THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (SEPTEMBER)

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    SEPTEMBER 1ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1922 KQY of Stubbs Electric Company, increased power from 10 watts to 100 watts, from remodeled studio.

    1924 KGW 492 meters (609.3 K.C.) began broadcasting after 15 days silent, a concert by Gordon Soule.

    1925 KGW began commercials. Dan Marx Co. (jeweler), Frank Nau (pharmacy) & Tommy Luke (florist).

    1929 KOIN joined “The Don Lee-Columbia Network” as a charter affiliate. This was CBS West Coast chain.

    1932 Charles F. Berg died at age 61 in Portland. KGW “Hoot Owls” founder & head “Grand Screech” 1923-32.

    1942 KGW affiliated “NBC Red” Network officially became “NBC” separating “The Blue Network” further.

    1955 KRWC raised power from 250 watts to 1 K.W. Irving Schmidtke, Chief Engineer, General Manager & Owner.

    1958 KPAM 1410 K.C., raised power from 1 K.W. to 5 K.W. First Continental 315-B transmitter in the West.

    1959 KPAM & KPFM were returned to Broadcasters Oregon Limited (Stanley M. Goard) by order of the FCC.

    1962 Westinghouse Broadcasting Co., Inc. sold KEX to Golden West Broadcasters, Inc. for $900,000.

    1968 Sheldon F. Sackett died at age 66 in San Francisco, CA. KVAN President, 1940-59 & KOOS 1938-70.

    1969 KGW 620 kHz., switched format from Contemporary music to Adult Top 40 as “Radio 62” on Labor Day.

    1969 Point-O-Salescast, Inc. sold KQFM to David M. Myers for $59,000. He was the “Muzak” franchise owner.

    1971 KLIQ-FM 92.3 MHz., “Country Click” switched its format back to KLIQ(AM) Talk simulcast as “KLIQ-FM 92.”

    1975 KYXI 1520 kHz., Oregon City’s “Popular Adult Album” station switched to a more Contemporary sound.

    1976 Circuit Court of Appeals, rejected “Star Stations” request to keep KISN on air. Kisn prepared to shutdown.

    1977 Cathryn C. Murphy died at age 65 in San Mateo, CA. KVAN 1480 kHz., Owner/General Manager, 1960-74.

    1981 Tracy Broadcasting Co. sold KUPL & KUPL-FM to Scripps-Howard Broadcasting Co. (Jack R. Howard).

    1984 KYXI 1520 kHz., changed its format to Oldies and call letters to KSGO, standing for “Solid Gold Oldies.”

    1985 KLIQ 1290 kHz., “The Talk of The Town” changed calls to KMJK (AM). Switched format to C.H.R., as “Magic.”

    1985 KMJK(FM) 106.7 MHz., changed calls to KMJK-FM. Continued CHR format as “Flame Throwin’ Hit Radio.”

    1986 KKRZ presented Z100’s “Last Chance Summer Dance” at Pioneer Courthouse Square with The Crazy 8’s.

    1986 KXL 750 kHz., affiliated with the “ABC Talk Radio Network”, dropping the “Mutual” (MBS) network.

    1989 KMJK Lake Oswego “Classic Hits 106.7” switched its format to Classic Rock as “Classic Rock 106.7.”

    1990 KFXX Oregon City, branded “The X” Rock format, switched to Sports/Talk, as “Sports Radio 1520.”

    1997 KOPB-FM 91.5 MHz., dropped all of its Classical music (except weekends) and began simulcast of KOAC.

    2003 KXL’s Lars Larson debuted his national talk show on the “Westwood One Radio Network” at 10:00 P.M.

    2003 KKAD moved studios from “The Pacific Business Center” in Vancouver to “Pioneer Tower” in Portland.

    2009 Rose City Radio Corp. (Paul Allen) sold KXL & KXTG (FM) to Alpha Broadcasting, LLC for $11 Million.

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    SEPTEMBER 2ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1914 Marion G. McKeown was born in Oregon. KRDR-1230 K.C., Co-owner & Secretary-Treasurer, 1963-72.

