VICTOR IVES – CREATIVE PROLIFIC BROADCASTER – HIS STORY

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    Today August 17, 1935 Victor Milo Ives was born in San Francisco, California to Lucy Marian (Lumsden) and Milo Reginald Ives. Victor had three younger sisters: “Fran” Frances Elizabeth, Laureen Mildred & “Sandy” Sandra Olive.

    Ives Family History:

    Vic’s father Milo worked for a furniture store in San Francisco. His parents Lucy & Milo had married in Fresno, Calif. 7-21-1934. Lucy had lived in Fresno, graduating from Fresno High School. Vic’s father had Oregon & Washington roots.

    Milo Reginald Ives was born 9-24-1910 in Castle Rock, Wash. to Etta Martha (Beebe) and George Wentworth Ives. Etta & George were married in Clackamas County, Oregon 11-27-1889. Vic’s grandfather George was an old time logger and inventor, born in New York. On September 8, 1918 The Morning Oregonian wrote: “G.W. Ives of Milwaukie, obtained recently a patent on a shaft jack, an ingenious little device, useful wherever shafts have to be aligned and which earned him praise wherever it has been tried.” (Shaft-jack > Patent: US1274554). Vic’s grandfather had an inventive imagination just as grandson Victor would.

    Vic’s father Milo had a twin sister: Mildred Rachael. He also had four older sisters: Erma Irene, (born in Rainier, Ore.), Elsie Olive, (born in Kelso, Wash.), Mary Etta (born in Castle Rock, Wash.), Iris Emma (born in Castle Rock, Wash.) and four older brothers: Thomas Hartley (born in Rainier, Ore.), Victor Leroy (born in Kelso, Wash.), Kenneth Beebe (born in Kelso, Wash.) & Herbert Edison (born in Castle Rock, Wash). Milo had attended Oregon State College.

    Back To Vic’s Story…

    By 1940 the Ives family were living at: 174 Beverly St. in San Francisco. On November 27, 1940 Vic’s grandfather George Wentworth Ives died at age 79 in Crescent City, Calif. In 1951 Vic at 16 was attending Balboa High School in San Francisco, performing drama productions with fellow classmate Buddy Hatton. Vic & Buddy began co-hosting a kid segment called “Teen Time” for Del Courtney’s music program on KPIX channel 5. The two also assisted Jumpin’ George Oxford on his R&B Radio show over KSAN. In Spring 1953 Vic graduated from Balboa High School.

    In Fall 1953 Ives began attending Chico State College. Around this point he began as a disc jockey at KSUE Susanville, Calif. as “Slipalong Side Saddle Sore Cactus Vic” afternoons, then did the evening shift playing popular music. In 1954 Ives became Chico State College, Student Body President. (He attended to 1957). On April 25, 1954 Vic’s grandmother Etta Martha Ives died at age 84 in Carlton, Oregon.

    In 1955 Vic Ives became KMOR Oroville, Calif., Program Director. On November 26, 1956 it was announced Vic Ives KMOR P.D. was now also News Editor. He did newscasts and hosted a quiz show. By July 1958 Ives was back to P.D. only and by October 1958 KMOR was off the air.

    In Fall 1958 Vic was back on TV hosting a quiz show “Flying Casino” on KVIP-TV channel 7 Redding, Calif., rebroadcast on KVIQ (TV) channel 6 Eureka, Calif. The show was on at 1:30pm weekday afternoons and Wednesday nights. Vic remembers: “This where I met Carol (Holyfield). She worked in Traffic, sometimes was Call Screener on this live show. The name of the show suggested winners would win air trips. That never happened and we ran out of prizes by around the 10th of the month. So, we found things to show like rain from a hole in the studio roof falling into a bucket, while playing records. The show was on against Art Linkletter (House Party) on (KHSL-TV) Channel 12 and our nonsense scored ahead in the ratings!”

    On June 6, 1959 Victor Milo Ives, 23, married 21 year old Carol Lee Holyfield in Redding, Calif. They moved to Philadelphia, PA., where Ives served as Operations Director for educational WHYY-TV channel 35. Then back to California. On April 2, 1960 Vic and Carol welcomed their son: Matthew Christopher “Matt” Ives in Redding, Calif.

