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Bit & Pieces: KISN's 'Dirty Dave' on mend

by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Maybe the main man behind the establishment and success of KISN Internet radio has been 'Dirty Dave The Record Slave,' who hosts the radio station in his basement, amid his collection of 100,000 records. He's recovering after chemotherapy and radiation for tongue and lymph node cancer.Each day, all “Dirty Dave The Record Slave” has to do to visit the past is go to his basement and sit among the some 100,000 records he has collected.

From the basement of his Portland-area home, “Dirty Dave” helps run the online KISN “radio” station (goodguyradio.com), which pays homage to the great Portland rock ‘n’ roll radio station of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. The new KISN plays thousands of songs from the golden era of rock ‘n’ roll, including all the hits, the notable songs and the obscure ones. “Dirty” has installed many songs from the original 45 rpm format, to stay true to the era. The new KISN, also led by deejay Dave “Records” Stone (jeweler Dave Rogoway) and technician Scott Young, celebrates its one-year anniversary in February

That sure helps “Dirty Dave” deal with the present, and future.

The 59-year-old has recently completed three chemotherapy and 35 radiation treatments to treat cancer on the back of his tongue and in the lymph node in his neck. Doctors will see him again in January to determine whether the cancer has been treated successfully; if not, he’ll choose to either live potentially a shortened life, or have his tongue cut out and lose his voice forever.

“I hope they got it all,” he says. “Dirty Dave” has been living on a feeding tube, until his saliva gland reengages. He also had a recent blood clot that put him in the hospital. He’s lost 25 pounds.

“He’s fighting,” Rogoway says. “It’s been an ugly deal for him.”

“The Record Slave,” who also does deejay party work, got right back in the studio upon exiting the treatments and recent hospital stay. In the hospital, his son had his Ipad tuned to goodguyradio.com.

“It’s still going pretty strong,” he says, of KISN.

Beaverton webcast

The popular January Series of Calvin College is coming to the Portland area, as Oak Hills Community Church is going to be one of 38 remote webcast locations to broadcast the lecture and culture arts series, Jan. 3 to Jan. 23.

Among the acclaimed speakers: Cokie Roberts, Emmy-winning broadcaster; Army Capt. Scotty Smiley, active-duty blind officer; Rebecca Skloot, a Portland native and author of The New York Times’ bestseller “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Locks.”

For a list of speakers, go to calvin.edu/january.

The lectures will be streamed live at Oak Hills Community Church, 2800 N.W. 153rd Ave., Beaverton, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. They are free and open to the public.

Winter Whale Watch Week

It’s Dec. 26 to 30, and there are 24 designated “Whale Watching Spoken Here” sites on the Oregon Coast to view the roughly 18,000 whales that will cruise past on their southbound migration.

Trained volunteers will be available at the sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day to help visitors learn about whale migration and feeding habits and how to spot whales.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during the week.

For complete info, visit www.whalespoken.org.

‘Portlandia’ winters in reality

It kicked off with “Winter in Portlandia,” and now the clown prince and princess of our city’s spoof — Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein — prepare for the opening of an expanded third season of “Portlandia” on IFC, 10 p.m. Jan. 4.

There’ll be two new, back-to-back episodes Jan. 4.

Armisen and Brownstein and their slew of characters will be joined by a notable guest in Chloe Sevigny as their new roommate. Others: Roseanne Barr, Juliette Lewis, tennis legend Martina Navratilova and Bill Hader, Armisen’s castmate from “Saturday Night Live.” Kyle MacLachlan returns as Portland mayor.

Fans can sign up for the “Portlandia Co-Op” at ifc.com. It’s meant to rally fans and reward their avid posting, liking, Tweeting, crafting and Pinning about all things “Portlandia.”

Windells Winter Camp

The annual snowboarding/skiing camp, Dec. 26 to Jan. 2, located just outside Sandy includes access to indoor and outdoor skate parks, Olympic-style trampolines, a foam pit, an outdoor dry slope, BMX jumps, demo center, game lounge and other activities, as well as comfortable accommodations. For info, go to windells.com.