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March 30, 2020 at 12:07 am in reply to: This Day in Portland Radio History (March)(Archive Edition) #45509
MARCH 30TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1919 Chuck Bernard was born in Portland. KPOJ Production Manager, 1956-62. With KPOJ 1952-62. KATU.
1937 Red Robinson was born in Comox, B.C., Canada. KGW Personality, 1959-60. KGW-TV, CKWX, CFUN.
1942 KGW premiered “Homekeepers Calendar with Helen Malloy” featuring Glenn Shelley organ. 10:30 A.M.
1946 Journal Publishing Co. sold KOIN to Field Enterprises, Inc. for $943,967. (Marshall Field, President).
1948 M.L. Marsh was born in Noti. KINK Program Director, 1974-76. KQFM interim Program Director, 1979.
1963 KKEY Roger Hart introduced “Paul Revere & The Raiders” (their new manager) at the “Trapedero.”
1991 KKSN-FM 97.1 held what would later become the last “Kisn Easter Egg Hunt” at West Delta Park.
2009 “The Lars Larson Show” on KXL 750 was picked up for syndication by “Compass Media Networks.”
2011 KEX News/Talk format began FM simulcast on K272EL 102.3 MHz., from Mt. Scott with 99 watts.March 29, 2020 at 12:40 am in reply to: This Day in Portland Radio History (March)(Archive Edition) #45498
MARCH 29TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1906 Quenton “Q” Cox was born in Murdock, Nebr. KQFM Owner, 1954-62. KGW AM/FM General Manager, 1946-54.
1922 KGW broadcast a guest singer, for an in studio concert which was filmed by Portland’s “Screenland News.”
1941 The N.A.R.B.A. Treaty (North American Region Broadcast Agreement) went into effect at 3:00 A.M.
1941 KVAN 880 kilocycles, Vancouver, Wash., moved to 910 kilocycles with 250 watts & daytime only.
1941 KOIN 940 kilocycles moved to 970 kilocycles with 5 K.W. daytime, 5 K.W. directional nights.
1941 KWJJ 1040 kilocycles moved to 1080kc with 500 watts, dividing nights with KRLD Dallas. WTIC Hartford.
1941 KEX 1160 kilocycles moved to 1190 kilocycles. and continuing with its 5,000 watts day and night.
1941 KALE 1300 kilocycles moved to 1330 kilocycles. 5 kilowatts daytime & 5 K.W. directional nights.
1941 KXL 1420 kilocycles moved to 1450 kilocycles and continuing with 250 watts. Sharing time with KBPS.
1941 KBPS 1420 kilocycles moved to 1450 kilocycles and continuing with 100 watts. Sharing time with KXL.
1998 KKSN Adult Standards “Sunny 910” switched to “Sports Radio 910, The Fan.” Sunny moved 1520 kHz.
1998 KFXX “Sports Radio 1520, The Fan” became Adult Standards “Sunny 1520.” The Fan moved to 910 kHz.
2003 Francis Murphy died at age 88 in Portland. The Oregonian “Behind The Mike” columnist, 1952-79.
2004 “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on KFXX 1080 Fan, moved to “ESPN Radio” studios for syndication.
2006 Ken DeBord died at age 79 in Rose Lodge. KKEY Program Director, 1958-59. KVAN 1955-58.
2011 KUFO 101.1 MHz., changed its call letters to KXL-FM, continuing to simulcast KXL’s News/Talk format.
2011 KXFD 970 kHz., changed its call letters to KUFO, continuing its Talk Radio format as “Freedom 970.”
OK, it isn’t as definitive as I thought. The pattern goes out in all directions except southwest but Vancouver B.C. is certainly not immune to its effects.March 28, 2020 at 12:48 am in reply to: This Day in Portland Radio History (March)(Archive Edition) #45479
MARCH 28TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1922 7XG became KYG. Power increased from 5 watts to 100 watts. Studio & transmitter: 400 E. 22nd St. N.
1922 7XI became KGG, standing for: “King GeorGe.” Power increased from 5 to 50 watts. Studio & transmitter: 192 Park St.
