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KPLU public radio will soon have new call letters – KNKX, which will be pronounced, “Connects.”

That was the word on Friday from Friends of 88.5 FM, the nonprofit group that raised the money to buy the public radio station from Pacific Lutheran University.

The group said the name change will take effect after it formally takes ownership of the station, scheduled for Aug. 30.

These pickles spent weeks on the counter in the KUOW break room, which doubles as the place where our guests wait to be interviewed. The descriptions muttered about them were decidedly NSFW. CLICK ON THIS IMAGE TO SEE MORE WEIRD STUFF.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

The subject line read: "There is fresh, raw Nigerian pygmy goat's milk in the fridge."* 

And beneath it: "I'm not going to drink it all, so feel free." 

In most newsrooms, free food is usually day-old pizza or stale Skittles. But at KUOW, the free counter in our break room is practically a dare. 

It somehow just seems right the last A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor will be heard tonight, on this weekend of flags, parades, and lemonade stands. The show was recorded last night at the Hollywood Bowl.

The first Prairie Home Companion was in 1974, and all of us who share this sliver on the radio spectrum know we wouldn't be in business if Garrison Keillor hadn't made a new thing called public radio truly sing.

What I learned living in Garrison Keillor's house

Jul 1, 2016
Garrison Keillor in his office in St. Paul, Minnesota. Keillor, 72, is retiring from his show, A Prairie Home Companion, this Saturday.
AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt

Garrison Keillor and I stood on a rainy Seattle sidewalk waiting for the valet to bring my car around so I could drive him back to his hotel. Garrison hummed to himself.

A homeless man approached, offering to sing a song for a dollar.

“No need,” Garrison said. He reached into his pocket, giving the man a twenty. Halfway up the block, the man turned back.

Sandbox Radio members (front) Seanjohn Walsh, Lisa Viertel, Katie Driscoll, Eric Ray Anderson (back) Shigeko Calos-Nakano, Lizzy Burton
Photo by Truman Buffett

It’s Sandbox Radio time again on Speakers Forum, with special guest Nancy Pearl. Here’s our presentation of their latest work "The Words and the Bees."