Back in the early days of this website, I received an e-mail from Joel Miller in Portland. He had become a recent follower and wanted to know if I had any suggestions on where he might be able to share some classic radio jingles from the early 1970s. I suggested he send them to me so I could present them here.
Joel provided 10 vintage KEX jingles which are featured on another exhibit. He also gave us 6 long-lost KPOK jingles as well as some background and history of the station during that time:
“These cuts are from KPOK 1330 AM in Portland, Oregon from the summer of 1971. At that time, I was the call screener for Dick Klinger’s “Niteline” talk show.
KPOK began in 1925 as KTBR, then changed to KALE in 1932. In 1948, with ownership going to now-defunct Portland daily newspaper the “Oregon Journal,” the call sign became KPOJ.
In 1970 the call sign changed to KPOK and then to KUPL in 1976.
Today, 5kW 1330 AM broadcasts religious programming as KKPZ (K-Praise) and is owned by Crawford Broadcasting Co.
(KPOJ now is Clear Channel’s progressive 620 AM in Portland, and KPOK is 1340 AM in Bowman, North Dakota.)”
Thanks, Joel for sharing these rare Portland radio artifacts with the rest of us Radio Geeks!