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Semoochie: You’ve lost me in this. I’ve re-read what you wrote several times and I can’t get your meaning.
So, is it your impression from reading the article that Ruby died while on the air on KKEY?
Any comments on the contents of this article that you think are incorrect, I would appreciate. Special Thanks to Pat Roberson for making me a copy.
The Oregonian, May 4, 1976
Woman Dies On Telephone as Radio Station Has Call Traced
By John Guernsey
A woman died while talking on the telephone during a radio talk show Monday, triggering a real-life radio drama at station KKEY.
The moderator of the Portland program, Laura Hall, was talking at about 11:20 a.m. with a woman later identified as Ruby Nelson, 62. Suddenly there was a gasp on the caller’s end of the line, a banging noise as if the phone had fallen and excited barks of a dog.
Turning the program over to another announcer, Ms Hall kept the line open to the caller and had station personnel call police and the telephone company. She wanted an immediate trace on the caller’s number, so help could be sent to the woman’s address.
Suspense reigned at the radio station for nearly 2 1/2 hours after the first emergency call. Off the air, Ms Hall continued calling into the telephone, trying to rouse the woman and learn her address. But she heard only the dog barking.
About 1:40 p.m., the number trace had been completed and Ms. Hall learned the address. She got there in time to see police break open the front door at 8206 S.W. 10th Ave.
Mrs. Nelson was dead on the floor. Oxygen and other artificial respiration failed to revive her.
A deputy Multnomah County coroner said Mrs. Nelson apparently died almost instantly from a massive heart seizure.
Announcer Jack Hurd said he contacted “some woman” at the phone company and tried to explain the urgency of the problem. “But she just told me it wasn’t her department and hung up,” he said.
KKEY account executive Paul Stevens said that at one point a phone company official reported that the trace had been made and the address was known. “I asked him for the information, but he said he couldn’t give it to me,” Stevens said. “I asked him what he was going to do with it and he hung up without another word.”
Mike Jordan, public information spokesman for Pacific Northwest Bell, said the tracing operation began immediately after 11:20 a.m. and was completed by 1:40 p.m. He said a trace normally takes about that length of time because of the many line-checking procedures which have to be gone through.
He said telephone companies cannot make number traces within a matter of minutes, as is often shown on television shows.
Tom Potter, press information officer at the Portland Police Bureau, said police records indicate that the trace was completed at 12:54 p.m., but the address furnished by the phone company was 8406 S.W. 10th Ave. instead of the correct address, 8206 S.W. 10th Ave.
He said the police investigated, informed the phone company that it was the wrong address and phone officials called back with the correct address at 1:36 p.m.
Mrs. Nelson was the wife of Zenus Nelson, manager of the Oregon Typewriter and Recorder Co.August 22, 2009 at 8:52 am in reply to: Oregon & SW Washington Original Call Letter Meanings List #231
I never thought of that! So KDBX would stand for: Digital Branch eXchange.August 22, 2009 at 1:49 am in reply to: Oregon & SW Washington Original Call Letter Meanings List #228
Seguedad: WOW, Great! I think your right about KIHR being “In Hood River” instead of “Independent Hood River”. That doesn’t really fit as well.
I’m thinking they could have adapted KRMW calls to mean “Radio Mid-columbia Wasco” (County).
KMSW: Her full name is: Mylene Simons Walden.August 20, 2009 at 8:54 pm in reply to: Oregon & SW Washington Original Call Letter Meanings List #226
KDBX is on the Portland area listing: 91 KDBX – chosen for easy pronunciation.August 20, 2009 at 4:01 am in reply to: Oregon & SW Washington Original Call Letter Meanings List #221
Pat: Good point! I was just guessing at K-LOG. Anyone know for sure?August 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm in reply to: Oregon & SW Washington Original Call Letter Meanings List #219
Just got an E-Mail back from Jerry Dennon who put KSWB on the air with the Brothers Four. Jerry told me the calls were based on the “big dog” in the world of top 40 in Los Angeles, KFWB. Jerry was in L.A. in the early 60’s as national sales & promotion manager for Era Records. [Mr. Custer/Larry Verne, etc.] “I loved the sound of the call letters on the air, thus inserted the “S” for Seaside.” Jerry.
