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So Long, Hal Knight
sadly, the illegitimi have indeed carborundumed Portland's Hal Knight. (not
sure on my latin spelling) Hal Knight, after 30+ years in radio, some 26 of
them at WPOR, is packing it in and heading south to Florida where he's
accepted a position as a customer service/tech helper with a software
For those of you not familiar, Hal is blind. and to have listened to him
on the air, you'd never know. to have actually witnessed him in action,
well, it makes those of us who have the self-impression of being good sit up
and reassess our abilities.
The company Hal is soon to be working with is based in the
Tampa/St.Petersburgh area, and their specialty is talking software for the
blind. Hal's been using their product for a couple of years (i believe it's
called JAWS), and it's allowed him to continue to adapt in an ever-changing
this fact alone seems to have escaped the powers that be at The Portland
Radio Group, part of SAGA. Hal's demotion to a split-shift (mornings and
afternoons) board operator shift was, well... with discretion being the
better part of valor, i won't sully this group with a stream of invectives
which currently yearn to bounce of the tips of my fingers.
To radio, it's a sad day when we lose one of our own; one of those who
used an old reel-to-reel to play radio in an adolescent bedroom. one who
knew the announcer on the air by the sound of his voice. one who knew what
time we could best catch the skip from Fort Wayne or Buffalo.
To Hal and Maureen, whose daily struggles make those things you and i
perceive as problems pale in comparison, my wish is only for the best things
for you both. and for what it's worth, Hal, the country radio on the Gulf
Coast could be well served with you posting a few.
- -Chuck Igo