Edition #968 - Week of December 17, 2017 

KEX Portland, Ore.
December 13, 1958
46:19 (unscoped)
14.41 (scoped)

Russ Conrad was the king of the night at KEX.

While he worked virtually every shift at the Portland station either as a full-timer or fill in, Conrad was best known for his time on the all-night show, where he entertained for 14 years beginning in 1961. The Wyoming native started in broadcasting at KPFM Portland in 1946, and began his long career at KEX the following year. Conrad would spend most of the next 28 years at KEX, with stints in mornings, middays, afternoons and evenings, before moving to the all-night show. He did double-duty from 1963 to 1968 doing color on Portland Beavers games with play-by-play man Bob Blackburn. Conrad would broadcast the games in the evenings, then drive to the station to do the all-night show. "I don't know how I did it --- six nights a week and double-headers on Sunday --- except that I loved the game."

After leaving KEX in 1975, Conrad joined KYXI Portland as a news anchor and sportscaster. He passed away in 1985 about a week after winning a special "Bill Hayward Merit Award" for his years as a sports announcer. Conrad was 63, and suffered from cancer.

Enjoy Russ Conrad on KEX (UNSCOPED) here.

Enjoy Russ Conrad on KEX (UNSCOPED) here.

Enjoy Russ Conrad on KEX (UNSCOPED) here.

Enjoy Russ Conrad on KEX (UNSCOPED) here.

(The Dan Steeves Collection)

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