Live Wire

Series produced by Live Wire! Radio

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Live Wire mixes an old school radio format with a contemporary edge—it's live theatre and radio variety with a unique blend of interviews, music, spoken word, and original comedy.

NOTE: This program is available to PRI affiliates. For more information please email memberships@prx.org.

Live Wire is radio variety for the attention-span challenged. It's music from up-and-coming bands, original comedy and scintillating interviews with writers, filmmakers, comedians and people who think cool thoughts. Hosted by Luke Burbank ("Wait Wait Don't Tell Me," "Too Beautiful to Live") the show is taped in front of a live audience in Portland, Oregon and airs on public radio stations around the country.

From Garrison Keillor - March ‘07
"I like this new show that’s coming out of Oregon Public Radio. It’s called Live Wire, I sit and listen to it and a kind of light comes out of the radio speaker, a whole ‘nother view of human experience, and new voices which we need in public radio. I need, because I’m hoping to retire soon, I’m getting to that age on A Prairie Home Companion. And when I do, I want there to be shows on public radio that I can sit in my car, in my driveway and hang on their every word. Live Wire is one of those shows. It could be for Portland and Oregon, what Prairie Home is for Minnesota and St. Paul and Lake Woebegone.”

From musician/comedian Reggie Watts
"Live Wire is the type of experience that activates my romance about the beauty of live recorded variety shows. It's smart, well-written and performed by a cast of sweethearts. The music is also top-notch. So when I am a part of the show listening to the audience completely enjoying themselves, I feel proud to be a part of such a passionate undertaking." Hide full description

Live Wire is radio variety for the attention-span challenged. It's music from up-and-coming bands, original comedy and scintillating interviews with writers, filmmakers, comedians and people who think cool thoughts. Hosted by Luke Burbank ("Wait Wait Don't Tell Me," "Too Beautiful to Live") the show is taped in front of a live audience in Portland, Oregon and airs on public radio stations around the country.

From Garrison Keillor - March ‘07
"I like this new show that’s coming out of Oregon Public Radio. It’s called Live Wire, I sit and listen to it and a kind of light comes out of the radio speaker, a whole ‘nother view of human experience, and new voices which we need in public radio. I need, because I’m hoping to retire soon, I’m getting to that age on A Prairie Home Companion. And...

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Caption: Singer/Songwriter Edna Vazquez, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author HOWARD BLOOM Comedian ALEX FALCONE Singer/Songwriter EDNA VAZQUEZ

Bought by KUT, KUOW, and KCPW


  • Added: Aug 16, 2013
  • Length: 54:50
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Singer/Songwriter Edna Vazquez, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author HOWARD BLOOM Comedian ALEX FALCONE Singer/Songwriter EDNA VAZQUEZ

Bought by KSRQ, Rhythm & News Service, and KWMR


  • Added: Aug 16, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Improvisational Comedian Reggie Watts, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Note: we are re-airing one of our favorite shows from a previous era, in which Courtenay Hameister was host, in its entirety this week as we morph ...

Bought by KUT, KCPW, and KUOW


  • Added: Aug 09, 2013
  • Length: 54:58
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Improvisational Comedian Reggie Watts, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Note: we are re-airing one of our favorite shows from a previous era, in which Courtenay Hameister was host, in its entirety this week as we morph ...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and KWMR


  • Added: Aug 09, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
DAN SAVAGE writes the internationally syndicated sex advice column Savage Love. Stand-up comedian JEN KIRKMAN Musical Guests THE BUILDERS AND THE...

Bought by KUT, KUOW, and KCPW


  • Added: Aug 02, 2013
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
DAN SAVAGE writes the internationally syndicated sex advice column Savage Love. Stand-up comedian JEN KIRKMAN Musical Guests THE BUILDERS AND THE...

Bought by KUT, Rhythm & News Service, Oregon Public Broadcasting, KSRQ, KWMR and more


  • Added: Aug 02, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Actress and Comedian Kristen Schaal, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
KRISTEN SCHAAL & SCOTT JACOBSON - Comedian/voice actress and writer/producer for Bob's Burgers LISA HANAWALT - Well-published cartoonist Musical ...

