Articles from KNKX


This week on Sound Effect, we're brining you stories that explore that moment when you realize you are not a kid anymore.

The Puberty Lady

If you’re a parent in the Seattle area, chances are you’ve heard about the puberty classes that Julie Metzger created almost three decades ago. She shares the inspiration behind these popular classes and how to make awkward topics fun.

The Obamacare Kid

Event: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Date: 11/18/2016, 7:30pm

Location: Rialto Theatre, Tacoma

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The 2016 Film Festival Friday Harbor Film Festival features more documentaries focusing on the Pacific Ocean and its Rim, with films about island cultures, marine ecology, environmental issues, great adventures and individuals who live and work near the world’s largest ocean.

Event: From the New World, presented by Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra

Date: 10/29/2016, 2 p.m.

Location: Benaroya Hall, Seattle

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  • Event: Maceo Parker and The Jones Family
  • Date: 10/29/2016 8pm
  • Location: Moore Theatre

Event: The Capitol Steps

Date: 10/30/2016, 5pm.

Location: Washington Center For The Performing Arts

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This week Sound Effect brings us stories of the pursuit.


Abe Beeson / knkx

Fourteen-year-old Emma Usui-Villareal is our very first middle school student DJ, and she already possesses a very discerning jazz sensibility.  Emma plays drums in the Eckstein Middle School jazz band. 

Starting this Saturday, October 8, KNKX will bring you Snap Judgment every week at 11 a.m. The hit storytelling show is hosted by Glynn Washington and co-produced by WNYC in New York. Snap delivers a raw, intimate, musical brand of narrative. It’s “Storytelling…With a BEAT.” The show is heard weekly on over 365 public radio stations and downloaded over 2 million times a month.

$100K Challenge Met!

Oct 3, 2016

Thanks to everyone who donated to meet the Listener Challenge!

We’re almost to our Fall Drive goal of $750,000! The sooner we reach our $750,000 goal during this first Fall Drive at knkx, the sooner we can get back to news, jazz, blues and serving our amazing community.  Make your gift today

Photos courtesy of Kimya Dawson, Tim Durkin, Melanie McFarland, Tom Robbins and Skerik

This week on Sound Effect, we bring you a special premiere broadcast of the live event we put on in May 2016. At the time, our station was raising money to buy our independence, so the Sound Effect team brought together interesting people from around Washington state to tell stories of friends in need.

Parker Miles Blohm / knkx

Seattle photographer Tim Durkin is known for his stunning images of Seattle's skyline. However, he also documents the city's grittier side. He captures intimate images of homelessness and addiction including stark photos of Seattleites shooting up heroin.

Parker Miles Blohm / knkx

Singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson writes intimate music that connects with her fans in a very personal way. Olympia's independent K Records wrote that "her recordings make it feel as though you have a friend there whispering in your ear. And you do because Kimya is your friend."

However, Dawson's intimacy can sometimes get her into trouble. She finds herself opening her heart too much and taking in too many friends. At our live event in May, Dawson shared one of her songs and explored how she sometimes loses herself in her need to be a friend to everyone.

Parker Miles Blohm / knkx

Iconic American author Tom Robbins has long been a psychedelic figure in the literary world. Novels like "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" and "‎Still Life with Woodpecker" are poetic, irreverent cult classics for many American writers.

At our live event, "A Friend In Need," Robbins read from his memoir, "Tibetan Peach Pie." He also sat down with Sound Effect's Gabriel Spitzer and reminisced about his days hosting a weekly show, Notes From The Underground at local radio station KRAB-FM. We even share a few clips from a young Tom Robbins on the KRAB airwaves. 

Support Jazz24 Today

Sep 30, 2016

Support the Fall Fund Drive at Jazz24 and help us reach our $40,000 goal before the end of the month.

Your gift will ensure that the music you love continues to be accessible worldwide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on Jazz24. Please make your gift today.

KNKX 88.5 Fall Drive

Sep 29, 2016

It’s Fall Drive time for the new knkx. Please consider a gift today and get us to our $750,000 goal before October 11!  The sooner we reach our goal the sooner we can get back to news, jazz, blues and serving our amazing community.  

Give early and generously to give knkx a solid foundation as a freshly independent, community-led public media station. Make your gift now and build a stronger connection to jazz, blues and NPR news on knkx 88.5. 

