Several area radio stations will air programs from new base at Triangle Pointe

by: JAIME VALDEZ - Clear Channel is moving all seven of its radio stations to a new home at Triangle Pointe, near Highway 217 and Interstate 5.Changes are in the works for the nation’s largest owner of radio stations.

Clear Channel Communications has been hard at work for months as it prepares to move all seven of its Portland-area radio stations to Tigard by the end of September.

Clear Channel operates 850 stations across the United States, including seven in the Portland area: Wild 107.5 FM, Z100, 105.9 The Brew, K103.3, Oldies 106.7, and AM news stations, 1190 KEX, and 620 KPOJ.

The company also operates the Total Traffic Network division, which supplies the traffic reports to the company’s radio stations as well as TV station KATU and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

All of the radio stations, as well as the company’s administrative offices, will move to Tigard’s Triangle Pointe in September.

Triangle Pointe, known as the old Farmers Insurance headquarters at the intersection of Interstate 5 and Highway 217, has been under construction for the past several months as Clear Channel renovates the top two floors.

“We’ll build out to about 26,000 square feet,” said Robert Dove, Clear Channel’s market president in Portland. “We’ll be taking most of the third floor and all of the fourth floor.”

The renovations including building new studios, which require heavy wiring and soundproofing, as well as a concert space, where bands will be able to record live performances or fan events can be held.

The concert space — technically referred to as a multi-purpose room, Dove said — is expected to be large enough for about 100 people.

Clear Channel has been a staple along Southwest Macadam Avenue near the Willamette River for more than 30 years. However, Dove said, the company’s two existing, adjoining buildings are no longer a good fit.

“We are in two, separate buildings here (on Macadam Avenue),” Dove said. “But there is more wasted space and not as much efficiency.”

The new Tigard location will allow everyone to be near each other, Dove said, a convenience stations have not previously experienced.

“Our radio stations have been here since 1977,” said Dove, “but, for example, there is no internal staircase in it. My office and the studios are on the second floor, but the sales department is downstairs. If I need to go downstairs, I need to go outside and go downstairs.”

Dove said all seven of the radio stations should be moved in by the end of September, and the rest of the company’s Portland employees will follow by mid-October.

Listeners shouldn’t notice the switch from the Portland studio to the new Tigard studio, Dove said. The transition should happen seamlessly, he said.

Triangle Pointe is home to an eclectic mix of tenants. Along with Clear Channel are the National American University, a for-profit online school, and Affiliated Computer Service, a subsidiary of Xerox, which handles customer service for companies across the country.

Clear Channel signed a 10-year lease for the space late last year. Kevin Vandenbrink, president at commercial real estate firm Macadam Forbes, said the company has been in talks with Triangle Pointe since 2009.

It’s a big change for Triangle Pointe, which struggled after the recession to fill even a single office space.

“It’s good to see it being populated,” said Vandenbrink, who sold the building to Portland-based Deacon Development Group in late 2008. “Now, there are a lot of people in that building, which is great, and a lot of new employees in Tigard.”

Triangle Pointe is located at 1333 S.W. 68th Parkway in Tigard.

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