    1929 Owen “Red” Dunning joined the KOIN Orchestra as Assistant Director to Mischa Pelz, Musical Director.

    1957 Elvis took questions from KGW & KEX press at the Multnomah Club before his Multnomah Stadium concert.

    1976 KISN 91 signed off the air at 12:02 A.M. by order of the FCC. 910 kilohertz would go dark for four years.

    1991 KKSN-FM presented “Kisn Labor Day 300” countdown. Souvenir survey available at Pay Less stores.

    1996 KBNP’s Stanley Fields “Recovery Road Talk Radio” host began national syndication with Equity Radio.

    1997 Graham Archer died at age 85 in Depoe Bay. Golden Hours Executive Director, 1973-85. KOIN AM/FM 1956-59.

    2003 Duane L. “Whitey” Coker died at age 75 in Portland. KISN News Director, 1965-68. KWIL Sports Director.

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    SEPTEMBER 3RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1941 KXL tested new RCA 10-DX transmitter for the first time on new 750 K.C., from their new 82nd Ave. site.

    1946 KPFM signed on the air on 94.9 megacycles with 1 K.W., with studios & transmitter on Sentinel Hill.

    1946 Mel Blanc starred in his first network radio show “Mel Blanc Show” aka “Blanc’s Fix-It Shop” CBS 7:30 P.M. KOIN.

    1962 KGON 1520 K.C., with Popular music and Mutual Network programming, switched to a Top 40 format.

    1992 Laurence R. “Larry” Kirk died at age 82 in Sacramento, CA. KXL Sales Manager, 1938-40. KAST Sales Manager, 1938.

    2001 KFIS “104.1, The Fish” Scappoose, OR., signed on the air with 2.4 K.W., and “Today’s Christian Music.”

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    SEPTEMBER 4TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1883 Ashley C. Dixon was born in Chicago, IL. Radio Pioneer. KFJR Co-founder, 1923-36. KALE, KGW.

    1935 Bishop Walter Sumner died at age 62 in Portland. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Sermon” 1924-32.

    1957 Dr. John H. Fitzgibbon, Sr. died at age 63 in Milwaukie. KGON-1230 Co-founder & President, 1947-56.

    1979 KYTE Contemporary music “97 KYTE” switched to Country as “97 Country.” Format was on KLLB 101.1

    1979 KLLB “Country Club 101” switched to a Rock 40 format as “KB101, Rock Deluxe.” Country to AM 97 KYTE.

    1983 KRDR 1230 kHz., Music Festival at “Blue Lake Park” broadcast live. Shelly Kane, Bobby Gibson Trio, etc.

    1984 KAAR 1480 kHz., moved studios from Hazel Dell to “The Tower Mall” in Vancouver at: 5411 E. Mill Plain Blvd.

    1987 KGW 620 countdown “Top 620 Tunes of The Last 25 Years” Labor Day Weekend. Began at 6:20 A.M.

    1997 Ken Finley died at age 75 in Chula Vista, CA. KEX Production Manager, 1947-51. Later to ABC Hollywood.

    1997 KUPL-FM 98.5 MHz., moved to 98.7 MHz., and transmitter site moved from Mt. Scott to Sylvan at 7:00 A.M.

    2006 Bob Hazen died at age 88 in Milwaukie. KOIN & KXL host, 1959-72. KPOK, KPAM, KGON, KEX.

    2010 KXTG moved from 0234 S.W. Bancroft studios to the 6th floor of “Pacwest Center” building at 2:31 A.M.

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    SEPTEMBER 5TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1921 Ancil Payne was born in Mitchell. KGW AM/TV Vice-President & General Manager, 1965-70 & KINK 1968-70.

    1935 KEX Special: F.V. Horton’s account, via shortwave, of the McKenzie Bridge/Blue River Forest Fire.

    1937 KWJJ began the “Radio Church of God” with Herbert W. Armstrong. In 1942 it became “The World Tomorrow.”

    1941 KWJJ 1080 K.C., raised power from 500 watts non-directional to 1 K.W., directional. Began full-time operation.

    1953 Ted Kooreman died at age 62 in Portland. KALE Station Manager, 1934 & 1937-40. Sales Manager, 1935-44.

    1980 Romito Corp. sold KPAM AM/FM to Duffy Broadcasting Corp. for $3.5 Million (Robert J. Duffy, President).

    1986 Harold Singleton died at age 82 in Portland. KRTV Founder, 1954-58. KGW AM/FM Chief Engineer, 1946-53.

    2007 KIJZ changed its call letters to KQOL, standing for “Cool 105-9.” Continued it’s Classic Hits format.

    2012 KBPS 1450 kHz., returned to the air at 11:35 A.M. after 2 months. 1st song: Elton John “I’m Still Standing.”

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    SEPTEMBER 6TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1936 KGW debuted the local show “The Coffee Club.” Cast dramatization, 9:30 P.M. Also broadcast on KOMO & KHQ.

