Twisting the Dial -- 1999
stories ordered latest to earliest from the year
- KXL talk shuffle
Lars Larsons talk show on AM 750 KXL was moved
from afternoons to mornings beginning at 8:30 a.m. Lars replaces Gary
McNamara. The comic talk duo, Dave Anderson and Dwight Slade
are promoted from weekends to the noon to 4 p.m. slot. Also promoted December 13th,
Paul Pimentel from assistant to program director of KXL.
- New KWJJ morning change
Mike Chase teams up with Amy Faust as the new morning
hosts on country FM 99.5 KWJJ on
December 1st, replacing Jim Bosh. Chase previously was
the morning man at KNRK (from 1995 to 98)
and has been languishing on the sidelines lately at KINK
and KOTK. Chuck Knopf continues as
newsman in the morning.
- Rosie 105 new morning team
Terry Boyd (from Cincinnati and Eugene) is the new morning co-host on Rosie-105 at the end of November. He joins the vivacious Carrie
- Barrett on Blazer broadcasts
The Portland Trail Blazers add former KXL
sports director Mike Barrett on November 29th to provide NBA
reporting during game broadcasts. KEX is the anchor station
of Trail Blazer play by play coverage but that will likely change next season, at contract
renewal, to Paul Allens KXL.
Allen also owns the Portland
Trail Blazers. Brian Bushlach takes Barrett's position at KXL.
- Cinnamon Bear is back
The kid friendly radio drama, the Cinnamon Bear,
returns for the holidays to AM 1450 KBPS on
December 1st at 2pm. The 1937 radio show revolves around the
trials and tribulations of the bear and his favorite friends. The show continues weekdays
at 2pm until December 17th.
- Dirkx exits KXL
Program Director Mike Dirkx and his on-air reporter wife, Marie
Dodds, were abruptly let go at KXL on November 24th.
During his tenor at KXL, Dirkx initiated changes to freshen the sound and
add more local reporting and talk shows.
- KEWS new talk lineup
AM 620 KEWS revamps its lineup on November 15th to local
talk hosts from 6 am to 4 pm. Leading off mornings is "Scoot"
from 6 to 9. Scoot , to Portland via afternoons in Seattle and New
Orleans, is clever and creative with callers. Ed Teachouts
consumer show shifts to 9 to noon and Dave Stone occupies the afternoon
until 4 pm. Beginning next week, Ian Pummett, in Atlanta, starts at 4 pm.
- KEWS shifts daytime emphasis to talk
KEWS AM 620 switched its on-air emphasis from news
to talk. Top of the hour newscasts are either direct from the ABC
network, or refer to the KEX newsroom. The morning show is
anchored temporarily by national talk surrogate Brian Wilson (not the Beach Boy) from the comfort of
his New York talk studio. The 10 am to noon slot features Oregonian
columnist Marge Boule this week and local fave, Victoria
Taft next week. Ed Teachout is the early afternoon host
featuring a theme of trying to "right" consumer "wrongs".
- Williams on K-103
Longtime Portland radio personality John Williams has re-surfaced on K-103 FM. Williams, who previously hosted mid-days on KEX, is
performing fill-in duties on K-103 during other jock absences.
- Jammin 95.5 gets new P.D.
KXJM Jammin 95.5 FM recruits Mark
Adams from San Francisco as new program director. Adams replaces John
Christian, who migrates back to Stockton, California. 95.5 FM
has zoomed upward in the Portland ratings from 20th to 5th since
changing format in May.
- Limbaugh and Dr. Laura to KEX
Rush Limbaugh and Dr. Laura Schlessinger move from K-News
(KEWS) radio to KEX. Also,
morning K-Newsman, Greg Jarrett moves over to AM
1190. A new one hour news block at noon is anchored by Pat Boyle
and Jim Howe and features the venerable Paul Harvey.
The change began September 23rd with both stations simulcasting
the 5:30 am to 4 pm lineup until October 4th. JohnWilliams,
who hosted the mid-day music show on KEX is out, along with evening-time Dr. Dean
Edell. KEWS keeps Dave Stone afternoons and will probably
add local talk during the rest of the daytime. The same company, Clear
Channel, owns both stations.
