After 21 years of playing rock, Portland, Oregon’s KUFO has changed formats. Alpha Broadcasting announced yesterday (March 15) that the channel will opt to simulcast news/talk AM station KXL on channel 101.1 instead of its previous active rock format. Bob Proffitt, Alpha Broadcasting President/COO, had the following to say about the station’s new format:
“Today begins a new chapter in Portland radio as we bring the news and information heard on KXL to the FM dial at 101.1. The future of news is on FM and we are excited to be the first to make the move.”
So there you have it. Portland will go from listening to metal and hard rock programs hosted by the likes of Ivan De Prume (former White Zombie drummer) to hearing Glenn Beck. However, KUFO’s slip in ratings makes this less surprising to hear. According to Radio-Info.com, the station had fallen into a four-way tie for 15th place in the January Arbitron PPM. This, along with KUFO’s demise, is a sad reminder of how barely anyone listens to terrestrial radio anymore.
As part of our farewell to the rock station, here’s a news clip highlighting Ozzy Osbourne’s appearance on KUFO’s The Marconi Show back in 2007.