The Portland Radio Guide 

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From: PDUNLAP1 Dec-15 8:10 pm

A little Portland history. How many remember, "This is KEX, Westinghouse, Portland.
Ten thousand watts of  friendship"?

PD. the halfbreed Svede from See Attle, lowering the income average of Marin County since 1954.

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From: Samantha (SAMNTHA) Dec-9 7:52 pm

Rick Emerson on KOTK - Portland is so luck to have him!!!

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From: NEDJENSEN Nov-5 4:52 pm

Howard ain't quite number one in Portland -- number 5 or 6 in the summer rating book. You know, Howard does have some great talent, it's unfortunate most of his bits are below the belt. He could be so much more effective with less lewdness -- or maybe not? Maybe that's his claim to fame.

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 From: NEDJENSEN Nov-5 4:48 pm

Yeah, you can tell that Lars is not in to the movie review thing like his predecessor, Bill Gallagher. On the otherhand, Lars is an excellent interviewer and articulate in conveying his views of political topics on KXL.

I enjoy KINK's musical variety and intelligent presentation of music. Les and Mike in the morning are concise and topical. I think like most other cities, Portland has many radio stations with unoriginal boring corporate programming. But, in the muck there are a few glowing gems of talent and uniqueness.

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From: FLAFLAFLOLEY Nov-1 10:16 pm

howard's #1 for a reason

babbabooey to yall

F mark & brian and all the other flaky-shows..

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From: SMOKEYJOE41 Oct-31 11:50 am

I've lived and traveled all over this country and except for Stern Portland radio is GODAWFUL. Has anyone ever tried to listen to KINK? How about HOT TALK KOTK? Ric Emerson? Leykis? It's all unlistenable. I have tried on numerous occasions to tune into Lars Larson's Friday afternoon movie hour only to turn it off in incredulous disgust after Lars and his caller reviewers get the names of every movie, actor, or director wrong. On the plus side, there's Stern, Phil Hendrie, Colin Cowherd, Jim Rome, Victoria Taft once in awhile- hey, when's Bill Gallagher coming back? Oh, and KGON- do you think you could sqeeze in a little more Boston? Hearing them EVERY TIME I pass by this station just isn't enough for me. Have a good day everybody

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 From: DRTIM1 Oct-23 1:14 am 

Whats going on W/knews ? What happend W/there web sight?

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 From: DRTIM1 Oct-23 1:09 am

I don't like kotk's new line up. I have got used to there old night lineup. I hope the " New Guys" are good.Also EdTyll's new time slot sucks.


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From: PBSALOHA Oct-7 4:08 pm To: NEDJENSEN

I agree with you. He has a great "radio voice", but he is boooooring. Fortunately, he is only temporary until they sign on a regular host.
I hope they get someone like Francine Rafton, who was on the talk station a decade ago when the call letters was KGW or convince Marge Boule to take on a second job. She is doing a terrific job filling in this week.

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From: NEDJENSEN Oct-5 5:23 pm

I don't like that new morning guy on KEWS. He sounds too much like a typical New Yorker smartaleck. And, they have the gall to let him broadcast the show from his home studio in NY. Boy, what will they think of next?

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Fri 7/23/99 8:46 AM


I am trying to locate a friend of who was working at KKRH, Dave Scott. I see that the station has new calls and format. Has Dave surfaced somewhere else in the market. If you know please email me.


Mark Mclaren (WSPD-Clear Channel/Toledo)

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Wed 7/21/99 11:05 PM


Just a couple of new websites - KISN is and KKGT is under construction but their site is This isn’t exactly the nature of this site but I see some interesting AM applications. KEWS is moving to the KEX towers, KEX has figured a way to get some east pattern at night, KFFX is planning to double power with different patterns than they have now which should improve the south null and KVAN is also improving their south null at night with slightly more power and going to 50kw non-directional during the daytime. This last part confuses me. It sounds like it would interfere with the 25 millivolt contour of KKSN AM. If anyone can explain this to me, I would appreciate it. I continue to really enjoy your column. Keep it up!

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 Thursday, July 15, 1999 2:30 PM


I’d like to order a CD from KBOO’s jazz program but can’t connect to Can you help me? Thanks.

S Colburn

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Saturday, July 10, 1999 10:37 AM


Your line up for KKGT is way out of date.

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Sun 7/4/99 9:33 PM


Can anyone tell me WHERE I can find Bill. I miss him!

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Mon 6/28/99 6:40 PM


What happened to Mr. Bill Gallagher talk show?

Thanks for answer.


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Sat 6/19/99 4:22 PM

I really enjoy listening to the radio on Saturdays except for the two hours between 11 AM and 1 PM. Michael Feldman is altogether too fascinated with male (and today it was female) genitalia. Today I was running errands and every time I returned to the car and turned on the radio, it was "...clitoris ..."

