Bill Radke

Host, KUOW's Morning Newsmagazine

Bill Radke hosts KUOW's morning newsmagazine — as he did 20 years ago! Bill was KUOW's morning host in the '90s, and then he created Rewind, a news-satire show heard on KUOW and nationwide on NPR. Next, Bill moved away to Southern California to host American Public Media's Weekend America and Marketplace Morning Report. He returned to Seattle in 2010, hosting on KIRO-FM for two years. And now he's back home.

When Bill isn't on the air he's a keynote speaker, husband of Sara and daddy of three.

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Branding Humor
7:12 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Equality, Innovation, Honesty: Taking A Jab At Corporate Marketing

Screenshot from "This Is a Generic Brand Video."
YouTube

Have you ever watched a slick ad for a corporation and found yourself taken in by the touching pictures and sincere voiceover?

The web site McSweeney's Internet Tendency has a parody of generic ad copy as a satire of corporate advertising.

Between jokes about corporate jargon and loose references to being earth-friendly, the ad takes a jab at smiley, stock footage people:

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Heads Or Tales
8:29 am
Wed April 9, 2014

My Kingdom For A Horse-Head Squirrel Feeder

A squirrel partakes of a snack from the horse head feeder
Credit Archie McPhee

Seattle-based company Archie McPhee is getting national attention for putting a horse head on a squirrel.

To clarify, the company is selling a squirrel feeder shaped like a hollow horse head. You put the food up inside it and wait for a curious squirrel to stick its head in with hilarious consequences.

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Mudslide Tragedy
10:30 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Oso Chaplain: 'They Want To Know They're Going To Be OK'

Washington State Patrol chaplain Mike Neil, right, looks on with a colleague as workers using heavy equipment work to clear debris from the Oso mudslide.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool

Bill Radke talks with Washington State Patrol chaplain Mike Neil about his experiences helping people with the emotional toll of the Oso mudslide.

Neil is there to serve the search crews in the debris field, many of whom are the family and friends of victims. “Put yourself in that position of actually finding that person – that is a very traumatic thing and I’m not sure that they’re really prepared for what they might find,” Neil said.

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Rescue And Recovery
11:52 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Search Crews Struggle To Define Success In Mudslide Debris

Lieutenant Richard Burke of the Bellevue Fire Department has been out searching in the mudslide debris near Oso, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

As of Wednesday morning, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed that 29 people have died in the Oso landslide. Hopes of finding survivors are dwindling.

That’s taking a toll on the families and the search crews, some who have been out there since the very beginning, doing intense physical and emotional work. Rescue operations managers are very conscious about giving those crews a break, letting them rotate in and out so they can rest and recharge.

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Oso Mudslide
10:51 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Capturing Oso Through Photos: 'One Of The Worst Things I've Ever Seen'

Bill Radke talks with photojournalist Joshua Trujillo about his experience covering the Oso mudslide through photography.

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Oso Mudslide
9:55 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Week Two Of Mudslide Recovery, Decisions Get Harder

The 2005 La Conchita landslide in California killed 10 people and destroyed 13 homes.
Credit Flickr Photo/Doc Searls (CC BY-NC-ND)

Bill Radke talks with Los Angeles Fire Captain Ronald Klamecki about his own work in a landslide recovery in California and how authorities will decide regarding their next steps.

"As days go by, the potential of finding live victims diminishes. The rescuers are really putting forth the great effort and it wears on them too," he said. "They're doing their very best to bring closure to the victims' families."

Author Interview
12:56 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Don’t Curb Your Creativity: Author Illuminates Limits Of The App Generation

Are we having fun yet?
Credit Flickr Photo/Beth Jusino (CC-BY-NC)

I begin and end my days with technology.

My iPhone alarm goes off, I check the news and email, I stream the radio, I surf the web by day, and I fall asleep to the sound of my white noise app.

Are people like me just modern, or are we app-dependent?

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Festival Of Colors
1:18 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Holi Festivals To Brighten Spring Around Seattle

Flickr Photo/Rajesh_India (CC BY-NC-ND)

Once upon a time there was a king who thought himself a god. The king’s son did not treat his father like a god. This made the king angry. The angry king persuaded his sister to kill the boy with her fireproof cloak. She put the boy on her lap and sat on a bonfire.

But as the flames roared, the cloak flew off her and covered him. And the king’s sister died, and the boy was saved. And the king who fancied himself a god was killed by a real god.

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Fatal Helicopter Crash
10:33 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Photojournalist Bill Strothman Remembered As A 'True, Gentle Man'

Bill Strothman was killed after KOMO's news helicopter crashed on Tuesday.
Courtesy of KOMO News

Bill Radke talks with TV producer Doug Tolmie about his friend and colleague Bill Strothman. Strothman and pilot Gary Pfitzner were killed in Tuesday's helicopter crash at Seattle Center.

"Everybody who met [Bill], even in a brief situation, were touched by his professionalism and his kindness," he said. "This was one heck of a gentle man."

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Mud Room
10:05 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Why Do Earthworms Love To Come Out In The Rain?

Some experts think earthworms surface after the rain because a moist surface makes an easier commute.
Credit Flickr Photo/Allan Henderson (CC By 2.0)

This week when I’ve asked my kids about their school day, their answers have been all about worms. Their recess playgrounds have been lively with earthworms surfacing, as they typically do during a rainy week like we had. When I was a kid, they told us worms surfaced so they wouldn't drown.

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2014 Paralympic Games
9:54 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Washington Skiers In Sync For Sochi Paralympics

Flickr Photo/TofflerAnn (CC BY-NC-ND)

Bill Radke talks with alpine skiers Mark Bathum of Mercer Island and Cade Yamamoto of Quincy about their sport. The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, kick off March 7.

Academy Awards
11:27 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Solomon Northup's Descendant Expresses Pride For '12 Years A Slave'

Steve McQueen's film "12 Years a Slave" is nominated for nine Academy Awards.

The 86th annual Academy Awards is this Sunday, and one of the films expected to take home the Oscar is Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave.”

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Television
3:29 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Music From Above: Building A Studio In The Trees

The treehouse at Bear Creek Studio featured on "Treehouse Masters."
Screenshot from Animal Planet video.

If you’re walking outside this weekend in Woodinville, Wash., that’s not just birdsong coming from the trees.

Bear Creek Studio was featured on an episode of Animal Planet’s show Treehouse Masters. The crew from the reality show built a recording space for the music studio 18 feet up in the cedar trees.

The episode airs Friday at 10 p.m. and has brought in a couple of musical guests. CeeLo Green drops in to play and is joined by the treehouse’s Fall City designer Pete Nelson, who takes a turn at the microphone – for better or worse.

Cannabis
12:15 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Indoor Pot Farms Are Energy Guzzlers, Research Shows

Lights used in indoor pot farms can be as bright as those in operating rooms.
Flickr Photo/Fulvio Minichini

While the legalization of marijuana could be viewed as a liberal cause, the counterculture’s favorite herb isn’t exactly eco-friendly.

“Indoor pot farms are energy guzzlers,” said Seattle news analyst Joni Balter.

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Rant
11:08 am
Fri January 17, 2014

KUOW Host Bill Radke Asks Seahawks' Fans: 'Why Do You Even Care?'

Bill Radke, normally an optimist, ho-hums at the Seahawks mania that has consumed Seattle. "Do the Seahawks seem in any way Seattle-ish to you?" he asks.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

We’ve been talking this week about the appeal of being a fair-weather sports fan and joining a community that’s rooting for the same thing. In Seattle at the moment, that’s obviously the Seahawks. On Sunday, they play the San Francisco 49ers.

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