    Later in 1960 the Ives family moved to Bakersfield, Calif., where Vic became KGEE Program Director. By September 1961 Victor & family had moved to Tucson, Arizona where Ives was named KAIR Program Director. On December 24, 1962 Victor M. Ives announced he had resigned as KAIR P.D., becoming General Manager of the Liason Advertising Agency, which was being formed in Montrose Calif., a Los Angeles suburb. Liason was scheduled to open January 1, 1963.

    On November 17, 1963 KWUN Concord, Calif., signed on the air from studios at 2086 Willow Pass Rd. Victor Ives (6%) with wife Carol (5%) holding a minority ownership. Victor served as KWUN’s first General Manager. Vic also hosted KWUN’s daily talk show called “Line One” 11:05am to Noon daily. KWUN played a Middle-of-The-Road music format.

    On January 12, 1964 it was announced KWUN an East Bay Area Station, had banned cigarette advertising in wake of the U.S. Surgeon General’s report condemning smoking. Vic Ives made the decision, commenting: “The Federal Communications Commission licenses radio stations to operate in the public interest and welfare. I do not see how broadcasting cigarette advertising can be consistent with the public interest in view of governmental report.” Seven years later Congress passed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, banning advertising on radio and television, starting 1-2-71. On March 31, 1964 Vic and Carol welcomed their first daughter: Michelle C. Ives in Concord.

    In May 1967 KWUN was sold to Kestner & Goldman, Inc., for $165,000. and Vic Ives retained his post as Vice-President & General Manager. On June 17, 1967 Vic and Carol welcomed their second daughter: Melissa Christina Ives in Concord. (She would later follow her father & mother into Radio & TV as KOIN-TV Traffic Manager, them Marketing & Promotion Manager for Clear Channel Portland, as well as “Radio 102.3” personality).

    In 1968 Victor Ives accepted the Associated Press Award for Top Editorial in California for 1967-68 on KWUN. The editorial suggested turning the Bay Area Rapid Transit into a long skinny park and for the BART Directors, dressed as their name sake, “Black Bart”, to jump out and rob tax payers riding in old western stage coaches running between Concord and San Francisco. Also in 1968 Vic was founding officer of the California Association Broadcast Editorial Directors.

    In January 1969 Ives resigned as KWUN V.P. & G.M. He and family moved back to Bakersfield to become KGFM Program Director. On May 12, 1969 it was announced Vic Ives KGFM P.D., was appointed Operations Manager of KGFM and sister KGEE which he had programmed in 1960-61.

    On February 2, 1970 it was announced in “Broadcasting Magazine” Vic Ives had joined KEX Portland, Oregon as Program Director of the Golden West Broadcasters station owned by famed movie star & singer Gene Autry. Vic remembers: “Jimmy (Hollister) was the first person I hired. I hired him in San Francisco.”

    Jim & Vic collaborated, producing “The Hollister & Ives Sometimes Comedy Hour” 4:00 to 6:00pm on Sundays. The show featured skits they improvised: ”Young Dr. Dumb” — a take-off on the Dr. Kildare series with Ives sounding like Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie — and sketches about the “Hollister & Ives Estate Planning Service”, “Reverend Quick Pockets”, a satire on television religious pitchmen, “Lazlo The Great” “Benny Burnside” “Aunt Penny” & “Retsilloh The Near Great” plus there was music.

    On April 19, 1971 Vic Ives began an experiment on KEX. For the next two weeks Radio 1190 would play Old-Time Radio shows in the 7:00pm hour. Here’s Vic’s first schedule:

    Mon. 4-19-71 “Suspense Theater” with Robert Taylor.
    Tues. 4-20-71 “Gunsmoke” & “Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch”
    Wed. 4-21-71 “The Adventures of Superman” “Tom Mix” & “Captain Midnight”
    Thur. 4-22-71 “One Man’s Family” “Ma Perkins” & “Helen Trent”
    Fri. 4-23-71 “Dimension X” & “X Minus One”
    Sat. 4-24-71 “Fibber McGee & Molly” & “The Great Gildersleeve”

    Mon. 4-26-71 “Inner Sanctum” & “The Whistler”
    Tues. 4-27-71 “Sam Spade” & “Richard Diamond” with Dick Powell.
    Wed. 4-28-71 “Mr. District Attorney” & “Nick Carter”
    Thur. 4-29-71 “Fred Allen” with Jack Benny & “Vic ‘n’ Sade”
    Fri. 4-30-71 “The Spike Jones Show” & “Singing Sam”
    Sat. 5-1-71 “The Shadow” with Orson Welles & “I Love A Mystery”

    On April 27, 1971 Vic Ives reported he was getting “a fantastic response” to a KEX experiment, playing “Radio’s Golden Years” at 7:00pm. Ives said: “Apparently, it reflects the wave of nostalgia sweeping the country. Some of the mail is from youngsters, who never heard the dramas before.” One woman wrote: “I just wish you could see the size of our kids’ eyes as they listen and learn to use their imaginations for the first time.” The shows continued to May 1st.

