September 9, 2017 at 6:05 am #31759
“Tiger” Tom Murphy wrote me and asked if I would post his additional information on the KISN transmitter site.
I saw Semoochie’s comment regarding the broadcasting from the xmtr.
First. The All Night Show always broadcast from the transmitter from the very beginning. Also all the evening news was broadcast from the transmitter. This had nothing to do with the 1962 FCC “bust.”
Burden did declare the downtown studio as a remote studio and sales offices and the transmitter as the “main” studio. However, there was an FCC rule that if you were not a network affiliate, then 51 % percent of your broadcasting had to originate from your “main studio.” That’s the rule that got KISN.
Immediately, Tom Michaels started doing my show, while I was still on active duty with the Oregon Air National Guard from the transmitter.
They upgraded the equipment which helped. When I returned I started doing my show from there, too. I didn’t like it but I did have a great time with Uncle Bill.
After about 6 months, or in March of ’63, I had a meeting with DWB and told him I didn’t want to do the show out there anymore. Besides that, I said it didn’t make sense to have the window empty when that was the time when the traffic was the heaviest driving by the window.
He agreed and so they began sending the midi-day show [s] and news out to the transmitter. Addie never went to the xmtr. I’m a bit sketchy on who and which mid-day show came from there. There was quite a bit of schedule shuffling with that. However, they were very careful to make sure we hit 51%. All of the weekend shows were from the transmitter.
“Tiger” Tom MurphySeptember 9, 2017 at 12:06 pm #31761
I wonder if they could’ve gotten around the network rule by running Star Station Network news on all their stations. In those days, they’d have to use long lines but do you think it would’ve satisfied the FCC or would it have to be one of the four traditional networks?September 9, 2017 at 10:17 pm #31762
KISN did have a network. On June 1, 1965 KISN became a “UPI Audio” affiliate for national news stories.September 10, 2017 at 12:10 am #31763
SEPTEMBER 10TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1946 Mike Tanner was born. KKSN-AM/FM (Kisn-fm) Personality, 1987-93. KUPL AM/FM 1984-86. KBSG, KLDE.
1958 Irving V. Schmidtke sold KRWC 1570 kHz., Forest Grove to Christian Broadcasting Co. for $50,000.
1959 KPDQ 800 kHz., moved transmitter site from Oaks Park to 7201 S.W. Vermont Court in Raleigh Hills.
1993 KVAN 1550 kHz., “dark” was sold to Vancouverradio, Inc. for $177,750., plus $6,340. in back taxes.
2010 KXL 750 kHz., moved from 0234 S.W. Bancroft studios to the 6th floor of “Pacwest Center” at 10:35 P.M.September 10, 2017 at 12:38 am #31764
“KISN did have a network. On June 1, 1965 KISN became a “UPI Audio” affiliate for national news stories.” That’s interesting and it’s after the time to which Tom Murphy referred but my question still stands. By the way, did KISN use UPI straight out or with a lead in as part of their regular news?September 10, 2017 at 9:40 pm #31774
UPI Audio stories were introduced by the KISN newscaster. UPI Audio was a service to radio stations and did not compete with the radio networks hourly newscasts.September 11, 2017 at 12:16 am #31778
SEPTEMBER 11TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1895 Stephen Gaylord was born in Washington. KEX Announcer, 1932-33. KOIN 1931-32. KGW 1927-32.
1897 Earle Denham was born in Baker. KOIN staff Tenor in 1929, then KOIN Technician, until 1972.
1899 Hazel Kenyon Markel was born in Pendleton. KBPS Director of Radio, 1939-42. Later to Mutual & NBC.
1941 Harry Frantz died at age 36, after a long illness in Portland. KEX Announcer, 1931-33.
1967 KYMN changed call letters to KYXI. based on “KIXI” Seattle’s “Kixie.” The Beautiful Music format continued.
1972 FCC examiner Millard F. French recommended against KVAN 1480 kHz., Vancouver, for license renewal.
1998 KKSN-FM’s 2nd “Kisn The Summer Goodbye” concert. Davy Jones, Bobby Sherman, Peter Noone, etc.
1999 KKSN-FM’s 3rd “Kisn The Summer Goodbye” concert. Turtles, Kingsmen & Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, etc.
2001 Bob Swanson died at age 59 in Seattle, Wash. KEX Music Director, 1974-94 & Personality, 1967-94.
2013 KKSN 910 kHz., became KMTT. Entercom had parked its old Seattle calls at the Vancouver licensed station.September 12, 2017 at 12:26 am #31793
SEPTEMBER 12TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1912 Sonora B. Hoffman was born in Portland, KGON 1230 kHz., & 1520 kHz., Program Director, 1951-64.
