I've been fortunate to be in the business for 36 years. After graduating from Southern Illinois University in 1976, I started my broadcasting career in TV in Decatur, Illinois. I moved to Florida in 1978 to work in Tampa-St. Petersburg, then headed to Portland in 1980. After spending more than 13 years exclusively in television (9 years at KGW-TV in Portland), I switched to radio and joined 1190 KEX in May of 1989. I hosted KEX SportsLine (a 2-hour nightly sports talk program) and the 5th Quarter with Scott Lynn after every Trail Blazers' game from 1989 to 1995. In September of 1995, I switched duties to anchor the morning, noon, and afternoon sports reports, and I did that for more than 14 years.
As of August 13, 2012, I became the host of BEAVER NATION LIVE from 6:05-7 p.m. on sister station Fox Sports Radio 620 (AM) KPOJ. Make it part of your daily routine!
During my time at KEX Radio I have also free-lanced as a TV play-by-play man for Fox Sports Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, the Oregon State Television Network and have also worked games on local channels 32 and 49 as well as some national games on Versus. I have called the action in a wide variety of sports including football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, beach volleyball, and professional indoor lacrosse (including the 2007 NLL All-Star game on Versus at the Rose Garden). Through the years I've called games for Oregon State, Oregon, Gonzaga, Washington, Portland, and Portland State as well as the OSAA state championship games in football and boy's and girl's basketball.
I also have become an author. My first book, Thornridge: The Perfect Season in Black and White received national attention as did the fact that I wrote it while battling colon cancer in 2009. If you are a basketball fan, or if you lived in the '60s and '70s, I think you'll enjoy it! For more info, go to www.thornridgebook.com.
While serving as the Sports Director of KEX Radio over the last 22 years, I'm proud to say KEX has won the Oregon Associated Press award for "Best Sports Coverage" 16 times! I've been fortunate to have been honored as Oregon Sportscaster of the Year seven times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. I'm quite proud to have also won three Edward R. Murrow regional awards and several Oregon AP awards for "Best Use of Audio" for stories I produced for 1190 KEX. You can listen to The Shot Click Here ... A Day at the Park Click Here ... Win at State
Click Here ... and my personal favorite, Opening Day Click Here
Another story I produced that has special meaning for me is one I put together a few years ago about good friend and long-time Trail Blazers official scorer John Simmons. Click Here
I have often talked about my daughter Kelsey who is a professional opera singer. I included video/audio of a song from her 2009 recital at Northwestern University in one of my blogs. You can watch the video and hear her sing by clicking "Previous 3 entries" until you get back to my June 1, 2009 entry. You can also watch a video here Click Here of her singing the national anthem at a Portland Beavers game in 2007. (She'll kill me for showing you this video from four years ago! Her voice has matured so much, she'd be embarassed to know you saw this old video!) Kelsey also had the privilege of singing the national anthem in front of 50,000 people just moments before Portland's Champ Car race in 2006.
Be sure to click on my Sports Podcasts page to listen to (or download) interviews we've conducted with some of the biggest names in sports. Read my daily blog and check out my Sports Book Reviews to learn about selected titles. I'm sure you'll find something of interest regardless of which sport is your favorite!
Can't wait for Beaver Nation Live tonight (7:05-8pm PT)! Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn will join me. Gwynn is in his 11th season as the head baseball coach at San Diego State University, and his team hosts the Oregon State Beavers for 4 games this week (Thurs-Sun). We'll discuss his Aztecs' team, his MLB career, his induction into the Hall of Fame, and his battles with cancer. It's must-hear radio, so don't miss it!
I'll also be joined by OSU baseball coach Pat Casey, who'll phone in from San Diego. You can hear the (4-0) Beavers and the (3-0) Aztecs on the Home of the baseball Beavers, Fox Sports Radio 620.
And don't look for Wesley Matthews to be in the lineup Friday when the Blazers play the Lakers at the Staples Center. He hasn't practiced since returning from the All-Star Break, and Wesley says he won't practice tomorrow. He's being called a "Game-time decision", but I rather doubt we'll see him in uniform. Wesley is a "gamer" and will play if he can, but I have my doubts about him being healthy enough to give it a go.
The NBA trading deadline is tomorrow. I know a lot of people expect the Blazers to make a move -- possibly JJ Hickson who has has a good season. However, I don't think the Blazers will make a deal. Hickson can be signed as a free agent after the season, so I doubt teams would give up much to get him now (just remember he was released by Sacramento last season). The Blazers won't part with Aldridge or Lillard, and Batum's also been considered a cornerstone of the franchise. Even if the Blazers were inclined to make a deal, the injuries to Batum and Matthews likely have a negative impact on their trade value. And the bench.. well, I personally like some of the guys, but there is very little trade value for any bench player. Therefore, I think the Blazers will look pretty much the same when they play in L.A. Friday night.
I'm hosting a "Watch Party" at Big Al's in Vancouver Friday night, so come watch the game with me!