His double-meaninged wise cracks make for a show that I think is simply too vulgar for the middle of the day sandwiched between Car Talk and Splendid Table. If I had children I wouldn’t ever listen. But since it’s just me, I leave it on unless I really can’t stand it, then I turn it off.

Can’t you find some other programming that would work better in the middle of the day and relegate this to late evening?

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Tue 6/15/99 9:01 PM


Dear OPB - I am a regular listener, and enjoy most of your news and

other broadcasts. However, I find your reporting of the latest gun control posturing in congress as totally shallow and biased. You suggest all Repubicans are "pro-gun" and Democrats as "control advocates." Do you ever intend to mention Rep. Dingell? Thanks for opportunity to comment.


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Mon 6/7/99 8:12 AM


I heard that a national syndicated show called "Don and Mike" was now on in Portland, OR from noon to 4 pm. on KGUY, but I can’t find KGUY in your listings, can you help?


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Fri 6/4/99 10:14 PM


Wonder when KKSN will add some new CD’s to their play list. They rotate the same 250 to 300 songs and a it sure does get boring. Listen to KXOL 1690 out of Brigham City/Salt Lake City, Utah. They are playing the first decade of "Rock & Roll" sounds great !

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Thu 6/3/99 2:27 PM


Yesterday my children woke up to the morning folks polling people as to where the most unusual place they have "made whoopie". Yes, they spoke in code when posing the question, but the answers were pretty explicit. My children got the message loud and clear what it was they were talking about...hmmm, has Portland’s #2 station figured it necessary to go the way of Howard Stern to keep it’s rating? The subject matter was inappropriate, the comments by the DJ’s were more than a bit crude. What came over the radio waves was rated R, so I turned it off and went on my way. The next day, the "whoopie" question was again posed AFTER listeners were told that several parents & non-parents had complained about the content...we were told that this was no worse than what is shown on network TV (ooohhh, holding your standards up high, KUPL?!?) and that if we listeners were bothered, we should simply turn off the radio for the next 30 to 40 minutes.

You know how I now spell country? KWJJ!

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Wed 6/2/99 9:33 AM


What happened to Bill Gallagher? Is he going to be on another station or what? I’d appreciate any info you may have. Thank you.

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Sun 5/30/99 1:54 PM


it might help if there were a 1-liner about the kind of programming each station offers.



Carl M. Ellison

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Sat 5/29/99 1:18 PM


For those who can receive KLOO 106.1 from Corvallis, Bob Anchetta is on the air playing "Rock & Roll Classics" weekdays 10am - 3pm.

Randy Painter

Eugene OR

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Fri 5/28/99 7:11 AM


Could someone Please send this on to Bill Gallagher?

Mr. Gallagher

I used to hear your show on occasion and liked it well enough.

Then I started listening to Mr Lie-cuss, he was funny and he stirred stuff up,

but he seemed sleazy but still I tuned in to make the commute interesting

After hearing what he had to say about your comments/cancellation/Dad etc. I am making a pledge to Never listen to the Lie-cuss show again ever.

Lie-cuss is a heartless sleazeball abitious bigmouth (I say that with all due respect). I’m sick of his mean spirited, one sided rantings; he’s worse than Jerry Springer or Stern. I hope you return soon with real person honest talk!

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Tue 5/25/99 5:36 PM


Who bought KXYQ? KCKX has been simulcasting some dandy old country western music with even a few PDX advertisers. But this week, KCKX is regretfully announcing that 1010 has sold and the format will be changed as of 6/1.

Gee, I hope 1010 isn’t going all-talk or something else that doesn’t count as music.

Hope to see some news posted on your website soon.

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Tuesday, May 25, 1999 3:33 PM

I have listened to talk radio in the Portland area for several years,

but now my family is looking for new stations during the nightime. Who

wants to listen to Joy Brown and Clark. What we need is a nightime local

talk show on any subject the listeners want to call in about. At work,

everyone wanted to move the dial off of 750

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Wednesday, May 19, 1999 8:51 PM

I was greatly offended by This American Life which aired on Wednesday night. In this broadcast, a homosexual man joked about how it was easier to lust after men at any opportunity because he had a baby with him. This is not humor, this is depravity. Why would you air such a program? ...And you ask for donations to promote this cause... never.

A lost listener.

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Tuesday, May 18, 1999 11:04 AM

I can’t believe you carry Flush Rush and not Bill Gallager. Gallager just needs a different time slot. I just did start to listen to him but the time didn’t work out for me.

I am a regular listener of Jeff Rense and Art Bell.


