iHeartMedia Conservative Talk 1190 KEX Portland OR has announced the return of Mark Mason for 12-3pm duties starting Monday, January 23. Mason and co-host Dave Anderson exited the 3-5pm slot at KEX in July 2013 after 18 yeas at the station. The duo moved to Pamplin Media Group’s 860 KPAM until Anderson’s death in early 2016 and Mason’s exit in November. He will now replace Michael Castner, who departed in November, back at KEX. Mason will continue to serve as public address announcer for the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. News Radio 1190 KEX, Portland’s News, Traffic & Weather station, announced today the debut of the Mark Mason Show, a new midday program with local on-air personality Mark Mason, effective immediately. Mason, who will return to the station after...[Read More]
Update 3:50pm: Clear Channel indeed launched Alternative “Radio 102.3” K272EL at 12:00pm Pacific Time. The station is not yet streaming, but says that will be up by the end of the day. Original Report 9/9 12:15pm: Clear Channel News/Talk 1190 KEX Portland is about to lose its FM simulcast. 102.3 K272EL Portland/100.3 KKRZ-HD2 will soon flip to Alternative as “Radio 102.3“. The move will position the translator between Entercom Alternative 94.7 KNRK and Alpha Broadcasting AAA 101.9 KINK. KEX began simulcasting on 102.3 in April 2011 after Alpha moved 750 KXL to 101.1. In the August PPM rankings, KXL’s 6.2 share placed it well ahead of KEX’s 2.3. K272EL’s 99 watt signal covers the majority of Portland and its adjacent suburbs.
The exodus of News/Talk to the FM band continues as Clear Channel adds FM Translators for two more of its AM’s. Following on the heels of crosstown 750 KXL adding a full-powered simulcast on 101.1, Clear Channel’s “NewsRadio 1190” KEX follows it to the FM band via 102.3 K272EL. The 99 watt translator covers Portland proper, but will not have the full market coverage of KXL-FM. The move is made possible via an arrangement with Way-FM Media. Way gave Clear Channel access to 102.3 in exchange for Way to program 105.9 KFBW-HD2 as a feeder for its 104.5 K283BL Beaverton. That station debuted on April 1 as Christian AC “104.5 Way-FM“. A similar arrangement with Reach Communications brings 610 WIOD Miami to 100.3 W262AN Tamarac, FL. The signal covers much of th...[Read More]