Bought by KUT and KCPW


  • Added: Jul 26, 2013
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Actress and Comedian Kristen Schaal, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
KRISTEN SCHAAL & SCOTT JACOBSON - Comedian/voice actress and writer/producer for Bob's Burgers LISA HANAWALT - Well-published cartoonist Musical ...

Bought by KWMR, Oregon Public Broadcasting, KUOW, and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Jul 26, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Host of the WTF podcast, Marc Maron, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
MARC MARON - Stand-up comedian, host of the WTF podcast and star of Maron on IFC MONICA DRAKE - Author of the novels Clown Girl and The Stud Book...

Bought by KUT, KUOW, and KCPW


  • Added: Jul 19, 2013
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Host of the WTF podcast, Marc Maron, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
MARC MARON - Stand-up comedian, host of the WTF podcast and star of Maron on IFC MONICA DRAKE - Author of the novels Clown Girl and The Stud Book...

Bought by KSRQ, Rhythm & News Service, KWMR, and Oregon Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Jul 19, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Author Annalee Newitz and host Luke Burbank, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
KEN DAVENPORT, DOUG KATSAROS, AMANDA YESNOWITZ - Writer, composer & lyricist of musical adaptation of Somewhere in Time Writer, journalist and aut...

Bought by KUT and KCPW


  • Added: Jul 12, 2013
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Author Annalee Newitz and host Luke Burbank, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
KEN DAVENPORT, DOUG KATSAROS, AMANDA YESNOWITZ - Writer, composer & lyricist of musical adaptation of Somewhere in Time Writer, journalist and aut...

Bought by KSRQ, KUOW, Oregon Public Broadcasting, KWMR, and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Jul 12, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: NYTimes Best Selling Author Augusten Burroughs, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author of the NYT best seller "Running with Scissors", AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS The Oregonians musical editor, RYAN WHITE Musical Guests, RADIATION CITY

Bought by KUT, KUOW, and KCPW


  • Added: Jul 05, 2013
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: NYTimes Best Selling Author Augusten Burroughs, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author of the NYT best seller "Running with Scissors", AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS The Oregonians musical editor, RYAN WHITE Musical Guests, RADIATION CITY

Bought by Oregon Public Broadcasting, KWMR, and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Jul 05, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Black Prairie, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author, humorist and youngest SNL writer, SIMON RICH Author of The Orchardist, AMANDA COPLIN Portland string ensemble, BLACK PRAIRIE

Bought by KUT and KUOW


  • Added: Jun 28, 2013
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Black Prairie, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author, humorist and youngest SNL writer, SIMON RICH Author of The Orchardist, AMANDA COPLIN Portland string ensemble, BLACK PRAIRIE

Bought by KALW, KSRQ, KWMR, and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Jun 28, 2013
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: NBA star Brian Grant, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
NBA Star BRIAN GRANT Writer & Artist NICOLE GEORGES Musical Guests THE DANDY WARHOLS Special Guest Host LUKE BURBANK

Bought by KUT, KCPW, and KUOW


  • Added: Jun 20, 2013
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: NBA star Brian Grant, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
NBA Star BRIAN GRANT Writer & Artist NICOLE GEORGES Musical Guests THE DANDY WARHOLS

Bought by KSRQ, KWMR, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Jun 20, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
DAN SAVAGE writes the internationally syndicated sex advice column Savage Love. Stand-up comedian JEN KIRKMAN Musical Guests THE BUILDERS AND THE...

Bought by KUT and KUOW


  • Added: Jun 14, 2013
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
DAN SAVAGE writes the internationally syndicated sex advice column Savage Love. Stand-up comedian JEN KIRKMAN Musical Guests THE BUILDERS AND THE...

Bought by KUOW, Rhythm & News Service, KWMR, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Oregon Public Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Jun 14, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 7