Ronald Kramer

Ronald Kramer worked in broadcasting at radio stations in Cleveland and Chicago and as a director for the ABC Radio Network, before settling into teaching radio and television, initially at Lewis and Clark College in Portland and later at Southern Oregon University (SOU) in Ashland. He served as Executive Director of SOU’s 22-station public radio network, Jefferson Public Radio, from 1974 - 2012 while also consulting for the Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a variety of other organizations. He is the author of Pioneer Mikes: A History of Radio and Television in Oregon and A Century of Fellowship for the Rogue River Valley University Club. 

Author's Entries

  • Blanch McBride Virgin Randle (1887–1978)

    In 1928, Blanch McBride Virgin became the first woman in the United States to own and operate a professional radio station—KMED in Medford, Oregon. Born more than thirty years before the first commercial radio broadcast in the country (in Pittsburgh in 1920), Virgin could not have imagined as …

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  • KGW Hoot Owls

    The Portland Oregonian launched KGW Radio in March 1922. Nine months later, the paper’s editor, Edgar Piper, heard a late-night radio music program while traveling. On his return home, he and Associate Editor Ronald Callvert began planning a similar program on KGW. Together with Charles F. Berg, a respected civic …

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  • William B. Smullin (1907-1995)

    William Brothers Smullin pioneered the first television stations in southern Oregon and northern California, building them into a broad, regional media presence that helped shape numerous communities.  Born in Kane, Pennsylvania, on May 6, 1907, Smullin moved with his family to Hood River in 1909. The family name is preserved …

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