Radio Retrospective

Radio Retrospective
1:21 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

World War II, When Radio Was Star

Frank Sinatra being interviewed on radio during World War II.
Credit Credit Wikimedia Commons

During World War II, just about everyone got involved, from enlisting to saving their kitchen grease to build ammunition.

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Radio Retrospective
9:15 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Female Pioneer Credited With Bringing Sound Effects To Radio

Ora Nichols, left, works on the sound effects for "The March of Time" news reenactment.
From Wikipedia

It’s no secret that radio in the early days was a man’s game. Men were the directors, the producers, the composers and the sound effect technicians. But it was a woman who was a major influence in the sound effects profession.

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Radio Retrospective
2:52 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

When Actors Were The Anchors

Screenshot of "The March of Time" show.
YouTube

Modern moviegoers are used to experiencing trailers, concession advertisements and, of course, a reminder to turn off their cell phone before the main attraction hits the screen.

But it wasn’t always that way. Until the 1950s, you got a good dose of news before you escaped into a Hollywood fantasyland. Beginning in 1935, “The March of Time” started replacing silent news reels in movie theaters, and it was a welcome change.

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Radio Retrospective
12:37 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

The Sad Story Behind ‘White Christmas,’ America’s Favorite Christmas Carol

Bing Crosby recorded "White Christmas" in 1942, pictured, after the song premiered on a Christmas radio broadcast in 1941. The original song has been lost, leaving the 1947 re-recording.
Credit From Wikipedia.

The most popular Christmas carol in America stands apart from the others in a number of ways: It’s not upbeat, there are no fanciful characters and it isn’t religious. Instead, it’s melancholy and wistful – full of longing for bygone days.

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Radio Retrospective
12:42 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

When Radio Censors, Go For “The Twilight Zone”

Rod Sterling, the creator of "The Twilight Zone," who got his start in radio.
From Wikipedia

Rod Serling may not be a household name, but his groundbreaking television show, The Twilight Zone, certainly is. Serling’s bumpy radio beginnings set the stage for the innovative program. 

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Guitar History
6:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Stephen Tobolowsky Live, Radio Retrospective And History Of Guitars

Flickr Photo/Heath Alseike

Stephen Tobolowsky: From “Groudhog Day” To “Heroes”       

You might not recognize his name but you've seen Stephen Tobolowsky in countless Hollywood movies and television shows, from "Groundhog Day" to "Heroes." The character actor is also a popular storyteller, weaving tales for radio and podcast listeners on The Tobolowsky Files. Steve Scher talked with  Tobolowsky in 2011 live on stage at the Neptune Theater.  

Radio Retrospective: Making The First Sound Effects

It's often assumed that sound effects during radio's Golden Age were all made by a person, but that's a bit of a myth. Many were played from records to save time and space. Steve Scher talks with Producer Katy Sewall about how early sound effects were created and tips on making your own at home.

The History Of Guitars

Guitars are a powerful symbol. When lashed onto someone like Keith Richards or Jimi Hendrix, they epitomize hard-sounding, hard-living, loud rock. When plucked by a flamenco player, they can evoke sultry nights and romance. Where did the guitar come from, how has it evolved and are there any changes that we can expect to see in the future? Steve Scher talks with classical guitarist Steven Novacek; Ron Reed, instrument maker and manager of Dusty Strings Guitar Shop; Gene Nygaard, guitarist and maker of Zero Guitars; and Jay Boone, owner of Emerald City Guitars.

FOUND Magazine
6:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

FOUND Magazine, High School Reunions, And Radio Retrospective

Flickr Photo/Grant Hutchinson

A World Of Things Waiting To Be Found

Ever walked past a crumpled note and wondered what the history behind it is? Davy Rothbart, the founder of FOUND Magazine, has. He’s turned that curiosity for found objects into a career. Marcie Sillman talked with Rothbart and his brother Peter Rothbart, an expert finder and musician, back in 2006 about lost trinkets, stray photographs and cast-aside artifacts just waiting to be discovered.    

Stories From High School Reunions

One weekend back in 2005, Weekday Producer Katy Sewall attended her 10-year high school reunion. Katy claimed to have a wonderful time. High school reunions are notorious for disappointment, competition and awkward moments. But some listeners say they’re worth it. In this 2005 segment, Steve Scher talked with listeners and a few familiar voices from the KUOW studios.

Radio Retrospective: The War Of The Worlds

“The War of The Worlds” was an episode of the American radio drama, The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It aired on October 30, 1938, and convinced a number of listeners that a real alien invasion was in progress. In this edition of Weekday’s Radio Retrospective, Steve Scher talks with Katy Sewall about “The War of The Worlds” broadcast and explores whether listeners back then were just plain gullible.

