Jeff Douglas’ voice is hard to place, geographically speaking. There’s a slight, smoky tang, courtesy of his Virginia boyhood. But there’s also a pleasing roundness, a warmth, that is his alone. Maybe the best way to describe it is this: For anybody who has listened to Douglas over the years — first on the radio, then on television — his voice is the sound of Oregon.
From the late 1960s, as one of the founders of KINK-FM, to his work at Oregon Public Broadcasting both behind and in front of the camera, Douglas has been a steady presence in peoples’ homes.
Since joining OPB in 1990, Douglas has been a reporter for “Oregon Field Guide,” created and hosted “Oregon Art Beat” and also was vice president of local production.
He shared that love of music with millions of listeners as one of the founders of KINK. Douglas arrived in Portland in July 1968 straight out of Dartmouth College, where he earned a degree in economics. He came to Portland to work for King Broadcasting, the Seattle company that at the time owned KGW.
Douglas hired Jack McGowan as KINK’s first promotion and public affairs director. They’ve remained friends ever since, and McGowan — whose own long career includes 18 years as executive director of SOLV, the nonprofit behind the twice-yearly beach cleanup events — now serves on the OPB board of directors.
“Even though he wasn’t born in the state,” McGowan says, “I think Jeff is the personification of a true Oregonian. He’s an avid outdoors person, he cares deeply about the state and where it’s going, and takes part in what the state is about.”
He is a retired faculty member of the Biology Department at the University of Oregon, where has taught Field Ornithology for many years. He also and has taught community courses about birds and the natural world.
Dan has served on the Board of Directors of Lane County Audubon Society for many years where he has held numerous positions. He has also been a past president of Oregon Field Ornithologists, and volunteers at Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, providing instruction about birds to their staff, volunteers and public.
Dan has been actively involved in environmental education throughout the Eugene area leading field trips, workshops and volunteer guide training. Each month, he writes a column, Backyard Habitats, for Eugene’s major newspaper, The Register Guard and he is a frequent guest speaker at schools, bird festivals, and organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest where he enjoys sharing his knowledge and interest in birds and the natural world.
Mark Raddatz is a professional actor who has appeared in television, movies and numerous Shakespeare festivals. His roles have included Claudius in Hamlet, Baptista in Taming of the Shrew, Henry Higgins in both Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, and Arnolphe in Moliere’s School for Wives. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington.
Cris D. Hein, Ph.D.
Cris Hein is a Conservation Scientist with Bat Conservation International and the Program Coordinator for the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative. He received his MS in Biology from Texas State University in 2001 and his PhD in Forestry and Natural Resources from the University of Georgia in 2008. Cris has studied bat behavior and ecology for 13 years and bat and wind-energy issues for 6 years.