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Kpoj
KPOJ
Frequency 620AM (kHz)
City Portland, Oregon
Market
Branding AM 620 KPOJ
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Power 25,000 watts (day)
10,000 watts (night)
Slogan "Portland's Progressive Talk"
Airdate March 21, 1922
Format launch March 31, 2004
Format dropped
Sister stations
Website 620kpoj.com
Webcast link


KPOJ (620 AM) is a sports-formatted radio station licensed to Portland, Oregon. The station is owned by Clear Channel Communications. It aired progressive talk for many years.

Former Progressive talk programmingEdit

The station changed to all sports on November 9, 2012.

HistoryEdit

For many years, the station at AM 620 was KGW, founded in 1922 by The Oregonian newspaper and owned and operated by it until 1953, when it was sold to King Broadcasting. KGW affiliated with the NBC network in 1927 and stayed for 29 years until joining ABC Radio in 1956.

Among KGW's early personalities was Mel Blanc, a musician and vocalist featured on the "Hoot Owls" variety program from 1927 to 1933. Here Blanc discovered a talent for character voices that would win him stardom as the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and many other Warner Brothers cartoon features.

Under The Oregonian the station gained an AM sister, KEX, in 1933, and the Northwest's first FM station, KGW-FM (now KKRZ), in 1946. King Broadcasting founded KGW-TV in 1956. All three stations continue to exist in Portland, but none have any remaining connection to AM 620.

In 1993, the call letters changed to KINK, then KOTK in 1995, KEWS in 1997, KDBZ in 2000, and KTLK in 2002. The station picked up the current KPOJ call letters on August 18, 2003. For many years and with various formats, the station called itself "Super 62".

The KPOJ call sign originated at what is now KKPZ AM 1330, which for many years was the Mutual Broadcasting System's Portland affiliate. In the 1970s, that station changed its call letters to KUPL. The call letters stand for Portland Oregon Journal, the now-defunct newspaper that once owned AM 1330.

RatingsEdit

WI04 SP04 SU04 FA04 WI05 SP05 SU05 FA05 WI06 SP06 SU06 FA06 WI07 SP07 SU07 FA07 WI08 SP08
0.4 3.7 4.0 3.7 3.3 4.5 4.4 4.1 4.1 3.5 2.8 3.7 2.8 2.8 3.5 2.8 3.7 SP08

Italics denote ratings under previous format

Source: Arbitron

External linksEdit


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