Northwest Hip-Hop
10:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

A New Chairman Of The Fed, 30 Years Of Northwest Hip-Hop, Radio Retrospective And Sara Dickerman

Flickr Photo/wiuxflickr

  

Fed Reserve Chair
This fall, President Obama will select a new chairman of the Federal Reserve to replace two-term Chairman Ben Bernanke. During a news conference on Friday, the president mentioned two candidates he’s considering: former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and Janet Yellen, current vice-chairwoman of the Fed. Some critics are calling for the president to widen his search. Who else should be considered for the post? How big of an impact could the new Fed chairman have on the economy?

30 Years of Northwest Hip-Hop
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Sir Mix-A-Lot, The Blue Scholars and Shabazz Palaces. Forget grunge, Seattle’s got hip-hop. Hip-hop is as Northwest as The Wailers; as much a part of our cultural landscape as Nirvana, Soundgarden or Mudhoney. MC Geo of the Blue Scholars and Dr. Daudi Abe, author and professor at Seattle Central Community College, join us for a look back at the people, culture and industry that made three decades of local hip-hop music.

Radio Retrospective: The Alternate Lives of Sinister Hosts
During radio’s Golden Age, mystery shows were often hosted by a “sinister” host. Characters like The Man in Black, The Whistler and The Mysterious Traveler. Who are the men behind these shadowy narrators, and what other roles did they play throughout their career?

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Today she highlights Blind Pig Bistro. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook.

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Islamic Holiday
10:00 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Childhood Obesity, Thoughts On Ramadan, And Radio Retrospective

"Weekday" producer Amina Al-Sadi decorates her home for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Ramadan holiday.
KUOW Photo/Amina Al-Sadi

 


Childhood Obesity Declining Among America’s Poorest
Since the mid 1970’s, childhood obesity rates in America have doubled. In recent years however, the tide seems to be turning. Between 2008 and 2011, obesity rates among poor children fell in 18 states – including here in Washington according to a new study from the Centers For Disease Control. Why do poor children suffer from high obesity rates? And what are some of the factors that are helping close the gap? We talk with Simone French of the University of Minnesota’s Obesity Prevention Center.

Thoughts On Ramadan
Muslims around the world have been fasting during the day and attending religious gatherings at night during the annual celebration of Ramadan, Islam’s holiest of holidays. Weekday producer Amina Al-Sadi reflects on this year’s Ramadan as it draws to a close.

Radio Retrospective
Katy Sewall takes a weekly listen back to the sounds of radio’s Golden Age.

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Today she highlights “Phnom Penh,” a Cambodian restaurant in Seattle’s International District. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also recommends a cookbook.

Worst Road Experiences
10:00 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Call-In: Road Trip Lessons, And The Rare Female Detective

Flickr Photo/Vinicius Depizzol

Call-In: Lessons Learned From Your Worst Road Trip
The most memorable road trips are often those that don’t go well. What lesson did you learn from your worst road trip? We want to hear the funny, the horrifying, the enlightening stories you gathered on the road; call us at 206.543.5869 or 800.289.5869.

Radio Retrospective: The Rare Female Detective
During radio’s golden age, detective shows were a very popular genre.  There were well over 120 detective shows about men, and only about 44 featuring a woman. Who were those women, and were the shows any good?

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. The weather has been nice around Seattle lately, how about a picnic?  Dickerman gives tips on where to stock up. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!

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Elections 2013
10:00 am
Thu July 25, 2013

School Board Elections, Susan Orlean, And Radio Retrospective

KUOW/Kara McDermott

Seattle School Board Elections
Six candidates are vying for two seats. The top 2 candidates in each district will advance to the general election in November. KUOW's education reporter Ann Dornfeld reports.

Writer Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean spends a lot of time working on her nonfiction. She spent ten years researching her most recent book “Rin Tin Tin.” What does it mean to devote yourself to a subject, almost to the point of obsession? We listen back to our conversation with Susan Orlean about her process and her passions.

Radio Retrospective: Radio Gets Involved In Hollywood
Last week, we looked at how Hollywood actors fared on the radio. Today we take a look at how radio adapted to the big screen. Movie stars often wandered off the mic during radio dramas because they were used to moving. Radio stars were the opposite. They were often too rigid, and had trouble working with props and delivering their lines simultaneously. Adapting radio scripts for feature length movies was another challenge. Did any radio-based skill succeed in film?

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!