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This week on Sound Effect, we explore the ties that bind. We hear stories of the unique and surprising things that connect people and communities from alien languages to cigarettes.

Ashley Gross / KPLU

The Obama administration says it has won an important victory in a World Trade Organization dispute with the European Union over subsidies to airplane manufacturer Airbus.

The WTO found in June 2011 that the EU provided billions of dollars in subsidized financing to Airbus. The EU subsequently claimed to have come into compliance, but the United States disagreed and requested that a compliance panel intervene.

We wanted you to tell you about some exciting changes we’re making to the 88.5 KNKX broadcast schedule. As we were campaigning to save the station, many of you told us that you hoped we would continue to grow and innovate. We took that to heart, and that’s why this fall we will debut three new programs to invigorate our Saturday lineup: Snap Judgment, The New Cool and Jazz Caliente.

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This week on Sound Effect, we listen back to stories of survivors.

Silver Linings

Note: Each month, knkx invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air. The program is part of knkx's School of Jazz.

Dimitrio Nero from Mountlake Terrace High School is the Student DJ for the month of September. Dimitrio's hour aired from 8 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 8.

To get to know him better, we asked Dimitrio to answer a few questions about jazz:

Which instrument do you play and why?

Over 18,000 contributing listeners to the Save KPLU campaign secure an independent community owned station.

(Tacoma-Seattle, WA) -- Friends of 88.5 FM, a nonprofit community organization formed to preserve local National Public Radio affiliate KPLU, announced the official and final closing of the sale of KPLU. The new, community-owned station is 88.5 knkx. 

Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

The Portlanders of Trio Subtonic made a second appearance in our studios armed with material from their new album "Fiction," their first for the ultra-hip Ropeadope record label. It features a pair of cool contemporary covers of songs by Elliott Smith and Sia, and live in our studios the band played the Black Keys' "Little Black Submarines", but it's their original songs that really shine.

Parker Miles Blohm / KPLU

Back in 1999, and out of nowhere, the KNKX (then ‘KPLU’) music department received a CD called "About Time" by a mandolin player named Don Stiernberg.  Frankly, it didn’t look all that promising but, of course, we gave it a listen.  To our collective surprise, it was delightful and we began playing it on the air, much to the delight of our listeners.  That was the first (and almost the last) time we heard from the guy.

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This week on Sound Effect, we dream big. We bring you stories from people who dared to dream, and take a look at their successes, failures, and their respective roads ahead.

Charlie And The Rays

We meet the musicians of a local band that just released their first record. While some members of the band are too young to patronize the establishments they perform in, that hasn't stopped them from having big hopes for the future.

Janis Siegel, Alan Paul and Cheryl Bentyne have been plenty busy working on their own solo projects, as well as working with countless bands around the world. But the passing of their collaborator (and the group's founder) Tim Hauser in October of 2014 had many of their fans thinking the Manhattan Transfer may have rolled into the station for the last time.

"Navigation (compas regle)" by mikou07kougou is licensed by CC BY 2.0

This week on Sound Effect, we get lost. We bring you stories from people told to move on and from folks who are actually disorientated.

Goodbye, Gabe

We say, "See you later" to Sound Effect's Gabriel Spitzer, who is heading down to California for a year-long journalism fellowship. KPLU's Jennifer Wing will take the reins as Sound Effect's interim host while Gabe is away.

Welcome Home; Now Leave

Michael Goude

Blending classic swing tunes from jazz, country and early rock 'n' roll; bassist and singer Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints have found their own kind of cool. Live in our studios, the band performed four tunes from their varied songbook, including the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Fats Waller, Elvis Presley and Hank Williams.


This week on Sound Effect, we bring you stories of crossing the divide.

First, a look at the divide between secular and Christian artists in Seattle's alternative music scene. Music writer Kathleen Tarrant explains how mega-church Mars Hill blurred that divide by opening a popular all-ages venue in Seattle. But she says the crossover culture didn't last for long.

Parker Miles Blohm / KPLU

(Tacoma-Seattle, WA) -- Friends of 88.5 FM, a nonprofit community organization formed to preserve local National Public Radio affiliate KPLU, announced new call letters today. The new community-owned station will be called KNKX, which stands for "Connects." The community feels connected to us and we to them.

"88.5 KNKX connects you to jazz, blues and NPR news.”