    On June 14, 1971 KEX began a schedule of 13 weeks of Old-Time Radio dramas, six nights a week at 7:30pm. Beginning with “Lights Out” Mondays & Thursdays, “The Lone Ranger” Tuesdays & Saturdays and “Gangbusters” Wednesdays & Fridays. Ives researched and wrote special programming on old-time radio, following the 8:00pm news. “Lum ‘n’ Abner” followed at 8:15pm each night. During this time the Ives family lived on South Shore Blvd. in Lake Oswego.

    Also in 1971 Vic was elected Oregon Co-Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters for 1971-72. In 1972 Ives began thinking of an idea to promote KEX Radio to more listeners with a Television entertainment program. It was later reported Vic went to a midnight horror and science fiction showing at the 5th Avenue Cinema and saw how well the movie house was doing. On May 11, 1972 Victor spoke to the Oregon Association of Broadcasters conference at the Inn At Spanish Head at 3:00pm. On May 25, 1972 Vic’s father Milo Reginald Ives died at age 61.

    On June 22, 1972 it was reported Vic had acquired two of the 1930’s KEX produced programs “Homicide Squad” long thought to have been lost in the KGW-KEX studio fire on 9-23-43.

    On September 16, 1972 “Sinister Cinema” originally scheduled for a 13 week run, premiered Saturday night at 11:15pm on KATU. The lighthearted/creepy presentation televised horror movies from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. Victor Ives was host, dressed as a Dracula-like character, accompanied by the disembodied, pasty-faced “Head” of Jimmy Hollister, who floated through scenes, voiceless, mouthing words and rebelling against authority. The intro announcer was Chuck “Chuckles” Gingold, KATU Program Director.

    On the debut night, viewers witnessed episode one of the sinister serial “Flying Disc Man From Mars” followed by the sinister cinema 1st feature “Frankenstein” starring Boris Karloff and the 2nd feature “The Frozen Ghost” with Lon Chaney. Originally there was no title for the program. Vic was thinking about shaving off his beard for the show. Somebody from K2 said “No, don’t do that. You look more sinister with a beard.” And that’s how Sinister Cinema became “Sinister Cinema.”

    On September 18, 1972 Vic Ives began filling in for KEX’s morning man, Barney Keep for ten days. Barney was undergoing shoulder surgery. On October 8, 1972 Ives began programming Mel Blanc’s old CBS Radio series that aired in the 1946-47 season. KEX aired them Sunday’s at 8:00pm. On October 21, 1972 a new character was introduced to “Sinister Cinema” viewers. “Ravenscroft” the butler, which was also Jimmy Hollister, in an old overcoat with a long stringy wig, false eye, fangs, one hand and no vocal cord. Jimmy also played I-gor.

    On October 23, 1972 Ives began hosting a KEX series of programs leading up to Halloween called “Monsters You Have Known and Loved” weeknights at 11:00pm. On October 28, 1972 Barney Keep guested on “Sinister Cinema.” Hollister & Ives, who never made all that much from the Sinister Cinema appearances, would book themselves into a half-dozen or more haunted houses at Halloween and appeared in costume. They would work in tandem, with one closing the act at one location while the other raced off to the next job. This brought a small financial bonanza into their lives, Ives said.

    On November 10, 1972 Ives presented on the “KEX Scrapbook” program another old KEX classic program from the late 1940’s “Roy Jackson & His Northwesterners” at 7:45pm. On January 9, 1973 it was reported “Sinister Cinema” now topped the ratings for its time period. The show became so popular, at one time 60 percent of the Portland television audience was watching. On January 13, 1973 Russ Conrad guested on “Sinister Cinema.” Then on March 3, 1973 Vincent Price also made an appearance. Vincent had taped a Sinister Cinema segment while in Portland.

