public radio

8:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Stories That Will Make You Cry: Favorites From 10 Years Of StoryCorps

StoryCorps' mobile booth stops in Kansas.
Courtesy of StoryCorps

When Dave Isay first launched the StoryCorps project – an independent archive of interviews between two people – nobody wanted to participate. StoryCorps staff at Grand Central Station would have to grab commuters and convince them to come into the tiny recording booth to share their stories.

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Radio History
2:44 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

The Rise Of KUOW And Public Radio In Seattle

Volunteers from Group Health answer phones for a KUOW pledge drive.
Group Health

KUOW recently began its seventh decade on the air in Seattle. All this week we’ve been looking back at the history of radio in the Puget Sound Region. Today, Feliks Banel explores how local public radio has evolved over that last 30 years as a result of changes in commercial radio and the rise of national programming.

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Radio History
12:22 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

The Early Years Of KUOW

KUOW's early home back in 1955 at the Communications Building at the University of Washington.
University of Washington archives

KUOW recently began its seventh decade on the air in Seattle.  In the second installment of a three-part series exploring the history of KUOW, Feliks Banel takes us back to the station’s early years before pledge drives and NPR, and then on to the rise of public radio in the 1970s.

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Broadcast News
12:13 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Want Your Own Low-Frequecy Radio Station?

Do you want your own radio station?
under_volcano Flickr

There may soon be eight new FM radio station licenses available in Western Washington, and you can apply for one. The FCC announced that it is allowing nonprofits, educational institutions, tribal nations and more to apply for low-frequency licenses. Today Ross talks to Sabrina Roach, a veteran of KUOW and KBCS. She’s on the steering committee for a Digital Inclusion Summit currently in the works.

Radio History
4:10 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

The Golden Years Of Radio In Seattle

Broadcasters around a microphone in the living room-like studio of radio station KFOA in Seattle's Rhodes Department store in 1923.
Courtesy of MOHAI

It’s been more than 60 years since KUOW first went on the air in Seattle, but local radio history goes back a bit further than that.  In the first installment of a three part series, Feliks Banel has the story of what radio sounded like around here in the years before KUOW.

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4:09 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Ira Glass On The Future Of Radio

Ira Glass, host of "This American Life."
(AP Photo/Showtime, Monty Brinton)

With NPR’s popular Car Talk hosts retiring, public radio approaches a crossroads. Which way to go? Hit the archives to keep popular programs on the air, or create more new shows? The creator and host of This American Life has some ideas. We talk with Ira Glass about the present and future of public radio.

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