THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (SEPTEMBER)

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.”

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    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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    SEPTEMBER 20TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1919 Heck Harper was born in Anderson, WI. KGW Personality, 1954-58. KVAN 1955 & 1957. KEX 1947-48 & 1953.

    1923 John E. “Jack” Grant was born in Los Angeles, Calif. KRDR President & General Manager, 1963-74.

    1927 KXL 1360 K.C., moved studios & transmitter from the Mallory Hotel to 7th floor of the Bedell Building.

    1939 KXL 1420 K.C., purchased property in Harmony, off 82nd, for $12,000. Future KXL transmitter site in 1941.

    1951 KPAM 1410 K.C., signed on with a W.E. 443A-1 transmitter. Began “Classical” simulcast of sister KPFM.

    1952 KGW Radio carried the audio sign on of KPTV channel 27, Oregon’s First Television Station, at 4:30 P.M.

    1956 Lady Audrey “Mistress of The Night” was born in Salem. KMJK Personality, 1977. KOIN 1977. KISN.

    2011 KFXX 1080 kHz., three old towers were removed at the Hemlock tower site at: 17200 N.E. Marine Drive.

    2012 KXJM “Wild 107.5” moved from Portland. studios to the “Triangle Pointe” building in Tigard at 10:01 A.M.

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    SEPTEMBER 21ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1908 Mr. Marion Sexton was born in The Dalles. KVAN News Director, 1939-45 & Sales Manager, 1943-45.

    1912 Delmar G. “Del” Leeson was born in Helena, MT. KPAM-FM General Manager, 1960-65. KLIQ 1965-71.

    1918 Alan L. Torbet was born in Portland. KALE/KPOJ AM/FM Sales Manager, 1948-49. KVAN Sales Manager, 1947-48.

    1926 First Annual Pacific Northwest Radio Exposition opened for five days at Portland Public Auditorium.

    1932 Milburn E. Brown as M.E. Brown sold KTBR 1300 K.C., to the Journal Publishing Co. Owners of KOIN.

    1948 KBPS 1450 K.C., returned to air from hiatus with rebuilt studio and new Blaw-Knox 200 foot tower.

    1954 Craig Weagant was born in Portland. KKEY Talk Show Producer, 1974-87. Ralph Weagant (KKEY owner) son.

    1968 KJIB 99.5 MHz., signed on air with a Gates FM10A transmitter. Power 35 K.W. Studios: The Henry Building.

    1987 Franklin “Frank” Hood died at age 75 in Portland. KWJJ Chief Engineer, 1946-48. KPRA Chief Engineer, 1947-48.

    1999 Keith T. Forney died at age 69 in Portland, KRWC 1570 K.C., Forest Grove, Chief Engineer in 1958.

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    SEPTEMBER 22ND. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1898 Deal O. Wilkins was born in Portland. KPAM & KPFM Commercial Manager, 1953-54.

    1925 Gordon R. Larson was born in Portland. KPAM & KPFM Chief Engineer & Music Librarian, 1955-59.

    1932 KTBR 1300 K.C., became KALE, standing for “Kale” slang for money, to match new sister KOIN “Coin.”

    1947 KGW-FM 95.3 M.C., moved frequency to 100.3 M.C. Continuing 5,100 watts and independent programs.

    1947 KVAN 910 K.C., moved transmitter site to Smith Lake. Power increased to 1 K.W., directional all hours.

    1965 Deal O. Wilkins died at age 67 in Coos Bay. KPAM & KPFM Commercial Manager, 1953-54.

    1966 KISN “Kisn 91” owner Don Burden announced in a meeting, he planned to put Mark Hatfield in the Senate.

    1997 KWJJ 1080 kHz., became KOTK continuing “JJ’s Classic Country” format. KOTK calls originally on 620 kHz.

    2001 Jack J. Moys died at age 83 in Gresham. KGW Program Director, 1956-57. KPOJ AM/FM P.D., 1953-56.

    2013 Larry Scott died at age 67 in Vancouver, WA. KQIV personality 1972-74. KGON, KINK, KVAN, KPFA.

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    SEPTEMBER 23RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1929 KVEP’s new 14 day Owner, George A. Dunn was being sought by Portland Police for Larceny & Bailee.

    1943 Three alarm fire destroyed the KGW-KEX Oregonian Building studios. A total loss $75,000 to $90,000.

    1947 Lincoln Smith was born in Portland. KISN 20/20 Newscaster 1970. KAST 1966. KVAS 1967.

    1993 KUIK sued KFXX for $250,000 punitive damages for improperly broadcasting the Washington-Stanford game.

    2010 KPWX Mt. Angel, signed on the air with 6.25 K.W. day. 490 watts nights, as “1130 AM La Mexicana.”

    2011 KEX’s FM simulcast sister K272EL 102.3 MHz., moved from Mt. Scott to the Skyline tower at 11:01 P.M.

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    SEPTEMBER 24TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1873 Ronald G. “Ronnie” Callvert was born in Adel, Iowa. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Skidoo” 1925-28.

    1925 KTBR 263 meters (1139.8 kilocycles) signed on the air with 50 watts from studios at Brown’s Radio Shop.

    1925 KFJR (Dixon & Son) began to share time on 263 meters (1139.8 K.C.) with Milburn E. Brown’s KTBR.

    1943 KGW & KEX both signed on from studios at the “KWJJ Building” after a fire destroyed their Oregonian Building studios.

    1948 KPRA 95.5 M.C., signed off the air after one year, to the day. KPRA would return as KWJJ-FM in 1949.

    1948 Richard A. “Dick” Francis was born in Blair, Nebr. KBOO 90.7 Director of Special Programming.

    1949 KGW 620 K.C., began broadcasting with a new Raytheon transmitter, completing Vanport Flood repairs.

    1961 KPDQ-FM 93.7 MHz., was reported making equipment tests from 1:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. Transmitter on Healy Heights.

    1963 KPFM began 24 hour multiplex Stereo operation, celebrating with 19 hours of: “Ring Cycle Opera.”

    2010 KPOJ’s “Thom Hartmann Program” finished his final show from Portland, moving to Washington, D.C.

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    SEPTEMBER 25TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1928 Violet J. “Vi” Schultz was born in Portland. KGW AM/FM Music Librarian, 1949-52. KPOJ AM/FM.

    1941 May Dearborn Schwab died in Fresno, Calif. First local vocalist as a radio singer. KGW 1922-24.

    1947 KPRA 95.7 M.C., signed on the air with 250 watts from its studio & transmitter site in Healy Heights.

    1947 KWJJ & KPRA (FM) broadcast Portland’s first AM/FM Sports Simulcast. Portland Beavers baseball game.

    1960 KGMG 95.5 MHz., signed on the air on with 68.35 K.W. Studios & Gates transmitter in Healy Heights.

    1992 Ackerley Communications sold KFXX/KGON (FM) to Apogee Communications, Inc., for $5.5 Million.

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    SEPTEMBER 26TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1904 Abe Bercovitz was born in Philadelphia, PA. KGW Musical Director, 1944-53. KGW-KEX Musical Director, 1934-44. KGW Music 1926-34.

    1921 7YG (YMCA) announced it would begin regular music broadcasts and was heard a radius of 100 miles.

    1937 KALE 1300 K.C., affiliated with the Mutual-Don Lee Broadcasting System. Mutual’s western link debut.

    1963 KOAP-FM began broadcasting on 91.5 MHz. Station had been off the air 12 days for the move from 92.3 MHz.

    1988 KRDR (1230 kHz., off the air) was sold to Gresham Radio, Inc. for $200,000. through bankruptcy court.

    2003 Bob Chase died at age 64 in Portland. KWJJ News Director, 1973-76. KEX, 1978-98. KPAM, 2000-03.

    2003 School District Number 1 sold KBPS-FM 89.9 MHz., to KBPS Public Radio Foundation for $5.5 Million.

    2012 KLTH “Oldies 106.7” moved from Portland studios to “Triangle Pointe” bldg. in Tigard at 11:15 A.M.

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    SEPTEMBER 27TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1928 KGW “Hoot Owls” chain added: KFJI Astoria to others: KFOA Seattle, KHQ Spokane & KVOS Bellingham.

