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View PRI's original press release here.
CONTACT: Julia Yager, PRI, 612.330.9231, jyager@pri.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MINNEAPOLIS, March 31, 2014 – Public Radio International® today announced that it will add Live Wire! with host Luke Burbank to its portfolio beginning July 1, 2014. Live Wire!, a weekly, live variety program that features conversation and performance with authors, artists, and people doing remarkable things, broadens PRI’s offering of content that reveals the ways culture of all types influences our lives each day.

“PRI understands that people are inspired by all types of experiences: intellectual, artistic, serious and humorous. Live Wire! brings those experiences to audiences in ways that are relevant and energetic. We are delighted to be working with them. ” said Melinda Ward, Chief Content Officer of PRI.

Live Wire! launched in 2004. Developed by veteran radio and theater producers, the team at Live Wire! uses live theater to tell great stories, introduce new ideas, spark conversations, and make people laugh. Host Luke Burbank says of the show, “Portland has so much wisdom to share with the rest of the country: Can a baby pull off an ironic mustache? What's the best flannel to wear in the rain? Why is that bicyclist so mad? And now, thanks to our partnership with PRI, we finally can. By the way, it's ‘yes’ ‘none’ and ‘because, earth-killer’.”

Recorded from the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland, Oregon, Live Wire! has quickly built a loyal following over the air and as a podcast. Forty-eight stations across the U.S. currently air the program, bringing its lively sensibility to not only the loyal public radio audience, but also those hungry for insights from authors, filmmakers, thought-leaders, sports figures, politicians and foodies. Robyn Tenenbaum, Co-Creator and Executive Producer, commented, “We are thrilled to be partnering with PRI. When we started this show 10 years ago our goal was to be heard by ears across the country and around the world. Our loyal Portland audiences have been extremely supportive and have helped us grow.  We currently air in some wonderful markets outside of Oregon including Seattle, Austin, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and we look forward to working with PRI to reach our true goal of World Domination.”

About PRI: At Public Radio International, we believe sharing powerful stories, encouraging exploration, and connecting people and cultures will effect positive change in the world. By building a deeper awareness and understanding of the world's peoples, conditions, issues and events, we enable others to form their own opinions, share their knowledge and creativity, and take informed actions on issues that matter to them.

Partnering with public media's most talented producers and hosts, we offer distinctly global voices on “PRI's The World®" and CBC shows like "As it Happens" and "Q with Jian Ghomeshi." We cultivate conversations representing diverse viewpoints on “The Takeaway,” “To the Point,” and "The Tavis Smiley Show." We present voices of culture, contemporary American life and artistry on "This American Life" and "Studio 360® from PRI and WNYC." And we provide decidedly fresh takes with "WireTap" and “The Tobolowsky Files.” PRI’s content is available on almost 900 public radio stations nationwide, at www.pri.org, and through podcasts and digital platforms.

About Live Wire: Live Wire is a weekly variety show that combines the excitement of a live show and the reach of a radio broadcast to entertain, inspire, and inform listeners. Taped in front of an enthusiastic live audience at the 400-seat Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland's historic Alberta Arts District, Live Wire is a unique blend of interviews, music, storytelling, and original sketch comedy. Live Wire airs on public radio stations across the country and is heard nationally and internationally through our podcasts. www.livewireradio.org

by Trent Finlay on March 31, 2014 - 1:08pm.

Tell us your best hotel story in one tweet using the hashtag #HotelStory and you could win a one night stay courtesy of our friends at the Sentinel Hotel!

Rules:

  • Start following @Sentinel_Hotel and @LiveWireRadio on Twitter and Instagram, if you’re not doing so already.
  • Then, tweet your hotel story using #hotelstory between March 19—26.
  • The Sentinel will announce the winner on the @Sentinel_hotel Twitter page and will be in communication with the winners via Twitter within 24 hours.
  • Limit one entry per day per person/twitter address.
  • Photos may be attached but cannot be used to extend the length of the story, i.e. it can’t be a photo of some text.
  • See complete, officially-official rules here.


Check out photos by Byron Beck from the Sentinel's Grand Opening, below. We had a lot of fun interviewing party guests and occupying a room for the sole purpoe of creepily reading The Shining:

 

 

by Trent Finlay on March 18, 2014 - 5:33pm.

Members of our League of Extraordinary Listeners are invited to join us for an exclusive and private recording session with actor/writer/producer B.J. Novak (The Office, Inglorious Basterds, Saving Mr. Banks) with our own Courtenay Hameister at Mississippi Studios on Wednesday, February 19th at 12 p.m.!

MEMBERS: Please RSVP to Tori@livewireradio.org

NON-MEMBERS: This is just one of the many benefits afforded to you by being in The League. We cannot recommend it enough...(click here to join now!)

Novak's latest book is One More Thing: Stories & Other Stories:


 

by Trent Finlay on February 13, 2014 - 11:08am.

ONE PERSON is going to win a crap-ton (that's a word now, right?) of booky stuff by giving just $10 or more to us or any of our friends below in the Willamette Week Give!Guide on Wednesday, December 18th!

BUT WAIT. There's more. We're also thanking three lucky Live Wire donors with a bottle of New Deal Vodka on that very same day. 

So what are you waiting for? Give already.

The December 18 Literary Day Grand Prize Winner will receive: 

IPRC:
One year IPRC membership.

Literary Arts:
Three pack of signed books (Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie, and Ann Patchett), along with a copy of The Moth: 50 True Stories.