Politics And Music
10:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Chris Vance, The Summer Januaries, And Hollywood In Radio

Local band The Summer Januaries.
From The Summer Januaries' Facebook page.

Discussing The National Debt With Chris Vance
Chris Vance, public affairs consultant and co-chair of the Washington chapter of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, was is in Washington this week meeting with Senator Patty Murray and Rep. Doc Hastings and Dave Reichert. Vance and the campaign are urging lawmakers to find solutions to curb the rising debt in order to help the economy continue to grow. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said before a House panel on Wednesday that tight federal fiscal policy and stagnant debate over issues such as a the debt ceiling in Congress “hamper” economic recovery. So how can lawmakers create budgets and policies that continue to help the economy grow? What role does reducing the national debt play in helping the country’s economy?

The Summer Januaries
Rachel Erin Sage and Sean Michael Robinson first played music together at a mutual friend's birthday party, where a spontaneous jam session became the birth of their fold duo “The Summer Januaries.” Since then they’ve played arrangements and original compilations at street fairs, farmers markets and pubs around the state and around the world. The Summer Januaries released their first album together in April.

Radio Retrospective: Hollywood Gets Involved In Radio
During the early years of radio’s Golden Age, Hollywood thought radio was the enemy. Radio directors, writers and producers, on the other hand, wanted Hollywood stars in their productions. How did Hollywood first make its way onto radio? Katy Sewall and Steve Scher look at the beginnings.

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!

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Facebook And Comedy
5:06 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Privacy On Facebook, Comedian Hari Kondabolu, And Rocky Jordan

Comedian Hari Kondabolu joins KUOW in studio.
From Hari Kondabolu's Facebook page.

What Are The Privacy Concerns Over Facebook’s Graph Search?
Throughout its lifespan, Facebook has been all about change -- a seemingly endless overhaul of its design and how the site functions. But here’s something that’s remained steady: complaints from users about privacy. Facebook’s latest innovation is called graph search. It allows users to comb their friends’ Facebook pages and public pages to find specific answers to specific questions. Since rolling out this week, graph search is raising concerns about privacy. So what are they? And how can Facebook users lock down data that they don’t want to be shared?

Comedian Hari Kondabolu
A couple of times throughout the year comedian Hari Kondabolu makes the trip from New York to Seattle to test out his material in front of the local audience. When he is not working on stand-up he is writing for and appearing on the FX show Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell as well as recording a podcast with his brother called The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast.  In his stand-up, Hari works through issues like racism, sexism, immigration and gentrification, challenging the audience as much as entertaining them. He joins us to discuss his work.

Radio Retrospective: Rocky Jordan
We look back at the show Rocky Jordan from radio’s Golden Age. Rocky runs a bar. He also runs into trouble every episode. The show is one of many Golden Age detective dramas featuring characters that aren’t detectives!  It also happens to be Steve Scher’s favorite drama recently.

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!

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Radio Retrospective
10:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

The State Legislature, The Legacy Of Nelson Mandela And Kid Protections In Radio Broadcast

Flickr Photo/Australian Broadcasting Company

What’s The Deal With The Budget?
Jordan Schrader of the Tacoma News Tribune reports on the latest happenings in Olympia.

The Legacy Of Nelson Mandela
Robert Taylor, former dean of Seattle's St. Mark's Cathedral, was born and raised in South Africa. He bore witness to the breakdown of apartheid. He reflects on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Radio Retrospective: Protecting Kids
Parents worried about what children heard on the radio, just like they worry about television, movies and video games today. During radio’s heyday, it was estimated that there were 1,500 murders a week on the air. As a result, strict guidelines were put in place for kids' shows. Did they work?

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman recommends a lunch spot and a cookbook.

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Federal Politics
10:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Supreme Court Decisions, Jonathan Alter And Radio Retrospective

Jonathan Alter's book "The Center Holds."

 SCOTUS, DOMA And Proposition 8
The Supreme Court is due to make a decision soon on two major cases effecting marriage equality. Law professor at the University of Washington,Peter Nicolas explains what we can expect from SCOTUS in the coming days. 

The Center Holds
Jonathan Alter has spent more than two decades covering national politics in Washington, D.C. In his new book “The Center Holds,” he examines the challenges President Obama faced in his 2012 reelection campaign, from a Republican Party determined to retake control of Congress and millions in unregulated campaign spending, to Obama’s own distaste for politics.

Radio Retrospective: Radio Expert Frank Buxton
Frank Buxton is an expert on the Golden Age of Radio and a voice talent to be reckoned with. 

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. This time she recommends Shanik.  Prefer to cook for yourself? She reviews "Mr. Wilkinson's Vegetables."

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