1919 John S. Mackwood was born in Portland. KGMG Station Manager & Chief Engineer, 1964-65. KEX, KKEY.
1948 KOIN-FM signed on air on 101.1 M.C., with 48.6 K.W. beginning a simulcast of sister KOIN & CBS schedule.
1950 Phil Irwin KGW Staff Announcer was stricken as Portland’s 47th Polio victim. He was hospitalized.
1969 KGW presented A.I.R.’s (Drake-Chenault) 48 hour “The History of Rock And Roll” for the first time.
1989 KSGO 1520 kHz., changed its call letters to KFXX standing for “The X.” Continued its Rock format.
1991 Tamerack Communications, Inc. sold KLVS 1290 kHz., to Crawford Broadcasting Company for $450,000.
1994 KWBY Woodburn “94 Country” switched to Regional Mexican format “Radio Fiesta, The Difference.”
2004 John E. “Jack” Grant died at age 80 in Lake Oswego. KRDR President & General Manager, 1963-74.
2007 Benard A. “Ben” Buisman, Jr. died at age 70 in Portland. KEX Farm Director, 1954-59. Dad Sr. KXL Farm Director.September 13, 2017 at 12:32 am #31811
SEPTEMBER 13TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1895 Mark Daniels was born in Griggsville, IL. KGW staff singer, 1926-36. In “Covered Wagon Days” cast.
1946 Lee Rogers was born in ? KUPL Operations Manager/Program Director & Personality, 1994-2005. KRPM Program Director.
1958 KEX’s Barney Keep was made Grand Marshal of “The Wellington Park Lions Club Children’s Parade.”
1959 KEX 1190 kilocycles & KEX-FM 92.3 megacycles, initiated their first stereo simulcast at 8:00 P.M.
1963 KOAP-FM 92.3 MHz., was shut down at 11:00 P.M. for 12 days in preparation for its move to 91.5 MHz.
1972 KGAR Vancouver, WA. Town & Country format “Country 1550” switched back to Top 40, as “KGAR 1-55.”
1975 Bob Whitely died at 54 in Portland. KOIN National Sales Manager, 1958-67. KPOJ Promotional Manager, 1952-55.
1982 KEX began utilizing its new Continental 317 transmitter and replacing the old Westinghouse 50-HG-1.
2014 Bob Steffen died at age 91 in Gladstone. KMHD host of “Sundays with Bob Steffen”, 1989 to 2014.
September 14, 2017 at 12:08 am #31832
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SEPTEMBER 14TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1909 Konnie G. Worth was born in Warren. KGW host “To The Ladies”, 1954-56. KGW-TV host “Telescope.”
1914 Francis Murphy was born in Portland. The Oregonian’s “Behind The Mike” columnist, 1952-79.
1927 2nd Annual “Pacific Northwest Radio Exposition” opened for five days at the “Public Auditorium.”
1955 KGON 1230 K.C. failed at 2:54 A.M. Irwin Adams, General Manager filed a complaint as Sabotage by IBEW strikers.
2009 KCMD “The New 970 dote AM”, changed its slogan to “Freedom 970”, continuing with Talk format.
2012 KBPS “Kid Rhythm Radio” switched format the first time in 14 years back to “Teen Sound” at 6:00 A.M.
2014 John Lewis died at age 85 in Portland. KPAM/KPFM News Director, 1954-56. KXL AM/FM News Editor.
September 15, 2017 at 12:15 am #31848
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SEPTEMBER 15TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1904 Red Dunning was born in Hoquiam, Wash. KOIN Musical Director, 1944-69. With KOIN since 1929.
1905 Robert E. Hartzog was born in Wesson, MS. KALE Chief Engineer, 1932-40. KOIN 27 years. KFEC, KIT.
1934 KOIN’s Art Kirkham broadcast live from the Pendleton Round-Up. The special carried on CBS Radio.
1972 KQIV signed on the air on 106.7 MHz., with 100 K.W. Studios were at “The Lake Oswego Elks Lodge.”
1982 KEX’s new transmitter caught fire. A total loss: $125,000. Later replaced with a Continental 317C-2.
1988 Victor Ives returned KVIX 1290 kHz., to former owner Dave Jack, when Ives fell behind in payments.
1988 KVIX 1290 Old-Time Radio became KLVS, switched to the Nation’s 2nd All Elvis Station. First was: WCVG.
1992 Stanley M. Goard died at age 86. KPFM Pioneer FM Owner, 1946-60. Launching KPAM in 1951-60.
2012 Michael “Mike” Johnson died at age 68 in Palo Alto, Calif. KMHD Producer. KZSC Co-Producer.
2015 KDZR 1640 kHz., Lake Oswego, Radio Disney Group, LLC sold to Salem Media of Oregon, Inc. for $275,000.September 16, 2017 at 12:00 am #31853
SEPTEMBER 16TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1911 Thomas “Tom” James was born in Riverside, Wash. KPOJ & KPOJ-FM staff engineer, 1947-69.
