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Wave of Light II – A Celebration and Benefit for Live Wire! Radio

August 16, 6-9 pm @ outdoor party space at Rejuvenation: 1100 SE Grand Ave.

For only $25, you will enjoy appetizers, beer, wine, and your very own specialty Live Wire! cocktail.


  • Courtenay Hameister + Live Wire Cast
  • The Doubleclicks
  • The Blue Cranes Quartet
  • Spicy News
  • LoveBomb Go-Go
  • Special visit from Mayor Sam Adams
  • Silent & Live Auction including a week-long trip to Bali! Click here for a complete list of live auction items. If you cannot make it to the event but still want to bid on any of these items, please email with your minimum and maximum bid and you will be virtually there!

or Email: or Call: 503-548-4920 

OH HEY! Purchase your tickets between August 7 and August 15 and you will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Tasty n Sons. 


by Trent Finlay on July 16, 2012 - 10:15pm.

Do YOU have a super important question for Live Wire? Email or ask us on Facebook or Twitter. Extra points if you use the hashtag #DearLiveWire.

Gerrish writes:
If unicorns were real, would they make good pets?
Unicorns are real. They simply appear to the unaided eye as horses with horns on their heads.

Jean writes:
What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as an unladen swallow. All swallows are laden in one way or another. By regret, by promises made but not kept, by bird lice. It is the maudlin truth of our age that we may never know the true air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow.

Linda writes:
At what point in history or prehistory did long hair become a necessary trait of the feminine archetype?
That’s an interesting question Linda, but deceptively phrased. The fact of the matter is that there is no one “feminine” archetype, nor has there ever been historically. Putting aside the fact that the myth of locational mono-culture is a function historical reductionism, ideas about beauty and femininity shift wildly from place to place and era to era. A traditional Zulu maiden would no more consider long hair feminine than a moustache, nor would any of her ancestors for a thousand generations backward. Conversely, your average Spartan hoplite, the figurehead of the most masculine (or at the very least, male worshiping) society that Western civilization has given us, was known for combing each other’s long, meticulously maintained hair before battle.

Your question might be better phrased “Why have popular Anglo-American fashions tended to favor, on balance, longer hair for women than men in the past few centuries?” although that seems like a silly thing to ask a radio program.

Dan writes:
You’re standing at the bank of a river, accompanied by a baby, a fox, and a bushel of corn. You have just shot your companion, who tried making a joke about brain teasers. How do you and everything with you get across the river intact before the police arrive and start asking uncomfortable questions?
Using the corn as an incentive, teach the fox to build a raft out of the piano the baby is playing.

Brian writes:
What IS the meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything?
Otters holding hands.

Stephanie writes:
Can you watch our kids next weekend?
Woah Stephanie, woah. This is all going way too fast. First it was just good times and convertible rides and Laser Floyd, now everything’s all “watch my kids” and “I have a husband” or whatever. Let’s just slow things down a little, yeah?

Scott writes:
What color is your light saber?
Contrary to popular belief we are not Jedi. Rather, the show is written and produced entirely by scruffy-looking nerf-herders.

Michael writes:
It’s not the size of the audience, it’s how you use it.


by Trent Finlay on July 9, 2012 - 6:39pm.

The fact that “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “The Raven” (wherein Edgar Allen Poe tracks down a serial killer) were made frankly peeves us a bit, as we pitched some VERY similar ideas to the studios and they didn’t buy them, including:

Millard Fillmore, Werewolf Assassin
Zachary Taylor, Fillmore’s predecessor, didn’t die of Cholera. He was a known lycanthrope that Fillmore was forced to kill with a silver bullet from the musket in the vice presidential cabinet marked, “In case of Presidential Werewolf, break glass.” Fillmore kills half of congress, partly due to a rash of lycanthropy, and partly due to their refusal to vote with him on the compromise of 1850. 
Memorable line: That’s not rabies!

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, zombie slayer
Browning’s Jamaican roots come back to haunt her, literally, as a voodoo curse is cast over her Victorian estate and the surrounding village. Thankfully, her husband Robert Browning is a master of the ancient art of Jiu Jitsu, and they save the village through various immobilizing neck holds and face kicks.
Memorable line: How will I eviscerate thee? Let me count the ways.

