Bill Radke

Host

Year started with KUOW: 1985 – 1986, 1991 – 2004, 2012 

Bill hosts The Record and Week In Review. After starting with KUOW as a University of Washington student in 1985, Bill was KUOW's morning host in the '90s and the creator of past show, Rewind, a news-satire show heard on KUOW and nationwide on NPR. 

Bill moved away to Southern California to host American Public Media's Weekend America and Marketplace Morning Report and returned to KUOW in 2012.

Ways to Connect

Washington state auditor Troy Kelley arrives at the federal courthouse in Tacoma, Wash., for a hearing Monday, May 11, 2015.
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Bill Radke talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the federal trial of State Auditor Troy Kelley. He's charged with 15 counts, including fraud, tax evasion and money laundering.

Bellevue running back Isaiah Gilchrist, left, leaps to avoid a tackle attempt by Eastside Catholic's Noah Failauga during the first half of the Class 3A high school football championship Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.
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Supporters of the Bellevue High School football team are hitting back after an independent investigation found facts about the program breaking recruiting rules. 

news release issued last week indicated that the investigators have found the football program's boosters club paid for football players to attend an alternative private school and that false addresses were used to make out-of-district players eligible for the team. 

File photo: Discarded alcohol containers.
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Bill Radke speaks with Lisa Daugaard, member of Seattle's Community Police Commission, about the civilian review board's recommendation that the city establish "wet parks" where chronic inebriates can legally drink in public.

Bill Radke speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the controversy surrounding a right-to-die law in Canada. They also talk about the start of wildfire season in British Columbia.

Kids play at sunset.
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When Lenore Skenazy’s son was 9, she left him in Bloomingdale’s in New York City. She gave him a Metro card and a $20 bill and said they’d meet at home.

A plane dumps fire retardant on a ballooning wildfire on Aug. 14.
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Bill Radke speaks with Trevor McConchie, firefighter with the Department of Natural Resources, about this year's wildfire season and how people can prepare. Find out how to defend and prepare your home for wildfire season.

Sunday's legislative district caucus-goers were not impressed.
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Bill Radke speaks with Amanda Saab and Michael Maddux about whether or not the state's Democratic caucus system is working. Saab and Maddux both attended the legislative district caucuses held on Sunday. 

Seattle band Tacocat performs at Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon on July 17, 2015.
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Bill Radke speaks with Emily Nokes from Seattle-based feminist punk band Tacocat about their decision to play a concert in Durham, North Carolina, to support the LGBTQ community.

Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam canceled their concerts after North Carolina passed a law that curbed legal protections for gay and transgender citizens.

Bob Johnson started at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in San Francisco, in 1976. He took charge of the Seattle office in 1977, and led the organization for decades, until his retirement in 2016.
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Bill Radke speaks with Bob Johnson, former executive director of the International Rescue Committee in Seattle, about what it was like to settle refugees in our region for nearly four decades. Johnson retired from his position earlier this year.

A scene from 'Ready, Jet, Go!'
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Bill Radke speaks with Washington native Craig Bartlett about how his childhood around Puget Sound influenced the creation of his new PBS Kids show, Ready, Jet, Go!

Trans-Alaska Pipeline, northern Brooks Range, Alaska. Rocks in the background produce oil on the North Slope.
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Bill Radke speaks with New York Times reporter Kirk Johnson about how the crash in oil revenues for Alaska is threatening rural schools in the state. 

Are Pandas Bad For Washington?

Apr 12, 2016
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David Plotz has one message for Northwest animal lovers when they consider adding pandas to their zoos in the next year: Don’t do it.

“Pandas have been duping us for a generation now,” Plotz said. “These animals don't want to survive. They're evolutionarily a dead end. They don't take care of their children. They don't breed. They eat only one food.”

Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Washington, pictured Oct. 2015.
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Bill Radke talks to Associated Press reporter Martha Bellisle about the recent escapes from Western State Hospital and the facility's ongoing struggle with safety concerns.

  Bill Radke speaks with local filmmaker Delaney Ruston about her documentary "Screenagers."

Skyler Kelly and his younger brother Luke
Courtesy of Tiffany Kelly

"I just always felt like a boy."

Nine-year-old Skyler Kelly was born a girl. But he didn't feel like a girl. From a very young age he knew he was supposed to be a boy. He can't explain how he knew. He just felt like a boy. 

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