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    Lieutenant Goldsborough of the Medford aviation field tried out the wireless outfit last night and picked up messages all along the coast, one being a telephone wireless from Los Angeles to Cataline Island. The local field is in splendid shape now, representing a high degree of orderliness and neatness. Lieutenant Goldsborough is one of the best-known aviators on the coast, took part in the transcontinental flight last year and had a narrow escape when his plane collided with a mountaintop in the Rockies. Goldsborough escaped with a few minor injuries, but his companion was killed.
"Local Briefs," Medford Mail Tribune, August 7, 1920, page 2


PUT VALLEY RADIO IN AT CENTRAL POINT
    W. J. Virgin of Central Point is installing a radio transmitting set and will broadcast market and news reports furnished by The Mail Tribune. He will start with a 5-watt station, but a 50-watt transmitter will be installed as soon as possible. The reports will be able to be heard with suitable receiving apparatus all over southern Oregon.
    It is expected that the set will be in operation within the next three weeks. Mr. Virgin is doing the work himself and has bought the apparatus. Concerts will be broadcasted in addition to the news and market reports from The Mail Tribune.
Medford Mail Tribune, July 21, 1922, page 3


RADIO BROADCASTING STATION AT FAIR GR'S
    Construction work has started this morning on the new broadcasting station located on the Jackson County fairgrounds. This station will be under the personal supervision of W. J. Virgin, radio expert, who has recently located in Medford and will do much toward placing Medford on the map throughout the radio world.
    Broadcasting equipment will be installed above the orchestra platform in the fairgrounds amusement pavilion, and the latest popular dance music as present by Launspach's pavilion orchestra will be broadcasted for hundreds of miles. Mr. Virgin expects to have all equipment in operation this week, and the first concert will no doubt be broadcasted Saturday.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 21, 1922, page 2


    Construction work on the new radio broadcasting station at the fairgrounds was progressing rapidly today, and it is hoped that all will be in readiness for the initial concert tonight. A large broadcasting instrument will be installed above the orchestra platform in the dance pavilion, and the latest dance hits as featured by Launspach's new pavilion orchestra will be broadcasted throughout the state. Radio enthusiasts plan to attend the pavilion dance tonight to see the first broadcasting station in southern Oregon in actual operation.

Medford Mail Tribune, September 22, 1922, page 2


RADIO FANS ENTHUSE OVER MEDFORD ACTION
    Radio fans throughout the valley are deeply interested in the new broadcasting station which is now under construction at the fairgrounds. This novel enterprise will cost in the neighborhood of one thousand dollars and will enable radio owners for hundreds of miles to "tune in" on the concerts and entertainment provided by the Medford station. Far better results will thus be obtained for local radio fans than have been received in the past from far distant broadcasting stations. That this new project will be a great publicity medium for Medford there is no doubt, as it will put Medford on the radio map for the entire coast. It is planned to have all equipment ready by Saturday evening, when the first concert will be broadcasted from Launspach's pavilion orchestra.
    Many people from all parts of the valley plan to attend the pavilion dance tomorrow night and see this novel broadcasting equipment in operation for the first time in this part of the state.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 22, 1922, page 3


CO. FAIR RADIO WILL BROADCAST TONIGHT
    Radio station "K.F.A.Y.," located at Jackson County fairgrounds, will broadcast music this evening from 7:30 to 8:30.
    A regular program will be arranged for at least three nights a week commencing Wednesday night with Launspach's orchestra, which will furnish dance music from 9:30 p.m. to 12 p.m.
    The station, which is transmitting on low power tonight, will have the larger set installed by Wednesday.

