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  • in reply to: Hopefully a quick question #50650
    johnf
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    Thanks for the quick response! Obviously this shows the historic ANALOG TV channel allocations, and it is most interesting, but also long outdated. Is there not a list available of the current digital channel allocations? It seems that is something the FCC should offer on its website.

    in reply to: Coastal Radio Happenings #50464
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    Frank was a good guy! During the eight years we lived in Astoria (1985-93), I had a hand in helping him establish some new translators for the North Coast for both KPDQ-FM and for KCMS-FM (Spirit 105.3) out of Seattle. I remember people being surprised as they would walk into some businesses in Cannon Beach or Seaside and hear a Seattle station (this was pre-Internet, of course).

    Frank had a real optimistic, “can-do” attitude about such projects, and he would often take us to local hilltops and mountaintops to install the translators. One time we went up atop Tillamook Head south of Seaside and he showed me a BIG hole in the ground where lightning had hit the translator facility and pretty much fried everything EXCEPT the Christian radio translators!

    in reply to: KYTE – What’s the deal? #50208
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    Thanks much for sharing this aircheck. He was indeed the “great” Andy Barber, as described above. Of all the fun-to-listen-to personalities on “KING Musicradio 11” back during my high school and college days in Seattle, I remember him the most. Those were THE days of Top 40 AM radio, for sure.

    in reply to: Seattle Radio Happenings #49505
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    Ohhhh, wow! This is indeed making me feel as old as dirt!

    John Fortmeyer — KNHC 1972-73

    in reply to: How many Presidents in your lifetime #48812
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    My 99 and 2/3 year-old mother-in-law is moving soon from Anacortes down here to our home in Newberg to live with us. She was born back when presidential inaugurations were still held in March and not January. Since her birth was in mid-February 1921, she arrived about three weeks before Wilson handed things over to Harding. So… her count of presidents will be 19 (assuming the media’s call for Biden is eventually confirmed and challenges are dismissed). That full list is: Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, FDRoosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, Obama, Trump and Biden.

    in reply to: Eugene Radio Happenings #48657
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    Randy — Come to think of it, it was indeed KVAL’s morning sign-on that I so clearly saw up in Anacortes. And I am wondering whether the scenes of balloons flying that were shown then might have been from where I now live — here in Newberg — where we have long had a balloon company operating.

    in reply to: Eugene Radio Happenings #48649
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    This discussion of the distance that Eugene TV signals can go reminds me of something that happened in the late 1970s or early 1980s. At the time, I was editor of the weekly newspaper in Anacortes, about 80 miles north of Seattle. One morning I was flipping the channels offered on our local cable system, which has its signal receiving towers on one of the nearby smaller mountains, I think. I turned to Channel 13, expecting to see KCPQ, the Seattle station. Instead, CLEAR AS A BELL, I saw the station ID for KVAL in Eugene, 362 miles south! I remember specifically that the ID featured some brightly colored passenger balloons flying over the Willamette Valley. I couldn’t believe it. Somehow the KVAL 13 signal was overpowering KCPQ. I’m not sure, but I think it was during the summer, on a clear morning.

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    in reply to: Seattle Radio Happenings #47237
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    Not only was the programming VERY strange, the home of KRAB itself was also. I grew up in the Maple Leaf area in north Seattle, and KRAB at that time was housed in what the station itself described as a “dingy studio” that I understand had at one time been a donut shop. It was a very small, ugly-looking box-shaped structure at the peak of the hill on North Roosevelt Way. Surrounding it was a wooden fence on which the letters K-R-A-B had been painted in a weird manner.

    And the station didn’t have a conventional transmission antenna like KISW (then a classical music station), which was located two blocks up the street. Instead, KRAB’s antenna was a funky looking thing attached to a telephone pole.

    Suffice to say, the whole vibe of the place was just counterculture weird, and I considered it a plus for the neighborhood when KRAB later packed up and moved to Capitol Hill and the “dingy studio” was torn down.

    in reply to: KDZR "Radio Disney" Sold To Salem For $275,000 #47036
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    Thanks, Paul Walker, for asking about the newspaper. I am VERY pleased to report that after three months of being online-only (for the first time EVER in our 26-year history), we have returned to print with the July issue of Christian News Northwest, thanks to the gradual reopening. We halted printing for April, May and June because 99 percent of our 1,900 distribution locations in Oregon and southwest Washington were CLOSED and it would have been a waste of thousands of dollars to go to print. Newspapers of ALL types — daily, weekly, monthly — have been hit HARD by this pandemic. I have a further explanation at cnnw.com

    in reply to: KDZR "Radio Disney" Sold To Salem For $275,000 #47028
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    During the day, yes. But the night signal isn’t listenable even here in Newberg,

    in reply to: Earth week #46069
    johnf
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    Close, Paul. We have lived in beautiful Newberg — 12 miles from McMinnville and that much closer to Portland — for 27 years. Love it.

    in reply to: Earth week #46053
    johnf
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    Thanks, Paul. You may recall that I did some news announcing on KNHC during my senior year at Nathan Hale. If I had lived a few blocks farther south, I would have gone to Roosevelt. You may be aware that Richard Karn (Home Improvement, Family Feud) graduated from Roosevelt in 1974 (his real name is Richard Karn Wilson), and Casey Sander (Grace Under Fire, Big Bang Theory, many other shows) graduated with my 1973 class at Nathan Hale. It was when Casey made a few appearances on Home Improvement that he and Richard discovered that they were both from north Seattle and both had attended Nathan Eckstein at the same time.

    (Apologies to all the readers here at pdxradio who are having to put up with this conversation between Paul and myself about our school years…)

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    in reply to: Earth week #46044
    johnf
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    Paul, I think you already might have told me in the past, but I have forgotten. Which north Seattle elementary school? On Earth Day in 1970 I was a ninth-grader at Jane Addams Junior High. From 1970-73 I was across the street at Nathan Hale High. My grade school was Sacajawea, at NE 96th Street and 17th Ave. N.E. I grew up at 1528 NE 94th, on one of the steepest streets in all of Seattle.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by johnf.
    in reply to: Cornoavirus #44567
    johnf
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    Well, no doubt all of us are this evening hearing the news about the first case of the virus here in Oregon. A school employee in Lake Oswego — only 25 miles east from my home in Newberg. And now hospitalized in Hillsboro, only 20 miles north. This coronavirus news has suddenly moved to a new level for my attentions, that’s for sure…

    johnf
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    Some of you may recall that Portland’s world-famous evangelist, Luis Palau, was diagnosed in January of 2018 with Stage 4 lung cancer, and was given only a few months to live. It was especially surprising because he is not a smoker. Well, the prayers of many, many folks combined with clearly impressive medical care have resulted in his still being with us two years later. In fact, a big 85th birthday party was held for him in downtown Portland a couple of months ago. I don’t want to downplay the seriousness of Rush Limbaugh’s diagnosis, but it seems Luis’s good report offers hope that the same could take place for Rush.

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