THIS DAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY (SEPTEMBER)

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  • #14163

    semoochie
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    “1966 KISN “Kisn 91” owner Don Burden announced in a meeting, he planned to put Mark Hatfield in the Senate.” Now you just have to wonder how he accomplished this, since a sizable percentage of his listeners were too young to vote. (That means anyone under 21 at the time.)

    #14197

    Craig_Adams
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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 the air from studios at the “KWJJ Building” after a fire destroyed their 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 1:00 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.

    #14223

    Craig_Adams
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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.

    #14241

    Craig_Adams
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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, 1937-44.

    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.

    #14261

    Craig_Adams
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    SEPTEMBER 27TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1928 KGW “Hoot Owls” chain added: KFJI Astoria to KFOA Seattle, KHQ Spokane and 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.”

    #14262

    semoochie
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    What were Barney Keep’s first ten years like? Did he introduce selections from the KEX orchestra?

    #14283

    Craig_Adams
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    If you’re thinking Barney was on the air mornings on KEX for those ten years, you need the read this:
    http://archive.pdxradio.com/2009-14/topic/keep-time-annals-of-barney-keep-the-bugler-x-of-kex

    #14284

    Craig_Adams
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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.

    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, 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.

    #14329

    Craig_Adams
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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.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by  Craig_Adams.
    #14332

    semoochie
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    “1928 KGW broadcast dedication of the world’s largest electric sign & aviation beacon on Council Crest.” That must have been a joy to gaze upon. 🙁 OK, I just looked this one up and couldn’t find an actual picture but can you imagine a 735 foot tower on Council Crest, spelling out the name, “Richfield, vertically, from top to bottom? It reportedly could be seen for a hundred miles! By comparison, the Stonehenge Tower is only about 600 feet!

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by  semoochie.
    #14334

    jr_tech
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    Here is what I found, letters were horizontal:

    Richfield Sign

    From “Vintage and Classic Car Blog” http://www.vintageandclassiccars.net/
    Category: “A Brief History of Vintage Neon Signs with a focus on the Road Signs of Portland Oregon” (scroll down a bunch, click to enlarge)
    The caption states: “Gray (who sent it in) said the letters were orange outlined in orange neon” Hmmm…would that be GFH?

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by  jr_tech.
    #14335

    Craig_Adams
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    I must have corrected the entry while Semoochie would have started posting, to: Healy Heights.

    #14337

    semoochie
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    The article I found referred to Council Crest.

    #14338

    Craig_Adams
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    It’s referred to as Council Crest in Oregonian articles of the period. I found out it was in reality Healy Heights.

    #14339

    semoochie
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    I assumed it was the same location as the amusement park.

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