1929 KTBR moved its “Commodore Hotel” transmitter to its studio location at the “Weatherly Building.”
1940 KALE moved its “Weatherly Building” transmitter to the Barnes Hill site at Sylvan with sister KOIN.
1940 KALE 1300 K.C., raised day power from 1 K.W. to 5 K.W. And 1 K.W. night power switched to directional.
1956 KEX’s Barney Keep won the vote for Deejay “Mayor for a Day”, promoting the sale of Easter Seals.
1968 Intruder with a hammer and tire iron tried to break into KEX at 11:17 P.M., shattering glass in the door.
2000 Spartan Media, Inc. sold KGUY 1010 kHz., to Eads Broadcasting Corp. (Richard C. Eads, Vice-President).
2007 KTRO 93.1 MHz., Talk formatted “Talk Radio Oregon”, switched to Regional Mexican as “El Rey.”
2013 Joe Light died at age 79 in Sacramento, CA. KISN Air Personality, 1965-66. WIFE P.D. KOIL M.D. KICN, KRIZ, KCBQ.
This should be good news for CKWX(no pun intended). They’re not terribly thrilled about having 25KW aimed straight at them, particularly during critical hours.March 27, 2020 at 12:47 am in reply to: This Day in Portland Radio History (March)(Archive Edition) #45463
MARCH 27TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1909 Billy Sandiford was born in Portland. KOIN Staff Announcer, 1933-36. KAST Assistant Manager, 1936-37.
1910 Chester R. “Chet” Duncan was born in Wenatchee, Wash. KOIN Public Relations Director, 1942-47.
1929 Edwin L. “Ed” Nuhring was born in Jolley, Iowa. KMCM Chief Engineer & Announcer, 1955-61. KOIN-TV.
1964 KPOJ-FM 98.7 MHz., moved its frequency to 98.5 MHz., continuing with 4,100 watts.
1980 KGW scooped world with Mike Beard’s airplane report, Mt. St. Helens was erupting first time in 123 years.
1986 KUPL 1330 kHz., returned to air four days after the Mt. Scott transmitter site fire. Reduced power to 1 K.W.
1987 107 Limited sold KMJK to Magic Radio for $3.9 Million. (Bruce Engel, owner; Gary Capps, C.E.O.)
1987 Patten Communications Corp. sold KAAR 1480 kHz., to Belridge Broadcasting of Portland, Inc. for $550,000.
1989 KXL affiliated with the “CBS Radio Network”, continued its affiliation with the “Mutual” network.
2009 Alan Gottlieb sold his 34% interest in KBNP to 2nd Amendment F. & C.C.F.T.R.T.K.A.B.A for $1.088 Million.
I haven’t driven around much in over 30 years. I don’t remember if I ever heard KDUN on 1030. It seems like I could hear them in Coos Bay on their old frequency. This should be waaay better! Assuming I did hear the station, it was on a car radio, possibly with a telescoping antenna but I’m really surprised that the quality of reception has decreased, to what looks like 5mv/m, isn’t even listenable in Coos Bay!
“Is KDUN the station that was off air for a long time? Any idea when it came back on? I’ve never heard it, so I am guessing that even at 50k, their signal doesn’t reach Salem?” According to the 0.5mv/m coverage map, KDUN’s coverage extends to just north of Lincoln City and south to the center of Bandon. It easily clears Eugene and Roseburg and cuts through Corvallis, so there could be a trace of it in Albany. I doubt if it reaches Salem at all. I can imagine that it can be heard in Astoria, but it’s less likely in Brookings or even Gold Beach. It’s primarily a Coos Bay signal. Everywhere else I mentioned is outside of the 2mv/m contour. If this were 50 years ago, they might have a real presence in Eugene!March 26, 2020 at 12:53 am in reply to: This Day in Portland Radio History (March)(Archive Edition) #45440
MARCH 26TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1907 Myron McCamley was born in Portland. KGW Office Manager & sometimes KGW host, 1931-32.
1917 YMCA wireless telegraph station “PSN” offered its resources to U.S. Army & Navy. They accepted. WWI.
1932 KOIN transmitter cat, jumped from a window sill into a generator and was electrocuted. This took KOIN off the air.
1940 KEX “Covered Wagon Days” drama ended, in its 9th season. The longest running series in the Northwest.
1956 Dwight D. Loomis died at age 40 in Alamogordo, N.M. KWJJ Chief Engineer, 1948-53. KGW-KEX.
1999 KXL-FM formatted “Triple A” switched its music to Rhythmic Contemporary Hits: “Jammin’ 95.5.”
2014 Aldo Donald “Don” Parr, Jr. died at age 81 in Beaverton. KPOJ AM/FM Sales Manager, 1958-60.
The part about “how many songs…” sounds like the government is indirectly involved in programming and that was deemed to be unconstitutional. I suspect that there is more to it.March 25, 2020 at 1:32 am in reply to: This Day in Portland Radio History (March)(Archive Edition) #45407
MARCH 25TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1908 George L. Moorad was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Later KGW News Analyst, 1946-49.
1912 United Wireless Telegraph Co. (“DZ” Portland) owner pleaded: “No Contest” in Federal Court.
1922 KGW 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) officially signed on air with 50 watts. Studio Transmitter: The Oregonian Building.
1922 7XF 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KGW with 7XG & 7XI.