KPOK switched to “Cross-Country” combining Modern Country with Top Hits on June 18, 1973. Robert E. Sharon G.M.; Bill Calder, Operations Manager; Dick Byrd, Program Director & at the time Afternoon Drive. Vern Mueller, News Director & Robert O. Franklin, GSM. Ted Rogers & Ed Keebler were formerly with KRDR. Also on the schedule were Steve Glass & Mike Forrester.
The line up mentioned in my posting above must be later than July 1, 1973. This date was only on the Rate Card but was with a package of information on KPOK from the same time period, including the DJ line-up. As I said, I just acquired this information yesterday and haven’t had a chance to analyze it yet.
Now I see in notes taken from articles kept from the time period, that on November 15, 1973 it’s announced Jim Robbins takes over 9am to Noon, formerly on KSPO. Also mentioned Toni Conti formerly on KSHA will do Midnight to 6. This makes the DJ line-up above later than November 1973.August 17, 2009 at 6:30 am in reply to: Oregon & SW Washington Original Call Letter Meanings List #217
Yes, recnet is not perfect.
Well I guess that finishes all the call letter meanings, posters placed on the table a present. Now let’s see more from posters.
Semoochie: If you were at KPOK in July 1973 you should remember this DJ line-up which is dated as of July 1, 1973. I just acquired this yesterday with photos:
Dick Byrd, 6-9am.
Jim Robbins, 9-Noon.
Mike Hanes, Noon-4pm.
Ed Keebler, 4-7pm.
Steve Glass, 7-10pm.
The Fenwick Show, 10-Midnight.
(blank space) Midnight-6am.August 17, 2009 at 5:39 am in reply to: Oregon & SW Washington Original Call Letter Meanings List #215
Randy: I don’t see where you got the “KKTT 97.9” reference on recnet. I looked in my 1999 Broadcasting Yearbook and sure enough the calls are in Eugene on 97.9. So the KKTT calls were in Eugene first then moved to Creswell.August 17, 2009 at 4:41 am in reply to: Oregon & SW Washington Original Call Letter Meanings List #213
Randy: OK, Yes! I should have checked with the KAPL website. I’ll change it to Applegate Christian Fellowship.
There is a KKTT reference on the KUJZ page at recnet. I also checked with the FCC site with the same reference but I find recnet easier to use.
On the KRGL calls, I wonder if the “G” stands for Robert Larson’s wife’s name?
It seems everyone is in agreement on the KIQY meaning, so it’s been noted that way.August 16, 2009 at 12:25 pm in reply to: Oregon & SW Washington Original Call Letter Meanings List #210
I’ve now gone through what’s been posted and entered the information on the master copy. Here’s my response to some of the posted info:
Randy: KAPL Phoenix was and is owned by Applegate Media, Inc. Not Applegate Christian Fellowship.
Re-checked and KKTT 95.3 was licensed to Creswell and currently as KUJZ. There was no other previous Eugene market community listed additionally.
KROR was not owned by Reliable Oregon Radio. This is a bit of a stretch but could the calls mean K-ROaR! Myrtle Creek is close to Wildlife Safari and they do have lions.
The KWOW calls were the only ones I wasn’t sure of but decided to add them anyway. They’ve now been deleted from the master copy.
RadioRob: Good catch on KSKR The Score! That was a typo on my part. Placing capitol letters in the middle of words gets me confused at times while typing.
RadioGuy: Good catch on KTRQ! I did miss listing them. They’ve been added to the master copy. They went on the air in 1990 and were off by 1991.
It’s a little hard for me to believe KIQY would choose calls to look like there dial position. Are you sure about this?
Semoochie: Good catch on KROG! I miss spelled Rogue.
Thanks for the KXPC explanation. I did remember “Pure Country” after it was mentioned but not the original “Power Country”.
I’m adding “quill” as a secondary KWIL meaning. It might even be the original. I’ve never been sure about the “Willamette” meaning and quill has been used since the early 1950’s.
Just learned tonight that Fenwick, after leaving KGW as General Sales Manager, got back on the radio by June 1973. The Fenwick Show was on KPOK 10pm to Midnight, Monday through Saturday. At the time KPOK was running a Modern Country format but switched to talk nightly for two hours. This eventually led Fenwick over to KKEY.August 15, 2009 at 3:00 pm in reply to: Oregon & SW Washington Original Call Letter Meanings List #208
Keep them coming. We still haven’t seen posts from anyone that can hear Eastern Oregon stations. Where’s Boise Bill? 🙄