Medford Mail Tribune, September 25, 1922, page 1


RADIO STATION AT FAIR IS GETTING SPLENDID RESULTS
    Radio station K.F.A.Y., located at Medford, Oregon, is getting excellent results. Last Saturday night when broadcasting Launspach's orchestra on low power and with the aerial incomplete they were picked up by Santa Cruz, Calif., Sedro Woolley, Wash., Salt Lake City, Utah, and other equally distant points.
    Last night, with the completed aerial and high power, they probably reached over a radius of 1500 miles. A list of stations answering them will be published in the near future, as soon as the mails bring the answers.
    The owners of the station, W. J. Virgin of Virgin's Radio Service, and Sam Jordon of the Jordon Electric Company in Ashland, wish the public to consider the installation a community affair and wish the support of all local talent to make it a success. They wish all musicians to register with them who are willing to sing or play over the radio-phone.
    The station is open to the public, and visitors are allowed during broadcasting hours. A regular program will be arranged for three or four nights a week.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 28, 1922, page 8


Radio Program
    A message was received yesterday by Virgin's Radio Service from Meade, operating O.I.C., at St. Michael, Alaska. The message is as follows: "Replying to your broadcast, midnight, September 27th. Radiophone very loud, also very clear. Loud enough to be heard all over room. Enjoyed concert very much."
    Another concert has been arranged for this evening. The following program by Alford's Imperial Four will be broadcasted between 8:30 and 9:30: "I Wish I Knew," "Mississippi Moon," "Tomorrow," "Carolina Rose," "Georgia" and "She Comes from Dixie."
    These numbers will be heard by radio fans for hundreds of miles. The Imperial Four, a new organization in Medford, is a saxophone quartet under the supervision of Herb Alford and is expected to make a hit with local music lovers, as well as with radio fans within a large radius.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 29, 1922

November 6, 1922 Medford Mail Tribune
Medford Mail Tribune, November 6, 1922

MAY BROADCAST CROP REPORTS FROM MEDFORD
    Radio broadcasting station K.F.A.Y. of Medford, Ore. has been recommended by the Department of Agriculture, Weather Bureau, to the Department of Navigation to be granted a license for broadcasting of U.S. market crop and weather reports.
    This privilege is granted to but few stations and is assigned a special wavelength for this purpose only, 485 meters.
    This service will start as soon as the license arrives. The Medford Mail Tribune was instrumental in securing this concession. The latter will also broadcast news items on 360 meters.
    A musical program was broadcast last night consisting of several numbers by the 23-12 orchestra of the Medford High School.
    The next program will be broadcast 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. next Wednesday evening.
    The following cities have heard our music since the list printed;
    Shandon, Calif.; Bellingham, Wash.; Lebanon, Ore.; Redmond, Ore.; Grants Pass; Vacaville, Calif.; Santa Cruz, Calif.; Mill Valley, Calif.; Agnew, Calif.; Cowichan Station, Vancouver, B.C.; Molalla, Ore.; and Kelso, Wash.
    A radio voice conversation was held with K.F.C.C. of Wallace, Idaho, between 11 and 12 p.m. October 2.
Medford Mail Tribune, October 3, 1922, page 18


May Lose Radio Station
    To the Editor: Medford has been placed on the map and advertised to a greater extent lately than ever before. This has been done through the agency of the broadcasting station at the fair grounds, and has been the means of hundreds of letters being received from people as far away as Honolulu, Alaska and even Mississippi River points, many of the writers probably never having heard of Medford before. This is good advertising, and has been done wholly by private individuals who bore all the expense of installing and operating this station. They are prohibited from making any charge for sending out any broadcasted matter, so the burden has become so heavy for them that one of the owners has quit, and the other, Mr. Virgin of this city, cannot see where he can continue much longer. Many Medford people have enjoyed this service and would miss it very much if it is discontinued, to say nothing of the word going out that Medford "fell down" on their radio station.
    It has been learned, however, that another city has offered Mr. Virgin to pay all his operating expenses if he would move the station there and advertise that place instead of Medford, which would effectually kill the large amount of radio advertising for Crater Lake next spring, in addition to which the answers to these hundreds of letters of inquiry would be dated at another city. Let us work to keep the station here. Let the booster organizations lend a hand to help the thing along; get the musical organizations to assist in furnishing programs; get the merchants interested as a business proposition for the good of Medford.
    I am not connected with the Virgin Radio in any manner whatsoever, am not even in business for myself, just a salary man, but I have enough interest in the advertisement feature that Medford gets out of it to chip in something towards keeping the station here. Let's hear from some of the Medford people owning radio sets as to what they think of losing the station.
MEDFORD RESIDENT.
Medford, Nov. 21st.
Medford Mail Tribune, November 23, 1922, page 4


