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Taking Live Wire to a national stage

Portland's growing stature as a creative center could get a major boost from a local live radio show that is gaining an audience and looking to expand nationally.

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Portland-produced show offers up a singular voice

No doubt Courtenay Hameister has her low-key moments, when she visits the quieter end of the emotional spectrum. But she’s one of those people who are always leaning, if not practically falling, toward a good laugh.

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Portland's got it 'Wired'

Lots of people move to Portland thinking they'd love to do something creative. But few of them manage to create and produce their own regular radio show. Fewer still dream of taking their live performance/radio broadcast baby to a national audience. But that's just what Robyn Tenenbaum and Kate Sokoloff, the co-creators and producers of "Live Wire!," have in mind. They're not satisfied with selling hundreds of tickets to their show's live performances. Or with having an on-air berth every month at Oregon Public Broadcasting. They want nothing less than to do for Portland what "A Prairie Home Companion" has done for Minnesota: put it on the national radio map as a place with its own entertaining quirks, personality and sense of humor.

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Sweet 'Live Wire!' sampler

To paraphrase from one of the worst movies of all time, a compilation CD is like a box of chocolates. And when the confectioner, so to speak, is a variety show to begin with, the unpredictability factor is even greater.

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Review: Live Wire! Wordstock edition

Music + books = very happy nerdy me, so how could I resist the Wordstock edition of Live Wire!? Answer: Couldn't, and I'm glad I didn't try. Saturday's taping of the Portland-based OPB radio sketch/variety show, recorded at the Aladdin Theater, was packed to the gills -- not just with audience members, but with guests: Graphic artists/writers Lynda Barry and Alison Bechdel, musicians The Long Winters and Jonathan Coulton, musician and now playwright McKinley (of Dirty Martini) essayist Sandra Tsing Loh, NPR's "This I Believe" producer Jay Allison, author and PC-in-those-Apple-ads John Hodgman and poetry slam champ Anis Mojgan, as well as the usual funny cast of the show...

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