night to 3.3 K.W. directional day & 4.3 K.W. directional night.

    #32309

    Craig_Adams
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    OCTOBER 8TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1906 Connie Roth Folts was born in Oakland, Calif. KGW-KEX actress on “Covered Wagon Days” 1933-34.

    1915 Ed Butherus was born in Walla Walla, Wash. KGW Announcer/Newscaster, 1946-53. KGW-KEX 1941.

    1930 Robert G. Duncan dubbed “The Oregon Wildcat” was on trial for violating “The Radio Act of 1927.”

    1934 Jim Kelley was born in Watertown, N.Y. KGW Personality, 1962-68. KXL. Host of KGW-TV “Telescope.”

    1939 KVAN began testing its 250 watt “Gates” transmitter on 880 kilocycles in Fruit Valley, Washington.

    1939 Steve Brown was born in Douglas, Neb. KISN Program Director, 1959. Later Vice-President & Program Director of Star Stations.

    1944 Susan Raye was born in Eugene. KWAY Personality and singer on “Susan Rae’s Rhythm Ranch” in 1962.

    1961 KPDQ-FM signed on the air at 5:00 P.M. on 93.7 M.C., with 57 K.W. Studios were in the Hollywood District.

    2016 Jim Meeker died at age 78 in Kirkland, WA. KISN, Music Director, 1965-66. KRLA Program Director, 1971. KGB.

    #32324

    Craig_Adams
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    OCTOBER 8TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1901 Mary Cullen was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Hosted “Mary Cullen Open House” on KPOJ 1948-58. KALE.

    1904 Burton Hutton was born in Corvallis. KALE Farm Director, 1945-48. KOAC Agricultural Director.

    1940 Vancouver Radio Corp. (Walter L. Read) sold KVAN 880 K.C. to Sheldon F. Sackett (amount unknown).

    1948 Harry Read died at age 56 in Salem. KXL Pioneer founder, 1926-37. KQP founder (KOIN), 1925-26.

    1970 Piper PA-28R airplane flew into one of the KOIN Radio towers on Barnes Hill (Sylvan). Pilot killed.

    1983 Wallace L. Kadderly died at age 91 in Sisters. KGW Farm Director, 1945-50. KUIK Farm Director, 1958.

    1996 KVAN 1550 kHz., returned to the air after 7 days. Reduced power to 500 watts (10 K.W.). Electrical fire.

    1998 KOTK 1080 kHz., brought “The Tom Leykis Show” to Portland for first time at “Locker Room Sports Bar.”

    1999 “Captain Clay” Gordon died at age 67 in Portland. KYTE & KLLB Traffic Reporter, 1980-82. KAAR 1983.

    2000 Dick Sheetz died at age 47 in Orlando, Fla. KGON Operations Manager & Program Director, 1992-95.

    2012 KPOJ “AM 620, Portland’s Talk” moved Portland studios to “Triangle Pointe” building in Tigard at 3:19 P.M.

    #32357

    Craig_Adams
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    OCTOBER 10TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1896 Marc K. Bowman was born in Winnipeg, Man. KGMG Station Manager, 1960-63. KOIN 1937-43. KEX 1933.

    1904 James A. Mount was born in Portland. KGW Station Manager, 1954-56. KXL Sales Manager, 1944-54.

    1925 KGW debuted the first local sports event, football: Multnomah Amateur Athletic club vs Pacific University.

    1930 Robert G. Duncan found guilty violating “Radio Act of 1927.” Jailed for six months and a $500.00 fine.

    1934 KGW premiered “Cocktail Hour” hosted by Milton L. Gumbert, which featured Portland social scene news.

    1950 Phil Irwin died of Polio at age 38 in Portland. KGW Staff Announcer, 1944-50 & KGW-KEX 1934-44.

    1960 Triple G. Broadcasting Company sold KGGG 1570 K.C., to Crawford Broadcasting Company for $65,000.

    1977 KPAM received a bomb threat. The bomb later exploded at the Trojan visitors center. $13,000. damage.

    #32370

    Craig_Adams
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    OCTOBER 11TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1895 Lafayette “Rogan” Jones was born in Memphis, TN. KGMG 95.5 MHz., Co-owner & President, 1960-65.

