The Oregon Symphony Orchestra gave its first performance in 1896. A junior symphony orchestra, among the first in the nation, was formed in Portland in 1925. In the same year a civic theater was organized. Drama productions by local groups and visiting players have been popular in the state since the 1860s. Particularly outstanding are those of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.
Journalism in the Pacific Northwest began with the publication of the Oregon Spectator in 1846 at Oregon City, the first newspaper published west of the Rocky Mountains. Portland’s Oregonian followed in 1850, and the Oregon Statesman appeared the next year in Oregon City and later moved with the capital to Salem. In 2002 Oregon had 19 daily newspapers. Prominent among them were the Oregonian, in Portland; the Register-Guard, in Eugene; and the Statesman Journal, in Salem. In 2002 Oregon had 71 AM and 84 FM radio stations and 21 television stations. The state’s first radio station, KGW in Portland, was licensed in 1922. KPTV in Portland, Oregon’s first commercial television station, went on the air in 1953. "Oregon" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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