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Tuesday, May 18, 1999 12:51 AM


My apologies to all of you who wrote to say how much you dislike the new format offered by KXL 95.5. Oregon and Portland in particular has prided itself on the acceptance of "diversity." We talk about respecting those individuals and viewpoints that are "different." We give platitudes and awards for this celebration of diversity. I have lived in Portland now for 46 years. During that time I have always found it interesting how people of color are treated from an entertainment perspective. As a young man in my 20’s I would attempt to find nightclubs that catered to the likes of African-American’s. To my dismay there were few. When I did find them (as did other African-American’s, Anglo’s, Latino’s, within a several month period the format would change. This happened to often to be coincidence. We jokingly would say, "well, how soon will this club go from a few R&B songs to country and western?" It always seemed that when the word got around that a club played R&B, soul, etc., as soon as African-Americans (especially males) started to come to the place, suddenly a format change would occur. Now at 46 I don’t go to the old places any more (no more Stuart Anderson’s, and other "hip places"). Give me a good blues bar (Candlelight Room) and I’m happy! Yet when I talk to my nephews and nieces I hear that the same thing continues to happen. So I must assume that "diversity-acceptance" is not as it would seem.
However, the story at hand is not about clubs, but about the radio station. Oregon as a state is 96.7% (+/-) Anglo. Portland and the surrounding metro area is about 86% (+/-) Anglo. The largest percentage of the states’ minority population is found in a 75 mile radius paralleling the I-5 corridor. However, this station did not make a decision to change its radio format simply because of the 8% African-American population or the Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander or Native American population. It did so because the demographics (urban), 15-30 year old population (read consumers, mall shoppers, CD buyers, etc.) made economic sense to do so. AND it must be noted: it was a good thing to do!!! The unfortunate thing prior to the format change was that you could hear the same music on 95.5 as you heard on KINK, as you heard on KKRZ, as you heard on 103, as you heard on 104.7. Diversity was hearing music on the Country and Western channels (and they all played the same songs too)! In reality folks (with the exception of KBOO Community Radio which has played R&B in its myriad forms—i.e., Soul, Blues, Hip Hop, Rap, for years), this station actually represents Diversity in Music in the Portland Metropolitan area. I too admit that as a former listener of 95.5 I enjoyed the sounds of Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, James Taylor (his live double CD still stands as one of the greatest CD’s out). And still do! Now when I feel the urge for some diversity I just plug those sounds into my CD player and listen. :-) But when I feel the need to hear nothing but R&B, rap and soul sounds I smile and turn to JAMMIN’ 95.5. :-)
There is room in this wonderful city for music diversity! Do not let your mind’s eye blind you from the wonderful rhythmic sounds that are R&B. We didn’t fight for peace, love and acceptance in the 60’s and 70’s for nothing.
Jimmy Brown

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Sunday, May 16, 1999 9:56 PM

Roger Fredinberg

We love him. Keep him on the air!

We wish he were on nightly.

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Sunday, May 16, 1999 10:39 AM

along with the animals you kill in your low IQ television ads? What is the difference?
Your offsprings are idiots like you.
PS All mass murderers have a history of animal abuse. We will be investigating your personal backgrounds.



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Saturday, May 15, 1999 10:56 PM

On your list of talk radio hosts in Portland you had Jayne Carrol of 1360 KUIK.   They also carry two national shows (G. Gordon Liddy and Ollie North) and a morning talk/interview show hosted by Larry George.

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Saturday, May 15, 1999 4:22 PM

Dave Stone is headed to K-NEWS for the PM drive slot. Stone has been the late morning talk show on sister station WGST here in Atlanta. Since Jacor is swiping Dr Laura from WSB radio that left David the odd man out. Dave has a entertaining show and he is excited about the opprotunity to make it in Portland. It is an intense show. I dont know about the guy at K-NEWS that got the ax but maybe the new show will be better.

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Wednesday, May 12, 1999 4:50 PM

Some trivia and history I recall re Portland radio.

The top-rated MOR station in the 1960s was KEX, which was then owned by Golden West Broadcasters (Gene Autrey) and had switched formats from Top-40 (or Top 33 in this case). The DJ line-up was roughly as follows:

6-10:00 a.m. Barney Keep

10:00-1:00 p.m. Ric Thomas

1:00-4:00 p.m. Ted Rogers

4:00-7:00 p.m. Jack Angel

7:00-9:00 Art Smart

9:00-12:00 Steve Davis

12:00-6:00 a.m. Russ Conrad

Jack Angel, in the late 1960s, moved to Golden West’s KMPC-Los Angeles. Steve Davis went to KGO San Francisco at some point to do newstalk. I lost track of the rest of the pack and would be interested to know what became of them, if anyone knows.
As for Top-40, the 1960s were the glory days for 91/KISN. For a time, KISN afternoon drive jock was the legendary The Real Don Steele, who became "Emperor of North America." There was probably no better rocker at the time than KISN.