1922 7XG 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KGW with 7XF & 7XI.
1922 7XI 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KGW with 7XF & 7XG.
1926 KQP 319 meters (939.8 kilocycles) 1 K.W. power, left the air for two weeks and would return as KOIN.
1932 “KGW 10th Anniversary Program” celebration, heard over NBC Orange & Gold Networks at 11:00 P.M.
1981 KARO changed its call letters to KAAR, standing for “All American Radio” and continuing Top 40 format.
1994 KZRC “Z-Rock” changed its call letters to KXYQ, switching to a simulcast of “Q105” A.C. format.
1994 KXYQ became KXYQ-FM. “The Q105 Difference! No rap. No hard stuff & no sleepy elevator music.”
2003 KVAN Talk Radio formatted “K-Van 1550”, changed its call letters to KKAD, standing for “Advice Talk.”
2004 KFXX Vancouver, changed its calls to KOTK, and continuing its Talk Radio format as “Max 910.”
2004 KOTK changed its call letters to KFXX and continuing its Sports format as “Sports Radio 1080, The Fan.”
2010 Phil Bethune died at age 47 in Portland. KKSL & KKPZ Air Personality, 2003. KFXX/KOTK. KBOO.
2012 John Talley died at age 81 in Portland. KBOO “Indian World” host, 1977-2000. First Portland Native American program.
2013 KPAM 860 kHz., dropped CBS Radio News and became an affiliate with NBC Radio News.
Ah, it says the Eugene “Market”. If it reaches any part of that, it’s an accurate statement. Does KDUN reach Astoria and Brookings?
It’s really strange watching some of the late night TV shows from home, reminiscent of early local television. Jimmy Fallon, for one, has his three year old daughter crawling all over him, during his monologue!March 24, 2020 at 2:13 am in reply to: This Day in Portland Radio History (March)(Archive Edition) #45387
MARCH 24TH. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1936 KEX “The Young Firpo/Red Bruce Fight” from Portland Auditorium, 9:30 P.M. Rollie Truitt was the announcer.
1947 Staff of “KEX Salutes KGW” 6:00 to 6:30 PM. The occasion of KGW’s 25th anniversary. This was a simulcast.
2011 Paul E. “Buzz” Barr died at age 72 in Hoquiam, WA. KISN Program Director, 1966-67. KOL Program, Director. KJR.March 23, 2020 at 1:07 am in reply to: This Day in Portland Radio History (March)(Archive Edition) #45364
MARCH 23RD. TODAY IN PORTLAND RADIO HISTORY
1916 Jessie Jacqueline Jerman was born in Walla Walla, WA. KWJJ/KPRA(FM)/KWJJ-FM Co-Owner, 1938-52.
1922 KGW continued testing its new transmitter after 10:00 P.M. with live vocals and phonograph music.
1923 KFFO 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) Hillsboro signed on the air with 5 watts. Owner: Dr. E.H. Smith, Osteopath.
1923 KDYQ 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KFFO with KFDJ, KFEC, KGG, KGN, KQY.
1923 KFDJ 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KFFO with KDYQ, KFEC, KGG, KGN, KQY.
1923 KFEC 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KFFO with KDYQ, KFDJ, KGG, KGN, KQY.
1923 KGG 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KFFO with KDYQ, KFDJ, KFEC, KGN, KQY.
1923 KGN 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KFFO with KDYQ, KFDJ, KFEC, KGG, KQY.
1923 KQY 360 meters (832.7 kilocycles) added share time station KFFO with KDYQ, KFDJ, KFEC, KGG, KGN.
1923 Benson Polytechnic School, granted a license, from The Radio Division, bearing call letters KFIF.
1932 Jimmy (Bang-Bang) Walker was born in Birmingham, AL. KGAR Personality, 1974-76. KKEY 1977-81.
1952 NBC saluted KGW’s 30th birthday with “Portland 620” at 7:30pm starring KGW alumni including Mel Blanc.
1986 KUPL AM/FM transmitter site fire! Off air. $580,000 damage. Mutual regional downlink was knocked Out!
1987 James T. “Jim” McGuire died at age 68 in Lake Oswego. KPAM/KPFM Asst. Manager, 1958-59 & Program Director.
2004 KRSK 105.1 MHz., Salem was granted a license to change its community of license to Molalla, Oregon.
2005 KNRK-HD1 on 94.7-1 began broadcasting in Digital IBOC a simulcast of KNRK’s New Rock format.
2009 KCMD Talk formatted “AM 970, The Talker” changed nickname slogan to “The New 970 dot AM.”
2011 Heidi Tauber died at age 52 in Portland. KKSN-FM News Director, 1991-93. KOPB-FM, KPOJ, KINK (FM).