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Sports History
3:54 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Bill Mullins On The Seattle Pilots And Stadium Politics

In 1969, Major League Baseball arrived in the Pacific Northwest, when the Seattle Pilots played one ill-fated season before taking off to become the Milwaukee Brewers. Seattle wouldn’t get another professional team until 1977, when the Mariners were born. What happened? The answer has a lot to do with money and politics. Bill Mullins tells the story in “Becoming Big League: Seattle, the Pilots and Stadium Politics." Plus, the Mariners beat Oakland 2-0 last night to win their seventh straight opening day game. Sportspress Northwest's Art Thiel joins us with an outlook on their chances this season.

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College Basketball
11:50 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Is It Madness To Root For Gonzaga This March?

Gonzaga coach Mark Few watches practice for a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Salt Lake City. Gonzaga is scheduled to play Southern University on Thursday.
AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Ross Reynolds talks with The Nation's sports editor, Dave Zirin, about how Gonzaga University's basketball team has worked their way into the frenzy that is March Madness.

Sports & Politics
11:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Have Politics Ruined Professional Sports?

Cover of 'Game Over' by Dave Zirin.

What do politics have to do with professional sports? More now than ever according to Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation. Ross Reynolds talks to Zirin about the impact of politics in professional sports and what he learned while researching his new book "Game Over."

Sonics Sale Update
11:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

New Group Bids To Keep Kings In Sacramento

Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena.
Credit Flickr Photo/Lisa Nottingham

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson still says his city is keeping their NBA basketball team, the Kings. That's despite a deal already in the works to sell the team to a Seattle group.

Johnson announced that new investors are stepping in with a last-ditch effort to keep the team on Thursday night.

Mark Mastrov is a Sacramento local and the founder of 24 Hour Fitness, and will make a bid for the team. Pittsburg Penguins owner Ron Burkle will solve the city's other problem and lead a group to build a new downtown arena.

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Small Businesses
5:07 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Green Lake Pitch ‘N Putt Golf Course: The 30-Year-Old Family Business That Almost Died

Dione Taitch grew up on this tiny golf course. She climbed the trees and made forts in the bushes. Now, she runs it with her mom.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Friday, March 1, is opening day at the Green Lake Pitch ‘n Putt Golf Course. The course has nine holes. The clubhouse isn’t much bigger than a roadside fruit stand. Admission is less than $10. For the thirtieth year in a row, the Taitch family will be running the place. But last year, the family almost called it quits.

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Home Improvement
9:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Home Repair Help With Roger Faris

Home painting projects often require the strategic decision of using paint rollers or paint brushes.
Credit Flickr Photo/Tiff Ku1

How’s your home improvement to-do list looking? Maybe you have some projects you've been meaning to get to? Weekday home repair expert Roger Faris joins us to take your questions. Call us at 206.543.5869 or send an email to weekday@kuow.org.

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Super Tchotchkes
6:37 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

The Five Best Sonics Souvenirs Ever

Coming in at number five, a photo of a photo of the Wheedle and his buddies.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

At least, the best pieces of memorabilia we’ve ever seen. Because the Museum of History and Industry let KUOW’s Deborah Wang peek at the stash that came into their hands as part of a settlement between the city of Seattle and Clay Bennett.

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On The Rebound
7:27 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Planning For Sonics Bump At Key Arena

The Storm plays at Key Arena.
Credit Flickr Photo/rwoan

The Seattle Sonics' basketball season is penciled-in at Key Arena for next year. During a Seattle City Council briefing Monday, city officials said game days have been set aside at Key Arena starting in November.  

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Olympic Sports
12:07 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Olympics To Drop Wrestling, Northwest Wrestlers Shocked

What's your position on dropping wrestling from the Olympics?
AP Photo/Paul Sancya

This week the International Olympic Committee announced a plan to drop wrestling from the 2020 summer games. But there's some chance the drop could still be stopped. Ross Reynolds interviews former Olympic wrestler Ivan Ivanov who is now based in Idaho, and Seattle Times columnist Ron Judd.

Books
10:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Nancy Pearl On Characters You Wish You Could Meet

Nancy Pearl at an appearance on KCTS.
Credit Flickr Photo/KCTS 9

What do Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Billy Ansell from “The Sweet Hereafter” and Anne from “The Sparrow" have in common? They're three characters that librarian and author Nancy Pearl wishes she could meet in real life! What makes a character leap off the page? Who would you meet if you could? Nancy Pearl joins us to take your calls at 206.543.5869, or you can send an email to weekday@kuow.org.

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Sports
10:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Is Football Safe For Kids?

How harmful is playing football to athletes?
Credit Flickr photo/Nathan Rupert

The greatest sports spectacle on Earth takes place this Sunday: the Super Bowl. As millions around the world take in the commercials, the halftime show — and, of course, the actual game — football is facing a crisis. Thirty-three deceased former NFL players have been found to have suffered from a degenerative brain disorder called CTE, brought on by years of head trauma and concussions. Even President Obama has expressed concern, telling The New Republic that if he had a son, “I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football.” It football safe for kids? We’ll take an in-depth look at the issue with youth football coach Chris Gradwohl and Dr. Kim Harmon of the University of Washington.

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Sports Writing
12:40 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Sports Columnist Steve Kelly Shoots, Scores And Retires From Sports Writing

For 30 years, Steve Kelley has been cranking out sports columns for The Seattle Times. But now, at age 63, Kelley says he’s leaving the journalism game to pursue other interests. Ross Reynolds sits down with Steve Kelly to talk Sonics, Seattle sports and what he plans on doing next.

Rumors To Reality
6:08 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Hansen Confirms Deal To Bring NBA Team To Seattle

Investor Chris Hansen waves to supporters of a proposal for a new NBA arena during a rally Thursday, June 14, 2012, in Seattle. The rally featured former SuperSonics stars Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

After weeks of rumors, it appears Seattle may have a new professional basketball team to replace the SuperSonics. Investor Chris Hansen said his group has entered an agreement to purchase a controlling interest in the Sacramento Kings. Seattle sports fans seemed pleased by the deal, but confessed they don’t know much yet about their new home team.

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Your Take On The News

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. People with knowledge of the situation said that investor Chris Hansen has contacted the Maloof family about buying the Sacramento Kings basketball team, setting up the possibility of the NBA's return to Seattle.
Credit AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli



It’s Friday — time to talk over the news with Joni Balter, Eli Sanders and Knute Berger. Rumor erupts online about a near-deal to bring the SuperSonics back to town and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn makes it official — he's running for a second term. Lawmakers in Olympia get ready for next week's start of the state legislative session. Plus, Seattle and King County announce a gun buyback program as the national conversation on guns intensifies. What stories caught your attention this week? Write to us at weekday@kuow.org.

Nature And Art
11:50 am
Tue January 8, 2013

A Conversation With Artist And Naturalist Tony Angell

Tony Angell's 'Sunning Cormorant.'
Credit Flickr photo/Andrew Nicholson

Naturalist, illustrator and sculptor Tony Angell shares his home and his imagination with birds. He joins us to talk about the ecological role birds play in our lives and how the natural world inspires his creativity.

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