Recently Randy McKone, vice president and general manager for the Pendleton-based Capps Broadcast Group, was awarded the 2010 Broadcaster of the Year Award from the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.
"It's a tremendous honor to be selected from the number of radio and television operators throughout the state of Oregon," McKone said. He credits the work of his entire company and its focus on the communities served by the radio stations. The company is made up of eight radio stations, with offices also in Walla Walla and LaGrande.
According to the website cappsbroadcastgroup.com, the broadcast group includes: KCMB, 104.7 FM; 99.9 The River; 1490 AM, ESPN Walla Walla; 107.7 FM, KWVN the Vine; 103.5 KWHT; 1240 KTIX Pendleton ESPN; KUMA 1290 and KUMA 92.1.
McKone began work with the company in 1983. "I've been here 28 years now. We employ about 23 to 24 fulltime people. I am incredibly fortunate to have had such quality employees." According to McKone, many of these employees have been with the company for 20 or more years.
It is a time of transition for radio as well as other information outlets. "Radio has survived the test of time," he said. "We stick to our principles of serving the community with local news, local information. We have ballgames, provide promotional support for community events, holiday events. If you removed radio from the equation it would not be the same."
According to McKone, much of already established media is undergoing plenty of change right now. "This includes embracing new things such as social media and online expansion," he said.