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Paul Linnman Hanging Up His Headphones

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  • Started 4 years ago by Tom Parker
  • Latest reply from pdxmediawatcher

  1. Tom Parker

    I don't post much these days as the current inside radio information just isn't found here as often as it used to be.

    I'm surprised that no one has mentioned that tomorrow, July 11th, is Paul Linnman's last day on KEX. Paul did a great job of transitioning from TV news anchor to hosting radio and bringing his talent, professionalism and great attitude with him.

    Paul is a pro's pro. And a heck of a nice guy.

    Posted on July 10, 2014 - 10:38 AM #
  2. JayMackin

    Paul Linnman is NOT leaving KEX:

    Posted on July 10, 2014 - 11:07 AM #
  3. Bigpuppy

    And so the time in the bright sun of the main host's chair comes to an end for yet another iconic morning companion for Portland's worker bees.

    For some, like Barney, Craig, and Bob, it's a longer and loving farewell, with months of buildup culminating in final broadcasts before full houses in rented ballrooms packed with listeners and dignitaries where a lifetime of memories is played out, even compiled and sold on CD's.

    Regardless of how Paul's new role is defined by the unseen powers, this is a major change for him and for his listeners. And though this farewell feels less satisfying to those of us who'd like to raise a toast and applaud him in person, and hear one last time about the exploding whale along with all the other tales that this great raconteur can tell, Paul is due the same high degree of praise and thanks for a very long career of service to listeners and the community as all those other morning institutions who surrendered the chair, whether it was on their timetable or not.

    What Tom said above is extremely well put. Paul Linnman is a pro's pro, a hell of a guy, with a huge pair of golf shoes to fill.

    Posted on July 10, 2014 - 04:58 PM #
  4. superhet

    What happened with that unfortunate incident involving a christmas party and somebody groping the coworkers?

    Posted on July 10, 2014 - 09:33 PM #
  5. pdxmediawatcher

    Word has it that Paul leaving the Morning Update was nothing more than a salary dump by Clear Channel. He had no intention of leaving or stepping into a "new role," and local management wanted to keep him on as the morning host, but corporate saw the opportunity to save a few bucks. The only reason KEX has him continuing in any capacity is to appease local sponsors, who've been very loyal and appreciative of Paul's efforts. KEX did not want to risk losing that revenue, so he'll continue to read their ads for the foreseeable future. Because of this, Paul doesn't want to burn any bridges, but he is definitely now a free agent and looking for opportunities.

    Posted on July 11, 2014 - 11:25 AM #