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KEX Scrapbook of Sounds

Portland's KEX began broadcasting in 1926 and hired an ambitious vaudevillian from San Francisco named Mel Blanc.

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(total playtime 5 hours, 15 min)
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    KEX 1932 OrganThe shows that Old Time Radio enthusiasts enjoy so much were, for the most part, produced in network studios in one of the Radio Capitals of the Golden Age, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. These studios usually had a broadcast transmitter for their local market, but the important connection to the networks was over land-line telephone wires. When you listened to your favorite program on the family's radio set, your ears were at the end of a chain which started with the actors speaking into the studio microphones, then the studio technician would essentially place a phone call to the local affiliate stations which would broadcast the show. The broadcast distance of the local station is limited by atmospheric conditions, the size and type of antenna at home, and the wattage or power of the station's transmitter.

    In the Pacific Northwest, one of the early powerhouse stations was Portland's KEX, which began broadcasting in 1926. The station began broadcasting at 670 kHz, which may have been too close on the dial to The Oregonian Newspaper's KGW at 620 kHz. Within a year, KEX moved to 1180 kHz, and in 1933 was acquired by The Oregonian. Both KGW and KEX had broadcast facilities at the Oregonian Building, 537 SW 5th Ave until a fire in 1943 forced both stations to relocate.

    Mel Blanc

    In July 1933, KEX hired an ambitious vaudevillian from San Francisco named Mel Blanc whose nightly Cobwebs & Nuts program showcased his growing talent of developing different character voice, a talent which would serve him well in coming years when he became the voice of Warner Bros Looney Tunes.

    Both KEX and KGW became NBC affiliates. Westinghouse Broadcasting expanded to the West Coast in 1943 when it bought 5,000-watt KEX. The Portland station had moved to 1190 kHz after the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement of 1941, a frequency it would share with Westinghouse station WOWO of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Westinghouse boosted KEW to 50,000 watts in 1948 but eventually sold the station to cowboy singer Gene Autry' Golden West Broadcasting.

    The KEX Scrapbook of Sound is a series of ten programs featuring sound clips from the Golden Age of Radio. The first two programs trace the development of radio advertising, which is appropriate considering that sponsorship was the engine that drove the development of the medium. "Radio Coverage of World War Two" has very little narration but uses a tightly edited series of historic news clips to tell the story of the War from the Rise of the Third Reich to VJ Day.

    After the end of Radio's Golden Age in the sixties, KEX adopted a "middle of the road" music format. The panel-discussion program from the mid to late 1940's features a moderator, community members, and an expert from the Oregon Prisons system discussing former inmate registration with local police. This recording contains technical glitches but is worth listening to for comparisons with the talk radio format of five decades later.

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    11 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 15 min
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      11 shows - total playtime 5 hours 15 minutes
      1. Kex Forum Skips.mp3
      2. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 01 Salute To Old Commercials Pt1.mp3
      3. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 02 Salute To Old Commercials Pt 2.mp3
      4. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 03 Radio Coverage Of Ww2.mp3
      5. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 04 Collectors Gems.mp3
      6. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 05 When Radio Was Young.mp3
      7. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 06 Comedys Golden Age.mp3
      8. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 07 Drama Theater Of Mind.mp3
      9. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 08 Radio Classic Blunders.mp3
      10. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 09 Comedy Uncensored Bloopers.mp3
      11. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 10 Voices Of 20th Century.mp3
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    11 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 15 min
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      11 shows - total playtime 5 hours 15 minutes
      1. Kex Forum Skips.mp3
      2. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 01 Salute To Old Commercials Pt1.mp3
      3. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 02 Salute To Old Commercials Pt 2.mp3
      4. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 03 Radio Coverage Of Ww2.mp3
      5. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 04 Collectors Gems.mp3
      6. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 05 When Radio Was Young.mp3
      7. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 06 Comedys Golden Age.mp3
      8. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 07 Drama Theater Of Mind.mp3
      9. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 08 Radio Classic Blunders.mp3
      10. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 09 Comedy Uncensored Bloopers.mp3
      11. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 10 Voices Of 20th Century.mp3
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    11 recordings on 7 Audio CDs
    total playtime 5 hours, 15 min

    KEX Scrapbook of Sounds Disc A001

    1. Kex Forum Skips
    2. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 01 Salute To Old Commercials Pt1

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    KEX Scrapbook of Sounds Disc A002

    1. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 02 Salute To Old Commercials Pt 2
    2. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 03 Radio Coverage Of Ww2
    3. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 04 Collectors Gems

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    KEX Scrapbook of Sounds Disc A003

    1. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 05 When Radio Was Young

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    KEX Scrapbook of Sounds Disc A004

    1. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 06 Comedys Golden Age

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    KEX Scrapbook of Sounds Disc A005

    1. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 07 Drama Theater Of Mind

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    KEX Scrapbook of Sounds Disc A006

    1. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 08 Radio Classic Blunders
    2. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 09 Comedy Uncensored Bloopers

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    KEX Scrapbook of Sounds Disc A007

    1. Kex Scrapbook Of Sounds 10 Voices Of 20th Century

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