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A passing of a great man

(6 posts)
  • Started 3 years ago by Alan Budwill
  • Latest reply from Marianagy

  1. Alan Budwill
    Member

    http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?n=harry-christensen&pid=172438048

    Harry was a terrific newscaster with a wonderful sense of humor.

    Posted on September 12, 2014 - 06:31 PM #
  2. Erickson
    Member

    Harry Christensen was a good man. A friendly and familiar sight on the streets in the 70's, when every Portland station had a news staff. You'd see him--standing tall, ducking his head under doorways, looking vaguely like Ralph Nader--at every City Club meeting, every City Council event, and he was gentlemanly and kind to everyone. His stentorian delivery helped define KYXI in its all-news days; he sounded like a network booth announcer. Thinking good thoughts about Harry and his friends and family tonight; thanks for posting, Alan.

    Posted on September 12, 2014 - 07:00 PM #
  3. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    Harry Christensen was KYXI News Director from 1967 to 1973 and Co-News Director with Mark Andrews from 1973 to 1974.

    Posted on September 13, 2014 - 02:01 AM #
  4. MarkAndrews
    Member

    Correction: I eventually earned the position of Music Director...I had nothing to do with the news department, except to clear the wire and read hourly newscasts as the all night music host! Harry would roll in the door just before the 6am news, quickly peruse the wire machine, and pick up and sort the northwest/local news stacks, and hit the air with "that voice" without so much as a huff-and-puff. A newsman's newsman, professional, kind and classy in every way...

    Posted on September 13, 2014 - 02:56 PM #
  5. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    Mark: Thanks for pointing this out. I was just echoing what the Broadcasting Yearbook said. Will make corrections on "This Day In Portland Radio History."

    Posted on September 13, 2014 - 09:31 PM #
  6. Marianagy
    Member

    So sad to hear. Harry was my news instructor in school, I haven't seen him for 20+ years now but remember him well. RIP Harry.

    Posted on September 15, 2014 - 02:39 PM #