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I was living in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area when, surprisingly one morning like four-in-the-morning, I was sitting on 1570 and suddenly a very weak KWAY sprung on the air running some kind of Equipment Test. As a DX’er, I always considered that one of the rarest “catches” of my lifetime. This was, I think, early 1962 – during whatever brief period “The Big X” XERF in Mexico was silent for a few months, leaving nothing but an empty 1570 overnight.
From Oregon, I do know that KRXL in Roseburg was a rock and roll station in the Fifties, and for something original from there I’d make an offer in the similar “ballpark.” I would offer well, but not quite as well, for something Fifties from KEX which I’ve seen a picture of elsewhere (and only because I already have “something from them” though much later).
Other than KRXL, and that KBOY in Medford was rocking (and had surveys) by January 1960, I’m entirely clueless on any other outstate radio history.
Wow, that’s a BOOK! I always thought it strange that such an old station always opted to remain a “daytimer only” back in the days when the entire AM dial was their oyster and they could have gone for good power and full-time. Same for KXA-770 Seattle, WEW-770 St. Louis, WDZ-1050 Decatur IL, and a couple others (KXA is no longer KXA).
ADIANT (12/14/2011), that was ME with the $300 bid on the KXL survey – and, concurrently at that date, also a $700 on a KPOJ survey. I won the two, of course. It came up in one of my ebay searches that specifically included KPOJ, but not in the configuration that you saw…this was a little earlier.
My “KPOJ” search (which actually includes four other specific cited radio stations – asking for “any word” that shows up) initially brought up an Elvis Presley scrapbook. It came up because, buried deep at the very end of his copious text describing the scrapbook, was a line something like “KXL and KPOJ music reports.” He listed the entire contents of the scrapbook, which had been assembled by some teenage girl (obviously in Portland) during the height of the Elvis reign. There were 30 or 40 pages in the scrapbook and, if I remember right, he was asking $1,699.99 for it! He took pictures of **ALMOST** everything in the scrapbook, and I think he acquired it because of a signed hotel napkin, and some newspaper ads for a concert, etc. Literally he took pictures of EVERYTHING…ALMOST…even stuff like the girl’s SCHOOL REPORT CARD and other really arcane stuff.
I THINK THE TWO SURVEYS WERE THE *ONLY* THING HE DIDN’T SHOW PICTURES FOR – apparently he considered those to be insufferable, horrible junk. That’s why I said “almost” everything…
I contacted him and I asked him if he would consider canceling the listing, because I wasn’t about to pay $1,700 – but he had two items I was willing to pay $1,000 for. I also pointed out that he must have considered them trivial, because he thought that even the picture of a report card was more important.
Thankfully, HE DID agree, and he canceled the listing, and relisted the two surveys separately at Minimum 300 and 700 respectively, which I agreed to bid. (I think I actually bid far higher on them, just in case…) I think he realized that he had really blown it badly when he originally bought the scrapbook as he told me he paid $1,500 for it. Absolutely the value wasn’t there, not at all. I guess I kind of saved his a** on this – I doubt that he even recouped the other $500 for all the rest of the stuff.
I thought I’d share this, not only because it’s interesting (well, it IS – lol!!), but because it can indicate the kind of offers I may make on radio station surveys before 1960, from anywhere – not limited to Oregon at all. (But, as my favorite U. S. city – though I live two thousand miles away – these were a rather high priority for me.) There are many that I do not need at all, especially many from California, Colorado, Washington DC, Texas and some individual cities as well.
If somebody has original radio charts earlier than 1960, I may be willing to make a major offer. I seek only ONE per Station (regardless of where, type of music, etc.) from the “earliest” year possible. I emphasize pre-1960 only because, starting 1960, there just isn’t that much I don’t have already.