12-12 to 12-16-2016:
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BILL’S GUESTS FOR 12-16-2016:
6:40: Anthony Zaccarro, President of Providence Financial in Los Angeles, California joins the show. What is going to happen, financially in the United States under President Donald Trump in 2017? Anthony Zaccaro is here to give you his predictions for next year.
To see you can go to providencefinancialinc.com.
7:15: Larry Pratt from Gun Owners of America chats with Bill. With the rise of attacks on police officers across the nation, and with groups such as Black Lives Matter at it’s core being stringently anti-cop, will Blue Lives Matter ever return to the U.S.?
8:10: Tom Harris, Executive Director for the International Climate Science Coalition chats with Bill. So, did Donald Trump ask Al Gore, who the worst climate changers were, and then hired them?
See more at: climatescienceinternational.org.
8:35: Bern Case, Administrator for the Jackson County Airport joins Bill in studio for today’s “Whose Business Is It Anyway?” interview.
BILL’S GUESTS FOR 12-15-2016:
6:15: Dr. John Zmirak, from TheStream.org talks with Bill by phone.
Do you believe that Sharia law is not compatible with the U.S. Constitution? According to some, you may be an Islamophobe. In an article on TheStream.org, Dr. Zmirak writes that, just like Communism, Islamic sharia law is intrinsically political, oriented toward imposing Islam by force, keeping non-Muslim nations in a servile state, and savagely policing women’s sexual behavior.
7:10: Daniel Zene Crowe, former candidate for Oregon Attorney General is here to talk about what is next for him in his political career, and how to hold the incoming AG accountable.
7:35: Mr. X, crack researcher, and expert on all things Green Mafia, leaves the protection of his hidden bunker and joins Bill in studio. Well, the Green Commies now want to impose a carbon tax on you, and other Oregonians. Mr. X and Bill will teach you how to fight back. A public meeting will be held for public comment on a partial release of the study. Here’s the link to:
To make your comment against the carbon tax plan – Email your COMMENT HERE
Where: 800 NE Oregon St. in Conference Room 1A, in the lion’s den, Portland.
When: Monday, December 19th, 2016: What Time: 1PM to 4PM.
Comments can also be emailed, but must be sent by 5pm on Thursday, December 22nd. Click here to make yours and fight back.
8:10: Patrick Wood, author of “Technocracy Rising,” returns to the show on Conspiracy Theory Thursday. Another book on technocracy has been written, only this time, the author is in favor of bringing technocracy to America. Get Patrick’s book:
BILL’S GUESTS FOR 12-14-2016:
6:15: Andrew Kerr, an investigative reporter for The Citizen’s Audit website, talks with Bill. The well-known, far left leaning website, Media Matters is prohibited from participating in any political campaigns. Doing so could jeopardize their non-profit tax status. Andrew Kerr says that the president of Media Matters, Bradley Beychok obtained and sent, Donald Trump’s planned convention remarks to a member of Hillary Clinton’s campaign team. He says in a column on TheCitizensAudit.com, that this action lays the groundwork to revoke Media Matters’ tax-exempt status.
Learn more about The Citizen’s Audit’s investigation into Media Matters, right HERE.
7:10: Kevin Starrett from the Oregon Firearms Federation talks with Bill. Is anti-gun legislator Val Hoyle about to rise from her political grave? Kevin and Bill discuss.
7:35: Lt. Kerry Curtis of the Medford Police Department joins Bill in studio, for the Crimestoppers Case of The Week.
8:10: Dennis Linthicum, state senator-elect joins Bill on Skype. Dennis will tell you about the orientation for all of the new legislators, and a bit about what issues that he aims to tackle as an Oregon State Senator.
8:35: Dr. John Welling from the Medical Eye Center, joins Bill, in studio. Dr. Welling just got back from some pro bono work in Ghana, and he’ll share his adventures with Bill.
BILL’S GUESTS FOR 12-13-2016:
6:35: Melissa Henson, Program Director for the Parents Television Council.
With more and more TV shows, seemingly, more and more from Disney, becoming ostensibly more smutty, depicting near graphic sex and violence, the Parents Television Council has compiled a list of family friendly viewing for the Christmas season.
You can check out more at: parentstv.org.
7:10: Ann Pierce, American Foreign Policy Analyst and author of the book: “A Perilous Path,”
Read her article: “Putin Had His Cake And Ate It Too.”
7:35: Sal Esquivel, Oregon State Representative for Medford, talks with Bill on the latest of his push, to end Oregon’s “Sanctuary State,” status.
BILL’S GUESTS FOR 12-12-2016:
6:40: James Dale Davidson, economist and author of the new book: “The Breaking Point: Profit from the Coming Money Cataclysm,” joins Bill on the phone. Could a devastating market crash, that would dwarf the crash in 1929, on it’s way?
7:10: The Outdoor Report with Mr. Outdoors, Greg Roberts from RogueWeather.com.
7:35: Kim Wallan, incoming Medford City Councilor joins Bill, in studio.
8:10: “Visiting Past & Present,” with Dr. Dennis Powers.
