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Hey there,

Host Courtenay Hameister here. As some of you may have already heard, after nine (amazing, life-changing, wonderful) years, I've decided to step down as host of Live Wire. 

The thing is, I've just finally come to realize that I am simply not a person who is built for getting up in front of 400 people for three hours twice a month. I've always loved being head writer, reading my essays and performing with the sketch comedy troupe, but doing interviews and being the sole conductor of the freight train that is our live show was causing me undue stress that I finally decided was too unhealthy to sustain. (After having minor surgery to remove a rather angry gall bladder, I was told that stress may have caused the issue, and I'm pretty sure I don't have that many expendable organs left. My spleen is already giving me dirty looks.)
I am so proud of what we created with this show, and I think a testament to that is that Luke Burbank was able to walk in with very little notice last show and host without a hitch. (That's also a testament to Luke's talent, our amazing cast, crew and Executive Producer Robyn Tenenbaum, who responded to my decision with a tremendous amount of empathy and understanding.)
I'll stay on as Head Writer and Co-Producer and hopefully finish the book of essays I've been working on for (coincidentally?) nine years.
I am grateful to our Portland audience for accepting me and allowing me to find my footing as host - these have been the most rewarding years of my professional life, and I know I was incredibly fortunate to have the job. I'm sure a lot of people will think I'm nuts for stepping down, and so do I, a little, but I know this is the right thing for me. I'm calmer already. I'm napping right now, actually.
We're hoping to have one last show with me as host if my organs allow. Stay tuned, and thank you so much for all your support throughout years. I'm so grateful, and so lucky. 


You will be missed!

Glad you are taking care of your self and will continue to be a force driving Live Wire, but you will be missed! 

Your voice will always live on!

OMG...This is tough to write!  Your voice is SO synonymous with Live Wire to thousands of us HUGE fans of yours!  But your writing is incredible, and I'm so glad that we'll continue to laugh and learn and be inspired by your words. Please continue to at least be a guest speaker or part of many hilarious sketches!

The job you've done is incredible beyond words, Courtenay.  I miss your hosting voice already, but I still have all Live Wire episodes on my iPod!  So, your voice really will always live on!  :)

Good luck with your future/tontinued roles with the show.  We are SO very lucky to have the absolute BEST comedy radio show in the entire nation!!

Rock On In Peace

Go forth and serve the show in the ways that best suit you.  I won't lie, I am a little weepy as I write this, I have loved listening to you since I moved to Oregon 5 plus years ago - but like some commenters before me, I am so glad I will still hear your words (said by others) on the show and be able to read them when you publish.  I wish you all the best.  Be well.

You put me to bed.

Each Saturday I consume 16-18 hours of NPR and you, Courtenay, and the Live Wire! crew never ceased to outdo yourselves in serving me the tastiest, scrumptious morsels of fantabulous radio dessert.  I can think of no better way to top off my NPR Saturday.  Your voice, talent, and enthusiasm will be dearly missed.  Big shoes.  Biiii‚Äčiig shoes.  Much Love.

I thought you were an

I thought you were an EXCELLENT host. I am sorry it took a toll on your health. Glad you will still be with 'Live Wire' in roles that are better for you. You totally rock! xoxo

Thanks for everything

I'll miss your voice on the radio, but I'm so glad that you'll still be involved. Your opening essays have been a highlight of the show for me all along, and I'm delighted that you're working on a collection. Yay! Keep writing, and good luck with that stress thing. 


Dang, I just finally nailed this great Abbott & Costello bit I've been working on for nine years. I'm not even going to show it to you now. Enjoy the calmness, and congrats to all your surviving organs.

BIGGEST of Thanks for 9 years!

So sorry to hear that you'll not be the VOICE of Live Wire, but will be very happy to hold your words in my hands once the book is complete. Our best to you in what is hopefully a lower stress life!


BIGGEST of Thanks for 9 years!

So sorry to hear that you'll not be the VOICE of Live Wire, but will be very happy to hold your words in my hands once the book is complete. Our best to you in what is hopefully a lower stress life!


Thank you Courtenay

Thanks for all you have done with this amazing show - you will be missed as host! I'm looking forward to seeing the certain amazingness that will follow for you.

Thanks too for being brave enough to honor your own psychic needs in a public way with this announcement.

Thank you!

I have only been listening to the show for a few years now, but I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to you as host. Your monologues/essays at the beginning of the show were wonderful, and your interviews were thoughtful and fun to listen to. I look forward to the future Live Wire shows and host, but you'll definitely be missed! Good luck!

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