    1947 “Stars of Tomorrow” moved from “Norse Hall” to KGW studios in the KWJJ Building at 1011 S.W. 6th Ave.

    1954 Barney Keep celebrated his 10th Anniversary on KEX during his morning “Keep Time” show.

    1993 KXL-FM Easy Favorites “Lite 95.5” switched format to “Superstars of the 80’s & 90’s” as “Star 95.5.”

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    SEPTEMBER 28TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1871 William J. “Bill” Hofmann was born in Newcastle, Penn. KGW Hoot Owls “Grand Silence” 1923-25.

    1893 Marshall Field III was born in Chicago, Ill. Owner of KOIN (AM) 970 K.C. & KOIN-FM 101.1 M.C., 1946-52.

    1911 Gerald E. “Jerry” Speerstra was born in Pleasantville, Wisc. KWJJ Program Director, 1952-65.

    1917 Virginia P. Symons was born in Portland. KXL Co-owner, 1941-55 & Program Director, 1941-42.

    1926 Russell R. “Russ” Niehaus was born in Illinois. KBVM 88.3 MHz., Founding member & Board member.

    1937 Bonneville Dam dedication. President Roosevelt address on KGW & NBC Red, KOIN & CBS 9:30 A.M.

    1937 Timberline Lodge dedication. President Roosevelt address KGW-NBC Red, KEX-NBC Blue, KOIN-CBS 1:30 P.M.

    1952 KEX-FM 92.3 M.C., became Portland’s first station to carry a sports game on FM only. LA Rams’ football.

    1956 KGRO 1230 K.C., Gresham signed on air with 100 watts. Original KGON frequency. Collins transmitter.

    1983 Harte-Hanks Communications sold KMJK to 107 Limited for $2.2 Million. Victor M. Ives, Co-owner.

    2010 KXFD moved from 2040 S.W. First Ave. studios, to the 6th floor of the “Pacwest Center” building at 2:52 P.M.

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    SEPTEMBER 29TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1892 Clifton H. “Clif” Watson was born in Portland. Radio Pioneer. KGG Co-owner, 1922-24. KOIN Chief Engineer, 1926-30.

    1901 Norman A. “Norm” Davis was born in Portland. KALE Commercial Manager, 1944-48.

    1907 Gene Autry was born in Tioga, Texas. KQFM/KKRZ (FM) Owner, 1977-84 & KEX Owner, 1962-84.

    1915 Hiram Fitzpatrick was born in Portland. KPOJ AM/FM Director of Public Relations & Promotion, 1949-50.

    1922 KGG 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) opened an additional studio for news broadcasts in “The Journal Building.”

    1928 KGW broadcast dedication of the world’s largest electric sign & aviation beacon on Healy Heights.

    1943 KEX debuted “Down The Ways” program. Merchant seamen, who manned Portland’s Liberty ships.

    1949 Burton M. Richardson was born in Portland. KISN Personality, 1968-69. KGAR 1967-68. Arsenio Hall announcer.

    1965 FCC fined KISN 91 $2,000 for creating the impression the station was licensed to Portland, Oregon.

    1967 William E. “Bill” Richardson died at age 65 in Newport. KPDQ General Manager, 1949-51. KWJJ General Manager.

    1980 KPAM AM/FM re-affiliated with ABC’s “Contemporary” Network, news from 5:55 A.M. to 5:55 P.M. daily.

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    SEPTEMBER 30TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1940 KEX & KGW “The Oregonian” stations both extended sign on’s one half hour earlier beginning 6:00 A.M.

    1966 KISN filed a suit against Paul Oscar Anderson for “Breach of Contract” by going on the air at KGAR.

    2011 Adelante Media of Oregon License, LLC sold KGDD, KOOR, KRYN, KXET back to Bustos Media, LLC.

    2013 Cumulus Licensing, LLC sold KXPC to Educational Media Foundation (EMF Broadcasting) for $6.8 Million.

    2013 KXPC 97.9 MHz., Aloha, signed on the air with the “K-Love” Contemporary Christian music format.

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