3. Moving Around Town


In 1973, KBOO received a facilities grant for equipment, and had to move to be able to hold all the new toys. The new location was downtown at 65 SW Yamhill Street. KBOO was broadcasting from there in August 1977, soon expanding to 24 hours of broadcasting a day.

1977 was also the year of KBOO’s first managerial crisis. People were concerned about the direction that KBOO was taking, and held meetings to organize the volunteers into a union in May 1977. In March 1978, Michael Wells was hired as Station Manager. With new management came revival. A new 10-kilowatt Collins transmitter was installed in 1978, providing the potential for a 50,000-watt stereo broadcast.