Portland, Oregon – A Portland blues icon has lost his fight with cancer. Steve Pringle passed Sunday morning at home surrounded by family and friends. Pringle taught broadcasting to many radio students at Mount Hood Community College, including KXL reporter Jacob Dean. Jacob has been gathering and organizing interviews with Pringle’s former students for a special piece we were planning to air around the time of the upcoming benefit concert. This morning we want to share a small piece of that in honor of Pringle. Steve was also a radio student at MHCC almost three decades ago. Jeff Young was his teacher.
An all-star line-up of musicians are gathering in Pringle’s honor to throw a benefit concert, “BluesMania” on November 24th at the Roseland Theatre. All proceeds of the show go to help pay for Pringle’s medical bills.
As mentioned, Pringle started as a broadcasting student himself at Mt. Hood Community College before you heard him on Portland radio stations like 101-9 KINK. Pringle always loved to have fun and make you laugh. He did it on the air too.
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A beloved Portland DJ and Radio Teacher is breaking his silence for the first time about his stage four cancer diagnosis.
One of his former radio students, KXL reporter Jacob Dean has the update.
You’ve heard Steve Pringle rock the blues on stations like KMHD, KINK, KGON, and at the Waterfront Bluesfest for years. Tuesday afternoon he opened up about his health on Facebook for the first time. He’s been diagnosed with a very rare type of cancer: Solitary Fibrous Sarcoma. He writes it’s stage four, it’s terminal, there’s no treatment, no cure. It’s attacking his entire body, the back, pelvis, liver, and lungs. The news is rocking those close to him. Like his former Mt. Hood Community College student Jeremy Chamberlin. Chamberlin says Pringle was always a cold dude and would never feed his students B.S. If something sucked, he told you, and the kids always respected that.
There’s also a new Go Fund Me Page setup to help with Pringle’s medical costs, for those who can’t make it to the concert.
Here’s Steve Pringle’s post on Facebook: