Sound clips:
  1. 1997 Robert Smith reports on the Front Porch Forum mock trial (1:05)

  2. 1995 Car Talk brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi on smoking while driving (1:00)

  3. 1997 Bill Radke's pledge drive verse on Rewind (1:30)

  4. 1998 Peter Aronson reports on the theft of the Honey Bear Bakery's mascot; national award winner (1:17)

  5. 1998 Actor Jeremy Irons reads Lolita for KUOW's exclusive US broadcast (:37)

  6. Cathy Duchamp's memorial tribute to Seattle Schools Superintendent John Stanford on Weekday (1:11)

  7. Actor John Gilbert reads from The Sweet Hereafter in the Washington Center for the Book/KUOW project If All of Seattle Read the Same Book (1:30)

  8. Peter Aronson's live NPR report during a WTO protest (1:49)

  9. 2000 Ruby de Luna reports on the final days of the King Dome (:55)

history collage

Into the New Millennium

In 1999, there were nearly 600 public radio stations across the country and more than 17 million listeners each week. This industry has blossomed since the incorporation of the CPB and the development of excellent programming.

Responding to growing demand for high quality news amidst tabloid journalism and shock radio, KUOW changed its programming to news and information in 1992. Instead of Bartok, listeners heard local interviews, discussion of political issues, business reports, and national call-ins on the new show Talk of the Nation. Weekend listeners also learned that Car Talk wasn't really about cars, nor was there a Lake Wobegon.

In 1998, the satirical news program Rewind became the first KUOW production to be distributed by NPR. KUOW's bilingual Latin music show Voz Latina also began airing in other cities.

The audience for KUOW has grown substantially and in 2000, topped 200,000 weekly listeners. The fledgling news team has developed into a professional operation, winning local, regional and national awards for excellence in journalism.

On campus since its inception in 1952, and in the UW Communications Building since 1954, the station was bursting at the seams. In 1999, KUOW moved off campus to its new state-of-the-art broadcasting center in the heart of the University District. KUOW's new home drew enthusiastic support from the community of listeners, and provides the station with the technology and space for success in its next fifty years of public broadcasting.


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