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City of license Eugene, Oregon
Broadcast area Eugene, Springfield, and the Willamette Valley
Branding News Talk 590
Slogan Home of the Oregon Ducks
Frequency 590 (kHz)
First air date July 4, 1946
Format News/Talk
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 12506
Callsign meaning E U G e N e
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing, LLC)
Sister stations KUJZ, KZEL, KNRQ, KEHK, KSCR
Webcast Listen Live

KUGN (590 AM, "NewsTalk 590") is a radio station primarily broadcasting talk radio. Licensed to the city of Eugene, Oregon, it serves the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area. The station is currently owned by Cumulus Media, and affiliated with ABC News Radio. KUGN partners with local CBS affiliate KVAL-TV for breaking news and weather coverage. KVAL reporters contribute radio segments during KUGN's news programs from time to time.

KUGN is the flagship radio station of the Oregon Sports Network, and broadcasts University of Oregon football and basketball games. KUGN also broadcasts local high school football and basketball games. On weekdays, KUGN airs Dr. Laura, Sean Hannity, and Fred Thompson, and Clark Howard, among others.

After briefly filling in on KUGN's morning show, Eugene actress and broadcaster Storm Kennedy officially joined KUGN's staff on Wednesday September 23, 2009. She previously hosted a successful morning radio show in KMGE-FM from 1989 to 2005.



KUGN first took the air on July 4, 1946 as the second radio station in Eugene, after KORE. KUGN was originally affiliated with the ABC radio network, but switched to NBC during the mid-1950s. The station dropped the longtime NBC affiliation for CBS in December 1977.

In 1979, KUGN began airing some Mutual Broadcasting System programming, including Monday Night Football and Larry King's popular evening talk show.

During its first four decades, KUGN was best known for its eclectic, personable announcers, as well as for their longevity. The careers of such veterans as Duke Young, Dick Cross, Dave Miller, Russ Doran, Skip Hathaway, Webb Russell, Wendy Ray and Dale "Uncle Fuzzy" Reed spanned the period from the late 1950s to the early 1970s.

The "old" KUGN, which Ray unabashedly called "the best radio station in the world," is best remembered for its popular "Morning Show." Reed, KUGN's resident Renaissance Man, teamed with Ray and news director Fred Webb for a much beloved program that was a "must hear" in the Eugene area throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

"The Morning Show" entertained "The Listener" with such lighthearted semi-regular features such as Ray's "Ball Score Boogie," the "Poet's Nook" starring Webb as the high-buttoned poetry devotee "Charles," and "Gridpute," a tongue-in-cheek Friday morning football preview featuring Ray and a clanking, cantankerous "computer." Ray and Webb also teamed up on Eugene's top-rated morning newscasts, twice hourly between 5:30 and 10 a.m. D.J.-anchor "Uncle Fuzzy" knit it all together with his wry commentary and savvy music choices (adult contemporary with a fair amount of jazz), delivered in a voice that was airwave-polished, yet that of Everyman.

In 1957, KUGN became the first flagship station of the University of Oregon sports radio network, with play-by-play announcer John Tasnady serving five seasons as the "Voice of the Ducks." Ray, already a veteran sportscaster, took the microphone in 1962 and called Duck football and basketball until the end of the 1969 football season. Ray, who also served as public address announcer for Oregon track and field meets, returned for one season (1974-75) as KUGN's football and basketball announcer.

Other KUGN "voices" of University of Oregon sports were Mike Guldager (1969-73), Bud Sobel (1973-74), Ralph Petti (football, 1975), Mike Stone (1975-80), Warren Swain (1980-82), Bill Johnson (1982-84) and Hal Ramey (1984-87).

KUGN lost the broadcast rights to Duck sports in 1987, when the University of Oregon athletic department set up its own in-house radio network. The university put the network's flagship status up for bidding, and local rival KPNW won out over KUGN. Eight years later, KUGN regained the broadcast rights to Duck sports. Play-by-play announcer Jerry Allen, employed by the U of O athletic department, moved from KPNW to KUGN at that time. Allen, a veteran among West Coast sportscasters, begins his 22nd season as "Voice of the Ducks" in the fall of 2009.


Talk programming includes:

Former Personalities and Reporters

  • Lars Larson
  • Delilah Rene
  • Joe Giansante
  • Wendy Ray
  • Dale "Uncle Fuzzy" Reed
  • Fred Webb
  • Bob Anderson
  • Mark Armstrong
  • Kristen Bailey
  • Tracy Berry
  • Bob Boche
  • Dan Carlin
  • Dick Cross
  • Rusell Doran
  • Sarah Ferren
  • Jack Flemming
  • Mike Guldager
  • Lester Hansen
  • Paul Hanson
  • George "Skip" Hathaway
  • Bob Hoglum
  • Don James
  • Jack Johnston
  • Melody Leslie
  • Tom Lichty
  • Rick Little
  • Dave Miller
  • Dan Mullin
  • Dan Nims
  • Denuta Pfeiffer
  • Hal Ramey
  • Gordon Scott
  • Bobby Sherman
  • Ralph Steadman
  • Nancy Steele
  • Mike Stone
  • Warren Swain
  • Hal Waymeyer
  • Sy Wise
  • Cliff Yetter

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