HE WAS ONE OF BARNEY’S MANY FAN’S

RETIREMENSHOW-BOB HAZEN
Prominent Portland businessman Bob Hazen (right)  was
among those in attendance for the final broadcast of KEX
radio personality Barney Keep (left) on February 14, 1979.
Keep was ending 35 years with the radio station.

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THE TRIP THROUGH MAYBELAND

the cinnamon bear

For many young Girl’s and Boy’s in the 1950’s the Christmas season
had officially arrived with the airing of “The Cinnamon Bear”. The
fifteen minute syndicated radio series was heard locally on KEX
between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. It chronicled the 
the adventures of Judy and Jimmy and their quest to find 
the missing Silver Star that belonged on the top of their
Christmas tree. They were aided in the search by Paddy 
O’Cinnamon who helped Judy and Jimmy get the star
back from the wicked Crazyquilt Dragon. The initial
broadcast of this program debuted in 1937. 
 

 

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COVERING THE SPORTS SCENE

OLD KEX LOGO

BOB BLACKBURN

Bob Blackburn behind the mic at KEX in the 1950’s.

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RECALLING A LOCAL RADIO LEGEND

BARNEY KEEP RETIREMENT SHOW IN THE OREGONIAN 

Barney Keep,“Sweet,Lovable Ol’ Barn” as he was known by many,is

seen here in this Oregon Journal pic ringing the “goody-gong” one

last time at his retirement party in February of 1979. It was held at the

Civic Theater  with a capacity audience. That was Barney’s last  show

on KEX after 35 years and Portland radio has never been the same!

 

 

 

 

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