    On April 15, 1973 it was reported in The Oregonian’s “Behind The Mike” column, Sinister Cinema had a 41 share in Nielsen ratings. Francis Murphy also wrote: “The popularity of the program rests upon Ives’ tongue-in-cheek role as host, plus K-2’s ability to obtain a number of horror film classics. Ives, with his cape and candelabra, is the magnificent personification of a Liberace gone wrong. His wide-eyed expostulations, directed toward speechless, but nevertheless expressive “Head,” seem to charm the late-night audience.”

    On May 3, 1973 Ives began yet another KATU horror when he presented Thursday night at 11:30pm “Tales of Terror” with Vincent Price narrating four short stories from Edgar Allan Poe. On May 11, 1973 Vic revealed in “Behind The Mike” his Sinister Cinema 1914 dress suit was lent to him 30 weeks ago by a woman in Lake Oswego. Victor said: “I hated to purchase tails at that time, because I didn’t think the show would last more than 13 weeks.”

    On June 5, 1973 “Sinister Cinema” introduced its new dungeon set and Oregonian “Behind The Mike” columnist Francis Murphy guested. On July 22, 1973 it was announced the new record “The Corner of Hollister & Ives” had been issued on Portland’s NWI record label which featured some of their best routines. In July 1973 Ives was featured as Personality of The Month in “Photo Screen” magazine. On July 30, 1973 Victor introduced the movies “The Lost Continent” & “Monster From The Ocean Floor” at Portland State’s Lincoln Hall at 7:30pm.

    On September 12, 1973 Hollister & Ives appeared on KATU’s “A.M. Northwest” with a comedy sketch on cooking. On September 14 & 15, 1973 Lake Oswego Community Theater presented “21 Years From Broadway” at 8:30pm at Lakeridge High School featuring Hollister & Ives. On October 13, 1973 Barney Keep returned to “Sinister Cinema” as Dr. Diddle.

    On October 30, 1973 Vic presented his written introduction for the 1925 classic, Lon Chaney’s “Phantom of The Opera.” Portland Opera Guild benefit performance at the Paramount Theater, 2:30pm & 8:30pm. Posters of the event were disappearing, grabbed by collectors. On November 12, 1973 Hollister & Ives performed an old-time radio comedy skit during Lumber Jills’ dinner meeting at the Hilton Hotel.

    On November 15, 1973 it was announced “The Hollister & Ives Sometimes Comedy Hour” was now syndicated by Nostalgia Broadcasting Corp. In January 1974 “Ron Tonkin Chevrolet” began sponsoring “Sinister Cinema.” On Monday January 14, 1974 KEX began a new evening format of old time radio shows. The Shadow, The Great Gildersleeve, Life of Riley, Lum ‘n’ Abner and KEX’s owner Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch program.

    On May 4, 1974 Hollister & Ives were guests with “The Present Tense” dinner-theatre musical review at the Portland Motor Hotel. On June 15, 1974 Hollister & Ives emceed KEX’s coverage of the “Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade” from Memorial Coliseum. On July 13, 1974 Ives hosted films at the third annual Nostalgia Collectors Convention at the sunken ballroom of the Masonic Temple.

    On August 17, 1974 Vic’s birthday, Ives was named “Best MOR Program Director of The Year” and KEX was named “Station of The Year for Excellence in News” at the Billboard Magazine International Radio Programming Forum at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. On October 26, 1974 Jim Bosley guested on “Sinister Cinema.” Ives said: “We’ve decided to give him a chance to see if he can act. Since the carved pumpkin on the Sinister Cinema mantle has been smashed, we substitute Bosley’s head so the kids won’t be disappointed.”

    On October 31, 1974 Vic was back at the Paramount Theater as master of ceremonies for Portland Opera Guild’s Halloween benefit movie, Lon Chaney’s 1923 classic “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” On February 17, 1975 Ives brought popular former Governor, Tom McCall back to the KEX microphone, with a three minute commentary heard at 8:00am, Noon & 5:00pm. 25 other Oregon radio stations carried the commentaries as well. (McCall had been on KEX 1944. Back after WWII 1946-49).

    On March 1, 1975 Golden West Broadcasters announced Vic Ives was transferred to KSFO as Program Director, KEX’s sister station in San Francisco. Ives replaced Don Sherwood, who resigned as KSFO P.D. but continued mornings on the station. Sherwood was known as “The World’s Greatest Disc Jockey.” KSFO ratings had fallen sharply and Ives was brought in to get the station back on top. Vic would alternate ten days in Portland and ten days in San Francisco for the next couple of months. He would continue with Sinister Cinema and his KEX Radio program 1:00pm to 3:00pm weekdays, although some shows would be taped through mid-May. Vic would also continue with KEX as an advisor to see that his policies initiated continued.