    1908 Stanley G. Breyer was born in San Francisco, CA. KLIQ President & Co-owner, 1959-67. KSAY Vice-President.

    1915 Ron Rule was born in California. KOIN AM/FM/TV staff announcer, 1945-81. KUIK Co-owner, 1958-59.

    1930 Ray Horn was born in Portland. KCNR & KKUL Station Manager, 1986-87. KKSN, KQIV, KUIK, KGW, KEX.

    1932 KGPP, Portland Police station, increased power from 300 to 500 watts on 2442 K.C., on Mt. Tabor.

    1940 “Oregon Association of Broadcasters” held their first meeting at “The Multnomah Hotel” in Portland.

    1956 James Wyatt died at age 58 in Oswego. KOIN “Five Star Final” anchor, 1937-56. KXL, KEX, KGW.

    1982 Red Dunning died at age 78 in Portland. KOIN Musical Director, 1944-69. Joined “Koin” Radio in 1929.

    1982 KKSN 910 kHz., Vancouver announced it had added Jazz music to its already Classical music format.

    1997 KVAN 1480 kHz., Reunion of “The Monomaniacs” Air Personalities, gathered at the Roseland Theatre.

    2001 Pete Wheeler (Howard W. Pierson) died at age 78 in Huntington. KLIQ Talk Show Host, 1967-72.

    2002 KUFO “Extreme Talk 970” became for the second time KUPL switching back to Traditional Country.

    2002 KUPL 98.7 MHz., modified its call letters to KUPL-FM. “How The Northwest Spells Country, K-U-P-L.”

    2004 Phil Harper died at age 64 in Seattle, Washington. KGW Air Personality, 1969-74. KING, KMPS, KYCW.

    2012 KEX “News Radio 1190” moved from Portland studios to “Triangle Pointe” building in Tigard, 10:06 A.M.

    #32373

    semoochie
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    “1930 Ray Horn was born in Portland. KCNR & KKUL Station Manager, 1986-87. KKSN, KQIV, KUIK, KGW, KEX.” Ray Horn was also at KKEY for awhile. He did a segment on “Old Portland”. I remember one elderly caller who mentioned a couple of things of interest: When the Burnside Bridge was built, the feeling was we would never be able to use that many lanes and my favorite, when they built the Broadway Bridge, people didn’t think it would be used very much because it was too far north!

    #32382

    Craig_Adams
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    OCTOBER 12TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1939 Eleanor G. Sheldon died in Salem. KGW host of “Children’s Story by Aunt Nell” 1923-25.

    1941 KXL 1450 K.C., Began at 6:30 A.M. sign on 750 K.C. Increased power 250 watts to 10kw, directional daytime.

    1958 KRRC 89.3 M.C., began regular broadcasts of Classical, Folk & Jazz programs 7-11 P.M. & Sunday 4-11 P.M.

    1962 KISN 910 K.C., KOIN 970 K.C., & KWJJ 1080 K.C., all lost one of their towers during Columbus Day Storm.

    1962 KPOJ 1330 K.C., lost one tower and one was left partially standing during The Columbus Day Storm.

    1962 KPOJ-FM 98.7 M.C., was knocked off air for four months after The Columbus Day Storm, when its tower fell.

    1989 KVAN 1550 kHz., calls changed to KMJK. Letters based on sister and continued Classic Rock format.

    1989 KMJK 106.7 MHz., Lake Oswego, modified call letters to KMJK-FM. Slogan “The All New Magic 107.”

    1995 Harry C. McLain died at age 84 in Beaverton. KPOJ & KPOJ-FM Commercial Manager, 1951-52.

    1996 Frederick “Fred” McKinney died at age 84 in Silver Lake. Hosted KOIN’s Fred McKinney Show, 1960-62.

    #32402

    Craig_Adams
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    OCTOBER 13TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1929 KOIN aired “Majestic Theatre of The Air” hosted by Red Dunning, featuring Eddie Leonard, 6:00 to 7:00 P.M.

    1939 KEX Special: “The Oregonian-Meier & Frank Safety Exposition” remote from the Meier & Frank Auditorium.

    1947 KPFM debuted “On The Avenue” hosted by Delores Darnell which was on women features weekdays, 3:00 P.M.

    2010 Craig Weagant died at age 56 in Vancouver, Wash. KKEY Talk Show Producer, 1974-87.

    2015 Steve Lindsley died at age 60 in Winchester Bay. KEX Anchor, 2004-10 & 1997-00. KPAM Anchor, 2000-01.

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