KGON (92.3 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station in Portland, Oregon. The station airs a classic rock radio format and is owned by Audacy, Inc.[2] KGON broadcasts in the HD Radio format. Its HD2 subchannel carries a Blues format, known as "Waterfront Blues Radio."

CityPortland, Oregon
Broadcast areaPortland metropolitan area
Frequency92.3 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding92-3 KGON
SloganPortland's Classic Rock
FormatClassic rock
SubchannelsHD2: Blues
OwnerAudacy, Inc.
(Audacy License, LLC)
First air date
December 6, 1967 (1967-12-06)
Former call signs
KLIQ-FM (1967–73)
Call sign meaning
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID2432
ERP97,000 watts
100,000 with beam tilt
HAAT386 meters (1,266 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
45°29′20″N 122°41′40″W / 45.48889°N 122.69444°W / 45.48889; -122.69444
Public license information
WebcastListen live (via Audacy)
Listen live (HD2)

KGON's offices and studios are located south of Downtown Portland on Bancroft Street.[3] The transmitter site is in the city's Southwest Hills district, off SW Seymour Street.[4] KGON has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 97,000 watts (100,000 watts with beam tilt). It covers much of Northwestern Oregon and Southwestern Washington.


KGON competes with iHeartMedia-owned "The Brew" 105.9 KFBW. The Brew plays mostly rock from the 1980s, 1990s and a few 2000s titles, while KGON goes back as far as The Beatles for some selections and rarely plays titles later than 1990. At 10 p.m. on weeknights, KGON carries "The Mens Room," a syndicated hot talk show from co-owned KISW in Seattle. The rest of KGON's weekday schedule is made up of local DJs.

Station HistoryEdit

The station signed on the air on December 6, 1967 as KLIQ-FM.[5] It was the FM counterpart to AM 1290 KLIQ, which is no longer on the air. The two stations were owned by the Cascade Broadcasting Company and simulcast a talk radio format. But because KLIQ was a daytimer, programming could only be heard on KLIQ-FM after dark.

In 1973, as more people bought radios that received FM stations, KLIQ-FM changed ownership. It was bought by KYXI, Incorporated, the same firm that owned AM 1520 KYXI (now KQRR).[6] The new owners changed the format to album-oriented rock, with the new call sign KGON. That put KGON in competition with 101.9 KINK, which went on the air in 1968 as a freeform radio station, along with 106.7 KQIV, which signed on in 1972 playing progressive rock. KGON was programmed with a more structured format, playing only the most popular tracks from the top-selling rock albums.

KGON's new format debuted on February 1, 1974, with "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles as its first song.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13] It would continue in this direction until November 4, 1992, when it shifted to its current classic rock direction.

In 1992, KGON and AM 1520 KYXI were bought by Apogee Communications for $5.5 million.[14] In 1995, the station changed hands after just three years when Entercom acquired KGON.[15]


  1. ^ "FCCInfo Facility Search Results: Entercom Portland License, LLC". Manassas, Virginia: Cavell Mertz & Associates, Inc. 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  2. ^ "KGON Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
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  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1969 page B-140
  6. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1975 page C-157
  7. ^ "The History of KGON: A Work In Progress" Archived 2011-08-12 at the Wayback Machine Iris Harrison, (September 2, 2009)
  8. ^ "KGON FM 92 1975 TV commercial".
  9. ^ "92 FM KGON Radio And Unnatural Disco - Portland, OR Memories".
  10. ^ "KGON radio Portland Oregon 1982".
  11. ^ "KGON Radio - TV Spot 1".
  12. ^ "KGON 92.3 Portland Radio Station 80s Commercial (1988)".
  13. ^ "KGON Portland Radio Station Guitar Commercial 1989".
  14. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1995 page B-340
  15. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1996 page B-347

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