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City of license Portland, Oregon
Broadcast area Northwestern Oregon and Southwestern Washington
Branding NewsRadio 1190 KEX
Frequency 1190 kHz
First air date December 23, 1926 (on 670 kHz)
Format Talk
Power 50,000 watts
Class A
Facility ID 11271
Transmitter coordinates 45°25′20″N 122°33′57″W / 45.42222°N 122.56583°W / 45.42222; -122.56583
Former frequencies 670 kHz (1926–1927)
1240 kHz (5/1927-6/1927)
1250 kHz (1927–1928)
1080 kHz (3/1928-11/1928)
1180 kHz (1928–1941)
Affiliations Premiere Networks, ABC Radio News, TheBlaze Network, KATU-TV
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
(Citicasters Licenses, Inc.)
Sister stations KKRZ, KKCW, KFBW, KLTH, KXJM, KPOJ
Webcast Listen Live

KEX (1190 kHz) is an AM, class A clear channel radio station broadcasting from Portland, Oregon. It is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. and runs a talk format known as "News Radio 1190."

Because KEX is a 50,000 Watt Class A station, it reaches all of the Portland metropolitan area and beyond, providing grade B coverage as far south as Corvallis and as far east as The Dalles. At night, KEX can be heard around the Western United States and Western Canada. The transmitter is located in Sunnyside, Oregon with studios and offices in Tigard, Oregon. KEX is an active member of the Portland Area Radio Council.


KEX airs mostly nationally syndicated talk shows. The station has one local weekday talk show, the Michael Castner Show in the early afternoon. It also airs an hour of local news at 5 a.m., called Oregon's Morning News. Syndicated programs round out the weekday schedule, mostly from Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia. At 6 a.m., it's Armstrong & Getty from co-owned KSTE in Sacramento, California. At 9 a.m. Rush Limbaugh is heard. Michael Berry airs from 3 to 7 p.m. and Glenn Beck is heard from 7 to 10 p.m. After 10, running all night, is Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.

Weekends feature shows on money, cars, computers and home repair, as well as repeats of some weekday shows and some paid Brokered programming. Syndicated shows heard on weekends include Joe Pags, Kim Komando, Bill Handel and Bill Cunningham.

KATU Channel 2, the ABC television affiliate in Portland, supplies some local news and weather. ABC Radio News supplies national newscasts at the beginning of most hours.


former logo while simulcasting on 102.3

KEX first signed on the air on December 23, 1926. Some sources show that the station may have originally started broadcasting on 670 kHz. On November 11, 1928, KEX started broadcasting on 1180 kHz under the terms of FCC General Order 40. On March 29, 1941, the station moved from 1180 kHz to 1190 kHz under the terms of North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement (NARBA). KEX was the first station to give the voice of Bugs Bunny Mel Blanc a show. His Cobwebs & Nuts program debuted June 15, 1933, and ran Monday through Saturday from 11 p.m. to midnight.

The Oregonian Publishing Company acquired KEX in 1933,[1] and from 1934 until 1943 the station's studios were located in The Oregonian Building, in space shared with 620 KGW, now KPOJ, when both stations were affiliated with NBC.[1] Westinghouse Broadcasting expanded to the West Coast in 1944 with its purchase of KEX, then 5,000 watts, which also shared a frequency with WOWO, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Westinghouse increased KEX's power to 50,000 watts, day and night, in 1948. Having reached the FCC's then-limit of seven AM stations, Westinghouse sold KEX to actor and singer Gene Autry and Golden West Broadcasters.

From the 1960s through the 1990s, KEX aired a mix of Middle of the road music, talk and news shows. As music listening switched to FM radio stations, KEX cut back on the songs it played till it became a true talk station by the late 90s.

On March 30, 2011 KEX began simulcasting on FM translator K272EL at 102.3 FM. The addition of K272EL was in response to rival news/talker KXL's move from AM 750 to the FM band at 101.1. On September 9, 2013 KEX's simulcast on KKRZ-HD2 and K272EL ended with KKRZ-HD2 and K272EL switching to an alternative rock format, branded as "Radio 102.3".


KEX became the flagship station of the Oregon State Beavers for the 2012/2013 season.[2] Until 2013, KEX was the flagship station of the NBA Portland Trail Blazers; in the event of a conflict with the Beavers, Blazers broadcasts were moved to sister station KPOJ. The Blazers were moved to KPOJ entirely in 2013.[3]

Past personalities[edit]

  • Bill Adams - sportscaster (1937-39)[4]
  • Barney Keep - morning show (1944-79)[5]


  1. ^ a b "Oregonian Acquires Radio Station KEX". (September 1, 1933). The Morning Oregonian, p. 1.
  2. ^ "Oregon State : Learfield Sports Affiliate Resources". 
  3. ^ Tokito, Mike (August 29, 2013). "Blazers announce move to KPOJ, and TV schedule for 2013-14 season". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 1. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 11.
  5. ^ Edmonston, Jr., George P. "Up Close and Personal: Remembering Barney Keep". OSU Alumni Association. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 

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