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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Week In Review
1:06 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

How To Merge: Listeners Strike Back

Crews worked around the clock to replace expansion joints on I-90. The highway narrowed to one lane in Bellevue for a week, causing traffic headaches.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

This week, President Obama came to town for a pledge drive of sorts. What's it like to have to fundraise for a living? Two former politicians will tell you.

Plus, this week we learned the mind-blowing news that drivers are supposed to wait for the last minute to cut in line and merge -- according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

KUOW’s Bill Radke reviews those stories and more along with Joni Balter, former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and former Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna. Plus, Luke Burbank drops by and we get an update on the Carlton Complex fires from Paige Browning of Spokane Public Radio.

Radke In The Morning
9:44 am
Tue July 22, 2014

How To Merge In Traffic (Seattle, You're Not Going To Like This)

The Interstate 90 backup early Tuesday morning: one scenario where being polite gets you nowhere.
Credit Courtesy of WSDOT

Seattle area traffic jams are nothing new, but this week has been particularly trying with the construction on westbound I-90 closing all but one lane in Bellevue.

It might seem selfish, but the best way to ease congestion, according to Washington State Department of Transportation's Travis Phelps, is to drive right up to the closure before merging over.

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Washington Wildfires
3:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

One Wildfire Victim Never Got An Evacuation Notice, Here's Why

The Washington National Guard continues to provide support to the people of North Central Washington who have been affected by the Carlton Complex Fire.
Flickr Photo/The National Guard (SFC Jason Kriess) (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Bill Radke speaks with Brenda Riggan of Brewster, Washington, about coming back to her home after the Carlton Complex wildfire tore through the area and her frustration over never having received an evacuation notice in the first place. Then, Ross Reynolds talks with Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers about why people like Riggan didn't receive the same notices that other residents did.

Radke In The Morning
10:30 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Fast-Moving Carlton Complex Fire Roared 'Like A Freight Train'

The Washington National Guard continues to provide support to the people of North Central Washington who have been affected by the Carlton Complex Fire.
Flickr Photo/The National Guard (SFC Jason Kriess) (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Bill Radke talks with Brenda Riggan of Brewster, Washington. She and her family fled the fast-moving Carlton Complex fire late last week after it moved quickly and without warning from the town of Pateros to Brewster.

Week In Review
2:45 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Regrets: Do You Have A Few?

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes bought pot in the city's first licensed store on opening day -- and then brought it back to his office.
Credit KUOW Photo/Michael Clinard

Some Microsoft employees probably regret not taking that other job offer. Seattle’s city attorney regrets bringing his pot to work. Should a Seattle theater company regret not casting any Asian American actors for its current show? And you'll regret it if you take I-90 westbound into Seattle next week.

What else do you regret? And how would you tell your younger self to avoid regrets?

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Tech
7:18 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Microsoft Layoffs Could Make Seattle Hub Of Cloud And Mobile Tech

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Credit Courtesy of Microsoft

KUOW's Bill Radke speaks with GeekWire's Todd Bishop about Microsoft's layoffs announcement.

KUOW's Bill Radke speaks with Nick Wingfield of The New York Times about Microsoft layoffs.

Following the announcement by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella that the company would undergo a 14 percent reduction in its workforce, conference rooms at the Redmond campus were reserved by the human resources.

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Radke In The Morning
12:56 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Buzz Kill: A Reminder That Pot Can Pose Health Risks

Credit Flickr Photo/prensa4 (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Now that Washington's first retail marijuana stores have opened to the public, officials face a major effort to educate consumers about how to use pot responsibly. Bill Radke talks with marijuana researcher Roger Roffman about some of the misconceptions and risks associated with cannabis use.

Roffman points out high-risk scenarios before picking up a pot habit in any form:

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Radke In The Morning
7:33 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Build The Middle Class To Save The Rich From 'Pitchforks'?

Entrepreneur Nick Hanauer
Credit Nick-Hanauer.com

Bill Radke talks to Seattle multi-millionaire investor Nick Hanauer (that's right, he's not a billionaire, just has "hundreds of millions") about a warning to his fellow "plutocrats" and why he thinks economic policies aimed at saving the middle class will save rich people everywhere.

Week In Review
1:40 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Facebook Is Sad About Making You Sad

For so many things.
Credit Flickr Photo/Stefan Bucher (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Sorry about your loss.

This week City Light’s leader lost $60,000, Facebook lost credibility and the U.S. men's team lost at the World Cup, as always. But KUOW's Bill Radke welcomes a winning panel: Knute Berger, Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas, Luke Burbank and special guest, Monica Guzman.

(Bonus: Name that new Seattle water taxi!)

Week In Review
12:25 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

U.S. Loss Becomes A Win, Domestic Partnership Becomes Marriage, Pot Packaging Becomes An Emergency

Seattle soccer fans watch a World Cup match in Nord Alley.
Flickr Photot/Sounder Bruce (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle City Light hired an online reputation management firm and now the utility would like its money, and its repuation, back. The State Liquor Control board filed emergency marijuana rules. And why does Seattle love soccer, a sport where losing can end happily?

KUOW's Bill Radke kicks those stories and more around with Joni Balter, Knute Berger and Eli Sanders.

Radke In The Morning
8:01 am
Thu June 26, 2014

What You Need To Know To Enjoy Watching The USMNT

U.S. National Soccer Team captain Clint Dempsey, also a member of the Seattle Sounders.
Credit Flickr Photo/Nathan Forget (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Clint Dempsey and the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team need only a tie against Germany to advance to the second round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Bill Radke asks BBC soccer analyst Steve Crossman what we need to know to enjoy the match.

Radke In The Morning
3:12 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

How A Melting Glacier Can Mean Lower Sea Levels (For A While)

new report funded by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg says climate change is bad for business, with up to $100 billion in coastal real estate underwater by 2050. 

The report projects Seattle's sea level to rise as much as three feet by the end of this century. That’s not because nearby Alaskan glaciers are melting, however. Taken by themselves, those melting Alaskan glaciers could actually cause sea level to drop in the short term.

KUOW's Bill Radke talks with Climate Central scientist Ben Strauss about how that works.

Please, Let It Go
1:12 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Eddie Vedder Sings That 'Frozen' Song

Eddie Vedder performing in 2008.
Credit Flickr Photo/Mike Arieta (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The "Frozen" shark has been jumped.

How many months have we been saying, “enough of that song from Disney's 'Frozen!'” The song “Let It Go” has been inescapable on the web, television and the radio. But it's not so bad — it’s not like Pearl Jam is doing it.

That is, until Friday night in Milan, Italy, when Eddie Vedder and the boys were in the middle of playing their song, “Daughter.”

I guess it reminded Eddie of his own daughters, that he's gotten older and so have you.

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Week In Review
12:49 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Redskins, Rideshare Caps, Seattle Schools Superintendent: All On the Way Out?

Flickr Photo/Keith Allison (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle’s school superintendent might go to Sacramento. Rideshare companies can deploy all the drivers they want. The Seattle Times takes a new angle on sports coverage as the Washington Redskins patent is dissolved. Seattle City Light planted puff pieces about itself online. No surprise, Seattle traffic is bad.

And the official Seattle song you’ve never heard.

KUOW's Bill Radke recaps those stories and more news of the week with Civic Cocktail’s Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News, and LiveWire's Luke Burbank.

Buzz Kill
4:40 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Can You Eat One Tenth Of A Cookie? Legal Pot Means Portion Control

Flickr Photo/Werwin15 (CC BY 2.0)

Bill Radke talks with news analyst Joni Balter about how Washington and Colorado officials are packaging marijuana edibles to keep people out of the emergency room.

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