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August 14, 2009 at 9:50 pm in reply to: Oregon & SW Washington Original Call Letter Meanings List #201
HOLY COW! Thanks Randy! Had a feeling this was going to be right up your block!August 14, 2009 at 9:34 pm in reply to: Oregon & SW Washington Original Call Letter Meanings List #199
Great Stuff! I’m hoping we can pin down some of the meanings. I’ve guessed on a great deal of them also.
An after thought. Forgot to check the vintage listing for S.W. Washington and found this addition:
22 KDZM [Centralia] – sequence assigned.
That would be great. It would put this finally to rest. Thanks!
Great! Thanks so much for posting. I’ll make a copy. It’s too bad the obit doesn’t mention the date when Bill was born but I’ve found a lot of obits don’t. I’m also searching for the date Whitey Coker died. The Oregonian on-line only mentions an obit picture. Do you have any other radio obits of the past?
Craig Walker’s post disappeared? Thought that wasn’t possible on this new setup. I’d like to find out how. That would be handy. Yes I to have contributed information to Wikipedia and later found at times info was changed or deleted.
Joe: I’m always thinking in the past, didn’t know you got back in business. Where are you?
Yahmit: Years ago when I was scrolling through The News-Register (by 1979 there was little written about KCYX. I was trolling to pick up anything I could see quickly.) I ran across I believe it was a full page ad for the new calls KCYX. That ad would have been run on July 1, 1979. There might have been an article also written since KMCM spent some money on the paper that day, which they hadn’t done for a long time and the paper was very silent about KMCM during that time.
With that date you could find the article I’m guessing pretty easily. If it’s not on the July 1, 1979 date, look a few days later or forward, it’s got to be there. I was at the McMinnville Library about 20 years ago doing KCYX history research and since then OHS Library has the microfilm but their hours open are very restrictive. The last time I checked they were only open a day or two a week for just a few hours in the afternoon.
Yes! It’s been so long, I remember reading that article on microfilm, now that you bring it up. I’m changing it back to Country Western. Thanks!
What else do you have in that file? Any old radio obits?
sbh: “Tiger” Tom Murphy saw your post. He E-Mailed me and said your father & Bill Howlett were close friends. I’m looking for Bill’s obit. Do you think your dad would have kept it?
Well I’ve always had a suspicion the KCYX calls meant something having to do with the “Y” and Yamhill County. It all makes sense. I’m convinced, Thanks!
Well this has been a watershed day, correcting two classic calls meanings.
Yahmit: WOW! That’s incredible! Where did you hear about this? I worked at KCYX from 1980 to 85 and never heard anyone mention this meaning before. I even talked with station owner at the time, Norm Aldred and he never mentioned this meaning.
Joe: I believe you. Plus You’ve been in the business. I’ve also wanted to change this for years but never had the definitive answer. Both sides were adamant on this. I can’t remember who originally told me it was a the format name. I did the original call letter research back in 1991 and remember at the time I was having problems pinning it down. I talked by phone to someone that was there when KKCW signed on and was positive on this issue and knew of the company name tie-in but was told that wasn’t true. I will make the correction. Thanks to Everyone who posted about this. I really do want to correct any false meanings.
If KKCW had signed on as a Country station & KUPL would have stayed Beautiful Music for awhile longer. There wouldn’t have been a “Couple Country”. Would KKCW have been a successful Country station like KUPL? How would the Craig Walker & John Erickson situation have played out? Would they have stayed at KGW? Or found another station down the line? What station would that have been? Fascinating to ponder the Portland radio landscape if dominant K103 would have never happened.
I’ve known Gray for years. He’s been a great source of information. Just saw him at the KOIN Sylvan transmitter get together, when they were getting ready to turned off the analog signal, next morning.
Littlesongs: I too first heard the Halloween story. Then while talking to former K-Boo people during that period, I found out there was a deeper meaning. Something not talked about publicly in an earlier time. My information comes from the K-Boo website. Check it out: