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Congratulations To KRWQ's Jason Allen On Birth Of Daughter

Medford, Oregon – March 30, 2013 (Courtesy - Congratulations to BICOASTAL MEDIA Country KRWQ (Q100.3)/MEDFORD, OR afternoon host JASON ALLEN on the birth of his and wife KIMBERLY’s 3rd child, daughter PAYTON LANE JUDE. PAYTON was born during the KRWQ’s record-breaking "COUNTRY CARES FOR ST. JUDE" radiothon and JASON described the exciting day to ALL ACCESS. "I had to leave with only an hour left of day 1 during our radiothon because KIMBERLY was going into labor. She was calling me about every hour to let me know how the contractions were going. I could tell by her voice that I should probably just go. PAYTON was born at 11:22p (PT) that night. We then listened to all of day 2 of our radiothon from our hospital room, where I also did a live call-in. It was our biggest ST. JUDE RADIOTHON ever- our previous record was $85,000 and this year we raised over $119,000! As we got closer to the radiothon I kept telling KIMBERLY, ‘whatever you do, don't have this kid until the radiothon is over!’ Now that I think about it I wouldn't have had it any other way. It was a pretty magical experience and will make for a great story to share with PAYTON when she gets older," said JASON. PAYTON’s middle name is a nod to ST. JUDE. She joins big sisters RILEY, age 2, and BAILEY, age 4.

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Telephone:  541-772-4170
Address:  3624 Avion Dr., Medford, Oregon 97504

Columbia Gorge AM stations add FM signals

Columbia Gorge, Oregon – August 30, 2011 Two Bicoastal AM stations serving the Columbia River Gorge have recently added FM signals to reach a new listener base. KIHR 1340 Licensed to Hood River Oregon can now be heard on 98.3 FM. KIHR features a full service station playing country music. KACI 1300 AM licensed to The Dalles Oregon is now broadcasting on 103.9 FM. The station features America’s top talk and news programming along with Oregon’s own Lars Larson. The addition of FM to KACI allows for a better night time signal after the station goes to low power at night according to Market Manager, Gary Grossman.

(Bicoastal Media is a 50 Station Northwest Radio Station Group with headquarters in Eugene, Oregon.)

Contact: Gary Grossman, Market Manager for additional information on this release.
Telephone:  541-296-2211
Address:  719 E. 2nd St., The Dalles, Oregon 97058

Station to change frequency, extend coverage

Columbia Gorge, Oregon – August 30, 2011 KACI FM in The Dalles Oregon has some big changes in front of the station that will occur over the next few months. Market Manager Gary Grossman says the first part of the plan is a change in frequency from the current dial location at 97.7 to a new spot at 93.5. Along with the change in location on the radio dial is a proposed move of the transmitter site from Seven Mile to Stacker Butte. The new site, which is considerably higher in elevation, will give KACI FM the ability to reach approximately 18,000 more potential listeners. Most notably the station will have a local grade signal in Goldendale Washington. The plan calls for a “booster” which will improve the coverage in Hood River Oregon and White Salmon Washington. There is no change in format planned for KACI FM. The station plays classic hits and features the only local morning show to originate on a full coverage FM in the Columbia River Gorge.

(Bicoastal Media is a 50 Station Northwest Radio Station Group with headquarters in Eugene, Oregon.)

Contact: Gary Grossman, Market Manager for additional information on this release.
Telephone:  541-296-2211
Address:  719 E. 2nd St., The Dalles, Oregon 97058