    On May 2, 1975 Don Sherwood resigned from his KSFO morning show. Ives filled in for Sherwood. Some quick action needed to be taken. Meanwhile back in Portland on May 3, 1975 Hollister & Ives on videotape presented their last “Sinister Cinema” program. On the duos last telecast, the movies “Crucible of Horror” followed by “Mars Needs Women.” Sinister Cinema continued with new hosts “Gregory” aka Bob Griggs & “Roger” aka Lynn D. Miller. They taped generic movie intros but after three or four weeks, that idea didn’t work and Sinister Cinema went hostless.

    On May 4, 1975 Ron Tonkin Chevrolet held a farewell party for Ives, Noon to 4:00pm with a give away drawing for Victor’s candelabra and Ravenscroft’s outfit. Meanwhile back in the Bay Area on May 5, 1975 Jim Lange, former host of “The Dating Game” on ABC-TV and current co-host of “A.M. San Francisco” with Nancy Fleming on KGO-TV, began mornings on KSFO. When Lange found it necessary to resign his KSFO job in 1974 he said he would never return. “I’ve been preempted by Sherwood for the last time. I’ll never go back.” However after a long session with KSFO G.M. Bill Shaw and Vic Ives, Lange finally agreed to return.

    On June 4, 1976 Ives was back in Oregon to address the OAB (Oregon Association of Broadcasters) as featured speaker at Sunriver Lodge. On March 19, 1977 Ives announced: “We’ve regained the old position. KSFO is sailing again in the latest ratings.” (Oct./Nov. 1976 Arbitron). On August 3-6, 1977 Vic Ives was on the Advisory Committee for the 10th annual Billboard International Radio Programming Forum convention at the Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. On September 10 & 11, 1977 Vic was back in Portland for the weekend.

    On April 6, 1978 it was announced Vic Ives was appointed Station Manager of Golden West Broadcasters owned WCAR-FM Detroit, Mich., which was broadcasting the automated Drake Chennault “Great American Country” format. Meanwhile back in Portland on May 19, 1978 the last of the hostless “Sinister Cinema” late movies ended on KATU. Meanwhile back in Motor City on July 17, 1978 it was reported WCAR-FM Detroit was now WTWR. Vic had switched the format to Contemporary Pop Oldies as “Tower 92 FM, The Music Tower.”

    1980 — Bob Miller, then KEX Program Director, remembers the Golden West executive business meeting in San Diego: “They told us ‘No dog and pony show, No slick productions, no flashy gimmicks.’ Just bring what you need for a basic business presentation. Everyone complied, Except Victor Ives.” Ives rolled out a television and played a pre-produced show about his station’s business progress and goals. The presentation was acted by puppets. “We were sitting there and half of us were mad and half of us were trying not to laugh,” Miller said. “We were all high-fiving him out in the hall.”

    On February 20, 1981 it was announced Victor Ives, Vice-President & General Manager of WTWR (FM) was promoted to a newly created position as head and Vice-President of Golden West Broadcasters FM Division which included WTWR Detroit, KPLZ Seattle & KQFM Portland (KEX’s FM sister). Vic ran the division from Detroit.

    Golden West Broadcasters, President, John Reynolds said: “Victor Ives is a programming specialist and we believe he is the man to maximize the success of our existing properties as well as the development of new FM opportunities.” With this new position Vic was back in Portland Radio in a manner of speaking. On March 8, 1981 Vic orchestrated the format change of Portland’s KQFM “Q100” from Album Oriented Rock to “The New Solid Gold FM-100.”

    On June 23, 1982 it was announced Victor Ives was named General Manager of KMJK “Magic 107 FM.” Vic was finally back in Portland and as columnist Jonathan Nicholas reported: “After leaving KEX seven years ago, Ives worked in San Francisco and Detroit. During that time, friends say, not a week passed without his request for a transfer back to the Rose City. Eventually he had to leave Golden West Broadcasters to come home.” Part of the package, luring Ives to KMJK was an option to buy. Vic’s problem: “I had to improve the station in order to get the financial support to buy it. At the same time I was doing that, I was raising the price.”

    In August 1982 Vic changed KMJK’s Easy Listening A.C. mixed format to Rock. On December 12, 1982 Vic incorporated: Milo Communications, Inc. in Lake Oswego with Victor as President & Carol L. Ives, Secretary.

