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The station owner’s last statement sounds a lot like “My dog ate my homework”. Does anyone know what became of KAYE?
1450 KSUH (Korean) Radio Hankook, Inc -PUYALLUP
1950–Construction permit for 100 watt KPWN Puyallup, Clarence Wilson of Chickasha, Ok.
Modified call letters in 1952 to KPUYThis station began regular broadcasting on December 1, 1951, with just 100 watts of power on a frequency of 1450 kHz. Licensed with call sign KPUY, the station was owned and operated by Clarence E. Wilson. By early 1953, KPUY had upgraded to 250 watt operation and Clarence E. Wilson took on P.D. Jackson as a partner in station ownership.
Puyallup Valley Broadcasting Company acquired KPUY from Wilson and Jackson in April 1953. This proved short-lived as by 1955 the broadcast license had been transferred to Henry Perozzo’s Radio Station KAYE, Inc. 1956–CP issued to change frequency to 1230 AM–didn’t happen – The station was owned [1/3 interest by Buck Owens- this interest purchased in 1958] 1959–Daytime power increased to 1000 watts. The sale by Radio Station KAYE, Inc., to KAYE Broadcasters, Inc., was completed on March 27, 1966.
1968–Voluntary license assignment to KAYE Broadcasters- Jim Nicholls and Bud Blair. 1973–License returned to Henry Perozzo – Call letters change to KUPY. The station continued the country & western music format even after a 1974 change in call sign to KUPY. 1974–Jim Nicholls sells his KAYE stock to Bud Blair — Blair purchases KAYE from Perozzo and KAYE becomes Happy Valley Broadcasting, owned by Bud Blair. 1978 – Bud Blair dies. His wife Sheila takes control of station license. 1978–Sheila Blair sells the station to Ray Court [Shortsleeve Broadcasting] July 1978, KAYE Broadcasters, Inc., reached an agreement to sell this station to Shortsleeve Broadcasting, Inc., co-owned by Ray Courtmanche and wife Cheri, 50% each. The deal was approved by the FCC on July 3, 1978, and the transaction was consummated on October 12, 1978. The station, as KRPM AM, co-owned with KRPM FM, aired a country & western music format with weekly specialty shows, including one in the German language and one on Native American issues.
October 1981, Shortsleeve Broadcasting, Inc contracted to sell KUPY to Monroe Enterprises, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on December 11, 1981. The new owners had the Federal Communications Commission change the station’s call sign to KJUN on December 23, 1981.
June 1986, Monroe Enterprises, Inc., announced a deal to sell KJUN to 777 Broadcasting, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on August 15, 1986, and the transaction was consummated on September 5, 1986.
June 1990, 777 Broadcasting, Inc., agreed to sell this station to Joy Broadcasting, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on August 1, 1990, and the transaction was consummated on October 31, 1990. As part of a rebranding of the station’s classic country music format as “The Cowboy”, Joy Broadcasting had the FCC change the station’s call sign to KKBY on August 16, 1996. The KJUN call letters were then assigned to a station in Tillamook, Or.
February 1997, Joy Broadcasting, Inc., contracted to sell KKBY to Jean J. Suh. The deal was approved by the FCC on April 4, 1997, and the transaction was finally consummated on August 3, 1999. New owner Jean J. Suh had the FCC change the station’s call sign to KSUH after her family name on September 15, 1997. [ask.com]
KPUY,KAYE, KUPY, KJUN, KKBY Personalities: KAYE: Jim Nicholls, Dick Curtis, Herb Smiles, Bobby Simon, KUPY/KJUN: Johnny Clark, Lou Robbins, Bob Mathers, Sunshine Smith, Randi Thomas, Ray Brown, Heidi May, Bill Ogden [news], Kathy Magda, Bob McCoy, Steve Swan, Gisela’s Original German Hour;
You got it covered better then I do. A lot of time and research sure goes into it. I know that Perozzo and Herb Smiles would play russian roulette with the FCC. When Perozzo sold the station back to Blair, didn,t he buy KDFL, Sumner? In 1980, Court buys KLAY-FM from Clay Huntington and they became KRPM-FM and also went country.
Brian Caulkins & Terry McMonagle (sp?) from Ed Garre’s KASY/Auburn were the progenitors of KDFL. I worked at KAYE for Perozzo, Nicholls and Blair and remember Herb Smiles CRAZY antics as the station migrated through various formats and genres of music. I started out doing news for Perozzo, then eventually nights doing Top 40. KAYE was the local “cruising” station to have tuned-in doing the loop through Puyallup thumping with the Doors, the BoxTops, etc. It was during a time of fun radio – not to be replicated.
There is an FM station in Arkansa that has those call letters. 1450 is now licensed to Federal Way and they have Korean programs. Simulcasting on KWIZ, Everett. There sure is a lot of interesting stories behind that frequency. One of these days I may take the time to mention them. It will be a very long story.
KSUH is still licensed to Puyallup. Their studios are in Federal Way. Its KWYZ Everett, not KWIZ.
The call sign KJUN was assigned to Tillamook, OR for a new FM station construction permit. Eventually, the construction permit for the station was changed to Scappoose, OR. The KJUN call sign was changed by the new owner Salem Broadcasting.
Who owned KJUN Scappoose/Tillamook, prior to Salem?????
Thunderegg Wireless LLC, owned by Bellevue-based Bedrock & Associates, sold KJUN-FM to Salem Communications Corp.