January 17th, 2007 | by Isaac Kaplan-woolner News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

Lips' Ship Sinks: KISN Goes Canned

     
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Kiss those living lips goodbye. KISN 910 AM no longer uses live DJs. Last week saw the final performances of actual, live on-air personalities Scott Tom and John Williams. In an industry increasingly run by computers, these two were the last sparks of human energy at the station.

A longtime Portland radio institution, oldies-based KISN once occupied 97.1 FM, the slot now filled by the banally smarmy Charlie FM. Banished to the media no-man's-land of the AM dial in April 2005, KISN tried to make the best of its new digs.

Entercom (KISN's parent company) general manager Erin Hubert said she fought to keep live personalities on the air. She says they made a go of it, but things just didn't work out. So KISN DJs Tom and Williams will now be featured only occasionally.

The station has switched to an all-music format. It still features the Buddy Holly, Elvis, and “Hang on Sloopy” hallmarks, but occasionally bleeds into early 70s oldies.

As one who strongly believes the cutoff for classic rock/oldies should be 1977, it's nice to have one station that stays away from the musical wasteland of the 1980s. Too bad there will be no one at KISN to talk about it…
 
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