- Sports shorts
ESPN Sportscaster Dan Patrick
begins a mid-day radio talk show from 10 am to 1 pm on AM 1550 KVAN
in September. The show originates from New York. Meanwhile, KVAN has applied with the F.C.C. to increase its daytime
transmitter power from 10,000 to 50,000 watts.
Sports radio The
Fan, AM 910 KFXX, adds John Lund
to the afternoon lineup in late September. Lund relieves program director Scott
Masteller from afternoon broadcast duties.
- Stone to the Orient
Dave Stone of KEWS broadcasts live from Tokyo,
Japan beginning Monday, August 23rd for one week in a promotion with Delta airlines. Because of the time
difference, Dave will be starting at 6 am Tokyo time to begin his 3 pm show in Portland.
The station is giving away a trip to the Far East, in conjunction with
- AM 1010 now KGUY
It was formerly KXYQ, and now newly changed call letters in August more closely follow the
format of Guy-talk radio.
- New morning newsman on KOTK
Veteran Portland news journalist, Dave Paull was added to the morning
line-up on AM 1080 KOTK August
9th. Paull, who replaced Paul Hanson, reports local news and conducts
public affairs interviews for KOTK. Paull has worked at the legendary KGW radio and several other Portland radio stations. Hanson goes to
AM 1550 KVAN.
- KXL refreshes sound
KXL AM 750 drops the slogan "Were on
it" and adds "NewsTalk 750" and "the voice
of Portland" to its portfolio on July 12. New jingles and voicers
also debuted. Krystal Carlysle (from KGA, Spokane) is
the new morning co-host. Gary McNamaras talk show moves up a
half-hour to 8:30 am.
- Kermit canned
Ex Portland Trailblazer, Kermit Washington, was dropped
from the morning lineup at Sports radio KFXX on July 9 after his contract
was not renewed. Kermit owns a Vancouver restaurant and is visiting
Africa for charity work this summer.
- Guy talk makes Portland debut
Local radio magnate, J.J. Mckay sold her share of KKGT
radio to buy AM 1010 KXYQ from Ivan
Kafoury. Changing format to "Guy Talk", the station
features a mix of talk programming aiming for the type of man who reads Sports
Illustrated, Playboy and GQ. Local talk host, the Dreamweaver is on from
9 am to noon with other time periods filled in by nationally syndicated hosts.
- Sizemore buys new AM
Bill Sizemore, author of Oregons tax rollback initiatives,
has purchased a 50% share of AM 1150 KKGT. Studios have been
relocated from Vancouver to the Clackamas area of
Portland. Sizemore began a weekday morning call-in show at the beginning of July.
- Dave Stone new afternoon host on KEWS
He comes to Portland from WGST in Atlanta after growing up in
Southern California and traveling with the Harlem Globetrotters for a
decade. Dave began his afternoon show Monday, June 14th on AM 620.
- New 95.5 call letters and air staff
KXL, the last three letter call sign on the FM band in Portland
switched to KXJM on May 3rd. The call sign denotes
the new "Jammin 95.5" format. Making his Portland debut
is program director John Christian (from KWIN Stockton). New air-staff
includes Alexas, middays; Mario Devoe, afternoons (from
Dallas); nightslammer Louie Cruze and late night "Pretty-boy"
Dante also hail from Stockton. Michael Jack Kirby rounds out the
line-up. A morning show staff is under construction.
- Mike Parker to call the Beavers
Mike Parker was appointed play by play radio announcer for the Oregon
State University Beavers football and basketball teams in May. Parker previously
hosted sports shows on KEX and KFXX, and did
baseball broadcasts for the Portland Rockies. Parker replaces Darrell
Aune. Beaver broadcasts are heard in Portland on KEX.
- New slogan and morning guy at KKJZ
Steve Pringle moves to mornings from overnight. The smooth jazz station
now calls itself K-Jazz.
- Gallagher off K-News
Ten-year Portland radio talk veteran Bill Gallagher was pulled off his
afternoon show on KEWS radio Monday, April 26th, due to lack of
ratings. In place of Gallagher, programming from Jacors
other talk station in San Diego, KOGO, was piped in. Then,
weekender Victoria Taft was named interim host.
