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KEX logo
City of license Portland, Oregon
Broadcast area northwestern Oregon and southwestern Washington
Branding NewsRadio 1190 KEX
Slogan "The BIG One"
Frequency 1190 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date December 23, 1926
Format News/Talk
Power 50,000 watts
Class A
Transmitter coordinates 45°25′20″N 122°33′57″W / 45.42222°N 122.56583°W / 45.42222; -122.56583
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Sister stations KKRZ, KKCW, KFBW, KLTH, KXJM, KPOJ
Webcast Listen Live

KEX (1190 AM, "NewsRadio 1190 KEX") is a class A clear channel AM radio station broadcasting from Portland, Oregon. As of 2005 it is owned by Clear Channel Communications and runs news/talk programming. Because KEX is a Class A station, KEX reaches most of the densely populated areas of Oregon, providing grade B coverage as far south as Corvallis and as far east as The Dalles. At night, KEX reaches most of the western United States and Canada, at times as far east as Pocatello, Idaho.

KEX is one of America's oldest radio stations currently broadcasting, with an initial license date of December 23, 1926. Some sources show that the station may have originally started broadcasting on 670 kHz. On November 11, 1928, KEX started broadcasting on 1180 kHz under the terms of FCC General Order 40. On March 29, 1941, the station moved from 1180 kHz to 1190 kHz under the terms of NARBA. KEX is an active member of the Portland Area Radio Council. [1]

KEX is currently broadcasting in HD Radio.

KEX was the longtime flagship radio station of the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. This ended in 2007-08 when team owner Paul Allen decided to move the team to his co-owned Portland station KXTG, converted it to an all-sports format ("The Game") and succeeded KEX as the "voice of the Blazers."


The station airs several nationally syndicated programs hosted by such people as Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Mike Huckabee and Dave Ramsey. Weekend programming also includes the nationally syndicated radio show The Mutual Fund Show with Adam Bold.

KEX was the first station to give Mel Blanc a show. His Cobwebs & Nuts program debuted June 15, 1933 and ran Monday thru Saturday 11:00pm to midnight.

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