Live Wire:
Two tickets to a 2014 show of your choice + Live Wire T-shirt

Tavern Books:
A hardback edition of William Stafford's Winterward, as well as a Tavern Books pint glass and coasters

Wordstock:
Pair of tickets to Wordstock's Literal Lunch featuring Gabrielle Reece & Karen Karbo and a pair of Wordstock pint glasses.

Write Around Portland:
Voucher for one of our two-hour generative workshops held at HOTLIPS Pizza on third Thursdays or last Sundays of each month.

Give at www.giveguide.org.

by Trent Finlay on December 17, 2013 - 6:22pm.

Did you hear about our special holiday brunch concocted by Toro Bravo Chef/owner John Gorham and cookbook author Liz Crain with special guests Stephen Tobolowsky and Dana Gould? It's this Sunday, December 15th at Bar Bar from 10am-noon and tickets are $50 (or $40 for members) and include complimentary mimosas and specialty brunch cocktails. Tobolowsky and Gould will be fresh off the Live Wire boat from our sure-to-sell-out live show the night before at The Alberta Theatre with Storm Large, Rodney Hicks, Ophira Eisenberg, Lindy West, and Blitzen Trapper. Tickets are still (but just barely!) available for that, too.

If you're feeling lucky, we want to encourage that irrational emotion and provide you with some opportunities to win a pair of tickets to the brunch. Here are 2-and-a-half ways to enter:

1.)
Share this photo and/or this event on Facebook and tag our Facebook page in the update.

2.)
Tweet this:
This @LiveWireRadio holiday brunch with Stephen Tobolowsky, Dana Gould, John Gorham and Liz Crain looks A-SHMAZING! http://bit.ly/1crsrNU

or Retweet this:


2.5)
Do both of the above and email us to confirm and you'll get double entry points!

Thank you, good luck, and we'll see you on Saturday and/or Sunday!

by Trent Finlay on December 12, 2013 - 10:13am.

Did you hear about our special holiday brunch concocted by Toro Bravo Chef/owner John Gorham and cookbook author Liz Crain with special guests Stephen Tobolowsky and Dana Gould? It's this Sunday, December 15th at Bar Bar from 10am-noon and tickets are $50 (or $40 for members) and include complimentary mimosas and specialty brunch cocktails. Tobolowsky and Gould will be fresh off the Live Wire boat from our sure-to-sell-out live show the night before at The Alberta Theatre with Storm Large, Rodney Hicks, Ophira Eisenberg, Lindy West, and Blitzen Trapper. Tickets are still (but just barely!) available for that, too.

If you're feeling lucky, we want to encourage that irrational emotion and provide you with some opportunities to win a pair of tickets to the brunch. Here are 2-and-a-half ways to enter:

1.)
Share this photo and/or this event on Facebook and tag our Facebook page in the update.

2.)
Tweet this:
This @LiveWireRadio holiday brunch with Stephen Tobolowsky, Dana Gould, John Gorham and Liz Crain looks A-SHMAZING! http://bit.ly/1crsrNU

or Retweet this:


2.5)
Do both of the above and email us to confirm and you'll get double entry points!

Thank you, good luck, and we'll see you on Saturday and/or Sunday!

by Trent Finlay on December 11, 2013 - 1:18pm.

One our current podcast, you can hear Mortified producer Neil Katcher read a poem he wrote in high school. It's bad. It's angry. It's sufficiently mortifying. (Mortified is a performance series in cities around the country where people get up and read their journal entries, songs and poems from high school.)

The first time he read the poem at a Mortified event, a woman approached him and told him the the poem really spoke to her. It spoke to her because she'd also written terrible, angry poems in high school. Now Neil and that woman whose high school self fell in love with his high school self are married with a new baby. It's the best story we'd heard in a long time, so we asked house poet Scott Poole to write a poem about it. Here it is.

 

by Trent Finlay on November 21, 2013 - 8:57pm.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who came out to our Fancy Pants event, and a huge thanks to our event sponsors The Boeing Company, LAIKA/house, and Samantha Swaim Fundraising, LLC as well as all of the in-kind supporters and auction donors. The event was not just tons of fun and filled with the fanciest pants this side of the Mississippi, it was a big financial success as well! We raised over $40,000 to support Live Wire's annual programs, and we couldn't have done it without all of you. We're so honored and grateful that our members and listeners are willing to help us grow.

 
You can also enjoy these photos on Facebook: 
 
 
 

 

 

by Trent Finlay on November 6, 2013 - 2:10pm.

We had Michael Hearst on the show recently. Turns out he recorded a whole album of famous chef's recipes word-for-word. So we decided to do the same thing with Craigslist ads. We brought in Stephanie Schneiderman and our own Jim Brunberg for "Didge" and Jim also performed "Transit Center."

 

 

DIDGE:

 
 
TRANSIT CENTER:
 

 

 

 

 

by Trent Finlay on October 19, 2013 - 6:54pm.

Live Wire Radio is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a $13,000 Operating Support grant from the Oregon Arts Commission for FY 13-14. The Commission’s Operating Support grants fund the operations of Oregon’s leading arts groups and acknowledge the role those organizations play in Oregon’s social, educational and economic arenas.

The Oregon Arts Commission awarded $1.36 million in its first round of awards for fiscal year 2013-14. Grants were awarded in Operating Support: $945,700; Arts Services: $163,400; and Arts Learning programs: $184,500; as well as for designated statewide and regional programs.

In announcing the grants, Christine D’Arcy, Executive Director of the Arts Commission, notes, “These arts organizations are not only enabling Oregonians to experience great art, live performances and new works, they’re making Oregon a better place by retaining jobs, inspiring students and providing lifelong learning for our citizens.”

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. www.oregonartscommission.org

by Trent Finlay on August 28, 2013 - 11:29am.