Bicoastal Media earns St. Jude "Partner Of The Year" award

Bicoastal Corporate – August 16, 2011 In honor of its dedication to supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in its mission to find cures for childhood cancer, Bicoastal Media recently received the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® Partner of the Year award. Over the past decade the company’s participating radio stations raised more than $2.3 million dollars for the kids of St. Jude with the help of its listeners, supporters, and sponsors. Bicoastal Media’s President and COO, Michael Wilson, along with KRED DJ Rollin Trehearne, accepted the award at an annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner held July 31 in Memphis, Tenn. “We are grateful for this recognition,” Wilson said. “Our team works hard every day to keep the mission of St. Jude top of mind with our listeners. We’re delighted to play a small part in helping raise funds so the researchers and doctors can continue to work miracles every day. The true reward from this partnership is the gratitude we see in the eyes of the parents and kids of St. Jude. On the west coast, Bicoastal Media’s main fundraising programs both support St. Jude - the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® Radiothon and the Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids® radiothon. The radiothons span 26 hours for more than two days, and on-air announcers relate their experiences visiting the hospital and share patient stories. Listeners are then encouraged to call-in to the stations, where teams of local volunteers ask them to become a “Partners In Hope” by making a $20 a month donation (only 67 cents a day)that helps St. Jude make a big impact in the lives of children fighting cancer and other catastrophic diseases. The daily operating cost of St. Jude is $1.7 million, and 75 percent of the hospital’s operating costs are covered by public donations. “It is so heart-warming to know that Country Cares continues the vision that started 22 years ago of putting the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital first,” says Country Cares board member and California St. Jude patient father, Don Langford. “What an accomplishment for a group of stations to stand tall for the kids and for the hospital. Thank you, Bicoastal Media.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, go to and follow St. Jude on and

Contact: Gary Grossman, Market Manager for additional information on this release.
Telephone:  510.595.2100
Address:  1250 45th street, suite 15, Emeryville, CA 94608

Congratulations to Bicoastal Media stations in Eureka and Crescent City California and Medford and Albany Oregon as they raised over 242,000 dollars for the Kids of St. Jude Research Children’s hospital in Memphis during the month of February. Bicoastal Media stations in Oregon and California have been partnering with St. Jude for several years and raise nearly 500,000 dollars annually to help researchers find a cure for childhood cancers and disease.

Bicoastal Media President Mike Wilson says "each year our stations shine in their fundraising efforts for the children of St. Jude’s. It’s a testament to this worthwhile effort. St. Jude’s research is shared with hospitals and health professionals around the world. We are proud to be a part of it."

Albany station KRKT FM was recently announced as a nominee for the coveted Crystal Award presented to stations by the National Association of Broadcasters for outstanding public service. KRKT has a long history of deep community involvement in the Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon and Salem areas.

The Donkey Show was voted "Best Radio Show" for the third consecutive year by the readers of the Eugene Weekly newspaper. The Donk Show carried live in Eugene on KFLY and in Medford on KZZE.

KPNW ‘s newly minted morning show hosted by Bill Lundun and Rob Hollaway has taken the Eugene market by storm and tied for 2nd place in the Fall ’09 Arbitron ratings race as reported by Market Manager Larry Rogers says "we expected big things from Bill and Rob when we built the new morning show format last year and they really delivered." The show airs under the name Wake Up Call.

Bicoastal Media Coos Bay launches its High School Broadcast intern program. Katelyn Trachsel, a junior at Marshfield High School is the first student to complete the four week commercial radio program developed by market manager George Feola. The curriculum is designed to allow students involved in the Marshfield High School Broadcast program to exerpeince commercial radio applications with hands on work in audio production, copywriting and sales. Students receive hard grades from the program and they count toward completion of the high school curriculum. Upwards of eight students could participate annually. Steve Walker, Marshfield High School Broadcast instructor, is hopeful that the program will be a model undertaken by all high schools with broadcast curriculums in Oregon. According to Feola, "This is great opportunity to develop up and coming young broadcasters, which is increasingly difficult in today’s broadcast environment."

Theresa Ripp, Senior Event Marketing Representative for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has announced the addition of Bicoastal President Mike Wilson to the St. Jude’s Radio Cares advisory board. Wilson has led the extensive commitment to raising funds for the hospital in a number of Bicoastal markets in Oregon and Washington. Tens of thousands of dollars are raised each year through events held by a number of Bicoastal stations. "Our staff in Memphis is looking forward to working with Mike," Rupp said. "He is now a vital voice for those who participate in our Radio Cares radiothons. Bicoastal is one of our most outstanding and caring radio partners" added Rupp.