1916 Sid (or) Si Sherman was born in Oregon. KRWC Sales Manager, 1954-56 & Farm Director, 1954-55.
1919 Franklin “Frank” Hood was born in Idaho. KWJJ & KPRA (FM) Chief Engineer, 1947-48. On KWJJ 1941-47.
1945 KWJJ affiliated with ABC, Associated Broadcasting Corp. during its inaugural as the fifth network.
1953 Dick Sheetz was born in Salem. KGON Operations Manager & Program Director, 1992-95. Program Director, 1991-92.
1953 2nd Portland area Radio test of Conelrad at 1:30 A.M. & 4:30 A.M. 5 stations broadcast on 640 K.C. and 5 on 1240 K.C.
1955 Charles M. Weagant died at 49 in Portland. KHFS Co-founder & Chief Engineer, 1954-55. KBPS Chief Engineer.
1976 Harry Grannatt died at age 78 in Portland. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Stringbean” 1928-33. KXL 1941.
1979 Cleve Allen died at age 36 in Portland. KGW Air Personality, 1972. KINK 1971. KLIQ, KBOO, KBPS.September 17, 2017 at 1:57 am #31864
SEPTEMBER 17TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1931 Kenneth A. “Kenny” Green was born in Los Angeles, CA. KAAR 1480 kHz. Vice-President & Co-owner, 1987.
1938 KEX 1180 K.C., ended its FCC mandated night silent period and began broadcasting unlimited time.
1945 KGW announced purchasing a Wire Recorder for remote broadcasts. Tape was introduced in 1947.
1962 KGW Top 40 “K-62” switched its format back to “Middle of the Road” music as “Radio 62.”
1986 Inspirational Broadcasting Corp sold KPDQ AM/FM to Salem Communications Corp. for $6.5 Million.
1987 KKSN “Kisn 91” & KKLI “K-Lite 97 FM” were served by the IRS with a Federal Tax Lien. $56,368.44.
1989 Clyde H. Bruyn died at age 97 in Portland. KEX Chief Engineer, 1928-33. KEX Engineer, 1933-67. KGW Engineer, 1933-44.
1997 Jyrl Burris died at age 65 in Portland. Rose City’s first female D.J., playing Popular music on KLIQ in 1952.
2003 Beaverton pirate “Energy 98” was given a 2nd notice by the FCC to stop broadcasting on 98.1 MHz.September 18, 2017 at 12:14 am #31871
SEPTEMBER 18TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1917 Bill Sawyer was born in Olympia, WA. KWJJ host of “Make Believe Ballroom”, 1947-49. KGW. KPDQ.
1923 KFIF Benson Polytechnic School resumed operation after Summer vacation with a 1 hr. program at 8:00 P.M.
1938 Jerry Dennon was born in Astoria. KUIK Co-owner/General Manager, 1958. KOIN AM/FM/TV Asst. Promotional Manager.
1976 Joe Hallock died at age 85 in Lake Oswego. KGG Co-Owner & Radio Pioneer, 1922-24. KOIN Co-owner.
1997 KKSN-FM “Kisn Memories” 3 hour live special with: Coker, Hart, Michaels, Murphy, Pattee & Sainte.
2010 Robert M. “Bob” Oxarart died at age 74 in Eugene. KUPL & KUPL-FM General Manager, 1975-84.
2011 KFXX 1080 kHz., switched to three new towers adjacent to old. Night power reduced from 10 K.W. to 9 K.W.
2012 KFBW “105.9, The Brew” moved from Portland studios to “Triangle Pointe” building in Tigard. 10:14 A.M.
2015 KWLZ West Linn signed on the air at 12 Noon with 1.4 K.W. as “Rock & Roll’s Greatest Hits, 96.3 KWLZ.”September 19, 2017 at 12:12 am #31881
SEPTEMBER 19TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1911 Mark F. DeLauney was born in Phoenix, Ariz. KVAN Assistant Manager, 1947-48. At KVAN 1946-51. KLOG.
1918 Jack J. Moys was born in Idaho Falls, ID. KGW Program Director, 1956-57. KPOJ AM/FM Program Director, 1953-56.
1921 7YG studio was opened to public viewing, as it broadcast into the evening, from The YMCA Building.
1925 KTBR 263 meters (1139.8 kilocycles) began testing its new 50 watt Western Electric 3C transmitter.
1986 Gentry Development Corp. sold KVAN 1550 kHz., to Magic Radio, Inc. for $3.9 Million (Bruce L. Engel).
1997 KKSN-FM’s first “Kisn The Summer Goodbye” concert at Oaks Park. Mark Lindsay, Peter Noone, etc.
2002 Frank Herron died at age 82 in Spokane, WA. KVAN Chief Announcer, 1948-49. KWJJ & KPRA 1947-48.
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