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: 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


  • Added: Jun 06, 2013
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 1
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 KSRQ, Spokane Public Radio, KWMR, Rhythm & News Service, KUOW and more


  • Added: Jun 06, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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 and KUOW


  • Added: May 31, 2013
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 2
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, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, KWMR, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Rhythm & News Service and more


  • Added: May 31, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Film, Television & Voice Actor James Urbaniak, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Film and voice actor JAMES URBANIAK Musician, writer and podcaster JOHN RODERICK Songwriter and singer ROSE COUSINS

Bought by KUT and KUOW


  • Added: May 24, 2013
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Film, Television & Voice Actor James Urbaniak, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Film and voice actor JAMES URBANIAK Musician, writer and podcaster JOHN RODERICK Songwriter and singer ROSE COUSINS

Bought by KSRQ, KWMR, and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: May 24, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
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 KUOW


  • Added: May 16, 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 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, KSRQ, Rhythm & News Service, KWMR, Oregon Public Broadcasting and more


  • Added: May 16, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 6
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 WBEZ, KUT, and KUOW


  • Added: May 10, 2013
  • Length: 55:02
  • 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 KALW, KSRQ, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, Oregon Public Broadcasting and more


  • Added: May 10, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Director of C.O.G., Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Director of C.O.G., a film based on the David Sedaris memoir, KYLE PATRICK ALVAREZ Poet, and author of the recent Fall Ill Medicine, CARRI SEITSIN...

Bought by KUT and KUOW


  • Added: May 03, 2013
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Director of C.O.G., Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Director of C.O.G., a film based on the David Sedaris memoir, KYLE PATRICK ALVAREZ Poet and author of the recent Fall Ill Medicine, CARRI SEITSING...

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Oregon Public Broadcasting, KWMR, Rhythm & News Service, and 90.5 WESA


  • Added: May 03, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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 KCPW, KUT, and KUOW


  • Added: Apr 26, 2013
  • Length: 54:59
  • 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 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, KWMR, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Rhythm & News Service, and 90.5 WESA


  • Added: Apr 26, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Film, Television & Voice Actor James Urbaniak, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Film and voice actor JAMES URBANIAK Musician, writer and podcaster JOHN RODERICK Songwriter and singer ROSE COUSINS

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


  • Added: Apr 19, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 6
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 and KUOW


  • Added: Apr 12, 2013
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 2
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 Rhythm & News Service, Oregon Public Broadcasting, KWMR, 90.5 WESA, and 90.1 WFYI Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 12, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Singer/Songwriter Edna Vazquez, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author HOWARD BLOOM Comedian ALEX FALCONE Singer/Songwriter EDNA VAZQUEZ

Bought by KUT and KUOW


  • Added: Apr 05, 2013
  • Length: 54:54
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Singer/Songwriter Edna Vazquez, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author HOWARD BLOOM Comedian ALEX FALCONE Singer/Songwriter EDNA VAZQUEZ

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


  • Added: Apr 05, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Singer/Songwriter Crystal Bowersox, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guest Hosted by: LUKE BURBANK (Wait Wait Don't Tell Me & Too Beautiful to Live) Guests Include: MYKLE HANSEN - Author CHRIS TESO - CEO of Chirpi...

Bought by KUT


  • Added: Mar 29, 2013
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 1