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Chuck Knopf

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  • Started 1 year ago by Dan Clark
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  1. A sad post from Portland radio/tv newsman and sportscaster Chuck Knopf. He is losing his battle with cancer, and checked into a hospice today.

    Chuck posted it on his Facebook page Monday:

    Chuck's career is a rare one . . . he wasn't a nomad, staying in one region of the country:

    1970 - KJIB-FM, Portland
    1971 - 1975 KYXI, Oregon City
    1975 - 1976 KOIN-TV Weekend Sports Anchor
    1976 - 1979 KYXI Sports Director
    1977 - 1978 - NBA Portland Trailblazers - Pre-game and post-game host.
    1977 - 1979 KATU-TV Weekend Sports Anchor
    1979 - 1984 KUPL-FM - Staff Announcer
    1980 - 1987 KPTV Weekend Sports Anchor
    1987 - 1991 KJR, Seattle (Legendary Rock station) - Morning News Anchor
    1992 - 1997 Sports Anchor All sports "The Fan", Portland. Produced Mychal Thompson/Kermit Washington talk show.
    1997 - 2003 KWJJ-FM, Portland - Morning News Anchor
    2007 - OPB - Weekend Morning Edition
    2008 - KPAM 860, Portland, Fill-in News Anchor

    Posted on March 12, 2013 - 07:12 PM #
  2. This totally broke my heart reading it on facebook earlier. Thanks for posting it Dan.

    Posted on March 12, 2013 - 09:31 PM #
  3. skeptical

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    Sorry to hear this. Heard him a lot on KFXX.

    Posted on March 13, 2013 - 04:06 AM #
  4. Chuck, you are one of the good guys in radio. I am praying for you and your family.

    Posted on March 13, 2013 - 05:38 AM #
  5. Lander

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    Thinking of you, Chuck. I know that we didn't know each other well, but I will never forget a few great conversations that we had. I filled in for middays on KWJJ for a book and crossed over with you guys. I had never done country and was intimidated, to say the least. You were kind to me and I really appreciated and enjoyed your wit and sense of humor! It made it all go much easier. Thank you, my friend. I will see YOU, again....God Bless you, Chuck.

    Posted on March 13, 2013 - 08:44 AM #
  6. Dan_Packard

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    I first heard Chuck (aka Radiohead) while working at KJR in Seattle. Man, when he did the newscast, you listened. Incredible voice and written presentation. One of the best in the west, if not the country. He, with Gary Lockwood, pulled in great ratings on the KJR morning show.

    I want to thank you Chuck for your high caliber of professionalism and contribution to radio broadcasting in the Pacific NorthWest. It won't be forgotten.

    Posted on March 13, 2013 - 10:14 AM #
  7. Marty and I had dinner with Chuck and Julie a few months ago, and he still had that special humor of his. Even though his beautiful voice was gone, after talking with them for a while, my brain sort of took over remembering those amazing pipes. We met when I first came to KGON decades ago, and remained friends ever since. What a dear, smart, caring man.

    Posted on March 13, 2013 - 10:17 AM #
  8. RadioBuggie

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    Chuck's one of the good ones...

    .. Will definately take his great example forward...

    -- God bless ya C.K. -

    Posted on March 13, 2013 - 10:50 AM #
  9. I encountered Chuck in the early '70's at KYXI. He was a great mentor. He convinced me I could do radio and go to college at the same time. He pointed me toward my first job at KJIB. Even later in life he was counseling folks. Thank you for everything my friend. You made life better for so many people.

    Posted on March 13, 2013 - 02:36 PM #
  10. So sorry to hear this news. Met Chuck in 2003 at the staff meeting when KOTK/KWJJ were combined into Entercom Portland. Always wanted to meet Chuck after hearing him for years. Chuck did these interesting KOTK pre-recorded over night story's a lot of you might have missed in the wee hours. Can't remember the over all name of this presentation but I would look forward to them. They were done SO WELL I enjoyed listening to them when they were repeated. Told this to Chuck at the meeting and remember his surprised response. He never even knew they hit the air waves! I can still hear his great sounding voice. One of a kind!

    Posted on March 13, 2013 - 05:58 PM #
  11. 892R

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    Chuck and I worked together at Newsroom Six back in the day. Sad to hear this news.

    Posted on March 14, 2013 - 09:59 AM #
  12. Yes, this is sad indeed. I knew Chuck when he worked for KYXI. I Love his sense of humor ...and his voice sounded like a Hammond Organ..

    Chuck had some great mentoring...Harry Christensen for one..

    Chuck really impressed me when I was hanging around the station as a 'wannah be ''..

    Posted on March 14, 2013 - 03:34 PM #
  13. and I have had our tussles, to be sure, but we had a lot of fun on the radio (and the basketball court). I remember first being struck by what a dapper guy you are and then later marveling at how much work you have done within yourself. You have struggled to heal your body for so long, and I am sure you are tired, my friend. But I have watched you heal your soul as well. You have broken it down and built it up again and again and along the way you have been a sterling example of humanity, manhood and charm. For all of our existential discussions, including the last time we talked, which was live on the Rick Emerson Show, you have always striven to be the most whole and most authentic person you can be. That, to me, is a life well lived. Thank you for everything, Chuck. Mikel

    Posted on March 16, 2013 - 10:09 AM #
  14. Broadway

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    Cyn Bolsta just sent this on her Facebook page...
    Hey, Portland radio peeps, just got the word that Chuck Knopf passed away today, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. If anyone wants to contact his girlfriend, Julie Oliver, you'll find her on facebook.

