Pushing Buttons

Portland radio host Carl Wolfson owns one of the world’s top collections of campaign buttons.

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You can buy a lot of things with $600,000. A house or two. A Lamborghini Aventador. Four years at a fancy private college for your three kids. Or the full contents of Carl Wolfson’s storage sp   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

The Lost Box of the X-Ray Cafe

With XRAY.FM now broadcasting citywide, we rummage through its namesake's past with former co-owner Tres Shannon.


Last year, when XRAY.FM was in the final stages of raising funds to get itself on the air, reporter Jay Horton spent some time with Tres Shannon, who, before becoming the mind behind Voodoo Donuts, co-owned the fledgling community radio station's namesake: the X-Ray Cafe, the club that defined Portland's early '90s rock scene. With XRAY moving to a much stronger signal this week, we thought it appropriate ...   More
Thursday, September 25, 2014 JAY HORTON

XRAY.FM Starts Citywide Broadcast on Monday

Tune to 107.1 FM to hear Carl Wolfson all across Portland.


If you happened to scan through your car's FM radio dial this morning, you heard a familiar voice: Carl Wolfson is back on the air in downtown Portland.Nonprofit radio startup XRAY.FM officially begins broadcasting on a second signal this Monday, Sept. 22, quadrupling its reach across the city. But clever listeners, including you, can hear the station sooner: XRAY began testing the 90-watt translator ...   More
Thursday, September 18, 2014 AARON MESH

Carl Wolfson Will Be Heard in Downtown Portland This Fall

XRAY.FM finalizes deal to take over KZME


The ink is dry on the deal to quadruple the signal reach of radio startup XRAY.FM.WW reported in June that rock-and-talk station KXRY-FM 91.1—better known as XRAY.FM—was in talks to merge with indie-rock station KZME-FM 107.1, taking over a 90-watt station in the West Hills.The Portland Mercury reported last week that XRAY and KZME formally approved the deal. Today, officials from both stations ...   More
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 AARON MESH

XRAY.FM Will Merge With KZME, Making Progressive Talk Radio Audible in Downtown Portland


Nonprofit rock-and-talk radio startup XRAY.FM plans to merge with local music station KZME.FM this summer, doubling its signal reach.That means XRAY.FM's programming—which has returned progressive talk hosts Carl Wolfson and Thom Hartmann to the radio dial—will finally be heard west of Southeast Cesar Chavez Boulevard.  KZME's board voted last night to authorize its CEO to negotiate a proposal ...   More
Thursday, June 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Carl Wolfson Begins Broadcasting March 19 on XRAY.FM

Christian station causing downtown interference for 91.1 FM


T-minus one week until Carl Wolfson returns to the radio dial.The progressive morning host, whose political show was axed by Clear Channel managers in 2012, will debut March 19 on new rock-and-talk radio station KXRY 91.1 FM. Wolfson, who currently airs an online radio broadcast, has put his show on a week's hiatus to move into the studio of the new station, known as XRAY.FM."Just can't escape those ...   More
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 AARON MESH

Murmurs: Will Voters Get A Say On A Convention Hotel?

Opponents of a proposed publicly subsidized hotel at the Oregon Convention Center were planning to force a vote on the question in the November 2014 election. Project opponents—downtown hotelier   More
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

XRAY.FM Raises $40,000 in 9 Days

Donate more and the station gets a bathroom.


Merry Christmas, Carl Wolfson.Nonprofit radio startup XRAY.FM—which aims to return progressive talkers Wolfson and Thom Hartmann to Portland airwaves alongside local indie-rock shows—last week launched a Kickstarter campaign. The ambition? To raise $40,000 in a month, in order to launch the station in January.The station has met that goal in the first nine days. Former mayoral candidate Jefferson ...   More
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 AARON MESH

Kickstart My Heart: XRAY.FM

The little Portland-centric radio station that quite possibly could is almost a reality—it just needs a $40,000 assist.


It seems like Portland has been hearing about XRAY.FM forever. So imagine how Jeff Hylton Simmons feels: He's been working to get the free-form, community-centered radio station off the ground for the last seven years. When I spoke to him back in June, when he and the Cascade Educational Broadcast Service were in the midst of their XRAY Fest fundraiser-cum-awareness builder, the station was scheduled ...   More
Monday, December 16, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

After 10 Years, Portland Radio Authority Goes Silent


As one radio station enters the picture here in Portland, another exits the scene.After a decade of broadcasting both legally and illegally, the Portland Radio Authority (PRA) will go off the digital air at the end of this month, handing the keys to its SE Portland studio and all of its broadcasting equipment over to fledgling terrestrial station KXRY, or XRAY FM. The move—and the farewell party ...   More
Friday, September 20, 2013 ROBERT HAM


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