“I’d rather be in Central Oregon with FM 100, KICE.” Thousands of bumper stickers carried that message back in the 1980s and early 90s. In addition, KICE routinely played a singing jingle which became ingrained in the memories of it’s listeners. You’ll hear it here, although the beginning is clipped off. I grabbed it as part of a routine dial scan, so the jingle had already begun by the time I made it up to 100.7.
Also featured here is “Auntie Nan” Burnett, hostess of the middays. The KICE crew, also known as “The Radio Rangers” were a group of fun, laid back guys and gals. Their audience was very loyal, definitely not button pushers. I learned this the following year when I competed against them in afternoons on 103 Country KSJJ.
Reception was made from Madras, OR, using a Realistic AM/FM/CD/cassette portable stereo with built-in telescoping antenna. Whereas most of the other Awbrey Butte FM stations had 100,000 watts, KICE was limited to 50,000. The difference can be heard as a slight white noise on the signal. A Memorex dBS 90 tape was used to preserve this recording.