Carl's Best Buttons

Top selections from Carl Wolfson's world class campaign button collection.

Culture Features
Best Reason for Not Smoking A critique of the 1968 American Independent Party ticket of George Wallace and cigar-chomping Air Force Gen. Curtis “Bombs Away” LeMay. Best “O” Not on a Du   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Pushing Buttons

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

Culture Features
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

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

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

Lars Larson and Carl Wolfson Are On TV Together

It's just a commercial—for now.


Who says this country's politics are hopelessly polarized? Talk radio hosts Lars Larson and Carl Wolfson have reached across the aisle to agree on something: selling gold. Larson is the right-wing pundit who rules Portland's talk airwaves, and Wolfson the progressive morning host now returning to terrestrial radio after losing KPOJ-AM 620 to sports.This week, they began appearing on television together, ...   More
Friday, October 25, 2013 AARON MESH

Air Apparent

Jefferson Smith returns progressive talk radio to Portland’s airwaves.

News Stories
Jefferson Smith wants to make news again—not as the focus of the media machine but as part of it. Smith, the former candidate for Portland mayor, has engineered a broadcast-radio deal to bri   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Jefferson Smith Gets His Own Radio Show On Carl Wolfson's Talk Station

The show is called Thank You Democracy.


Political pundits have been speculating since November where former Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) would land after losing the mayor's race to Charlie Hales.Answer: on Carl Wolfson's internet talk radio station.Wolfson announced today that starting July 18, Smith will host a new show called Thank You Democracy at 9 am Tuesdays and Thursdays. The show will follow Wolfson's program, Carl in the ...   More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Aaron Mesh


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