KINK's Les Sarnoff Dead At 60
April 20, 2009 at 4:50 AM (PT)
LES SARNOFF, the 60-year-old iconic radio personality and voice of CBS RADIO AAA KINK/PORTLAND, OR's morning show for decades, died FRIDAY evening after a battle with cancer. KATU-TV reports SARNOFF served as morning host on KINK for 22 years and had been a familiar voice on the air in PORTLAND ever since he began his career with KGON in 1974.
SARNOFF had been diagnosed with melanoma last APRIL and had surgery before returning to work with a clean bill of health. Tests in DECEMBER showed the cancer had returned.
"There is perhaps no single person more closely associated with any radio station than LES is with KINK," said KINK GM DAVE MCDONALD in a statement released SATURDAY. "He has meant so much to so many with his positive energy, generous spirit, community commitment and his warm and open presence. PORTLAND and the KINK Community have lost a great one."
SARNOFF had chronicled his fight against cancer on his KINK blog since DECEMBER, after he abruptly left the station due to his illness. In those posts, he talked about his life, career and health and many listeners wrote in with words of support.