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Tuesday, May 11, 1999 8:59 PM

It seems that Bill Gallagher has been recycled by many radio stations.

What’s he up to now that he is unemployed? Are his chances for another

job at a local radio station in jeopardy? Marty

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Tuesday, May 11, 1999 7:44 PM

I don’t usually listen to radio. When I did it was usually the public broadcast channels. I finally got a decent radio in my pickup and accidently landed on your station. Boy was I happy to here the old country and bluegrass. Are you guys new? If so keep doing what you are doing. Does the station have a schedule?

Carl Twidt

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Tuesday, May 11, 1999 11:30 AM

Jonathan Steward

Trout Lake School

Trout Lake, WA

I don’t know if this is a good place to send this letter, but I’m going to send it anyway. I’m from a very small school and would like to get into amateur radio broadcasting by starting a station at my school. We don’t have to worry about interference with other stations because we are far enough away that there shouldn’t be a problem. Since our school is so small, we have very limited funds. It would be much appreciated if you could give us some information about sources where we could get some equipment. If you have any old or unwanted equipment, please consider us as a possibility.

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Monday, May 10, 1999 3:58 PM

We were sorry to see another "outsider" like Victoria Taft replace Bill Gallagher. We have always enjoyed having someone on talk radio who lives here, and the talk about our local issues, about which people from other states know nothing about. I guess we will be listening to Lars Larson all the time now.

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Saturday, May 08, 1999 8:49 PM

I have an Idea for you, I have listened to kisn radio when it was a AM station back in the sixties, the other night, and this was the first time I have ever called Kisn the DJ was so rude I couldnt believe it, I asked for a song called beep beep you would have thought I asked for the world, I know Roger Hart he was a class act, are you guys getting so big you cant take care of your old listeners?

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Monday, May 03, 1999 5:10 PM

What a mistake....please please return Bill....Victoria Taft is just not upt to the job....I have changes my going home listening habits.

A real shame!


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Sunday, May 02, 1999 5:28 PM

Hi, I really like your website and check it often for news that’s happening in Portland radio. I also like the fact that you have station ratings on your website, but was wondering if you’re planning on expanding this section? I’d like to know some more information about certain ratings such as morning shows like Howard Stern and Mark and Brian. Thanks for your time.



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Saturday, May 01, 1999 4:21 PM

^%&$&^$%$&$&% Greetings Earthlings!

 I can't find the e-mail address for Jacor; but, am hoping you

can direct this e-mail to the right place.

With Art Bell being "gone" so often; it was indeed refreshing to hear

the voice of Peter Weisbach (sp) the last two nights and wanted to let

you know he is so much better to listen to instead of Hilly Rose. I

sincerely hope that you will consider him in the event that Art Bell

leaves the air again as Peter is very interesting to listen to. I know

that Peter can be very abrupt at times but with a different format and

longer hours he came across very well. Thank you

for bringing back Peter to the Portland audience..... as I remember him

years ago when he lived here and was on another station. He was indeed

a very favorite radio personality when he was in the Portland /

Vancouver area.

Susan Hughes

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Friday, April 30, 1999 12:23 PM

To all the people complaining about the music change on 95.5......this is the best format change the station could ever do. The people want R&B and hip hop music. The only time you could listen to R&B was on KBOO- 90.7 at night. Paul Allen beat me to the punch starting this radio station. The station will be number one in the area by the end of the summer. If u are too old for this music or just don't appreciate music from the black culture; there is a whole dial of radio stations. Eventually I hope 95.5 will be similiar to 92.3 down in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Friday, April 30, 1999 11:48 AM

Tell kupl radio station to get a web site A.S.A.P.!!!!!!!!!!!

I am not happy with them...................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thursday, April 29, 1999 12:53 AM

The John & Ken Show replacement is none other than Rick Emerson on KOTK who is having his local show syndicated. The Ed Tyll Show which has been a local show out of LA has announced a Portland affilliate beginning next week. The Mutual Broadcasting System is now gone and NBC Radio has been cut back to morning drive news only and may also be eliminated completely. It will be interesting to see if Jammin’ 95.5 can prosper without a significant Black population base. How do you like CBS, JJ?

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Friday, April 23, 1999 12:04 AM

i read in your portland radio future secion about the 105.9 station in vancouver... whats the deal on it as of now? what type of station is it going to be? please let me know, as i am a little curious.. thanks!

