1983 Radio Highlights

JANUARY – KAYO switches from Country to A/C and becomes KSPL…
FEBRUARY – Rich Robertson resigns as VP/GM of KJR for the GM post at crosstown KOMO… KMPS AM & FM announces plans to broadcast computer data…
MARCH – Ed Wodka named VP/GM of Metromedia’s KJR… KXA & KYYX file for financial reorganization under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy laws…
MAY – KING-AM ND John Erickson is upped to Director/News & Operations…KYYX names Van Johnson PD, filling a longtime opening…
JUNE – KMJK/Portland VP/GM Victor Ives heads group that buys station from Harte-Hanks for reported $2.5 million…KZAM FM announces plans to drop 25+ AOR in favor of A/C and change calls to KLSY…Lee Rogers, with KMPS for the past eight years, is the new OM for KGHL & KIDX/Billings…
JULY 1983 – Sunbelt acquires KRAB for $4 million from Jack Straw Memorial Foundation…
AUGUST 1983 – KVI VP/GM J. Shannon Sweatte takes on added managerial duties for sister FM KPLZ…Transtar Radio Network forms new longform syndication division with Mike
Harvey as VP/Special Programming and former Satellite Music Network President Ivan Braiker handling marketing, sales, advertising, and production…Beau Phillips named Programming
Consultant for Kaye-Smith Broadcasting…KNBQ PD Gary Bryan becomes PD at KISW…Langan & West move to KMET/Los Angeles for mornings from KISW…
OCTOBER – Don Hofmann named OD and Sean Lynch PD at KNBQ…Jane Wallace tapped as KLSY & KJZZ GSM…KUBE after-noon man Bob Case upped to PD as Charlie Brown retains morning show…
NOVEMBER – Former KJR/Seattle PD Tracy Mitchell returns as PD…
DECEMBER – Duffy Broadcasting has agreed in principle to purchase KIXI-FM from Walter Nelskog. No purchase price will be disclosed until contracts are signed. KIXI-FM operates at 95.7 mHz with a power of 100kw at an antenna height of 1100 feet above average terrain. Duffy Broadcasting also owns KLIR/Denver and KCNR-AM & FM/Portland…

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5 comments

  • Steven Smith

    “KMPS AM & FM announces plans to broadcast computer data…” I recall many of the events here, but what does that line mean. I was running IGM automation with a built in computer but our music was on tape. So is broadcasting computer data meaning they were airing digital audio files on the computer.

    • mikec

      this refered to early use of 67 kHz & 92 kHz sub-carrier digital data signals piggybacked on the KMPS FM transmitter. This technology would become quite common & today FM stations often use their 67 kHz sub-carrier for RDS station display. This would have been long before digital audio files via RealAudio, then Wav & mp3 technology

      • Steven Smith

        Mike…ok I get that. Keri, prior to being Kafe, had Mutual News on the FM sub-carrier. They were the mutual affiliate. At Kbfw we signed an agreement to run Jack Andersons commentary. I was the engineer, the boss wanted it done cheap, so I built a device of some sort that plucked the show from the sub-carrier. Fact is, it had lots of rumble and sounded pretty lousy. That was early 70s. KPUG was picking up their Mutual feed in the same way when I was there in 1974.

        • mikec

          Steven – I certainly remember KERI & KARI airing Mutual News. I think the poor audio had to do with the severely limited bandwidth available for the modulated audio on sub-carriers. These are more suited to simple voice speech – such as the ‘Reading for the blind” services that have operated in the past. In comparison, the Mutual audio on KPUG was very tinny & literally sounded like it was coming from a tin can! The late FM broadcast engineer Bruce Elving in Minnesota used to built & sell tiny circuit boards that could install in various receivers to decode 67 & 92 kHz sub-carriers; also sold a number of receivers both portable & home-entertainment type that had these built in as an option

        • mikec

          Steven – my 2nd try at a reply…the phantom “message moderator” (not Jason) ate my last message. I do remember both KERI & KARI airing Mutual News & the audio always sounded pretty thin. However, on KPUG the Mutual feed was downright tinny sounding. The late FM engineering guru Bruce Elving used to manufacture small circuit-boards with tunable 67 & 92 kHz subs on them. He also used to sell both portables & home receivers with these installed & functional for those that wanted tune these services. The ultra-narrow bandwidth on sub-carriers made them poor for music transmission or high quality voice audio & are ideally suited for the needs of digital transmission bandwidth

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