    On April 28, 1983 it announced Vic Ives would be hosting a one hour syndicated program called “The Golden Age of Radio Theatre.” Later heard on as many as 300 stations including KSFO San Francisco, WCAU Philadelphia, WGN Chicago, KTOK, Oklahoma City, WERE Cleveland, KFRE Fresno, KEX Portland and other powerhouse stations. Originally heard in the Portland area on KYXI from 9:00 to 10:00pm. The program included “Fibber McGee & Molly”, Duffy’s Tavern”, “Life of Riley”, “The Great Gildersleeve” and many others with Ives offering a little background on the broadcasts. The show was originally syndicated by Robert L. Bowen, a Detroit broadcaster. The series continues in reruns on the USA Radio Networks & IRN USA Radio. It’s the longest running daily syndication and first vintage radio retrospective.

    On June 17, 1983 it was reported Victor Ives and a Portland investment group had purchased KMJK from Harte-Hanks Radio, Inc. On September 28, 1983 the FCC approved the KMJK $2.2 Million sale to 107 Limited, an Oregon Limited Partnership, with Victor Milo Ives, General Partner, 9.09% interest; Homer Giesseler Williams, Principal Limited Partner, 22.75% interest; and seven others. On May 12, 1984 Victor Ives began hosting “Film Classics Comedy Festival” Saturday nights at 9:00pm on KOAP-TV and throughout Oregon on OPB. On the premiere Ives presented two Laurel & Hardy films “The Bohemian Girl” & “Chump At Oxford.” This continued over a year.

    On July 24, 1984 it was announced KMJK was Portland’s Number 1 Radio station according to Arbitron ratings. Around this time Ives established a ground breaking non traditional income profit center apart from the station. Such innovations as packaging other media including other radio stations, TV stations and cable systems (acquired at end rates), producing co-op and vendor dollar supported tabloid inserts and invoking the Robinson-Patman Act and Related Federal Statutes to acquire vendor funds for independent grocery chains were among strategies employed which were also incorporated into over a dozen Harte-Hanks Marketing Centers.

    On February 8, 1985 “The Golden Age of Radio Theatre” switched Portland stations from KYXI to KYTE, after KYXI changed format and became KSGO. Also in 1985 Ives purchased a sport horse (Olympic Disciplines of Dressage and Jumping) breeding farm off of Stafford Road for his wife Carol and daughter Michelle. Vic was passionate about animals, improving their quality of life.

    On July 1, 1985 Vic Ives launched “Oregon News Network.” First of its kind on the West Coast began with 19 stations. ONN operated 5:30am to 5:30pm weekdays, using the Portland Trail Blazers satellite distribution. Kent Phillips KMJK News Director was ONN General Manager. ONN operated from KMJK studios at “Kristin Square” 9500 S.W. Barbur Blvd., Suite 302. ONN had a staff of five, including Salem reporter Deborah Barns. ONN later supplied news and sports programs to 50 Northwest radio stations.

    On August 30, 1985 the FCC approved the sale of KLIQ (AM) to 107 Limited with Victor M. Ives, General Partner. On September 1, 1985 KLIQ became KMJK 1290 kHz. and began simulcasting KMJK-FM. On December 31, 1986 Victor Ives sold KMJK-FM to Magic Radio, Inc. for $3.9 Million. Ives would continue to operate KMJK (AM) as well as Oregon News Network, now with 30 affiliates. On January 15, 1987 KMJK 1290 kHz. changed its call letters to KVIX. Ives had named the station after himself. Vic commented: “Note quite. It was my wife’s idea.” KVIX was still licensed as 107 Limited.

    On January 19, 1987 KVIX changed its format to Old-Time Radio with vintage radio shows including Ives hosting “The Golden Age of Radio Theatre” at 6:00pm weeknights. KVIX also had news and sports programming. Victor M. Ives, President and wife Carol L. Ives as General Manager. On February 1, 1987 KVIX picked up Al Hams’ “Music of Your Life” format. KVIX studios were in “Oswego Towne Square” 9 S.W. Monroe Parkway, Suite 1290.

    On July 6, 1987 Jimmy Hollister reunited with his old friend Vic, joining the KVIX family. Together they promised a spontaneous, exciting, fresh and perhaps dangerous foray into radio, something they said had vanished from the Portland airwaves in recent years. Jimmy was heard weekday mornings 6:00 to 9:00am and was KVIX Program Director, free to do pretty much anything according to Vic.