    Radio fans from all sections of Southern Oregon met Monday night at Hotel Medford and organized the Rogue River Valley Radio Club. The initial roster bears the names of eight-five members, which will be increased to three hundred in the near future, the officials predict. The purpose of the organization is to work jointly to secure favorable legislation and to otherwise promote this growing industry. W. J. Virgin of Medford was elected president, A. B. Brownell of Grants Pass vice president and Elmer Morris of Ashland secretary.

"Yourself and Others," Medford Clarion, November 2, 1923, page 5


Radio Station Map 1924
Radio station map 1924

KMED 1926-10-6MMT
Medford Mail Tribune, October 6, 1926


MEDFORD BROADCASTING.
    Of some importance from a publicity standpoint, and an act of much enterprise, is the fact that the valley will soon have a radio broadcasting station. The Mail Tribune of Medford and Virgin, the radio man, are back of the proposition, and they are expecting to be broadcasting to the world every night, beginning December 15. We suggest, if we are permitted to do so, that the fans now organize a nightclub to hold forth one night a week. Call them "The Pear Pickers from the Land Where the Rogue River Flows." Eh?
Central Point American, December 3, 1926, page 2


MAIL TRIBUNE RADIO STATION TEST PRAISED
    The Mail Tribune-Virgin broadcasting station, KMED, went on the air yesterday afternoon, in a test, and hundreds of radio fans in southern Oregon and northern California "listened in" at the initial program. Scores of telephone calls were received from local and out-of-town points. The reception, on a 250 wavelength, was clear and distinct.
    Tomorrow evening the informal opening of the station will be held with the broadcasting of "The Star of Bethlehem," a cantata presented by the choir of the Christian Church of this city.
    The formal opening of the station presented by the Craters Club of this city will be held the coming week. The program will consist of music, short talks, song numbers and features by local talent.
    Regular programs will be given thereafter consisting of musical numbers, local and general news, market reports and other radio attractions.
Excerpt, Medford Mail Tribune, December 26, 1926



Now to Broadcast.
    Jackson County now has a real radio broadcasting station. Medford is the home of KMED, made possible by the enterprise of the Mail Tribune and Mr. Virgin, radio dealer. KMED is on the air every night, and offers very good programs. You will find them by turning the wavelength to 250.
Central Point American, December 31, 1926, page 1

Medford Mail Tribune, 9-14-1927
Medford Mail Tribune, September 14, 1927


KMED Radio Programs Entertain Coast Fans
RADIO FANS HEAR K.M.E.D. BROADCAST
Station Operates Under Supervision of Federal Radio Commission--
Has 11 Remote Control Wires--Owned by W. J. Virgin and Medford Mail Tribune

    Each day brings scores of telegrams, letters, cards and long-distance telephone calls from radio fans who have "listened in" and enjoyed programs from KMED, the popular southern Oregon broadcasting station owned and operated by W. J. Virgin and the Medford Mail Tribune. From sunny Mexico to the rugged mountain country of northern Canada and Alaska, people have been tuning in on KMED's radio entertainment, and this station has won an enviable reputation for the excellence of its programs.
    Few cities of the size of Medford have the distinction of having an up-to-the-minute radio broadcasting station, and KMED has a record of having more churches broadcasting services than any similar station in the United States. Eleven remote control wires enter the Sparta Building studio of KMED, and four of these are owned by the station. A direct wire connects the studio with the offices of the Mail Tribune, and Associated Press and local news items and markets are sent out daily over the ether together with election returns and play-by-play accounts of great sporting events.
    Through KMED's service, communities surrounding Medford are kept more closely in touch with valley, state, national and international news as well as afforded a chance to enjoy carefully prepared musical programs and radio frolics. World Series baseball games are given to them direct from the great eastern ball parks. Thrilling play-by-play accounts of gridiron tilts and basketball games are brought instantly to their homes while ringside blow-by-blow reports of championship prize fights also come to them over KMED. Medford merchants, too, have used the Mail Tribune-Virgin station to familiarize the public with their stores.
    KMED station has been "on the air" for more than a year, and its popularity has increased with phenomenal rapidity, as evidenced by the increasing volume of fan mail. It is managed by W. J. Virgin, well-known local radio expert, and operated under supervision of the Federal Radio Commission.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 1, 1928, page B3


