UpZones #8: Bill Radke

Episode 08: KUOW Seattle’s mid-day host Bill Radke walks Ian through his history as a radio host, including why he lost interest in news comedy following 9-11, and why he prefers not to be “the opinionated one” — especially about what to do in response to Seattle’s rapid growth. His personal recommendation is mindful skepticism, which he says allows us to treat ourselves and others as mere storytellers.

About Bill Radke

Bill Radke NPRBill hosts The Record and Week In Review. After starting with KUOW as a University of Washington student in 1985, Bill was KUOW’s morning host in the ’90s and the creator of past show, Rewind, a news-satire show heard on KUOW and nationwide on NPR. For those unfamiliar Bill Radke is an American radio talk show host, web video host, author, comedian and columnist. 

Previously he had been hosting American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report, a daily business/economy newscast. He also contributed humorous news and commentary segments to KUOW’s long-running show Sandy Bradley’s Pot Luck, created and hosted the satire show Rewind, distributed by National Public Radio (NPR), and co-hosted the radio show Weekend America, produced by American Public Media. As a stand-up comedian, he won the 1992 Seattle International Comedy Competition  Radke authored the book Seattle and wrote a weekly humor column in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

He lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, two daughters and son.



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