    On October 22, 1987 KVIX presented at 8:00pm “Live At The Heathman” broadcast from The Symphony Room where the audience was encouraged to get involved in the old time radio recreation broadcast by hissing, booing and gasping. Another broadcast took place November 19th.

    On October 31, 1987 Halloween, Hollister & Ives returned for the revival of “Sinister Cinema” at 11:30pm on KATU with the movie “Frankenstein” starring Boris Karloff, followed by “The Wolf Man” starring Lon Chaney, Jr. & “The Bride of Frankenstein” starring Bela Lugosi & Boris Karloff. Then “Dracula” and starting at 5:10am. “The Invisible Man” starring Claude Raines, ending at 6:30am. Joining the “Sinister Cinema” revival was Darcelle, KVIX’s Kevin Ross and Mary Starrett, “AM Northwest” co-host, as the “Bride of Frankenstein.”

    On March 4, 1988 KVIX broadcast Portland Civic Theatre’s benefit dance program “On The Air” from Melody Ballroom with 1940’s big band Dell Herreid & His Orchestra. Hollister and Ives were KVIX hosts. On June 11, 1988 KVIX presented “The Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade” with Hollister and Ives describing the goings on from Memorial Coliseum, as well as reports from the parade route.

    On June 23, 1988 Victor Ives was ready to sign an agreement returning KVIX to David M. Jacks former KLIQ owner. Ives had fallen behind in his payments, losing $10,000 a month. Under the agreement, Vic would continue operating KVIX for the 90 days, the time it would take for the FCC to approve the transfer of ownership. On September 15, 1988 KVIX switched format at 12 Noon to an all Elvis format. The King would be heard all day and all night. Call letters changed to KLVS. Ives sold his “Oregon News Network” to Fred W. Hudson, who was launching KBNP.

    In the early 1990’s Ives hosted and produced, for two seasons, a weekly radio program on BBC 5 in London. The program, “Night Beat”, was a dramatic series based on a Chicago Private Eye. Later Ives was retained by David Plowright of Granada Television (Brideshead Revisited, Sherlock Holmes) to devise the first News/Talk radio format for The United Kingdom and consult for The Bay FM which became number one in a matter of weeks and quickly reached sold out status.

    On December 16, 1993 Victor Ives formed Channel 32, Inc., offering to buy (off the air) KEBN. Ives was backed by Roy Rose, hoping to purchase the Salem TV station, moving its studios to a Beaverton building (10255 S.W. Arctic Dr.) owned by Rose. On July 17, 1994 it was announced Channel 32, Inc. had agreed to pay $900,000 for KEBN which previously aired religious programming until going dark on 10-1-92. Roy Rose’s “Peregrine Holdings Limited” owned 49% of Channel 32, Inc. The balance was owned by Ives, Thomas McCoy & Camerson S. Thomas. Ives said Peregrine had already spent more than $800,000 getting Channel 32 ready for broadcast.

    On September 5, 1994 KEBN signed on the air with an all-movie schedule. Victor M. Ives was Vice-President & Chief Executive Officer, as well as Acting General Manager, with Roy Rose as Chairman. On September 16, 1994 Channel 32, Inc. officially acquired KEBN.

    Beginning on October 2, 1994 Ives was at Barnes Lake, Alaska with the “Rescue 911” production team, taping an episode of the CBS Television series hosted by William Shatner. Vic had organized an expedition to rescue seven killer whales trapped and doomed in a fresh water lake, using sound aversion techniques, heading them to open sea. On January 11, 1995 KEBN became an affiliate of “The WB” Network which Vic negotiated. On February 28, 1995 “Rescue 911” aired on CBS (KOIN-TV) at 8:00pm. On October 2, 1995 KEBN changed it call letters to KWBP, reflecting its WB affiliation.

    On October 5, 1995 Vic incorporated: Stellar Film Associates LLC in Lake Oswego with Ives as Chief Executive Officer. The company owns and controls a library of motion picture films. It syndicates the motion pictures to television stations and cable systems in the USA, Canada and New Zealand.

    In Spring 1996 Vic Ives invested in JCO Broadcasting, Inc. with Jerry J. Collins as Chairman. JCO had just received construction permits from the FCC to build KZTW 860 kHz., in Troutdale & KZTU 660 kHz., in Junction City. KZTW was the first new major AM station licensed to the Portland area in 40 years. On July 26, 1996 Ives said: “He hoped to have the station on the air in four months and wanted to go all-news. “I think what Portland is ready for is ‘Give-us-15-minutes-and-I’ll-give-you-the-world’ format.” However, a year pasted and the station never broadcast. On June 19, 1997 Channel 32, Inc. sold KWBP to Acme Television of Oregon LLC for $17.6 Million, plus 20% ownership in buyer.

