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8 Awesome Live Wire Sketches and Behind-the-Scenes Slide Show

Head writer and former host Courtenay Hameister picks several of her favorite sketches, interviews, and extras for your viewing and listening pleasure, while we look at what goes into making a Live Wire episode.

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Live Wire Radio Goes for National Glory

After a decade of cracking up local listeners, Portland's radio dynamos aim to be public radios next big thing—and they just might make it.

“We want to give more than just an hour of entertainment,” says executive director Robyn Tenenbaum. “It’s about crafting a journey with something to chew on, something to laugh at, something to pause at. We want guests who cause us to think differently.”

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Courtenay Hameister Steps Down as Host of 'Live Wire!'

After nine years, the charming, witty, and just-acerbic-enough host will step away, but continues on as head writer.

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Live Wire! Radio Turns 7

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Live Wire, a Portland, Oregon-based radio variety show now airing in over 15 markets around the country, has named NPR veteran and seersucker-suit-wearing Luke Burbank as their new host.

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LiveWire Radio is a locally produced and nationally broadcast radio variety show that is taped live in front of a studio audience at the Alberta Rose Theatre. It’s smart, funny, irrerevent, and an absolute blast to see live. We are sponsors of the show and they invited us in for a peek behind the dial during soundcheck and rehearsal before a recent taping with the incredible Reggie Watts and Michael Kiwanuka–it was a kickoff to our partnership and they offered up bottles of Cold Brew to the enrapt crowd. Since this taping, the inimitable Courtenay Hameister has gracefully stepped down as host after nine years (listen to her goodbye speech here) but she remains on the show as the Head Writer and Co-Producer. The new host is the ever-talented Luke Burbank.

We sat down with the show’s Executive Producer and Co-Creator Robyn Tenenbaum for some insight about how the show started, where’s it’s gone and where it’s headed.

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Live Wire!: The radio variety show that’s so much more

Portland’s creative spirit takes center stage with Live Wire!, a radio variety show like no other. Showcasing writers, storytellers, musicians and artists of all stripes, the show is taped live at the Alberta Rose Theater and airs on KOPB FM 91.5 on Saturday nights at 7 p.m. (You can also listen any time via podcast.) A recent evening included rocking indie pop stars Blind Pilot, Mad as Hell in America host Adam Klugman, and poet Anis Mojgani along with Live Wire’s regular comedic crew — The Faces for Radio Theater. You’ve got to see it to believe it: It’s, it’s … Live Wire!

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Portland’s Own Live Wire! Radio makes good on public radio syndication and gives a modern edge to traditional radio variety.
WHAT?! You say you haven’t been to a taping of Portland’s own radio phenomenon, Live Wire! Radio? Wait, you say you haven’t heard them on their many outlets such as their own web site, iTunes, Stitcher or on the old fashioned broadcast radio (in a number of public radio markets across the U.S.)? Hold on there, slim shady — you say you’ve not had your ears tickled, caressed, flirted with and downright surprised by the aural joy that is Live Wire? What rock have you been hiding under, there, Junior?

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It’s … it’s … Courtenay Hameister!

Courtenay Hameister has a great job. It just scares her a little.

Most of us know her as the host, head writer and associate producer Live Wire! Radio, on OPB radio Saturday nights. But Hameister is also a prolific essayist, writing humorous pieces for specific events or on random, but important observations, and she is perpetually working on compiling her essays and musings into a book. She helped write the successful and quirky “Road House the Play,” with creator Shelley McClendon, and created, with Marc Acito, the reading series “True Stories.” She has written and produced short films through the film collective Cinema Syndicate, and is a regular on the Cort and Fatboy podcast, on which, she admits, she ends up talking about sex a lot.

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Carrie Brownstein Talks 'Portlandia' in Portland