Bicoastal President Mike Wilson announced the appointment of George Feola to the Market Manager position for the Coos Bay station group. Feola returns to Bicoastal after a year in Billings Montana. Previously Feola served as Market Manager for the Bicoastal’s Lakeport – Ukiah California stations. "I am very pleased that George is returning to Bicoastal Media" Wilson said. "George brings the skills necessary to take Coos Bay to the next level and beyond".

KEDO Morning Show Host, Phil Blair, dies at 43

Phil Blair, host of the KEDO Morning Show and News Director for five local Bicoastal Media radio stations, died unexpectedly in his sleep on Thursday, April 16th. Phil was 43 years old.
Locally born and raised, Phil attended Butler Acres Elementary, Coweeman Middle School and Kelso High, where he was voted Outstanding Senior. Phil grew up with the nickname "the Source", as he always seemed to know what was going on around town and in his neighborhood. Phil earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Central Washington University, where he met his wife, Suzanne.
Phil worked for 20 years in television production, including a PBS documentary about William O. Douglas, the longest-serving justice in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. He worked a few years at KLOG radio, before becoming News Director for all five radio stations of Bicoastal Longview in January, 2005. He became host of "KEDO in the Morning" a short time later. In addition to his morning show and news duties, Phil Blair announced local high school sports and served as the stations’ Public Service Director.
Phil Blair is survived by his wife, Suzanne, three children: Jacqueline, 18, Daniel, 15, and Abigail, 11, and a granddaughter, Ella, who is almost two.
We all miss Phil Blair - for both his dedication to providing the community with the best local news and information coverage available, as well as for a being a comforting friend to listeners of the KEDO in the Morning Show.

Work on a new website for national sales has been completed. The site is designed to define the regional footprint of Bicoastal Media throughout Washington, Oregon and Northern California. Company CEO Ken Dennis is spearheading the effort to draw all the "need to know" information in one easily accessible place. President Mike Wilson says of the project "it is exciting to see the picture of aggregate strength of the company and the benefits we can bring to advertisers with the almost 900,000 people reached each week by our stations".

The stations in the Coos Bay market are continuing their tradition of leadership with the 28th Annual Colgate Country Showdown national series. Again for 2009, the market will not only host local competitions but also will also be hosting the Oregon State Finals and then Regional Finals. Hot Country KSHR FM will team up with Real County KDBN –FM as the host stations for this event. State winners will go on to the National Finals held in Nashville Tn. National winners will compete for a 100,000 dollar grand prize.

Bicoastal stations in every market are stepping forward to assist our communities in these uncertain economic times. One of the national treasures along the Columbia River is the popular Discovery Center. The Center was informed that due to a bankruptcy that cruise boats would not be running this year causing a loss of tens of thousands of dollars. The Bicoastal station group stepped forward with a 30,000 dollar in kind contribution to help reach out to build attendance during the high volume summer tourist season. This is just an example of Bicoastal’s outreach to partner with organizations throughout our region.

One of the most satisfying things that the people of Bicoastal Media have the privilege to do each year is support charities in our communities, region and nation. Several station groups focus on St. Jude’s Research Hospital. "Radio Cares" events have been held in Medford, Crescent City, Albany and Eureka so far in 2009, raising an amazing 252,494 dollars. The Coos Bay event comes up soon. St. Jude’s is near to the heart of many in the Bicoastal family.

The National Association of Broadcasters has announced the list of nominees for the prestigious Crystal Awards. Among the 50 stations nominated is Albany Oregon’s KRKT FM.

The Crystal Awards are presented to 10 stations annually at the spring convention in Las Vegas. The award is given for the stations that are selected for outstanding community service. Even being selected as a nominee is considered a high honor in the industry.

KRKT FM has a long standing tradition of community service and has previously been the focus of many other national awards including a Marconi for best small market radio station in the country.

The entire company sends their congratulations to Mike Wilson on his nomination for Best Broadcaster in Radio Ink Magazine’s "Radio Wayne" Awards announce in March 9th 2009 issue. Wilson joins a "Who’s Who" list of industry professionals in his nomination for the honor.