    On August 1, 1997 KZTW changed its call letters to KPAM with the intent of Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. buying the station, after Vic & Jerry finished building the transmitter site. Gary A. Randall “Christian Supply” co-founder with Pamplin, created the “Christian Hit Radio” format for KPAM, building studios next door to “Christian Supply” at 10209 S.E. Division St. Pamplin also owned a Christian music record label. On October 17, 1997 KPAM signed on the air with a Contemporary Christian Music format. In November 1997 KPAM license changed to JCO Broadcasting, Inc., Doing Business As KPAM Radio.

    On December 23, 1997 JCO Broadcasting, Inc., Doing Business As KPAM Radio was granted voluntary transfer of control from Jerry J. Collins & Victor M. Ives to Pamplin Communications Corp. On December 29, 1997 KPAM was sold to Pamplin Broadcasting-Oregon, Inc., for $652,500., equal to 87% of the stock. On August 8, 1998 Vic & Jerry sold KZTU Junction City to Pamplin Broadcasting-Oregon, Inc., for $282,750. On October 21, 2001 Vic’s mother Lucy Marian Ives died at age 85.

    On September 23, 2002 Oregonian columnist, Jonathan Nicholas reported: “Victor Ives calls it his “latest madness.” The Portland radio veteran says things have been “altogether too quiet” since he sold his 860 AM station, so he’s bought himself a satellite uplink in Florida. Now he’s hellbent on launching, Vic said “a couple of different radio networks from the sublime to what you would expect from me.” He plans a classical music network “with personality hosts and a mad hatter morning show” and, yes, much of the programming will originate in Portland. Says Ives, “Can a few screwballs make any difference amid the homogenized hodgepodge which is broadcast today? Maybe.”

    On February 25, 2003 Victor M. Ives was named Chairman of “SoundWorks International”, a company which was formed by the merger of “White Springs Media” a company formed to own and operate an existing earth station satellite up-link facility located in White Springs, Florida and SoundWorks. White Springs facility was licensed to uplink unlimited channels of audio, video and data and had multiple analogue and digital channels. White Springs aka WSTV was seen in Canada, USA, Mexico, and part of Central America and into 21 Asian nations via satellite. “Talk Star Radio” was also created. Later in 2003 Ives formed Movies For Television Dot Com.

    In August 2005 WSTV White Springs Television, opened Portland studios. On February 9, 2006 Talk Star Radio announced the launching of a new old-time radio and comedy series, “Radio Legends” hosted and produced by Victor Ives. The daily show, airing weeknights at 6:00pm Pacific Time with Saturday and Sunday night repeats, featured radio shows from the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s and comedy bits from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.

    On October 12, 2007 it was reported Victor Ives “Talk Star Radio” was now reaching the Philippines and 20 Asian nations with its satellite delivery. On November 10, 2008 Vic incorporated: “Peregrine Communications” in Lake Oswego. In October 2009 WSTV dissolved its TV Network. In January 2013 Victor Ives launched RetroMovies Dot Com, syndicator of a thousand movies to TV, Cable, Internet and Satellite Worldwide.

    On December 11, 2014 Victor Ives passed away at age 79 from complications of brain cancer. On April 16, 2015 a Celebration of Life gathering took place at Wilfs Restaurant & Bar (800 N.W. 6th Ave.) which was one of Vic’s favorite places.

    Pete Schulberg said: “He really appreciated what radio was and what it could do. He really knew the business.”

    Special Thanks to Melissa Ives and Joel Miller who helped make this biography more complete.

    References: All Access, BayAreaRadio-org, Billboard magazine, Broadcasting magazine, Broadcasting Yearbook, FCC, The Fresno Bee, MediaPost-com, OAB, The Oakland Tribune, The Oregonian, The Portland Tribune, Prabook-org, R&R, Radio Annual, SFGate-com, The Times from San Mateo, Tucson Daily Citizen, The Vancouver Columbian, Zoominfo-com.

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    It is my understanding that Victor Ives eventually acquired the rights to most old-time radio programs so if you wanted to run any of the shows, you had to go through him.

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