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  • in reply to: Columbia Gorge Radio Happenings #43139
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    Semi-retired as News Director for Gorge Country Media The Dalles/Goldendale. Worked radio and newspaper in The Dalles and Hood River since 1966.

    Not quite old enough to remember much about Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club but am sentimental about vintage radio.

    So – ended up with a copy of a book called “Don McNeill’s Favorite Poems” with a lot of patriotic and inspirational poetry. I’d like to pass it on to someone in the industry who would appreciate it.

    First person to email me (footydad55@yahoo.com) with a request and an address to send it to gets it free.

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    Sorry, thought the fact that I’d put email in my signup made it available to all.

    catch me at

    footydad55@yahoo.com

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    Many thanks, Paul Walker. It’s been years since I’ve sold anything on eBay, but I’m sure I can figure it out again.

    Years ago I had planned to donate the lot to the proposed Oregon Broadcasting Museum, but that apparently never came to pass after that dustup between Southern Oregon University and the former head of Jefferson Public Broadcasting.

    If nobody here is interested, I’ll probably start loading things on eBay or Radiodiscussions.com

    in reply to: Earliest KISN Air Checks Ever & More #1679
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    Oh, lord, I had forgotten that FCC inspection thing that Chuck Weber did. I’m afraid I was the voice of the sleazy record executive. Typecast, even back then.

    in reply to: Station Studio Longevity #1285
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    How about elsewhere in the state. I know that KIHR in Hood River is still located in the same building on 22nd Street as when it began in 1950.

    So 60 years, longer than anything in Portland but KBPS.

    And KODL The Dalles was located on Scenic Drive from 1940 to 2000, another 60 years.

    I’m sure there are others in Oregon still longer…

    in reply to: Oregon & SW Washington Original Call Letter Meanings List #236
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    Ah, I can fill in the Condon calls.

    Here’s what I wrote in my June 3 newspaper column:

    KHAL-FM (93.5 mHz, with a 103.1 mHz translator covering The Dalles) went on the air in Condon nearly a year ago. The call letters came from Hal Rose, president of First Broadcasters Investment Group in Texas. They’re the ones that bought Q-104 in The Dalles and shifted it to the Seattle suburb of Covington. As part of that deal, they secured a construction permit for the Condon station, to help replace coverage lost in that area when the 100,000-watt Q-104 left.

    Haystack completed putting the station on the air with the KHAL call letters already in place.

    Now they have been changed to KWCQ, which is being promoted as “The New Q.” That happened May 18. Clever folks will remember that the old Q-104’s call sign was KMCQ, and the new KWCQ is the same — with the M turned upside down.

    “Future plans for the station,” says a press release, “include a power increase from the current 35, 000 watts to a full 100,000 watts. This will give the station the biggest single radio station signal between Heppner and Hood River, Goldendale and Madras.” Haystack also owns KYYT-FM (Y-102) and KLCK.

    in reply to: Oregon & SW Washington Original Call Letter Meanings List #227
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    I can throw a few Mid-Columbia calls into the mix.

    KIHR in Hood River was “In Hood River,” naturally. When I started there in 1966 the tagline was “The Melody Aisle on your Radio Dial” KCGB-FM was named for Columbia Gorge Broadcasting, which owned KIHR and added the FM.

    KODL in The Dalles was an obvious geographic call. For a few years in the 1970s it was KGLX “The Golden X” and “X-14” for its 1440 kHz frequency, playing an oldies format.

    KACI started as KRMW in 1955. The story was at the time that they wanted KRMC for Radio Mid-Columbia, but that set was assigned to the Navy at the time, so they settled for swapping the C for a W. No particular significance to the later KACI calls other than it’s a nice easy one to say. Their motto in the 1960s was “The Friendly Giant,” a classic example of the Big Lie style of advertising, since they were a kilowatt daytimer, shutting down at 4:30 in December.

    Let’s see – KCIV-FM at 104.5 stood for the 104 in Roman numerals and, as the owner used to say “CIVilization, the ultimate hope of mankind.” Later owners changed it to KMCQ for the Mid-Columbia’s Q, though for most of its life it went by Q-104, except for legal IDs.

    KMSW-FM in The Dalles is actually quite sweet, standing for Mylene S Walden, the wife of then-owner, Congressman Greg Walden. Now there’s gift that’s hard to top!

    One set of calls in the early days was KWRC in Pendleton. Officially, it was for the “World Roundup City,” and I even have the letterhead that shows that. But, it also happened to fit Western Radio Corporation, which at the time owned KODL and KWRC

    And in Goldendale, KYYT-FM was “kite,” originally, but has been Y-102 for years, other than mandatory ID. It’s AM partner, KLCK is for KLiCKitat County.

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