    Posted on March 16, 2013 - 04:32 PM #
  15. Chuck was a very kind and gentle man. He was always friendly and helpful. Peace be with you Chuck.

    Posted on March 16, 2013 - 06:00 PM #
  16. paulwalker

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    I didn't know him, but from all the above posts, I guess I got aquainted. God Bless his soul.

    Posted on March 16, 2013 - 07:11 PM #
  17. SW22

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    Godspeed, Charlie, were one terrific human being. We certainly had some great adventures, both in & outside radio. I don't know anything about whats beyond this world, however if there is, we'll have a lot to catch up on.

    With GM & owner Bernie Seitz's permission, I hired Chuck at KJIB-FM in 1970 for his first radio gig and trained him on the homemade board we had. What a great career he had.

    Gonna miss ya.

    Posted on March 16, 2013 - 07:19 PM #
  18. stevethedj

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    R.I.P. Chuck. Worked with him at the fan.Sports radio 1520. Good times. Will miss him.

    Posted on March 17, 2013 - 08:18 AM #
  19. Chuck passed away yesterday at 1:43pm. Nice tribute on Stumptownblogger:

    Posted on March 17, 2013 - 11:34 AM #
  20. Sorry to hear this sad news. Chuck and I worked together 30+ years ago and he had a great sense of humor.

    My funniest memory was the day Chuck was telling us at work about teaching his apparently very precocious young preschool aged daughter about the alphabet. He said they would play a game where he would give her a letter and she had to name a word that started with that letter. So Chuck said "A" and she replied "apple" He, "B" She, "Ball" and so on until Chuck said "F" to which she politely replied "F..ked Up"...........Chuck said it was a great lesson in composure to be forced to routinely continue saying "and now what's a word for G?"

    It reduced the studio to gales of laughter.

    We'll miss you Chuck, R.I.P.


    Posted on March 17, 2013 - 03:52 PM #
  21. Has there been an obit written in a newspaper or on a website for Chuck Knopf? I'm not seeing anything yet on the web?

    Posted on April 2, 2013 - 09:20 AM #
  22. Broadway

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    This is the local Statesman Journal...all that was printed...

    Posted on April 2, 2013 - 10:32 AM #
  23. bossjock

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    (Edit: Craig, just saw your thread about posting blind links...)

    From the funeral director's site:

    Posted on April 2, 2013 - 10:54 AM #
  24. Thanks Guys! Didn't want to forget to follow this up because I was afraid his birth date might be near for inclusion in "This Day In Portland Radio History." Well you can't get much closer than four days!

    Posted on April 2, 2013 - 09:27 PM #
  25. RIP Chuck. I'm still tearing up.

    Chuck and I first met in 1969 (sorry SW22: Steve, is that you? it was 1969, not 1970), when we worked for Bernie Seitz at KJIB-FM ("The Sound Difference is at 99-5; I started in 1968, before KJIB went on the air). Chuck had a tremendous sense of humor, was extremely intelligent, and sounded great on the air. After KJIB he got me a job at KYXI through Jim Liniger; Jim later hired me at "101 the FM KYTE".

    Chuck's radio and TV background is a matter of record.I won't comment on that. As expected, though, there was a lot more to him. I would like to add a bit to the human side of Chuck, since he he was an extremely interesting character. Some of his more off-the-wall activities:

    A number of us were in Chuck's VW minibus in the early 1970s. He was driving. We were headed west over the Broadway Bridge when he straddled a concrete lane-divider and just kept driving on without any concern. Obviously we made it, but not without trepidation. Chuck was not bothered by minor things like traffic regulations or barriers.

    Chuck was selling men's shoes at the old Nordstrom store, north of the current downtown store, in the early 1970s. Normal store closing hour was 9:00 PM. However, on what became his last day, there were no customers in the store so Chuck locked the doors at 8:45 PM so he could get to a church basketball game.

    Chuck was very patriotic. In the early 1970s he and some of his friends (I wasn't there) were kicked out of the Cheerful Tortoise near Portland State University for belching the National Anthem.

    Chuck was given the opportunity to "spend more time with his family" when he was working at KYXI in the early 1970s (sense a pattern here?). His boss at the time (Bob somebody) told him, and I quote Chuck, "You're doing a great job, we just think you should do it somewhere else."

    Chuck was proud of his flatulence. Once on a trip to Southern California to, among other things, visit Cindy Kurtzhals, who worked with Dean Jones at KATU, I had the opportunity to ride with him in his VW bug. Suffice to say it was a taxing ride. He refused to roll his window down. I'm not sure if mine worked.

    It may be apochryphal, but I believe he announced on the air the passing of Andre Kostelanetz in 1980 by stating that Kostelanetz was "dead at 78, and at 33-1/3."

    We drifted apart as the years passed. I know he's not here to defend himself but I assure you the incidents are true unless otherwise stated. I do know he was extremely proud of his daughter, Courtney. I also know he added a lot to the lives of the people he touched. I will laugh about the memories of Chuck more than I will cry.

    Ron Hayhurst
    Air Name Ron Hayes

    Posted on April 18, 2013 - 07:15 PM #

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