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Don Porter: DJ Program Director, Talk Show Host, Newscaster

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  1. Craig_Adams
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    Today August 18, 1920 Donald Hubbs "Don" Porter was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Nothing is known about his parents or his early life from his obituary. Don never volunteered information on his broadcast beginning to newspaper columnists. By July 1950 Don Porter was a deejay at KUGN Eugene.

    On December 16 1950 it was announced Don Porter had a new KUGN show called "Club 590" which he broadcast from a local record dealer's window. On September 1, 1951 it was announced Don Porter's KUGN show was now sponsored locally every night, twelve hours a week.

    In November 1953 Don Porter moved to Portland and joined the KXL deejay staff with "Around The Clock" with Don Porter and Chuck Foster news 6:00 to 9:00am Monday thru Saturday. On November 19, 1956 it was announced that Don Porter was voted #1 deejay in the 4th Annual Oregon State College Disc Jockey Popularity pole. On December 13, 1956 Don Porter was elected President of the Portland Local of the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists.

    On April 1, 1957 Don Porter became KXL Program Director. His morning show expanded an hour 5:00am to 9:00am and Don also began Noon to 12:55pm weekdays, plus 10:00am to 2:00pm Sundays. By November 1957 Don was living at: 601 S.E. 20th Ave. On December 22, 1957 it was announced the Portland unit of the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, re-elected Don Porter as President.

    On April 21, 1958 Don Porter moved to KGW to join the "KGW Musicteers" 10:00am to 1:00pm, plus Sundays, Noon to 6:00pm. On November 16, 1958 KGW announced Don Porter would become Program Director. On January 9, 1959 one of Don's first acts as P.D. was to cancel his own KGW program with the music switching from MOR to Rock & Roll at 6:00am and the new echo chamber called: "Sound 62."

    On April 11, 1961 it was announced Don Porter had resigned as KGW Program Director. "Sound 62" had not been a success in ratings. On June 1, 1964 Don Porter returned to Portland airwaves after 5 1/2 years to take over evenings on KPOJ AM/FM when Fenwick moved to KOL Seattle. Porter did a deejay show from 7:00 to 9:00pm, then switched hats to a talk show host on KPOJ's "Night Line" program Monday thru Saturdays 9:00pm to 11:00pm.

    On August 18, 1964 Porter's "Night Line" program expanded an hour 9:00pm to midnight. On January 4, 1965 Don's "Night Line" program was moved earlier 7:00pm to 10:00pm. On March 14, 1967 Don Porter did his last "Night Line' show. Don had accepted a newscaster position at CHQM Vancouver, B.C. On April 14, 1967 Donald H. Porter, 47, married 28 year old Patricia Ann "Annie" Grimes of Portland, in Vancouver, Canada.

    On May 18, 1967 "Don Porter returned to Portland to stay. He said that he's sorry he ever left." On May 25 & 26, 1967 Don was guest host of KGW-TV's "Telescope" program. On August 1, 1968 Don Porter rejoined KXL with the debut of the stations' first morning news block 6:30 to 7:45am daily. Don's colleagues were: John Lewis, News Editor & anchor, John Salisbury, Ralph Rogers, Graham Archer & Dennis Dunn.

    On September 15, 1968 Don Porter began his first Television program "Generation Gap" interviews Sunday nights at 10:30pm on KATU to December 1968. On November 15, 1969 it was announced Don Porter had left KXL to restart his talk show career, evenings on CKLG Vancouver, B.C. On July 15, 1970 it was announced Porter was back in Portland and had returned to KXL reporting on Sports and Business News.

    On January 10, 2005 Don Porter died at age 84 in Portland. Don's voice had also been featured in commercials and documentaries.

    Special Thanks to Joel Miller who helped make this Radio/Television biography more complete.

    References: Billboard magazine, Northwest Broadcasters, The Oregonian.

    Posted on August 17, 2014 - 11:06 PM #