First of all let me say that I love Oregon. Always knew I would and there has been no disappointment on that account. Especially the western half. Green, lush, mountains, water, crisp air, warm people. What's not to like. However I have recently discovered that I have never pronounced the name properly. I think I say it like everyone else back east but that is not how they say it here. I first noted a problem when I was in Denver. Someone asked me where we were going next and I said, "Oregon". I got a blank stare of not understanding. I repeated where we were going. Same stare. Someone else said, "I think he means "Oregon". "Oh, Oregon!" It all sounded the same to me.
I have always pronounced Oregon with 3 distinct syllables. A very slight accent on the first syllable but basically a smilar stress on all 3. The first syllable was said "are" as in, "Are you awake yet?". The second was "re" as in repeat. The final syllable was something between "gun" and "gan" as in gang. A hard g and a short diphthong
The natives say it very differently. Oregon does not have 3 syllables. It does not have 2 syllables. It has precisely 2.3 syllables. The closest I can describe it is to say "organ". Then add a just the slightest puff of a middle syllable like ruh or ah. I really think most Oregonians would understand if you just said "organ". Certainly better than if you said, "ARE-re-gun." So that is what I am trying to say, organ.
Welcome to Organ!
P.S. If there are any Oregonian linguists out there, please pitch in and help me out. I want to pronounce the name of your state correctly.