KMED SETS RECORD FOR BROADCAST
Medford Station Gives More Sport Programs Than Any Coast Station--
Weather Reports Given Orchardists--Power Increase Planned--Station Advertises Community.
    Repeating its achievement of the year before, KMED, the Mail Tribune-Virgin radio broadcasting station, in 1929 broadcasted the most football games, play by play, of any station on the Pacific coast regardless of size. Through this station and the courtesy of local business men, Medford and southern Oregon football fans listened to accurate accounts of practically every important game in which coast teams figured.
    On three occasions, the station was on the air beginning at 11 o'clock and continuing until late in the afternoon, giving account of two games, difference in time making it possible for play-by-play returns of eastern games in which western teams took part, to be broadcast in time to be followed by a game on the coast.
    Unlike larger stations, which contract to broadcast a certain number of games, the Medford station followed the championship trend of teams and placed on the air only the most important games.
World Series Broadcasted
    KMED was also the only station on the coast to broadcast complete returns of the World Series baseball games and [this] was done through the cooperation of the Mail Tribune, which began the use of radio three years ago to disseminate the news of the annual series. It has proven to be a popular service and has reached all southern Oregon and often distant parts of the state, keeping thousands of radio listeners informed with up-to-the-minute accounts.
    Another big service of the station is the daily, noon and evening broadcasts of news as received by Associated Press leased wires by the Mail Tribune. Short news notes of interest are broadcast at 12:30 each noon, followed by a more complete broadcast of news at 6:15 in the evening. These features have become a part of the household routine of hundreds of families, listening for the reading of the reports of foreign, national and local news, in addition to market and weather reports. A wisecrack, written daily by Arthur Perry in the Smudge Pot columns of the Mail Tribune, is also included.
Last-Minute News Given
    In addition to being on the air at these hours, the station has often broadcast news of especial interest, and it was only last month [sic] when the death of Governor Patterson, Saturday night, December 21, was put on the air 12 minutes after the first telegram was received in Medford. The station was silent at the time, but was immediately placed in operation to give all southern Oregon residents an opportunity to learn of his tragic passing.
    KMED is on the air beginning at 8 o'clock in the morning until four in the afternoon, continuously presenting programs of a varied nature for business men of Medford and other cities in the county. Dinner-hour concerts are also given, in addition to good programs in the evening, including radio dramas, music recitals and other numbers of musical interest. Church services are broadcast each Sunday evening, with studio services followed by services by the International Bible School.
Help to Orchardists
    The station in the spring of each year is of especial importance to the orchardists of Rogue River Valley. Floyd Young, government frost expert arriving each year in the spring, sends frost warnings through the station, which is open to his use at any time. If it were not for this service, orchardists would likely spend many sleepless nights, now eliminated by merely listening to the daily frost reports, usually given between the hours of eight and ten each night.
Power Increase Planned
    However, due to atmospheric conditions, there are some orchards in the valley that have difficulty of listening to Medford, and to overcome these conditions, made worse by undue interference, the station is planning to increase its power so that its important service in protecting the annual five-million-dollar fruit crop may be 100 percent successful. The value of the station for frost work has been confirmed by Mr. Young in a sworn statement.
    Sudden unexpected drops in temperature are predicted by Mr. Young, giving orchardists information which they otherwise would never know.
    Another feature of the station is the daily broadcast at 6:30 of special syndicate educational hours for schoolchildren. KMED is the only small station to have this service and [it] is proving to be immensely popular.
    KMED also bears the distinction of being the only station in the entire United States to be owned and operated by a woman, Mrs. W. J. Virgin. There is another that is owned by a woman, but is not operated by the owner. She has been devoting her entire time to the station and has developed it in a high standard and made it almost a part of every household in southern Oregon having radio receiving sets. It is the official Mail Tribune station, being run in conjunction with this newspaper.
    It was established December 26, 1927 [sic], by W. J. Virgin, who died January 28, 1928. He was southern Oregon's radio pioneer, and established his radio station here when radio was still in its infancy. It was known as KFAY, and was one of the very few on the Pacific coast. He laid the foundation for the present success.
    The staff of KMED is as follows: Lee Bishop, announcer, program director and continuity writer; Hum Greig, sales manager; Floyd Rush, engineer; Eddie Randall, assistant announcer and assistant engineer. Mr. Bishop has proven himself an unqualified success, and his easily understood voice is heard by thousands daily. Mr. Rush has been with the station for several years and formerly also did the announcing.
    The station is recognized through the southern part of the state and also in northern California, where it is easily heard, as being one of the biggest and best publicity mediums for Medford.
    Whenever it is off the air temporarily, telephone calls arrive at the studio headquarters by the hundreds from anxious radio listeners.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 31, 1929, page B7


