Live Wire! Radio

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Live Wire is radio variety for the attention span challenged. It's music, original sketch 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 is aired on public radio stations around the country.

Some past guests have included authors Augusten Burroughs, Cheryl Strayed, Dan Savage, Sherman Alexie, Chuck Palaniuk, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Stephen Tobolowski, performers/comedians Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Reggie Watts, Mike Birbiglia, Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, film Directors Gus Van Sant and Todd Haynes, Henry Selick, Cartoonists/Graphic novelist Lynda Barry, Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein and "wiki" creator Ward Cunningham to name a few. Oh, and yes, we've had Chuck Barris on the show. What public radio show hasn't? (Shockingly, he didn't assassinate a single person on our staff.)  

Some of our past musical guests have included Blitzen Trapper, Michael Kiwanuka, Blind Pilot, Helio Sequence, Menomena,  Jonathan Coulton, Black Prairie and The Dandy Warhols to name a few.

Series

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364 Pieces

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. NOTE: This program is available to PRI affiliates. For more information please email memberships@prx.org.


Pieces

Caption: Actor Daniel Stern, Credit: Geoffrey Silver for Live Wire!
Live Wire from Portland, Oregon delivers old school variety with a modern twist. The perfect blend of original sketch comedy, music and interview.

Bought by 90.5 WESA


  • Added: Mar 16, 2010
  • Length: :00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Dan Savage and Storm Large, Credit: Anthony Pidgeon for Live Wire! Radio
Live Wire celebrates its 5th anniversary with author/sex columnist/Stephen Colbert's National Spokes-Gay, Chanteuse Storm Large and musical guests ...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Mar 27, 2009
  • Length: :00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Live Wire! Band Leader Ralph Huntley, Credit: Anthony Pidgeon for Live Wire! Radio
This weeks guests include Jon Raymond, writer of acclaimed film Wendy and Lucy, Author and Columnist Peter Ames Carlin on the virtues and demonic ...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Feb 20, 2009
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  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Coraline Director Henry Selick, Credit: Anthony Pidgeon for Live Wire!
A live radio variety show out of Portland, Oregon featuring Henry Selick ("Nightmare Before Christmas," "Coraline"), Blue Giant and essayist Stacy ...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Jan 15, 2009
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  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Thomas Lauderdale and Ari Shapiro, Credit: Anthony Pidgeon for Live Wire!
Live Wire is a radio variety show that tapes in Portland, OR and features a rich mix of interesting interview guest, stellar musical guest and orig...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Jan 10, 2009
  • Length: :00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, Credit: Anthony Pidgeon for Live Wire!
Live Wire! is a radio variety show recorded live in front of an audience at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon. The show features original ske...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2009
  • Length: :00
Caption: John Roderick, Jonathan Coulton and John Hodgman, Credit: Anthony Pidgeon for Live Wire!
Live Wire's annual star-studded show celebrating Portland's Wordstock Literary Festival

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Dec 30, 2008
  • Length: 01:58:27
  • Purchases: 1
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Why give to public radio? Live Wire Radio offers a reason you may not have heard yet.

  • Added: Aug 21, 2007
  • Length: 01:08
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Piece created for Oregon Public Broadcasting regarding why the president of the Fiona Richie fan club might give to public radio.

  • Added: Aug 21, 2007
  • Length: 02:54
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Commercial parody for people who are too busy for books on tape - from Live Wire!, a live radio variety show.

  • Added: Jun 05, 2007
  • Length: 04:01