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Monday, April 26, 1999 11:29 AM

Due to a contract negotiation John and Ken quit their syndicated talk show that us Portlanders were able to listen to on KXL weekdays from 6-10pm. So what did the intelligent powers that be do with that time slot where listeners were trained to tune in and listen to the lighter side of what is going on in the world today? They put on some boring financial advice guy. Even when they got an awesome duo of their own (Portland’s funniest!) languishing away on Sundays. Tune in to them at KXL 750 from noon to 3pm, and if you agree they are the more deserving replacement for John and Ken, email KXL from their website at I asked, and Dave and Dwight said they would love the slot if offered. Portland has got enough serious talk show, I can only take so much ranting each day, so let KXL know it’s time for a laugh or two in the evenings!

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Monday, April 26, 1999 10:20 AM

I am wondering if there is a station that plays and promotes contemporary folk ie: Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, Iris Dement, Mavericks, Louden Wainwright, Kate bush, etc???

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Thursday, April 22, 1999 11:57 PM

i’d just like to say that changing 95.5 to Jammin was the best move anybody has ever done in portland radio history. Portland has been craving a Hip Hop station for a LONG TIME and finally, someone got smart and started up one! From my point of view, this was a smart business and PR move.. i mean, the old 95.5 wasnt doing too well on the charts, i dont think... this move will definately change that.. look for 95.5 to quickly climb the ratings and become the #1 station in town knocking off Z100 (finally...). i KNOW FOR SURE that all the people i know have their car stereos tuned into this station now.. and i mean, walk into your local Magnolia, Car TOys, Car Stero City and you’ll hear this station being played on all those "demo" decks!!!
For those of you who miss your old station, sorry... but in this world, if you want to stay afloat and make money, you gotta give the people what they want... yes, 95.5 will lose some, if not most of their old listeners... BUT, for every listener they lost.. they gained 20-25 NEW listeners when they switched over to the new style on March 26th (including me, my sister, my extended family and all my friends)!!!
So anyways, tell everyone down at Jammin that they’re doing a good job (as if they need ME to tell them that, hehe..) ... and altho they’ll NEVER be as good as WILD949 down in the Bay Area... at least they’re trying... oh, and one more thing... could someone tell ‘em to PLEAAZE hire some dj’s who TALK!, do a morning show... or better yet, NOON TIME DJ MIXES and a Hip Hop version of the Saturday Nite Dance Party (like on Z100, but with more of a Jammin flavor).. then this station will REALLY be "OFF THE HOOK"!


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Tuesday, April 20, 1999 9:06 PM


I’m trying to get in touch with Dan Donovan. We were housemates in Boston, and I heard he is working for Public Radio in Portland. I’ll be in Portland soon, and was hoping to contact him.

Thanks for your help.

Jim Whitney

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Monday, April 19, 1999 8:07 PM

I think that you guys should have the websites of these radio stations if they have websites cause some of them do and that’s what I am looking for....

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Monday, April 19, 1999 2:53 PM

The new format of  95.5 fm SUCKS! I listened to it for about 2minutes. It really

is a pity because, now you have yet another station with out an

personallity, from now on I am listening to the beat. or kink

Teresa W

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Friday, April 16, 1999 12:15 PM

I woke up one morning and as I was shuffling radio stations I heard some awesome songs. It was coming from a new formatted station that was so much better than z100 and played my favorite R&b and hip hop songs without all the cheesy whinny songs that KKRZ plays. I’m so happy! Portland needed a station for people like me! It’s about time, I hope Z100 gets taken off the air. Go get ‘em Jammin’ 95.5!!


Please don’t post my e-mail address

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Thursday, April 15, 1999 11:12 PM

Dear Feedback Yak-Yak,

 I just wanted you to know that not all fired radio announcers "fade away" fact some create websites! For anyone wondering what happened to the Morning Zoo’s 9 year alumni Valerie Ring visit my website!

Valerie Ring

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Thursday, April 15, 1999 9:16 PM

It’s always informative. Thanks for your work on such a great page!

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Sunday, April 11, 1999 6:46 PM

Dennis Prager from KABC in Los Angeles is about to be syndicated.Will he end up on a PORTLAND station??

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Sunday, April 11, 1999 12:25 PM

Had wanted to send my complaint to Sunny 1520 AM, but there are no links nor email address listed to use.
Wanted to tell Sunny 1520 how much we DID NOT APPRECIATE being shuttled away from the wonderful OLDIES music to some furschlugginer ESPN activity. The world has more than sufficient ESPN access from cable TV.
Is there no respect for listeners anymore these days?

Kenneth Leroy Meek

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Saturday, April 10, 1999 4:07 P

Paul Allen is to be thanked for the Blazers but not his choice to change 95.5. This station was aired at the coast in restraunts and over some of the cable advertising channels. What they are playing now is pure puke. I used to spend money with its advertisers. Good bye KXL, you have been removed from my dials.