- NBC drops network news
In a cost cutting move, NBC radio news dropped its national hourly
newscasts in mid April. NBC had been providing radio news to Portland for better than 70
years. Local affiliate KKSN-AM switched its top of the hour
newscast to the ABC radio network.
- KINK celebrating 30 years
KINK-FM 102 is celebrated its 30th
anniversary in early April with music stepping through every year since its
inception. Also in the chronography, reflections of Portlands past by staff and
listeners. KINK was the first FM radio station in the
Pacific Northwest to play album music.
- KXL-FM switches to R&B
KXL-FM 95.5 switched its format abruptly from
album cuts to lively toe tappin urban music at the close of business on Friday
afternoon, March 26th. With a new name of Jammin 95.5, the station
serves up a mix of soul, rap, grooving ballads and lots of "what's up?"
phrases. KXL was sold last year to Portland TrailBlazer owner Paul
Allen. The 100,000 watt station has languished in the Portland
ratings book for many years. Out the door is former program director Carl
Widing, morning man David Shult, and full-timers Ruby
Blake, Randy O'Neil and Teri Magnuson.
- The Fan adds Blazer coverage and B. J.
Sports radio 910, the Fan KFXX, has beefed up its Portland
Trailblazer basketball coverage with pre and post game interviews and talk. In
addition to more chat about the NBAs number one team, Portland radio vet, Bill
Jackson is added to the morning show as newsman.
- Portland earthquake response
When a disaster hits, radio can respond quickly to its listeners. On
Wednesday morning, Feb. 24th at 8:45 when a moderate 2.9 earthquake
hit the Portland area, radio veteran Craig Walker on K-103
FM was first to give acknowledgement. Craig put callers on the air at 8:48
am describing what they felt. On the AM band, K-News radio was
first to report the quake at 8:51 am. KXL AM came
thru with the news a few minutes later. Newsman Mike Rich at KINK, was first to report the epicenter and size of the quake at 8:53
am after contacting the University of Washington seismology center. (The center has
a web survey asking how the earthquake affected you.)
- Slogan changes
Portlands first alternative station, the "Beat"
at 107.5 FM (KBBT), adjusted its format in February to play more
songs from the 1980s. The change is partially due to the rising success of
competitor Rosie-105 (KRSK). The Beats slogan changes from
"new music alternative" to "the new sound of the Beat at 107.5".
On the AM band, "straight country" 970 KUPL is now "classic
- McDermott leaves morning news gig
Mary McDermott leaves her KXL-AM morning news
anchorship for the bright lights of television in Indiana. The search is on for a
replacement, with ousted KEX newsman Bob Chase as a
- Oregon music on the air
Oregon Symphony concert performances from this year are featured on FM 89.9
KBPS, Saturday afternoons at 4 pm. James DePriest
is the conductor. On Friday evenings at 8 pm, Terry Ross hosts
"Played in Oregon", featuring Oregon guest
artists, analytical comments and musical quizzes.
- New afternoon host on KKJZ
Mark Gerek moves from weekends to afternoons replacing Eydie Bowen
on Smooth Jazz KKJZ. Eydie moves to the Bay area with record
industry husband. Gerek returns to the City of Roses from Denver. He
previously worked as newsman in Portland at K-News and KYTE.
- Ring leaves Z100 morning zoo
Popular newscaster, Valerie Ring, was let go from the Z100 morning
zoo on Monday, January 11th due to irreconcilable differences. Stacey
Lynn moves from the mid-day slot to take Valerie's place.
- New talk shows on KPDQ
KPDQ AM 800 launches a new line-up and slogan in the
New Year: True Talk. Two live Portland talk
shows in the afternoon feature Mary Starrett (ex channel 2 tv host) from
2 to 4 pm, followed by Georgene Rice from 4 to 7 pm. Michael
Medved (movie critic, Seattle) is on from noon to 2 pm.
- Rosie-105 now live
Rosie-105 (KRSK) now has live announcers.
The on-air line-up to begin 1999 is: Carrie Owens mornings (from
Sacramento). Jim Allen mid-day. Matt Cane in the
afternoon, and Tim Taylor, 7 to midnight.
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