KMED and Bill/Blanche Virgin: Southern Oregon’s Radio Pioneers
By Dennis Powers
William (“Bill”) Jackson Virgin was born in 1886, and five years later, his father moved the family from Wisconsin to Ashland. While his father owned and operated the Ashland Mill, Bill attended Ashland schools and played football for Ashland High. After enlisting and serving in the Navy, he and a few friends built and tested an experimental radio transmitter in an Ashland garage.
With his life-long interest in electronics, he applied for a radio broadcasting license and started constructing the station. The Medford Mail Tribune agreed to supply him with news reports to broadcast, and in September 1922, Bill Virgin acquired a license for station KFAY in Medford; this activity came several months after KGW acquired a radio license in Portland, the first one in Oregon to do so. KGW operated until changing its call letters in 2003 to KPOJ.
On September 23, 1922, KFAY began broadcasting at 5-watts and was located at the old Jackson County Fairgrounds. Having relocated to Medford, Bill Virgin broadcasted orchestra music, which could be picked up by listeners from Santa Cruz to Salt Lake City. His later programs were: “broadcasting that suits you, music, news, sermons, addresses, daily market, weather, and crop reports.”
Virgin’s keen business sense in promoting radio was found in his KFAY’s broadcasts from the old fairgrounds, and then later lowering equipment into the Oregon Caves to determine the depths at which he could transmit and receive. Selling radio sets by day at his Medford store, however, and broadcasting at night proved to be a problem. The well-capitalized, national radio shows broadcasted their best programs at night–and he couldn’t compete. Going off the air in 1924, Virgin returned KFAY’s license to the Commerce Department, which regulated radio stations until the creation of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) in 1934.
Realizing he needed support and capital, Virgin brought in his friend, Robert Ruhl—the publisher and half-owner of the Medford Mail Tribune—as a partner. On December 13, 1926, Bill filed his application for a new station, KMED. Two weeks later, the license was granted (it can take years now), and the new station began broadcasting on December 28th from his newly built studios in the Sparta Building at Riverside and Main.
With state-of-the-art equipment such as a 50-watt, Western Electric transmitter, KMED was off to a fine start. Two 85-foot wooden towers (purchased from local farmers and more than likely used before as windmills) were mounted 82 feet apart on the building’s roof, and copper wire was stretched between the two to send out its signal.
Although Ruhl had bought his interest for a reported $1,500, the newspaper then and for years referred to KMED as the “Medford Mail Tribune–Virgin station.” Owing to its relationship with the newspaper, moreover, the station was also known as the “Mail Tribune station.” Robert Ruhl apparently thought that radio was a passing fad and graciously gave his interest back to Bill Virgin.
From the beginning, KMED was very active in sports broadcasting. It reportedly was the first to broadcast a high school football game in November 1927, and the first to broadcast a college football game—the University of Oregon versus California—on October 15, 1927. It broadcast more football games, play by play, than any other West Coast station and was the only station to broadcast the full returns of the 1929 baseball World Series.
Suffering from Bright’s disease (a severe kidney inflammation) for years, Bill died in 1928 at the young age of 41. His widow, Blanche, inherited the radio station, one of the first women to own and operate one in the country. In 1933, she purchased land west of Medford, had new studios built, and remodeled the old ones in downtown Medford.
KMED became part of the NBC network in 1937, broadcasting national programs such as Eddie Cantor and “Amos ‘n Andy.” It moved to 1440-AM in 1941 where KMED has been to date. During World War II, different programs were broadcast over the NBC network from Camp White outside Medford in what’s now White City. Instrumental in continuing the development of KMED, Blanche became a strong supporter of community programs, from the arts to music.
Sensing the changes to come from television, Blanche sold KMED in June 1950 to a group of local businessmen: a doctor, dentist, mill and lumber operator, packinghouse and fruit-shipping operator, and an insurance broker, who used the name of “Radio Medford, Inc.” She never returned to the station and an era in broadcasting in Southern Oregon had come to a close. She died in 1978 in Marysville, Washington.
Operating continuously since then, KMED (1440-AM; 106.7-FM) had flourished and is certainly the oldest station in the Valley—if not the oldest in Oregon—and the 5,000-watt station is now owned by Bicoastal Media as a Fox Affiliate.
Sources: Ron Kramer, “Western States Museum of Broadcasting: Bill Virgin: Southern Oregon’s Radio Pioneer,” at Bill Virgin and KMED; Ron Kramer, “Western States Museum of Broadcasting: History of Radio in Southern Oregon,” History of Area Broadcasting and KMED.
8:35: Dr. John Hyatt, from the Retina & Vitreous Center of Southern Oregon joins the show, live in the studio, and they discuss a variety of trials they’re conducting, all part of the cutting-edge care they provide.
RIP DALE MATTHEWS
By now you may have heard that Dale Matthews passed away. We used to talk often about his government accountability efforts that he posted on Bad County dot com. I called him up a few weeks ago, and had him on the air just because folks were telling me that he was in jail, in trouble, ALL sorts of rumors. Dale was that kind of a lightning rod, and I’m sure a number of officials felt the sting of his camera’s eye. I admired his tenacity. He backed off from the public meetings, telling me that he had lost most of his friends over the work. I’m saddened that he died alone. RIP, Dale. If only the mainstream media would be HALF the burr under the saddle of the powerful that you were, there would be less garbage slid by We The People. His was a long, lonely road.