This Day in Portland Radio History(January Archive Edition)

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    JANUARY 27TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1893 Vincent I. Kraft was born in Seattle, WA. Pioneer Founder & Owner of KEX, 1926-28 with KJR, KGA.

    1928 KGW “Hoot Owls Deluxe Frolic” 5th anniversary special with recreations of their best bits. 10:30 P.M. to midnight.

    1969 KMCM rented a helicopter & dropped food supplies in the High Heaven/Peavine Ridge area. People were snowbound.

    1977 James A. Mount died at age 72 in Portland. KGW Station Manager, 1954-56. KXL Sales Manager, 1944-54.

    1979 Dick Wesson died at age 59 in Costa Mesa, CA. KPOJ Newscaster, 1948-50 & KALE Deejay, 1946-48. Later ABC.

    1989 KYTE “The Music You Remember” switched format to a simulcast of KYTE-FM as “Classical 970.”

    2007 KCMD “AM 970, Solid State Radio” moved studios from the “Koin Center” to 2040 S.W. First Avenue.

    #49576
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    JANUARY 28TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1909 Isabell Hoyt was born in Portland. KVAN 910 K.C. Program Director, 1955-59. KXL Merchandise Manager, 1959-62.

    1933 Charles A. Morden died at age 80 in Portland. KGW’s first General Manager, 1922-27.

    1949 KMCM McMinnville broke ground on future tower site. Work began installing 120 tower radials 10″ deep.

    1953 Gordon W. Allen & Thomas P. Kelly purchased 75% of KLIQ’s Mercury Broadcasting. Co. for $26,800.

    1967 Bruce Fichtl died at age 73 in Beaverton. KOIN Asst. Manager, 1930-32. KOIN Sales Manager, 1929.

    1976 KQIV by LMA to Brotherhood Broadcasting Co., sued by Willamette Broadcasting Co. for failure to pay.

    2005 KUPL changed its call letters to KCMD, continuing its Classic Country format as “Straight Country 970.”

    #49581
    semoochie
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    JANUARY 29TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1923 KGW debuted the “Hoot Owls” variety show. First on the program Charles F. Berg. 11:00 P.M. to midnight.

    1928 Kenneth “Ken” Ford was born in Chehalis, Wash. KVAN 1480 kHz., Air Personality in the late 1960’s.

    1950 KPOJ AM/FM feeder line failure to Mt. Scott caused the stations to be off the air Sunday evening.

    2000 Rosie O’Donnell began “Federal Court” lawsuit against “Rosie 105” for use of her trademarked first name.

    2006 KPDQ-FM 93.7 MHz., switched frequency to 93.9 MHz., and reduced power from 100 K.W. to 50 K.W.

    2006 KPDQ 800 kHz., SRN talk shows moved to KTRO. KPDQ format mostly changed to ministry-based talk.

    2006 KTRO 93.1 MHz., Gladstone signed on the air with 1.6 K.W. Studios at: “224 Corporate Center.”

    2012 KKSN 910 kHz., 4 towers at 4617 N.E. 158th Ave. were brought down and demolished. Were erected in 1966.

    #49588
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    JANUARY 30TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1918 Robert C. Zimmerman was born in Iloito, The Philippines. KGW Choral Director, 1945-47.

    1989 KYTE-FM “Classical 101” switched to New Age Adult Contemporary, as “The Sound of The City.”

    2014 Nora Lou Martin died at age 92 in Beaverton. KEX & NBC Blue Network show “Grandpappy & His Pals”, 1941-42.

    #49603
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    JANUARY 31ST. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY

    1935 KGW debuted the drama series “Rented Happiness” at 9:45 A.M. Janet Baumhover played the lead.

    1937 KOIN dropped the “Don Lee Broadcasting System.” KALE picked up Don Lee seven months later.

    1943 Victor Rangner, 40, died in the KXL Orpheum lobby just before hosting “The Scandinavian Hour.”

    1950 KGW-FM 100.3 was shut down to make KGW more attractive to buyers. KGW-FM would return in 1952.

    1951 KVAN 910 lost its PBS affiliation at 7:00 P.M. Progressive Broadcasting System suspended operation.

    1975 FCC denied the five “Star Stations” licenses, KOIL & KEFM Omaha, WIFE AM-FM Indianapolis & KISN.

    1980 Sammy Taylor died at age 64 in Lake Oswego. KWJJ Program Director, 1965-77 & Music Director, 1965-74.

    1999 Thomas J. “Tom” Swafford died at age 78 in Asheville, N.C. KALE/KPOJ Program Director, 1947-50.

    2000 KXL 750 launched “Radio Northwest Network to nine affiliates carrying “The Lars Larson Show.”

    2006 KKSL 1290 kHz, Lake Oswego was shut down forever. 1640 kHz KDZR carried on the tradition.

    2010 Barbara Angell died at age 89 in Lacey, Wash. KWJJ host, 1960. KPDQ host, 1957. KPTV host, 1953-57.

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