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From the stories I’ve been able to track down a Portland radio station was the first to edit "Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" and play it on the air in the US. It has since crept across the nation.
I’ve found the unedited version. I like the radio remix better. The problem is that the (unedited) song hasn’t been, and probably won’t be, released as a single... and even if it had it then still might not have the edited version w/o the singing.
SO... Does anyone know which radio station originally "fixed" this song?
Also, Does anyone know where I could get a clean copy (MP3?)?

Aufwiederlesen Y’all

Ser JuanCompos ¦¬)


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Thursday, April 01, 1999 7:02 AM


I wondered if you know of any site that lists the radio stations for the Eugene/Springfield, Oregon area? I really need to find out about KDOT 104.7. Anything would help as I need to know this by Monday.


S. Hallman

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Tuesday, March 30, 1999 10:39 PM

Atlas Portland can hear Hip-Hop and R&B on the radio. Thanks Paul Allen, Rasheed and who ever else who knows the market. Bye Z-100..we’ll miss you, but my fam has a new Station..Jamm’n 95.5 Fm KXL. THANKS!!

Shelly Morford

Media Relations

A Black Clan

Records, INC

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Monday, March 29, 1999 7:44 AM

This is in regards to the changing of KXL 95.5’s format. I felt the old

95.5 was the best radio station in Portland! I woke up to it every morning,

and listened to it on my way to work every day. It was where "The music

matters most", remember? Now it is terriable! I don’t know who’s decision

this was, but Portland has enough Z100 type stations, and we do not need one

more! You have lost two listeners, my husband and myself. We will really

miss the old and "great" 95.5 :(

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Sunday, March 28, 1999 10:05 AM

Just wanted to say that I am quite sad to see that 95.5fm has evolved into "Jammin’ 95." Whose outlandish idea was that? 95.5 lived up to their motto "Where the music matters most." No gimmicks, just great, listenable music. I sat through one song on "Jammin" and quickly changed the station for good. The saddest thing about it is there is no longer a station in Portland to listen to. K103 is too mellow and Mariah Carey and Celine Dion make me want to pull my hair out. KINK is... well, God knows what they are on any given day. In a constant state of flux. And everyone else just repeats the same songs over and over and over again until you want to remove the car stereo and fling it out the window. Guess it is time to invest in a CD player for the car. But it doesn’t seem that 95.5 was given a fair shake... and now I desperately want it back. PLEASE BRING IT BACK.


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Sunday, March 28, 1999 8:51 AM

It's to bad you had to sell out for the crap that lots of other channels already play.  Now you have left a void in air play for tasteful music. I certainly hope you regret your change in format.  I will miss the popular 95.5 on my shower radio, car stereo, and home entertainment system. I guess it just another example that the average about medium income, 30-40 old white male, home owner doesn't have a say in a decent radio station. Country, Hard Rock and that other crap (like your new format) are already covered by others, your old format was unique and fresh. I hope others share the frustration that I feel. I moved here from a location that had three basic music formats, and I thought this area was different  until now.                                 
I'm sure my comments won't change anything but where I will now spend my time and money will certainly increase my CD collection any tune out where the advertisers what me to spend my cash.



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Saturday, March 27, 1999 9:39 PM

Hi, and thanks for the history page and all the airchecks from the old days. I was especially glad to hear KGW from the mid-70’s, since they were the big power here in those times, and I listened to them almost exclusively during my college days. Got any KEX from that time frame?


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Saturday, March 27, 1999 8:50 AM

To my surprise, I tuned in 95.5 FM on Friday evening, 3/26, to discover that a new format was started. I must say that I am very impressed to see that the Portland market finally has an FM station that specializes in R&B and hip-hop music!!! I used to complain that Portland radio stations all played the same boring artists, but not anymore. I can get my R&B from 95.5, top 40 from Z100, alternative from KNRK and The Beat, and adult alternative from KINK. I’m in heaven!!!

To those at Jammin’ 95.5, great format choice!!!!


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Friday, March 26, 1999 7:15 AM


I would just like to say that I am sick and tired of the DJs on KKRZ. Especially the morning zoo! As a teen who like the MUSIC they play, I don’t enjoy the cussing nor the the cutting down of my favorite artists. Do they think they’re funny or something?

Please do not post my e-mail address.

Thank you.  Steph

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Wednesday, March 24, 1999 4:32 PM

A radio station I heard and have never forgotten when I in Portland in December 1992 for a month.
It was on every morning  around 6 a.m.
The music is unexplainable - but will try.  Sort of  mixed-together old-time 30-40's popular, country, funny.  It was so wonderful.  The program was so well put together.
I'm wondering if anyone remembers and if they hopefully are still playing this and can give me an answer.

