KINK spins vintage vinyl for 45th birthday

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by Joe Smith, KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 12:25 PM

PORTLAND -- Our history can be defined by the music we listened to.

If you grew up in the late 60's here in the Portland area, there was one radio station that stood out, by standing up for something different.

The same applies 45 years later. To celebrate "Keeping True to the Music", 101.9 KINK radio is going back On-The-Record.

KINK went on the air Christmas day 1968. The station is taking a page from its past and has re-installed a turntable in order to play 45's and 33 1/3 vinyl albums.

"If a record skips a little bit, "Oh wow they're playing a real record on the radio. Who'd a thought?" said Brad Dolbeer, on-air personality for KINK.

The year long celebration comes as vinyl is making a strong comeback.

"Young people are adopting it. They're buying turntables, it's just sort of this crazy thing happening," noted KINK Program Director, Chris Mays.

The station will also feature the playing of a 45 rpm record at 45 past the hour. It's a chance to win retro looking t-shirts emblazoned with a 45 record on the front.

"This is a station that was given to the hippies back in 1968," said Steve Pringle, KINK on-air personality. "They didn't know what they were going to do with it, it was all AM radio, AM radios in the car, AM radios in our houses."

In 2012, the National Association of Broadcasters named KINK the top Adult Alternative Album station in the country with the Marconi Radio Award.

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