The sale of a station does not typically pull at the heart strings, but when syndicated nighttime host Delilah Rene is involved there are warm and fuzzy feelings to be expected. And Rene delivers as she has just signed a deal to buy the small-town station in coastal Oregon that first opened the door to the girl that has since become radio’s biggest female personality.
Rene’s Big Shoes Productions has filed a deal with the Federal Communications Commission that will see her pay $60,000 to buy oldies “K-Dune 1030” KDUN in Reedsport, OR from Post Rock Communications. The FCC filing is fairly run of the mill, noting the first-time buyer will need to buy new Emergency Alert System equipment to bring the station up code. And if she wants to check on her soon-to-be new venture, Rene currently broadcasts from her home in Port Orchard, WA, which is about a six-hour drive from Reedsport.
Rene is a native of Reedsport and while still in junior high school she got her first radio job at KDUN – then at 1470 AM – after winning a speech contest in 1974 that was judged by the station’s former owners. They enlisted her to report on school news and sports, and she hosted “Delilah On the Warpath” commentaries. Rene also produced commercials which led to her doing on-air work. After graduating high school, Rene went on to work at several stations in Oregon before landing at KLSY Seattle in 1984 where the style of show that most radio listeners know the Broadcasting Hall of Fame winner for today was developed.
Despite its past connection with Rene, KDUN does not currently air Premiere Network’s syndicated “Delilah” show. But local listeners can hear their hometown broadcaster via McKenzie River Broadcasting’s AC “Mix 94.5” KMGE Eugene-Springfield, OR which covers the coastal community.