|City of license||McMinnville, Oregon|
|Broadcast area||Yamhill County, Oregon|
|First air date||June 1949 (as KMCM)|
|Power||1,000 watts (day)
850 watts (night)
|Callsign meaning||K Leading Yamhill County|
|Former callsigns||KMCM (1949-1979)
KLYC (1260 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve McMinnville, Oregon and surrounding areas such as the state capitol, Salem, USA. The station's broadcast license was held by Bohnsack Strategies, Inc., which is in turn owned by Stella Bohnsack.
KLYC signed-off at 1PM on Friday, March 22, 2013... The last song played was The Traveling Wilburys' End of the Line. As of June 2013, KLYC has returned to the air.
Since 2001, KLYC, which began broadcasting in June 1949, had a 1960s/1970s-based oldies music format. In addition to its usual music programming, KLYC also carried select news from CNN Radio, local high school football games, Yamhill High Flyers IBL basketball games, plus the Linfield College Wildcats college football and men's basketball games. Original specialty programming on weekends included a cooking program called "At the Table With Jack Czarnecki" which claimed to be the "only food radio show in Oregon".
Launch as KMCM
Work on this station began when the Federal Communications Commission issued a construction permit for a new AM station to McMinnville Broadcasting Company on September 9, 1948. The new station was authorized to broadcast with 1,000 watts of power, daytime-only, on a frequency of 1260 kHz as KMCM. McMinnville Broadcasting owner Jack B. Bladine was also the publisher of the Telephone-Register newspaper in McMinnville. The corporate name on the permit was changed to Yamhill Broadcasters in December 1948.
Physical construction of the broadcast tower began in January 1949 with work on the radio studio building commencing on March 1949. KMCM began testing its transmitter on June 11, 1949, and started regular broadcast operation at 11:00am on June 18, 1949, with a ceremonial first broadcast at a local theater inaugurated by McMinnville mayor R.H. Windisher. The station's initial format was a mix of local and syndicated block programming under the slogan "Always good listening". KMCM was authorized to add nighttime service with a 1,000 watt directional signal on November 4, 1949.
The station joined the Keystone Broadcasting System on March 1, 1950, but dropped it in favor of Gordon McLendon's Liberty Broadcasting System on October 2, 1950. This radio network affiliation lasted until Liberty went out of business in May 1952, and KMCM resumed its previous Keystone affiliation.
Sale and changes
On August 22, 1959, Yamhill Broadcasters, Inc., announced that it had agreed to sell KMCM to the Yamhill Radio Company for a reported sale price of $80,000. The deal was approved by the FCC on October 1, 1959. The station's format was changed in mid-1962 to a middle of the road sound.
The new ownership was short-lived as KMCM was sold again on April 1, 1963, to Ray Andrew Fields for a reported $100,000. After a few more years of MOR operation, the station flipped to Top 40 music in January 1967. One year later, on January 1, 1968, KMCM became a charter affiliate of ABC Radio's "American Information Network" which featured newscasts at the top of every hour.
On October 29, 1968, Ray Andrew Fields committed to sell KMCM to Norjud Broadcasting, Inc., for a reported title price of $97,500. Norjud Broadcasting, owned by Norman and Judith Aldred, gained FCC approval for the sale on November 16, 1968. The new owners moved the music format back to the middle of the road.
However, change became the constant as in October 1971 the station added country & western to the music mix with the station becoming a purely C&W station by October 1972. The station's on-promotions claimed that the "MCM" in KMCM stood for "More Country Music". But by late 1976, KMCM returned some MOR music to its schedule and in early 1977 flipped to an entirely adult contemporary music format. In 1978, the station re-introduced Top 40 music to its mix, but only in the evenings.
Switch to KCYX
In March 1980, Norjud Broadcasting, Inc., reached an agreement to sell this station to Radio 1260, Inc., for a reported $475,000. The deal was approved by the FCC on May 21, 1980. The new owners dropped the Top 40 block and spread the adult contemporary format to all dayparts.
In July 1987, Radio 1260, Inc., reached an agreement to sell this station to Matrix Media, Inc., for a reported sale price of $681,812. The deal was approved by the FCC on July 31, 1987, and the transaction was consummated on September 15, 1987. Matrix Media shifted the format to a successful mix of adult contemporary music and talk radio. On-air talent included morning man Steve Kenyon, News Director Ben Gutierez, Marty Lanser, Program Director Rich Patterson, KC McCormick, Glenn Nobel, Mark Lacy, Sports Director Tom Lockyear & Loren Engel.
In April 1990, as part of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings involving Matrix Media, the broadcast license for KCYX was transferred to trusteee Thomas A. Huntsberger. The involuntary transfer was approved by the FCC on May 14, 1990, and KCYX went off the air. Two weeks later, in late May 1990, trustee Huntsberger arranged a sale of KCYX and its assets to Larry and Stella Bohnsack, doing business as Bohnsack Strategies, Inc., for a reported $120,000. The deal was approved by the FCC on October 2, 1990, and the transaction was consummated on October 31, 1990. The new owners had the FCC change the station's call sign to KLYC on June 20, 1990. KLYC returned to the air in October 1990 with a format blending adult contemporary and oldies music.
The station increased its broadcast power to 1,000 watts on May 1, 1996. The station shifted to an all-oldies format, focused on the hits of the 1960s and 1970s, in 2001. Although now largely automated, this remains the station's current music format.
In 1991, KLYC's news director documented a "presence" of something paranormal in the station's equipment room, especially while the broadcast transmitter was being warmed up for the day's operation. A clairvoyant named Erin Lasell was brought in to investigate in October 1991 and she confirmed the "presence" at the station. The station's owners confirmed that this "presence" had been reported by a number of other employees over the years as well. KLYC occupied this building until moving to a new radio studio building in 1993. The station relocated its broadcast tower in 2000 and the former studio building is now a daycare facility. Staff at the daycare have also reported paranormal activity in the same part of the building.
KLYC to go off the air
On March 18, 2013 it was announced that KLYC would cease broadcasting on March 22 at 1 pm (advertised as 12:60 pm in reference to the station's broadcast frequency. As of June 2013, the station has returned to the air.
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