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KLYC 1260 radio to sign off Friday

News-Register file photoThe Yamvan was the hub of live radio broadcasts at community events in Yamhill Valley for many years.

(N-R Staff) McMinnville's local radio station, KLYC 1260 AM, will cease broadcasting on Friday, March 22 at 1 p.m. — 12:60 p.m. in symbolic station parlance.

The station has broadcast since 1949, when it was founded by brothers Jack and Phil Bladine, co-owners of the Telephone-Register. After a series of interim owners, it was purchased by Larry and Laurel "Stella" Bohnsack in 1990.

Last August, veteran California broadcaster Dick Mason moved to McMinnville and executed a local marketing agreement with Bohnsack Strategies that allowed him to assume control of the station with an intent to purchase, subject to FCC approval. However, due to antiquated equipment, the station has been unable to meet FCC certification standards, preventing the deal from closing.

Mason gave up on it last week and pulled out of the deal. In response, Stella Bohnsack, sole owner since her husband's death, announced Monday that the station would be ceasing operations at the end of the week.

"The talented and dedicated on-air staff, especially Eve Fuller and Lars Patrick, have given 1260 radio its personality and community focus," Bohnsack said. "I'm also grateful for the loyal listeners who have tuned to 1260 on a regular basis."

She added: "It has been a privilege to serve Yamhill County for over 22 years."

See the article in Tuesday's News-Register for details on how the sale fell apart.

DeeDee

I'm so sorry to hear this news. I've enjoyed listening to the music selections (guess this dates me), the local news, weather and sports since moving to this area in 1967. I worked briefly in the office (KMCM) after Mr. Fields sold to Norjud Broadcasting. Best wishes to Eve and Lars; glad to have known you 'on the air'.

Marilyn

I listen to Eve every morning and I have really enjoyed listening to her. The station is informational about what is going on in the community which I have really liked. I love the music they play it is from my youth and my now grown children know the songs by heart cause they were played in the car on road trips.
1260 and all the people invovled will be missed.

ebieker

So sorry to hear the news about KLYC. Have lived in the area for 20 some years and have thoroughly enjoyed the radio station. Feel this is like losing a member of the family and that Eve is a best friend. We have played the station when we had game nights and our friends from Portland always said they wished they had a station like this. Good luck and best wishes to all and especially Eve! You will be greatly missed!!!

mac1976

I'm sorry to hear that KLYC will be signing off on Friday. I listen to KLYC all the time I always change my radio station when I get back into Mac. When my in-laws come up to visit they always want to listen to this station. Larry would come out to our car show and interview the members and the spectators..I also enjoyed listening to Eve. You all will be missed. Farewell KLYC..... :( :-(

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