BUSY REMODELING AT RADIO STATION
    Due to improvements being made at the broadcast studios in the Sparta Building, KMED, the Mail Tribune-Virgin station, will be operating on condensed schedule for the next three weeks. Considerable work has already been done, but much remains before the improvement program will have been completed.
    The studio is being remodeled, with the operating department enclosed in glass. The studio will also be lined with new sound insulation. In a short time the station will begin the installation of a new 100-watt transmitter.

Medford Mail Tribune, April 8, 1931, page 6


RADIO STATION IN NEW DRESS SOON
    The major reconstruction and remodeling of KMED, the Mail Tribune-Virgin station, is now rapidly nearing completion, with the exception of decorating and trimming of the studios and offices. The work is expected to be completed within the next ten days. At that time an official opening will be announced with invitations extended to the public to inspect the new studios, located in the Sparta Building.
    The general design and layout of the studios, monitor room and transmitter rooms are such that maximum efficiency will be gained from all broadcast efforts, whether by studio, transcription, chain, remote control and records. The rooms have been made soundproof with a double layer of insulation, assuring a more even and pleasant tone basis for programs.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 6, 1931, page 5


GRAND OPENING OF STATION KMED THURSDAY MAY 21
Local Radio Station Beautifully Remodeled and Decorated. Will Be Open for Public Inspection.
    The long-awaited formal opening of the local radio station, KMED, has been planned for broadcast Thursday evening, May twenty-first, between the hours of seven-thirty and twelve o'clock. After many months of work in rebuilding of transmitter and studios, the station is now in complete readiness for public inspection. The plans for the opening call for civic or dedication ceremonies between seven-thirty and eight-thirty on the evening of this coming Thursday. At that hour there will be talks from the studios by representatives of the local Chamber of Commerce, city council and other civic bodies, together with a short informal talk by Mrs. W. J. Virgin, owner and operator of KMED. From eight-thirty until midnight there will be conducted open house, for the benefit of all in this part of the country who would like to inspect, first hand, the studios, transmitting equipment and furnishings of the new station. The program from the studios will feature Don Provosts and His Pep Peddlers, alternating in half-hour cycles with Jim Grieves and His Prospectors. In this manner, two of the finest entertaining organizations obtainable will be on hand for entertainment on the air and for entertainment of visitors to the studios.
    The management of KMED, while employing, in as far as was possible, local supplies and labor, has succeeded in making the station one of the show places of Southern Oregon. There has been no effort nor money spared in bringing the transmitting equipment to its highest possible point of operating efficiency, and at present the station is operating on the new one hundred watts power officially granted by the radio commission. This is just double the power that the original station was employing.
    Even before the studios were officially opened to the public, visitors found their way to the studios of the station, in the Sparta Building, and without exception remarked about its unusual beauty. Time, effort and talent have made it possible to transform an ordinary room into a garden of Oriental delight. The soft hues and colors of China, and the Far East, together with the symbolical decorations, foo dogs, rich tapestries, etc., have combined to make not only a most efficient studio for the transmission of sound, but a most unusual and altogether beautiful studio.
    Because there has been so much effort expended in making the new studios so attractive and efficient, the management of KMED sincerely hopes that visitors will make the tour of inspection on Thursday evening next, when special features will make the visit most pleasant.
    Mrs. W. J. Virgin, owner and operator, is most ably assisted in the operation of station KMED by Mr. F. M. Rush, who has been with the station almost from its first inception under the direction of W. J. Virgin, its founder. Mr. Rush is well known locally and holds the position of chief technician. It was largely due to his untiring efforts that KMED is still on the air, as no task is too small or too large for "Floyd," as he is better known, to undertake, to better Medford's popular broadcasting station.