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Friday, March 12, 1999 9:28 PM


Lars Larson   Rush Limbaugh   Neal Penland   G. Gordon Liddy   Mary Starrett   Victoria Taft

Georgene Rice   Jayne Carroll


Imus   Dr. Tony Grant   "7 Days" (KOPB)   Don McCoun    Andy West   Bill Gallagher

Manda Colbertson   Greg Jarrett


Leykis   Rick Emerson   Dr. Joy Brown   Gary McNamera    Kevin Cowherd   Howard Stern

Paul Hanson   John & Ken

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Friday, March 12, 1999 12:47 AM

I love your site! The best radio site I have yet seen...

About talk.htm . . . Don't mean to nitpick, but Dr. Laura Schlessinger is

based out of L.A. She got her start on the legendary KFI (same station that

John and Ken (hint, hint) are broadcasted out of), although she now operates

from another company in the San Fernando Valley.


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Friday, March 12, 1999 11:26 AM

love the song "Reminds me of you" from Van Morrisons new CD, why does’t anybody play it?????

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Wednesday, March 10, 1999 10:08 AM

Can you guy reccomend any jazz clubs in the portland area?



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Saturday, March 06, 1999 7:09 PM

Last weekend I heard Shawn David Morton on your radio station and I wanted to know if you would carry this program full time instead of ................................. ( the .boring program that no one calls into anyway and he gets upset and stays only for two hours or so on the air and then it goes into repeats over and over again.)........................................................... the Stan Major program as I think it is more informative and would have good compitation qualities against the already popular Art Bell show-------Thanks for reading this. Other wise K-VAN has really done a remarkable job revamping its programing.and I enjoy listening.


Have a wonderful day! Susan

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Saturday, February 27, 1999 5:03 PM

I sure would like to find a radio station that has old country music. Like 50s, 60,s and 70s. You cant find good music anymore. Would you please let me know where there is any, if there is ? 

thank you,

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Friday, February 26, 1999 1:34 PM

Could you possibly tell me whether there are any communications antennae on South Saddle Mountain between Portland and Tillamook? As far as I can tell, the mountain is the highest point in the area between Portland and Tillamook.
I can’t find any towers in the area in the databases, but thought I’d drop you a note for some local input.
We have a client who may have a need for one there.
I picked up your email address from the SBE site, which is excellent, by the way.

Thanks very much.

Warmest regards,

Butch Guest

American Media Services

Charleston SC

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Friday, February 26, 1999 12:40 PM

Do you know of any Internet only radio stations yets in the Portland area?


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Sunday, February 21, 1999 1:03 PM

Well hello Dan on Z100 I just want you to now your awsome.I love to listen to Z100 everyday and night
Also that Nelson guy is great also.He is awsome to listen to in the morings when i'm getting ready for work.
H'es got a rotten mind thats why hes so cool. Well gotta go love you GUYS!!!!!!!!! keep up the good music
and the good jokes.

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Monday, February 15, 1999 4:40 AM

I’ve bookmarked your excellent site; thanks for all the good info. I’m usually in my car when I hear something interesting and can’t always write down the information I hear, so your site, with its great links and info, is really helpful.


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Saturday, February 13, 1999 10:10 PM

Am I the only person who is irked by the fact that KKSN always seems to go to mono when they broadcast Dick Bartley’s "Rock and Roll’s Greatest Hits" on Saturday nights?
Here you have a guy who makes the effort to search out and broadcast often hard-to-find stereo versions of 1950’s and 1960’s rock and roll, and the fruits of his labor go for naught in PDX because somebody either doesn’t care about quality or doesn’t know how to work a satellite feed. Occasionally they don’t even broadcast the sum of the left and right channels, but just one (or the other) for their mono signal, which results in songs with lead vocals buried in the background or odd-sounding instrumental breaks.
I’ve tried a couple of times to lodge a complaint, but nobody seems to be listening.


Dan Murphy

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Friday, February 12, 1999 7:44 PM

Thank you for playing the Vengaboys. It is a mystery to me how a group

would seem to be so popular everywhere else in the world and be

virtually unknown in PDX. Sometimes I feel like we are living in the

dark ages here. Nobody at the record stores has heard of them. Please

play "We’re going to Ibitsu" for me Thank you,


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Saturday, February 12, 2000 12:23 PM

I was wondering if KUPL 98.7 has a web page and if so, could I get it? I listen to that station faithfully and I LOVE country. I really like the waken crew in the mornings that they have. Anyway, could you help me?


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Thursday, February 11, 1999 1:11 PM

To Whom it May Concern,

I was looking at your site and noticed that KKRZ is the number one radio station... Well, I do have to say, when I first moved to Portland they were my number one choice also. However, when my alarm went off this morning there was a man on the station that was imitating Barney. You know the purple dinosaur kids look up to. Well, this man was gross. I feel for all the kids who heard him this morning. As he was promoting drugs, alcohol, and sex. I have a two year old daughter and I wouldn’t allow her to listen to that. Because of this horrid man I will no longer listen to KKRZ... They are a disgrace to radio.


