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Live Wire! Radio

Series produced by Live Wire! Radio

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Live Wire mixes an old school radio format with a contemporary edge—it's live theatre and radio variety with a unique blend of interviews, music, spoken word, and original comedy.

Live Wire is radio variety for the attention-span challenged. It's music from up-and-coming bands, original comedy and scintillating interviews with writers, filmmakers, comedians and people who think cool thoughts. Hosted by Luke Burbank ("Wait Wait Don't Tell Me," "Too Beautiful to Live") the show is taped in front of a live audience in Portland, Oregon and airs on public radio stations around the country.

From Garrison Keillor - March ‘07
"I like this new show that’s coming out of Oregon Public Radio. It’s called Live Wire, I sit and listen to it and a kind of light comes out of the radio speaker, a whole ‘nother view of human experience, and new voices which we need in public radio. I need, because I’m hoping to retire soon, I’m getting to that age on A Prairie Home Companion. And when I do, I want there to be shows on public radio that I can sit in my car, in my driveway and hang on their every word. Live Wire is one of those shows. It could be for Portland and Oregon, what Prairie Home is for Minnesota and St. Paul and Lake Woebegone.”

From musician/comedian Reggie Watts
"Live Wire is the type of experience that activates my romance about the beauty of live recorded variety shows. It's smart, well-written and performed by a cast of sweethearts. The music is also top-notch. So when I am a part of the show listening to the audience completely enjoying themselves, I feel proud to be a part of such a passionate undertaking." Hide full description

Live Wire is radio variety for the attention-span challenged. It's music from up-and-coming bands, original comedy and scintillating interviews with writers, filmmakers, comedians and people who think cool thoughts. Hosted by Luke Burbank ("Wait Wait Don't Tell Me," "Too Beautiful to Live") the show is taped in front of a live audience in Portland, Oregon and airs on public radio stations around the country.

From Garrison Keillor - March ‘07
"I like this new show that’s coming out of Oregon Public Radio. It’s called Live Wire, I sit and listen to it and a kind of light comes out of the radio speaker, a whole ‘nother view of human experience, and new voices which we need in public radio. I need, because I’m hoping to retire soon, I’m getting to that age on A Prairie Home Companion. And...

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Caption: Author Daniel Handler and artist Lisa Brown, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author DANIEL HANDLER and artist LISA BROWN, comedian JAY FLEWELLING, music from THE DOUBLECLICKS.

Bought by WRIR, WCPN, KUT, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Northwest Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jun 19, 2014
  • Length: 54:03
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Author Daniel Handler and artist Lisa Brown, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author DANIEL HANDLER and artist LISA BROWN, comedian JAY FLEWELLING, music from THE DOUBLECLICKS.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 19, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Comedian Todd Glass, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Comedian TODD GLASS, author DANIEL H. WILSON, and music by EDJ.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, WRIR, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, KCPW and more


  • Added: Jun 12, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Comedian Todd Glass, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Comedian TODD GLASS, author DANIEL H. WILSON, and music by EDJ.

Bought by KUNV, WRIR, Rhythm & News Service, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 12, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Comedian Cameron Esposito, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author DAVID KINNEY, comedian CAMERON ESPOSITO, actor JOHN KIM, and music from LEMOLO.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, WRIR, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Northwest Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jun 05, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Comedian Cameron Esposito, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author DAVID KINNEY, comedian CAMERON ESPOSITO, actor JOHN KIM, and music from LEMOLO.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, KUNV, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 05, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Mechanical engineer/musician Christine McKinley, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Math genius JASON PADGETT, mechanical engineer/musician CHRISTINE MCKINLEY, and music by SWAN SOVEREIGN.

Bought by WCPN, WRIR, KUT, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, KSRQ and more


  • Added: May 29, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Actor David Giuntoli, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor DAVID GIUNTOLI, writer VENDELA VIDA and music by CUMULUS.

Bought by KSRQ, Rhythm & News Service, and 90.1 WFYI Public Radio


  • Added: May 22, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Actor David Giuntoli, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor DAVID GIUNTOLI, writer VENDELA VIDA and music by CUMULUS.

Bought by WCPN, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, KUT, KCPW, and Northwest Public Radio


  • Added: May 22, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Comedian Nathan Fielder, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Comedians NATHAN FIELDER and ANDY HAYNES, authors JOEL WARNER & PETER MCGRAW, and music from HOLIDAY FRIENDS.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, WRIR, Northwest Public Radio, KCPW and more


  • Added: May 15, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Comedian Nathan Fielder, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Comedians NATHAN FIELDER and ANDY HAYNES, authors JOEL WARNER & PETER MCGRAW, and music from HOLIDAY FRIENDS.

Bought by KUOW, KSRQ, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, KUNV, Rhythm & News Service and more


  • Added: May 15, 2014
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, and music from Ages and Ages.

Bought by WCPN, WRIR, KUT, KCPW, KUOW and more


  • Added: May 08, 2014
  • Length: 53:57
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, and music from Ages and Ages.

Bought by KSRQ, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, KUOW, KUNV and more


  • Added: May 08, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author BARBARA EHRENREICH, author JASON PORTER, and music from THE MINUS 5.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, WRIR, KUOW, Northwest Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 01, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author BARBARA EHRENREICH, author JASON PORTER, and music from THE MINUS 5.

Bought by KSRQ, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, 90.5 WESA, Rhythm & News Service, and KUNV


  • Added: May 01, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Actor Wil Wheaton, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor WIL WHEATON, poet KEVIN YOUNG, and music by BLACK PRAIRIE.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, WRIR, KUOW, KCPW and more


  • Added: Apr 24, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Actor Wil Wheaton, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor WIL WHEATON, poet KEVIN YOUNG, and music by BLACK PRAIRIE.

Bought by KUNV, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, KSRQ, Rhythm & News Service, and 90.5 WESA


  • Added: Apr 24, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Author Po Bronson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author PO BRONSON, musical trio T SISTERS, music by AYRON JONES AND THE WAY.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, WRIR, Northwest Public Radio, KCPW and more


  • Added: Apr 17, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Author Po Bronson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author PO BRONSON, musical trio T SISTERS, music by AYRON JONES AND THE WAY.

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, KSRQ, Rhythm & News Service, 90.5 WESA, and KUNV


  • Added: Apr 17, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Actor David Giuntoli, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor DAVID GIUNTOLI, writer VENDELA VIDA and music by CUMULUS.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, WRIR, KUOW, KCPW and more


  • Added: Apr 10, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6