    Mrs. Virgin is also assisted in the operation by Mr. L. P. Bishop, the affable commercial manager; David Reese, announcer and technician--the local boy with the real radio voice; Hal McCracken, also announcer and technician, and Liston Bowden, assistant engineer.
    One thing about KMED is the fact that this station has kept well ahead of the growth of Medford, and with the advent of the opening of the newly remodeled station Medford can well feel proud of the efforts of Mrs. W. J. Virgin and her co-workers, for they have placed at the service of Medford patrons a station that would be a credit to any city. In fact, the newly equipped station is better than can be found almost anywhere along the coast, so be sure to go to the opening. If you have never visited a broadcasting station, go, and if you have been there before go anyway and show your appreciation to the managers of the local station who have so untiringly worked to keep Medford on the air.
    The new station in the Sparta Building is a dream; it is well equipped--but best of all it is Medford's own station. We just let Mrs. Virgin operate it and pay the bills, but Medford receives the glory and the advertising.
    If you cannot attend the opening, send flowers and then sit at home and tune in and celebrate the best you can, as Medford is permanently on the air, and has the ONE BEST broadcasting station along the Pacific coast.
Pacific Record Herald, May 14, 1931, page 1



Local Radio Station a Credit to Medford
    Medford people will be agreeably surprised by the many improvements that have been made when they attend the opening of the local KMED station [in the Sparta Building] Thursday night, May 21.
    After broadcasting for the radio audience in southern Oregon all manner of queer sounds of hammering, sawing, sliding, etc. for the past few months, the local radio station is now in readiness to welcome the public for the opening night. All work has been completed on the new station, and transmitters as well as studios are now ready for display.
    The program for the opening night is to be divided into two distinct sections. The first time division, from 7:30 until 8:30 opening night, will be set aside for the civic dedication ceremonies, which will be broadcast from the studios and which local radio fans may hear in their own homes. From 8:30 until midnight there will be conducted open house, with cordial invitations extended to everyone. The feature programs on the air during open house will consist of music by Provost's dance band, alternating with Jim Grieve's Prospectors. In this way there will be plenty of entertainment for those who will be unable to visit the station during opening night ceremonies, as well as those who are expected to stop in and view first-hand the completely new KMED.
    The complete revision of room plans now makes it possible to have transmitter space, monitoring for operating space, separate studios, offices and reception rooms, all partitioned off with double glass windows. This makes observation of activities easy, yet does not interfere with any programs being broadcast. The transmitter is now operating on the authorized 100 watts in place of the original 50, and represents a completely new machine. Along with the transmitter has come the new-type condenser microphones, etc., which make modern studio or recorded broadcast easily possible.
    Studios of the station have been designed along unusual, yet delightfully effective, Oriental lines. Shaded lights, colors, decorations, tapestries, symbolical foo dogs, all blend to create a distinctive Oriental atmosphere. The effect in evening is most pleasant, for the absence of direct sunlight gives full play on the colors and color combinations.
    The station with its new studios and transmitter represents a local organization which has grown along with local needs in radio entertainment, and because of the strong interest shown in KMED activities there is expected a large number of people for the opening ceremonies Thursday evening next.
    The local radio station was founded in 1922 and known as KFAY, being located at the fair grounds, and it was there that the entire equipment of the station was stolen during the years 1924 and 1925. In 1926 the new KMED was founded by W. J. Virgin and officially recorded, and since that time has been individually owned, first by W. J. Virgin exclusively, then by Mrs. W. J. Virgin, his widow. The station is recorded as single ownership, no other persons or interests having any financial investment in it.
    The opening scheduled for Thursday evening, May 21, is open to all of the of the people of this vicinity, and an urgent request is sent out in the hope that many will attend.
Medford Daily News, May 19, 1931, page 3
Medford Mail Tribune, May 30, 1931 
Medford Mail Tribune, May 30, 1931. Open the image in another window for a clearer view.