An Angry Mother

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Monday, February 08, 1999 2:11 PM

Dear OPB radio news staff:

My husband and I have been frustrated over the years that any time there’s an election in Clark County, Washington, where a sizeable number of your listeners live, we can’t get the results from OPB. This is particularly true with school elections.
On Feb. 2 three Clark County school districts ran bond and levy elections. These were issues vital to the three communities. We heard not one word about them the following morning. On another occasion, you reported Seattle school election results but still ignored what was happening in your own listening area.
We are quite sure you subscribe to The Columbian, since we have heard Columbian stories (even my husband’s) read word-for-word on OPB. Reading that newspaper should give you all the information you need to know when Clark County elections are scheduled. To get election results, you need only call the Clark County Elections Office, (360) 397-2345.
We really don’t like to have to switch from our favorite radio station to get news of importance to us, so I hope you will consider paying attention to the orphaned Washingtonians who have no broadcasting source to call our own.

Thank you very much.


Mary Sisson

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Monday, February 08, 1999 11:23 AM

I am currenlty residing in Oklahoma. I am orginally from Portland Oregon. The radio station here does not hold a candle to the morning zoo...I though maybe they should shadow Valerie Ring, and Nelson and get a clue as to what funny is!!! Do they have a web site that I can visit them at. Hopefully one day soon I will be able to return to Oregon to enjoy my morning zoo again. (currently serving time as a military wife.)


Happy Reading!!

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 Sunday, February 07, 1999 11:47 AM

I’m disturbed to hear a couple of very strange noises which have recently ............... themselves into your station. I cannot conceive of where they came from. Only, I do know that they are very annoying and divert my attention from the program.
The first noise is in the background, sometimes reasonably quiet, and sometimes strident, like some child hammering away on a set of bongo drums. Sometime this yattering’s so loud it comes close to drown out the program. And it seems to occur during weather forcasts. Whatever, it’s most objectionable.
The second one’s quite different, and probably comes from a different source. This sounds like a giant sneeze! It usually occurs when news headlines are being announced.
Like (SNEEZE!!) "Today Clinton was impeached" (SNEEZE!!) "This morning, Hussein, King of Jordan passed away" (SNEEZE!!) " etc etc" These noises intrude so much into your programs that I regretfully have to tune to another station.
Incidentally, while I’ve got you on line, could you tell that female on
your staff that there’s no such word in any language I know of, as LUMBERS
And further, I’d like to say how much I appreciate Handel, Victoria Taft, Limbaugh, and especially Bill Galagher (One l or two??)

Keep up the good work, but please quit those NOISES!!

(Maybe they’re poltergeists)


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Sunday, February 07, 1999 5:53 PM


Just found your page, The Portland Radio History section is Great!!!!!!!!! Give us more KISN and KGW from the 60’s. Keep up the good work.

Thanks so much!

Keith Cook

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Do you know if I can find, Sean David Morton on the air in

the PDX airwaves. By the way very nice site. Thanks Eric

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Sunday, January 31, 1999 8:33 PM

I was wondering if there was a way to track down a guy. Up until at least last fall was working as a DJ on a morning show up until last fall. His name is Michael Rich. Have you heard of the guy or know how I might find out if he is still working at his station and which one. Let me know if this is possible. thanks!


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Sunday, January 17, 1999 1:16 PM

Does anyone know the where Ben Tracy, former DJ at KGON/KYMN in the ‘60’s, is?

Larry J. Miller

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Saturday, January 16, 1999 3:16 PM

Hey, guys!

Any word on what format this new Jacor station, "Killer-Q," will be? The fact that it was previously called "The Mix" makes it sound as if it could be an electronic/dance music station. I sure hope so! Let me know if you find out.


Todd Croak-Falen

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Tuesday, January 05, 1999 12:38 PM

Since I started riding MAX, the one thing I miss is listening to the radio. So I went out and bought my first walk-man in years. It did not even occur to me that there would be no radio reception in the Robertson Tunnel. Is there any fix for this? This appears to be a long, dead zone for any kind of communications.

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Monday, January 04, 1999 5:01 PM

Are Davy Jones, Bobby Sherman and Peter Noone going to play in Portland again this year? Peter was here in 1997 and 1998, and I went to both concerts. I listen to KKSN 97.1 FM...the only one I ever listen to.

Please reply as soon as possible

Thank You

Heather Cox

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 Sunday, January 03, 1999 1:29 PM

It would be real handy for you to publish the station’s e-mail address along with the web address.


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Sunday, January 03, 1999 12:09 AM

hi there

i lived in milwaukie ore. for about ten years is there any chance that z100 kkrz will appear on the the internet for live broadcasting . i live in california now and sure would like to hear the station


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