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Celebrating 65 Years Of KUOW

KUOW was established in 1952, when Seattle benefactor Dorothy Bullitt donated a radio frequency to the University of Washington.

It was a training ground for students to learn about broadcast techniques and technology, on the air for only 8-10 hours each day.

We’ve come a long way! Celebrate our anniversary with us all year long. We’ll be throwing events big and small, curating a monthly podcast filled with classic, archived interviews and stories, and giving you lots of ways to be a part of the fun!

65th Anniversary Events

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In celebration of our 65th Anniversary, KUOW is producing a wide range of events featuring your favorite local and national programs! This list is being updated constantly, so check back frequently.

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Listen to snippets from some of our most thought-provoking guests from the last 65 years of KUOW.

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Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) was grim about the future in a hilarious way.

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At the time of this interview Lionel Hampton (1908 – 2002), vibraphonist, band leader and composer, had been a working musician for 62 years when he spoke with Ross Reynolds.

Hampton introduced the vibraphone as a jazz instrument, wrote jazz standards (“Flying Home”), performed with jazz greats Louie Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa , Duke Ellington, Dizzie Gillespie, and discovered Dinah Washington and Joe Williams.  He also recruited Seattleites Quincy Jones and Ernestine Anderson for his bands. 

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Artist Laurie Anderson has written six books, released a dozen albums, created multimedia performances for human and canine audiences and produced an acclaimed documentary film.

In 1992, on the occasion of her book Stories from the Nerve Bible, she talks with Ross Reynolds about her short stint as an art teacher ("I made up stories about artists"), why she made an American Express commercial, her thoughts on the then emerging internet, and how her first hit “O Superman” was appropriated for a car alarm company. 

News Quiz at the Neptune with Bill Radke

Apr 12, 2017

News Quiz at the Neptune with Bill Radke
Wednesday, May 24
The Neptune Theatre
6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show
$18.50
Get tickets

KUOW presents News Quiz at the Neptune with your host Bill Radke! With special guest: Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings.

Come test your news knowledge and win big prizes! With celebrity guests Sherman Alexie, Luke Burbank and Lindy West, and all recorded in front of a live audience!

Sir Mix-A-Lot at work in his studio Sept. 8, 2003, in Auburn, Wash.
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Sir Mix-a-lot was born Anthony Ray in Seattle on August 12, 1963. He was rapping in the early ’80s, and co-founded the Nastymix record label in 1983 with his DJ, Nasty Nes, who also hosted Seattle’s first hip-hop radio show.

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In 1942 when Japanese-American citizens were sent to internment camps, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi (1918 - 2012) openly defied the order.

He turned himself in to the FBI, was convicted for curfew violation and sentenced to 90 days in prison. He challenged the conviction all the way to the Supreme Court, which unanimously ruled against him in Hirabayashi v. United States in 1943.

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Andrei Codrescu is a Romanian-American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for NPR. His droll reflections on America and the world delighted audiences with their humor and insight.

Codrescu spoke to KUOW’s Ross Reynolds in 1994 about his film "Road Scholar" a documentary about driving across America in a red Cadillac, encountering the devastation of Detroit and the remnants of the 1960s hippie culture.  

“America has this uncanny ability to sustain paradox," he said. "In Europe, we’d be tearing ourselves apart.”

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In this 1989 interview, astronaut Buzz Aldrin frankly describes how his unstructured post-NASA life lead to  mental health issues and alcoholism.

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In 1973 as Hank Aaron closed in on breaking Babe Ruth's home run record, he got 900,000 pieces of mail, much of it full of vicious racial hatred.

WTO protests in Seattle, November 30, 1999.
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In 1999 the World Trade Organization held it’s annual ministerial meeting in Seattle. President Clinton and other dignitaries came from around the world that November to advance the cause of free trade agreements.

But many people were skeptical. Street clashes shut down the opening meeting of the WTO ministerial conference on November 30. Here’s what KUOW sounded like on that day.


Children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, points to a 3-year-old fan Marcus Gabrielli as he signed autographs in New York.
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Did Maurice Sendak, author of "Where The Wild Things Are," talk to kids about his work?

It was 1991, and Sendak had come into the KUOW studios for an interview with Ross Reynolds on “Seattle  Afternoon.”  

Bertha K. Landes served as mayor of Seattle from 1926 to 1928. She was Seattle's first and only female mayor -- also Seattle's first female police chief, according to journalist Emmett Watson.
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Before Bertha was a boring machine stuck under Seattle, she was Seattle’s first female mayor.

In 1926, her campaign motto was “municipal housekeeping.”

Bertha K. Landes was her full name and “she was wonderful,” according to columnist Emmett Watson.

Julia Child was tired of hearing people complain about salt, cholesterol and fat. Try moderation and exercise, she said. This photo was taken in 1992, two years after her interview with KUOW's Ross Reynolds.
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Julia Child was mad.

“I think the word ‘healthy’ and the word ‘light’ are really kind of meaningless,” the renowned cook told KUOW’s Ross Reynolds in a prescient 1990 interview. “There are no bad or good foods; they are just healthy and unhealthy ways of using them.”

Author Walter Mosley and his father in front of their home in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.
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People usually remember as far back as the generation that raises them, says writer Walter Mosley.

Mosley had come into KUOW’s studios to speak with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds. It was 1992, and his third book, "White Butterfly," had just been published.

Easy Rawlins, Mosley’s main character, emerged from those memories. Easy was a fixer, a guy who does favors for people.

The writer Ursula K. Le Guin in 2012.
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“If you have a person who is both male and female, what’s the pronoun you use?”

Ursula K. Le Guin posed that question in 1988 when she came in to the KUOW studios for an interview with Ross Reynolds.

Before he created The Simpson, Matt Groening created the 'Life in Hell' comic series. Among his characters were Akbar and Jeff, whose origins go back to Groening's fifth-grade attempts at mimicking 'Peanuts.'
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Before The Simpsons, there were crazy rabbits and Akbar and Jeff.

Matt Groening, who created television’s most iconic cartoon family, spoke with Ross Reynolds in the late 1980s on the show Seattle Afternoon.