RADIO STATION TO HAVE NEW MASTS
    Last in the series of major improvements for the local Virgin radio station KMED will be accomplished today, when engineers put in place the new antenna systems and counterpoise.
    Black and yellow masts have been raised seventy-five feet from the roof of the Sparta building, or a total of 125 feet above the street. This last improvement will require the station to be quiet most of today.
    Completion of the antenna system will place the local station on a strictly modern basis throughout.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 7, 1931, page 7


KMED JOINS NBC NETWORK SUNDAY
    Sunday, September 5 will mark the debut of the National Broadcasting Company in southern Oregon, using the facilities of KMED, Medford radio station. Although the original date for the initial broadcast of NBC network programs was set for September 15th, the date has been advanced ten days so that the first program will be presented next Sunday. Both the Pacific Coast Blue and the Pacific Coast Red networks will be featured, according to Mrs. Blanche Virgin, owner of the Medford station.
    Recent improvements in facilities have been effected by KMED with affiliation with the National Broadcasting Company in view. The station has a regional channel frequently of 1410 kilocycles with a power of 250 watts. The nearest National Broadcasting stations are located at Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California.
    Mrs. Virgin is one of the few women owners and operators of commercial broadcasting stations in the United States. The local station was established near Medford in 1922 by William J. Virgin, and since his death in 1927 Mrs. Virgin has continued the station's operation. Lee Bishop is commercial manager and Arthur Adler advertising manager.
Medford Mail Tribune, September 2, 1937, page 9



    Valley fruit men will have the benefit of daily frost reports again this year, following the announcement that Roy J. Rogers, affiliated with the United States Weather Bureau, will arrive here March 15 to conduct frost report activities. Mr. Rogers comes here from Pomona, Calif., and will be here until the first of June. Reports are expected to be given nightly over the local radio station, KMED, as has been the past program.
"Medford, Ore. News Notes," The Chicago Packer, March 12, 1938, page 5


KMED Ownership to Change Hands Saturday, July 1
    Radio Medford, Inc., will take over ownership of radio station KMED as of July 1 under terms of sale now in process of completion, it was reported today by V. J. Robinson, president of the recently formed corporation.
    Approval of the $290,000 sale was given last week by the Federal Communications Commission in Washington. Seller is Mrs. W. J. Virgin Randle, who has owned the station for a number of years. Previous prospective sales have been held up through FCC disapproval, litigation or the inability of the parties to reach an agreement.
    Radio Medford, Inc. was formed early this year for the express purpose of purchasing and operating the station. Besides Robinson, officers include J. L. DeArmond, vice president; H. B. Murphy, treasurer and William McAllister, secretary. Other stockholders include Drs. Dwight H. Findley and B. L. Lageson.
    Announcement of the conditional sale was made April 7.
    Robinson said the station will retain its present staff, with Bernard Cooney continuing as manager.
Medford Mail Tribune, June 28, 1950, page 1




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