J.D. Salinger and the night of the Banshees
Banshees invade Cornish, New Hampshire, forcing Salinger to come out of hiding. He kills them with a ray gun loaded with ennui.
Memorable line: Auuuughhhhhhhhgurgle!!

Dreamworks, we await your call.

by Trent Finlay on July 5, 2012 - 1:22pm.

Live Wire host Courtenay Hameister was asked to give the commencement address at Oregon Episcopal School this year - they're a private school in Portland with 100% college admission in their senior class. Her message for overachievers? Have you tried failing? 

by Trent Finlay on June 21, 2012 - 12:32pm.

Episode 180 with writer David Javerbaum, Project Censored's Mickey Huff, music from Reva Devito and all our sketches 'n such is ready for you to download in its entirety. Or you can watch/listen to snippets from the episode using the player or with the links below. 

Player not showing up? Watch it on YouTube


David Javerbaum
Mickey Huff
MUSIC by Reva Devito
Song 2
Sexy Times with Hitler
Stupid Buttface Monkey
What I Learned Tonight by Scott Poole: Episode 180
Downton Ab-BAY
Essay by Courtenay Hameister
by Trent Finlay on April 16, 2012 - 1:22pm.

Episode 179 with author Susan Orlean, musician and essayist John Roderick, The Portland Cello Project and all our sketches 'n such is ready for you to download in its entirety. Or you can watch/listen to clips from the episode using the player or with the links below. 

Player not showing up? Click here to view the playlist on YouTube. 


Susan Orlean

John Roderick "Clouds"

John Roderick "Advice to Aspiring Musicians"

SKETCHES + Live Wire Originals

Morgan Freeman

Sci Fi Brothel

Rin Tin Tin

"Passion Lost and Found" Essay by Courtenay Hameister

What I Learned Tonight, by Scott Poole

Flash Fiction: Life as a Movie

MUSIC by The Portland Cello Project

Song 1

Song 2

by Trent Finlay on April 11, 2012 - 12:12pm.

Episode 178 with James Curleigh (CEO of KEEN Footwear), comedian Ron Funches, music by Thomas Lauderdale with Kathleen Saadat, and all our sketches 'n such is ready for you to download in its entirety. You can find individual audio and video clips below or watch the playlist on YouTube

/ / / / INTERVIEWS / / / /

James Curleigh

Ron Funches

Thomas Lauderdale and Kathleen Saadat


"The Menu"

"Nightmare Phone"

"Obama and Curleigh"

"The Acorn Falls Far From The Tree"

"When Stories Lose Weight" Essay by Courtenay Hameister

What I Learned Tonight, by Scott Poole

/ / / /  MUSIC by Thomas Lauderdale and Kathleen Saadat / / / /


"Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye"

by Trent Finlay on March 28, 2012 - 6:24pm.

Want to find that particular sketch that made you laugh so hard you almost peed your pants? 

Use the player to watch/listen all the clips randomly or find individual clips below. Or you could just download the podcast directly. Choose your poison. 


Arianne Cohen

Joshua Foer

The Parson Red Heads



"Action Traffic Court"

"Penthouse Forum"

Essay #177 by Courtenay Hameister

What I Learned Tonight, by Scott Poole

Flash Fiction: A Memory I'd Rather Forget


MUSIC by The Parson Red Heads

"Seven Years Ago"

"Long Way Back"

by Trent Finlay on March 22, 2012 - 1:30pm.

Burgerville and Work for Art (a program of the RACC) are tremendous supporters of Live Wire. Did you know that our stage is constructed entirely out of delicious thick-sliced pepper-bacon? Well it's not, but it could be some day, scientific advances permitting.

Anyway, here's where you come in: on March 8th, you need to get yourself to the nearest Burgerville and eat something. Or many things. Pay for them with money. Then some of that money goes to us, and we can do the things you like. You get milkshakes, we get arts funding.

It's a win-win! With milkshakes!

by Trent Finlay on March 7, 2012 - 2:29pm.