    1962 KISN was fined $2,000 by the FCC for “apparent wilful and repeated improper station identification.”

    2009 Richard A. “Dick” Francis died at age 60 in Portland. KBOO Director of Special Programming.

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    SEPTEMBER 7TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1925 KGW broadcast by remote Vice-President, Charles Dawes speech from Public Auditorium at 8:15 P.M.

    1936 KEX debuted “Singing Chatterbox” with host Homer Welch featuring gossip & news about radio & film stars. 10:15 A.M.

    2002 KKSN-FM’s 6th anniversary “Kisn The Summer Goodbye” concert with Tommy James, Johnny Rivers, etc.

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    SEPTEMBER 9TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1911 Dick M. Brown was born in Portland. KALE/KPOJ AM-FM/KPOK AM-FM General Manager, 1948-73.

    1913 Mel Bailey was born in Kansas. KXL AM/FM Station Manager, 1966-74 & Program Director, 1961-66. KEX Program Director.

    1928 KEX’s transmitter site on Buckley Ave. was broken into. $200.00 worth of tubes and parts were stolen.

    1928 KGW “Hoot Owls” chain of stations added KVOS Bellingham, WA. to KFOA Seattle & KHQ Spokane.

    1936 Lance M. Mushaw was born in Oregon. KUIK President & General Manager, 1970-73 & News Director, 1960-70.

    1986 KPDQ began broadcasting into the night for first time with 500 watts, Non-directional and 24 hours.

    2001 KKSN-FM’s 5th “Kisn The Summer Goodbye” concert. Chubby Checker, Paul Revere & Raiders, Kingsmen.

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    SEPTEMBER 10TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1920 Donald H. “Don” McGannon was born in New York City, N.Y. KEX & KEX-FM President, 1955-62.

    1921 Russ Conrad was born in Thermopolis, Wyo. KEX Personality, 1955-75. KYXI News Anchor, 1978-83.

    1921 Ken Finley was born in Spokane, WA. KEX Production Manager, 1947-51. Later ABC Hollywood, Producer.

    1929 KVEP 1500 K.C., signed back on the air, formerly KWBS. George A. Dunn, the new Owner & Operator.

    1937 KOIN 940 K.C., again became the exclusive Portland CBS affiliate when sister KALE 1300 K.C. dropped chain.

    1960 KGMG 95.5 M.C., was reported testing its Gates FM10A transmitter on Healy Heights. Signed on the 25th.

    1978 Richard J. Butterfield died at age 54 in Neskowin. KOIN/KOIN-FM/KOIN-TV General Manager, 1973-77.

    1979 “The Oregonian” published Francis Murphy’s last “Behind The Mike” column. Peter Farrell took over.

    1999 Earl E. Peterson died at age 88 in Silverton. KGW Chief Engineer, 1953-56. KGW-KEX Engineer, 1938.

    2000 KKSN-FM’s 4th annual “Kisn The Summer Goodbye” concert. Grass Roots, Micky Dolenz, Peter Noone.

    2001 Robert C. “Bob” Zimmerman died at age 83 in Spokane, Wash. KGW Choral Director, 1945-47.

    2012 KQRZ-LP Hillsboro began 24 hour operation on 101.5 MHz serving Beaverton with diversified format.

    2013 KKRZ-HD2 & K272EL simulcasting KEX, began its own format at 12 Noon. Alternative “Radio 102-3.”

    2014 Harry Christensen died at age 85 in Oregon City. KYXI News Director, 1967-74. KKSN Personality, 1982-87.

    2014 Don Manning died at age 87 in Portland. KBOO host of “Bebop Spoken Here” 1979-2005. KCNR 1986.

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    [Two dates before this post are off by one day back to Sept 7 which is correct.]

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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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.

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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.

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