Bill Radke

Host, KUOW's Morning Newsmagazine

Bill Radke hosts KUOW's morning newsmagazine — as he did 20 years ago! Bill was KUOW's morning host in the '90s, and then he created Rewind, a news-satire show heard on KUOW and nationwide on NPR. Next, Bill moved away to Southern California to host American Public Media's Weekend America and Marketplace Morning Report. He returned to Seattle in 2010, hosting on KIRO-FM for two years. And now he's back home.

When Bill isn't on the air he's a keynote speaker, husband of Sara and daddy of three.

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Playing Hardball
9:13 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Amazon Sends Shoppers Elsewhere During Standoff With Suppliers

Credit Flickr Photo/Nic Taylor (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Bill Radke talks with New York Times tech writer David Streitfeld about the ongoing tussle between Amazon and a handful of its suppliers. The company is blocking preorders and slowing shipments of some items as it negotiates.

Oh, My, God, Becky
11:42 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Critics Debate Sir Mix-A-Lot's Show At Seattle Symphony

Sir Mix-A-Lot is joined on stage at Benaroya Hall by the Seattle Symphony and a troupe of spirited dancers.
Credit Seattle Symphony YouTube Video

Critics are squabbling over Seattle Symphony's latest program: teaming up with Sir Mix-A-Lot and some dancing women at Benaroya Hall in a performance of "Baby Got Back."

You don't associate orchestral music with liking big butts and not lying, but the video of the performance is a hit — more than two million views on YouTube so far. (Scroll down to watch the video.)

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Shooting
10:52 am
Fri June 6, 2014

SPU President: 'The World Was Changed Yesterday For A Lot Of People'

Flowers are placed near a Seattle Pacific University sign on Third Avenue and Nickerson Street Friday morning.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Bill Radke talks with Seattle Pacific University President Daniel Martin about Thursday's shooting on SPU's campus.

Radke In The Morning
12:31 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Getting Kids Interested In Math (Without Their Knowing)

One sheep with six legs, or two sheep with eight legs? What about the poor sheep laying on the grass?
Credit Flickr Photo/Robbie Veldwijk

Cats have four legs. Dogs have four legs. So obviously, all animals have four legs.

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40 Year Icon
10:29 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Ramps To Nowhere: A Concrete Memorial To The Opposition To Concrete

State Route 520's "Ramps to Nowhere" in Seattle's Washington Arboretum/
Flickr Photo/jseattle (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Bill Radke interviews Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden about the 'ramps to nowhere' on State Route 520 near the Washington Arboretum. They were built 40 years ago, intended for a highway from Duwamish to Bothell that never materialized. As the new SR 520 is being built, the question of what to do with the ramps has resurfaced.

Remembrances
10:51 am
Tue May 6, 2014

'From Fighter To Conciliator': Friend Remembers Billy Frank, Jr.

Billy Frank, Jr., a veteran of the fish wars, Hank Adams, a tribal advocate, and Shawn Yanity, chairman of the Stillaguamish Tribe confer in Olympia in January.
Northwest News Network/Taylor Winkel

Bill Radke talks with University of Colorado-Boulder law professor Charles Wilkinson, author of "Messages From Frank's Landing," about his friend and colleague, Billy Frank, Jr.

Background Checks
9:36 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Tacoma May Close 'Gun-Show Loophole'

Credit Flickr Photo/M Glasgow (CC BY-NC-ND)

Bill Radke talks with Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland about a plan to close the so-called "gun show loophole" by requiring a background check for any gun sold on city property.

NBA
11:31 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Jerry Brewer: 'A Lot Of People' Complicit In Donald Sterling's Bad Behavior

The LA Clippers and the Miami Heat at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Credit Flickr Photo/David Jones (CC BY-NC-ND)

On Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver ordered that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling be banned from the team and the NBA for life. The announcement came after Sterling's racist remarks were made public in a secretly taped recording.

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Idaho POW
2:46 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Taliban Deal To Free Idaho Soldier Gets Another Look

Bill Radke talks with Northwest News Network reporter Jessica Robinson about a possible deal to free Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl. Army Sergeant Bergdahl has been held captive in Afghanistan by the Taliban since 2009.

Coffee Culture
7:29 am
Thu April 24, 2014

America's Best Barista To Be Crowned In Seattle This Week

Flickr Photo/Tom Coates (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The best barista in America gets crowned this week in Seattle at a meeting of the Specialty Coffee Association of America taking place at the Convention Center.

Baristas from across America will be timed and judged as they make espressos and cappuccinos while talking about the coffee they're serving.

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Bard's Words
9:18 am
Wed April 23, 2014

It's A Foregone Conclusion That You Are Quoting Shakespeare

Flickr Photo/Calamity Meg (CC-BY-NC-ND)

To celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Christopher Gaze takes a moment to remind you how the great playwright lives in the way you talk. Gaze is the artistic director of the annual Bard on the Beach festival in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Environmental Marketing
9:16 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Environmentalist David Fenton: Stop Calling It 'Earth Day'

According to a campaign David Fenton worked on, Jesus would have driven a hybrid car.
Flickr Photo/Ingrid Taylar (CC BY-NC)

David Fenton has a piece of advice on celebrating Earth Day this Tuesday: If you really want to help, stop calling it Earth Day.

He said the day is not about the earth. “The planet is going to be fine. It just will eject us, and unfortunately a lot of other species,” Fenton said. “The planet will recover. We just won’t be here. That’s what we need to explain to people.”

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Public Transportation
11:39 am
Thu April 17, 2014

King County Prop 1 Vote Expected To Be 'Surprisingly Close'

Credit Flickr Photo/clappstar (CC BY-NC-ND)

Even before the Washington State Legislature failed to pass a transportation funding package this session, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the county would not wait for the state.

Constantine said King County would go it alone and ask its voters to pay more money for King County Metro Transit and for road projects.

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Branding Humor
7:12 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Equality, Innovation, Honesty: Taking A Jab At Corporate Marketing

Screenshot from "This Is a Generic Brand Video."
YouTube

Have you ever watched a slick ad for a corporation and found yourself taken in by the touching pictures and sincere voiceover?

The web site McSweeney's Internet Tendency has a parody of generic ad copy as a satire of corporate advertising.

Between jokes about corporate jargon and loose references to being earth-friendly, the ad takes a jab at smiley, stock footage people:

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Heads Or Tales
8:29 am
Wed April 9, 2014

My Kingdom For A Horse-Head Squirrel Feeder

A squirrel partakes of a snack from the horse head feeder
Credit Archie McPhee

Seattle-based company Archie McPhee is getting national attention for putting a horse head on a squirrel.

To clarify, the company is selling a squirrel feeder shaped like a hollow horse head. You put the food up inside it and wait for a curious squirrel to stick its head in with hilarious consequences.

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