About KKNX Solid Gold Radio84

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The history of KKNX AM 840 is not a very long one. The station was built by Paul Borjnstadt in 1991. Current owners, John and Susan Mielke purchased the station in July of 1996.

At the time of purchase KKNX was broadcasting Bloomberg Business News. The decision was then made to change KKNX Radio 840 into KKNX Solid Gold Radio 84, a showcase station for the Top 40 music of the 1950's through the 1970's.

There was some concern that people had abandoned music on AM radio, and that something would have to be done to return a significant number of listeners to the AM Band width. All analog studio and production equipment was replaced with state of the art digital equipment. The Mono broadcast signal was converted to a Stereo signal, making KKNX Solid Gold Radio 84 the only digital AM stereo radio station in the Eugene/ Springfield market.

On July 18, 1996 KKNX Solid Gold Radio 84 started broadcasting the Oldies Top 40 format that you hear today.

Unlike many other oldies stations, KKNX Solid Gold Radio 84 features a full spectrum of oldies from the early R & B influences to the late 70's demise of the Top 40 format.

The KKNX Solid Gold Radio 84 Disc Jockeys know the music, they know the era, they know the magic that made Top 40 radio what it was. You not only hear the music, you hear from the people that made the music.

The concern that was expressed about whether people would tune in to an AM radio station to listen to music, was proved to be unfounded. People have tuned in, and the audience of KKNX Solid Gold Radio 84 increases daily. So much so, that we are also reaching out to people in other parts of the state and around the world. Our growth stands as testimony to the fact that people will tune in to AM, if you give them what they want to hear.

Stay tuned to KKNX Solid Gold Radio 84. You haven't heard anything yet, the best is yet to come!

The Music | Back to Top
The music of KKNX Solid Gold Radio 84 is as diversified as the Top 40 charts of the 50's, 60's and 70's. The music is that of the 60's, reaching back to the 50's and frequently up to the 70's.

The KKNX Solid Gold Radio 84 music library includes 5,741 inventoried cuts and more being added daily. KKNX Solid Gold Radio 84 also joins the Good Time Oldies Network in order to give our analog and digital listeners the opportunity to hear what is being done in the way of Oldies Top 40 music and presentation, in other parts of the country. We selected the Good Time Oldies Network because of the quality of their air personalities and their knowledge of Oldies Top 40 Radio.

You will hear songs on KKNX Solid Gold Radio 84 that you will not hear on other Oldies stations. You will notice this during our morning show, Monday through Friday from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time and also throughout the day with our "Oldies Calendar" and "History of Rock-n-Roll Break Aways". Sunday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM we feature "Dick Clark's Rock, Roll and Remember". Sunday afternoons from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time we feature "Fessa Hook's Rhythm 'n Beach Fish Fry". Listen to the music, listen to the features and reach out and touch the magic that was Top 40 radio of the 50's, 60's and 70's on KKNX Solid Gold Radio 84.

Meet The Air Staff | Back to Top

John Mielke
6:00am - 9:00am Pacific U.S.A.

They call him "The Professor". Just listen to him for 15 minutes and you will know why. No one has more facts, figures and rumors about the music and the people that made the music, than John. John gives you the stories behind the music. Delivered in an entertaining style he has developed from over 30 years in small (Medford, OR), medium (Ventura, CA) and large (Los Angeles, CA) markets, he gives radio broadcasting a richness and personal style that only he can deliver.

Chris Michaels
11:00am - 4:00pm Pacific U.S.A.

"Sixty Minutes of the Sixties" typifies Chris’s show. It’s a solid hour of music from Top 40’s greatest decade. Chris integrates bits of music and artist history with the music. Chris also host "The top 5 count down" every afternoon that is a huge hit with his listeners. He takes listeners calls and E Mails for dedications and spins great tunes. His show is music intensive.

Dave Sanders
4:00pm - 9:00pm Pacific U.S.A.

Dave Sanders has a gift for creating "theater of the mind". At "Dave's Diner", there's a crew of regulars: Officer Mahoney who guards the pastry racks, Earlene the sassy waitress and the cook, Sal from Manila. To set the mood, Dave plays jukebox classics. He has worked in a variety of formats and is also a frequently heard voice of regional and national commercials.

Gary Outlaw
9:00pm - 3:00am Pacific U.S.A.

Everything about Gary's show is authentic, including his name! Gary plays romantic requests and dedications during his popular feature "Backseat Oldies", for his faithful late night audience. Other features include, "The Collector's Cabinet" from which Gary plays "lost 45's". Gary is an original member of the Good Time Oldies team, joining in 1990. He has worked both as a radio personality and a reporter in markets such as Detroit, Kalamazoo, Toledo and Denver.

Ted "The Bear" Richards
3:00 AM - 6:00 AM PST
Monday through Friday

Consistently described as "clever and entertaining", Ted "The Bear" Richards brings more than 30 years of broadcasting experience to Good Time Oldies. At CKLW in Detroit, Ted's 6 PM to 10 PM show was consistently number one and it ranked as the 3rd highest and most popular night show in North America. In 1979, Ted was named Jock of the Year by People Magazine. Ted has been doing Oldies radio for nearly two decades.

Larry Nelson
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST
Monday through Friday

Larry is the kind of guy who totally immerses himself in the Oldies. His on-air work includes stops in markets such as Key West, FL; Rockford, IL; and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Larry has also done syndicated televison work, including play by play sports and a wrestling show for ESPN. Larry loves to get involved in promotional activities, contests, and if he could, he might just give away the station license.

Dennis Harrington
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM PST
Monday through Friday

Good Time Oldies Dennis Harrington is host of both the "Happy Hour" and "Sixty Minutes of the Sixties" shows. The latter is a solid hour of music from Rock & Roll's greatest decade. Dennis offers some interesting insights into everyday events. Dennis has worked in markets of all sizes, including legendary Top 40 KAAY in Little Rock and at Denver's Oldies KOOL 105. You'll love his show, it's music intensive.