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Edmonds-Woodway High School senior Brandt Fisher is our first guest student DJ of 2017.  He shares his hour of favorite jazz with Abe Beeson Thursday, January 5 from 8 to 9 p.m.

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This week on Sound Effect, we look back at our favorite stories from 2016. 

The Tree Hunter

Tacoma arborist Mik Miazio is a part of a national group of arborists and citizen scientists obsessed with finding the tallest trees of each species. He explains why he loves searching for these old growth forests.

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This week on Sound Effect, we share stories of traditions.

Tacoma Cotillion

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Knkx, in partnership with the Broadway Center, presented the Holiday Jam concert and live broadcast on December 4, marking a 20-year tradition of bringing holiday cheer to the Northwest and audiences worldwide.

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This week on Sound Effect, we bring you stories of odd couples and the unique ways people are drawn together. 

Man's Best Frenemy

Knkx general manager Joey Cohn has worked hard to befriend one particular co-worker: Winston. He wonders why they just can't get along.

The Up House

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This week on Sound Effect, we share stories that take place underwater.

A Meal Fit For An Otter

At the Seattle Aquarium, sea otters get a diet that would make any seafood junkie jealous. Not only do they dine on restaurant grade salmon, crab, shrimp and other seafood, but they get fed up to nine times per day.  

Ninth grader P.J. Colino, who plays alto sax and clarinet in the Seattle Academy Jazz Ensemble, is our guest student DJ for December.

This season knkx is making music, memories and merry for our community and we want you to be a part of it!

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This week on Sound Effect, we share stories about the call of duty.

Wake-Up Call 

Knkx Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick wakes up in the middle of the night so that she can be on air, sharing the news at 5 every morning. We listen in to her morning routine after she gets the literal call to duty: her alarm clock. 

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This week on Sound Effect, we share some of our favorite music-related stories from the past year.

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.

Bonnie Guitar

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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.

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This week on Sound Effect, you are what you eat. We bring stories of food, and how it intersects with identity.

We Eat War

Tickets are no longer available for this event.  The Broadway Center is now taking names for a wait list and tickets will be released upon availability. 

This week on Sound Effect, we tell stories of the lies we hear and the lies we tell. 

Old Time Con Woman

One woman became one of the most infamous liars in the Northwest in the early 1900s. Maude Wagnon, who went under the alias Maude Johnson, swindled railroad companies out of an estimated thousands of dollars.

Student Scam

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Washington voters have approved Initiative 1491, expanding the state's gun restrictions.  Courts will now be able to issue what are called "extreme risk protection orders," which will prohibit anyone under the order from owning or purchasing firearms.

Supporters say the measure will help prevent gun violence while also respecting due process.

It's been an extraordinary election season, so we will offer extraordinary coverage. 

The 88.5 Newsroom will bring you live, local updates along with live, national coverage from NPR, both on-air and online at knkx.org.

Around-the-clock on-air election coverage starts at 3 p.m. on Election Day and continues until 9 a.m. the next morning. Host Kirsten Kendrick will be with you when you wake up for all the results and analysis. 

Courtesy of Michal Lebl

This week on Sound Effect, we tell stories of risks and rewards and why people make the decision to take the leap. 

Up, Up And Away

Astronaut Wendy Lawrence knows the risks and rewards of space travel very well. She remembers what it was like to travel into space on the first mission after the space shuttle Columbia exploded while returning to Earth, killing all seven crew members back in 2003.

Stardew Valley

Evening Jazz host Abe Beeson will present The New Cool, Saturday afternoons from 3 to 5. The show will feature artists pushing jazz to cool new places, artists such as Kamasi Washington, Snarky Puppy, and Northwest favorite Industrial Revelation. The show will feature players who have come of age in the 21st century understanding hip hop, punk rock, modern soul and electronic, and have incorporated those styles into their music.

Meet 16-year-old Dakota Huffman, who hails from Maple Valley and plays in the Tahoma High School jazz band. 

As part of the Save KPLU campaign’s community outreach, the station held informational meetings in a number of Western Washington communities.  88.5 knkx is returning to those communities to meet and thank listeners, and talk about the evolution and future plans of the “new” 88.5 FM. 

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This week Sound Effect listens in on stories of eavesdropping.

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In North Dakota, tension over the 1,200-mile Dakota Access oil pipeline is escalating. Police and National Guard troops arrested more than 140 protesters near a construction site Thursday.

Law officers ousted the protesters in an operation that involved the use of shotgun beanbag rounds and pepper spray. The protesters had set up camp last weekend on the land owned by the pipeline developer to try to block the project.

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This week on Sound Effect, we bring you stories of virtual reality and what happens when real life meets technology like the internet, video games, and even television.

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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

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This week Sound Effect brings us stories of the pursuit.

 


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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.

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.

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