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!
Might former OSU star Jacoby Ellsbury be rejoining his former GM Theo Epstein in Chicago after this season? It's reported that Epstein and the Cubs have the Red Sox centerfielder at the top of their wish list, and Ellsbury can become a free agent at the end of the season. If Ellsbury ends up with the Cubs, he could be reunited with another former Beavers' star, Darwin Barney, the Cubs starting second-baseman. We'll talk about it tonight on Beaver Nation Live.
Also, we'll talk about the current OSU baseball team, the upcoming 3-game series in Eugene that could decide the champion of the Pac-12 Conference, the WHL champion Portland Winterhawks, and much more (including a tale of a Good Samaritan and a few of my pet peeves!) Be sure to listen in on Fox Sports Radio 620 from 7-8 p.m. tonight!
By the way, Oregon State guests scheduled to appear on BNL this week include head baseball coach Pat Casey and right fielder Dylan Davis who had a monstrous series in the sweep at Stanford.
Wow! What a wild weekend for most of our Northwest sports teams!
Sunday was a day to remember for the Portland Winterhawks, who skated to a 5-1 win at Edmonton to win the WHL Championship 4 games to 2! Ty Rattie's hat trick allowed him to break the WHL record for career playoff goals and earned him MVP honors. The Winterhawks advance to the Memorial Cup, May 17-26 in Saskatoon where they'll take on the champions of the Quebec Major Junior HOckey League and the champs of the Ontario Hockey League.
The Portland Timbers shutout Chivas USA 3-0 in front of a sellout crowd at Jeld-Wen Field. That extends the Timbers MLS franchise-record unbeaten streak to nine games.
The Portland Thorns remain undefeated after winning 2-0 at Chicago. Alex Morgan, a guest last week on both Wheels at Work and Beaver Nation Live on Fox Sports Radio 620, scored another goal for the Thorns who are now 4-0-1 this season.
Both the Oregon and Oregon State baseball teams completed weekend 3-game sweeps. The Ducks improved to 40-11 by winning a third straight game at Ohio State 1-0. The Beavers moved one game ahead of the Ducks in the Pac-12 standings by winning three straight at Stanford. The Beavers won the series finale Sunday 5-4 to improve to 41 and 8, 20-4 in Pac-12 play. The Ducks are one game behind the first-place Beavers at 19-5. And my, oh my! The Ducks host the Beavers in a crucial 3-game series this weekend in Eugene!
The Oregon men and women's teams completed a sweep of the Pac-12 Track and Field Chmapionships. It's the fifth straight year that the Ducks have swept the conference crowns.
Hey, I know there were other sporting events going on this weekend (Tiger wins again, the Warriors get even with the Spurs and other NBA and NHL playoff games, etc.) but I love it when our "Home Teams" have as much success as they did this weekend! Join me tonight for Beaver Nation Live (7-8pm on Fox Sports Radio 620) and call in to let me know which of the weekend events you were most excited about!