RL’s love affair with radio began when he was a teen. After his Air Force career and shooting on the Air Force trap team, RL landed his first radio job in 1978 at KITN Olympia, Washington. He moved to Bend in 1979 as news director for KICE and the Radio Rangers. R.L. eventually acquired an ownership interest in the station, which he held until the station was sold to the current owners of KSJJ 102.9.
R.L. has won numerous local, state, and national awards for his news coverage and community involvement. He is in the Oregon Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame as a 2004 Heritage Broadcaster of the Year. Over his 35-year career he has written and produced nearly 400,000 newscasts.
The Bend City Council and Deschutes County Commissioners honored R.L. on January 22nd, 2004, proclaiming the day to be R.L. Garrigus Day which was celebrated by friends and family for his service to the Central Oregon Community. R.L. supports a variety of conservation groups including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation where he has been a part of the Central Oregon RMEF Committee for 29 years, and the John Day RMEF committee for 25 years.
R.L. was named in 2015 the Grand Marshal for the 75th annual Sisters Rodeo and also the Grand Marshal for the 2011 Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo. R.L. is married to Kathie for the past 31 years. They have a lovely daughter, Lacey who is 30, and 3 beautiful grand children, Timea who is 10, Tallon who is 9 and Titus who is 1 year old.
So when will Tallon and Titus be able to carry a quarter of an Elk out of Desolation for Grandpa?