Ron Braithwaite

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Once upon a time, long ago back in 1970, I was one of the earliest volunteers at KBOO, when it was in the basement of a now torn down building across from the Lotus Card Room (which has also been torn down) on SW 3rd and Salmon. Most recently, I was/am an early volunteer for the Portland Radio Project ( helping with networking and Internet issues. I have always been deeply committed to Community Media and to offering a voice to the voiceless.

Professionally, I started doing photography professionally at 15 in 1966, but in the late 70’s I discovered computers and switched careers, doing everything from writing computer languages (I’ve been on two ANSI standards committees) to developing video timecode generators to managing teams of software developers to, for the last 10 years, doing IT management consulting with small and medium businesses.

Now I find myself honored to be in the role of Interim CIO (Chief Information Officer) here at MetroEast Community Media, working with David Elkin-Bram and Andrew Keating. It is wonderful to work together carefully upgrading our technology to more easily share our content with the world via the Internet. I’m maintaining the Interim title, since I am close to retirement and want to complete our technology transition before riding off into the sunset. But even when I am retired, I’ll probably still be a volunteer since MetroEast truly captures the best of Community Media.

As for personal stuff, I am still do photography, focusing on nature and landscapes. I ride Moto Guzzi motorcycles (I’m currently on my tenth, although I’ve owned a lot of other bikes) and my wife and I love to travel and visit places we haven’t seen yet.