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  1. Alfredo_T

    I can fill in a little bit of the callsign history.

    1) In 1998, the KKSN-AM call letters moved from 910 to 1520 in order to follow the move of the "Sunny" adult standards format from 910 to 1520.

    2) In 2004, 1520 was sold to Bustos Media. The 1520 callsign changed to KGDD, and KKSN remained on FM only.

    3) In 2005, the KKSN callsign was moved (back) to 910, while 97.1 took on the callsign KYCH.

    Posted on October 16, 2014 - 03:19 PM #
  2. Andy_brown

    "KKSN-AM 910 started out in 1988(7)"

    KKSN 910 started out in the spring of 1980 when 910 was put back on the air by Bill Failing, a former part of KISN which was thrown off the air in 1976.

    Posted on October 16, 2014 - 03:43 PM #
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  4. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    KKSN 910 began its Oldies format on August 1, 1987 as "Kisn 91." Then on February 6, 1988 KKSN-FM which had changed calls on 2-5-88, began simulcasting "Kisn 91" at 2:00am. New slogan "97 Kisn-FM." Simulcasting ended on February 8, 1989 at 5:00am when KKSN "Sunny 910" made its debut.

    Posted on October 16, 2014 - 11:20 PM #
  5. semoochie

    That was the oddest thing. I was in Salem, listening to KISN 91 with pdxgary. The song ended and they were promoting the move to FM, within the next few minutes. I could hardly believe it!

    Posted on October 17, 2014 - 01:16 AM #
  6. Andy_brown

    Over all years and all the attempts, no station post KISN 910 ever duplicated the excitement nor success of the original. After all these years, it's turned into kind of a joke because targeting a demo that has aged quite significantly (a teenager in the 60s is now in their 60's) and most of that demo (sorry old bubble gum screaming DJ lovers) don't want to hear that trash anymore. If they did, someone would play it and next to none do.

    I grew up as a young teen listening to Cousin Brucie, and his persona often copied but never truly duplicated, can still be heard on satellite radio but even if I had satellite radio that's not what I'd be listening to. When I moved out here in '76, KISN was in its last months of existence but still clung to the 60's approach to Top 40 whereas KGW had a much more adult approach to Top 40 that proved successful across both the young and middle age demos and launched Craig Walker into being a household name on the dial although when I got here I think Bruce Murdoch was the full timer in morning drieve and Craig was either part time or in another time slot. I don't know when KGON and KINK started playing album music but that had begun in 1967 in the NY metro, LA, Chicago and a bunch of other major markets and by 1976 was thriving. It wasn't their format that got KISN thrown off the air, but all the attempts to relive that experience have proven to be not viable financially, broadcast wise. The real test of time is that young musicians are sampling and covering way more 70's album rock in their material, not 60's bubble gum.

    Posted on October 17, 2014 - 11:53 AM #
  7. semoochie

    KINK began on Christmas Day 1968 and KGON February 1, 1974. Craig Walker was doing middays at KGW before moving to morning drive.

    Posted on October 17, 2014 - 12:28 PM #
  8. Alfredo_T

    Was some of the excitement of 1960s Top-40 simply a result of the youth of the audience? I am too young to have experienced the glory days of Top-40. However, when I first heard Dr. Demento around ages 11-15, I thought that he had a really funny show (even if I didn't understand the innuendo and cultural references in some of the songs). When I re-discovered the show in my late 20s, I found the humor geeky and a bit sophomoric. It had lost some of the magic. Likewise when I was at the end of my teenage years, I found most of the sitcoms on TV to be funny. Today, many of those same shows would seem like a waste of time.

    When I finally had a chance to hear airchecks of 1960s AM top-40 in my 20s, I liked what I heard, mainly in terms of the tightness of the presentation and in the elaborateness and creativity of the production. However, I think that this was only because I had run a board in the past; if I were a regular listener, I would not have appreciated any of this. Actually, in the late 1980s, years before I had operated any radio studio equipment, I heard one of the stations in my area using some 1960s style singing IDs ("129 W-F-B-G! Another hour of music pow-pow-power!"). My first reaction was, "why are they playing these old-fashioned sounding jingles?"

    Posted on October 17, 2014 - 12:47 PM #
  9. msndrspdx

    KISN used a top of the hour jingle in the later years that ran, "From the Portland Powerhouse (power, power, power)..." The online station station used it quite a bit on weekends!

    Best, Mike 8)

    Posted on October 17, 2014 - 04:02 PM #
  10. T Hopkins

    Thanks for the info Craig. That clears up the question for me. As far as the success of the format, Andy is right. KISN will never be as popular as the original, but some of us boomers never grew out of our love for that KISN sound. There are about 350 people and growing on the KISN Everywhere FB site that would agree and the Goodguyradio stream's FB site had more than 2000 followers. As a niche, KISN lives! will it make money? no. But money isn't everything.

    Posted on October 18, 2014 - 12:03 PM #