"Mike Wilson deserves this honor more than anyone I know. There isn’t a harder working leader in the radio industry" said Bicoastal CEO Ken Dennis. "He brings out the best in his people, understands the future of the business. I am immensely proud".

The national honor brings attention to the growth and development of Bicoastal Media. As the company’s Chief Operating Officer Bicoastal has successfully grown to more than 50 radio stations in three states. The annual award is named after "Radio Wayne" Cornils, one of the legendary greats in radio broadcasting. Wayne Cornils was not only a great broadcaster, he also served the industry in serving both the National Association of Broadcasters and The Radio Advertising Bureau.

A number of Bicoastal staff, including President Mike Wilson journeyed to Memphis Tennessee January 8th through the 11th to attend meetings hosted by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Stations throughout the Bicoastal footprint run Radio Cares fundraising efforts each year raising tens of thousands of dollars for this most important organization. Bicoastal Media is proud of the efforts of our staff supporting both national and local charities with our time and talent. Keep tuned in to your local Bicoastal Media stations for Radio Cares events in your area.

National news carried many stories of the flooding problems in Washington State the week of January 5th. Bicoastal stations in Centralia were hit with the threat of flooding at the station site for the second time in 14 months. The stations are still housed in trailers from the event in December 2006. On Wednesday January 7th the staff moved the entire station operations in a matter of hours to a location above flood plain. The amazing part was that KELA and KMNT stayed on the air during the move and throughout the flooding broadcasting emergency information to the community. The entire broadcast family of Bicoastal Media salutes the efforts of our group in Centralia for their perseverance during hard times.

The Longview/Kelso Washington market also received severe flooding. Although the stations were not directly affected, several of the Longview staff had to man the stations while evacuations were made in the Kelso area. Another great effort in behalf of our listeners in Southwest Washington.

Rene' Shanle-Hutzell, General Manager of the Bicoastal Crescent City cluster reports that their big COMMUNITY  Halloween Blood Drive was a success!  Over 120 pints of blood for the Northern California community Blood Bank and a dozen new registrations for the Bone Marrow Registry. The reason this Blood Drive is so important to the blood bank? Typically, 75% of our donors are FIRST TIME DONORS, who will hopefully become REGULAR donors!

Bicoastal Media welcomes Angela Claussen to our corporate team as Corporate Controller. Angela has extensive background in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. Bicoastal President Mike Wilson made the announcement in September. “We are very pleased to have Angela anchor our accounting department, she will be a great fit for our company” said Wilson.

The Columbia River cluster, which includes stations in Hood River and The Dalles Oregon congratulates Director of Programming and Sports Guru Mark Bailey for being named top Sports Announcer in the state by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters. The website for the group,, was named best radio station website outside of the Portland market at the fall conference of the OAB held recently in Portland.

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Lee Chabre, Program Director of KPNW in Eugene. Chabre, 63, had been fighting a valiant battle with cancer over the past year. Lee has been a trusted voice in the Eugene market for many years. Lee will be remember fondly by all of those in the radio industry that had the pleasure of working with Lee. Our thoughts and prayers continue for Lee Chabre’s family.

Ken Dennis, CEO of Bicoastal has appointed a team made of the company’s leadership to guide the company in sales initiatives and particularly in developing a dynamic interactive initiative. The team has been dubbed the Bicoastal Advisory Interactive Team. “We are looking at this as a 360 plan” stated Dennis. “It is our belief that we need to tie the strength of traditional radio with the exploding interactive world. We need to be on the leading edge of bringing new ways to market to our advertisers both nationally and locally in each of our markets.” Dennis is personally leading the charge to create new success with the BAIT team.

( CENTRALIA) It has been almost a full year since the flood waters have receded in Lewis County, yet KELA and KMNT found some residents still in need of basic items. Working in conjunction with the United Way and local businesses, Bicoastal Centralia was able to provide kitchen cabinets to a 70 year-old lady and a dining room table to a single mom. The Centralia group continues to operate out of temporary studios while the flooded studio and office building is rebuilt.