April 25: Future of radio examined in free, public forum

By Darin Watkins, Murrow College of Communication

Evergreen-radioRICHLAND, Wash. – A short re-creation of a live circa 1930s radio broadcast will be part of a free, public discussion about the future of community radio at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the Washington State University Tri-Cities East Auditorium.

The forum is the inaugural event of the Northwest Hall of Radio History

“Evergreen Radio LIVE: Past, Present and Community” is intended to spark a meaningful conversation about what radio means to people now and, in particular, how the medium might respond to and prepare for the future.

Radio_Tower_SeattlePanelists will include Ricardo Garcia of KDNA, Jeff Hansen of KUOW, Tom Mara of KEXP, LPFM advocate Sabrina Roach, Dave Ross of KIRO and Kerry Swanson of Northwest Public Radio. The 1930s radio performance will include actors from Seattle Radio Theatre. Producers are Feliks Banel and Olivia Weitz of the Northwest Hall of Radio History (http://communication.wsu

The Northwest Hall of Radio History is a project of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.  The Hall will explore radio’s innovative past to inspire and inform the future.  The Northwest Hall of Radio History is dedicated to the media pioneers who built the region’s broadcasting institutions.  Through their stories, the Northwest Hall of Radio History interprets the past to inspire others to shape the media of tomorrow.

“Evergreen Radio LIVE” is made possible in part with support from Humanities Washington – a statewide nonprofit supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities – the State of Washington and contributions from individuals and foundations. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/nwhallofradio.


Kerry Swanson, Northwest Public Radio, 509-335-6512, kerry_swanson@wsu.edu
Darin Watkins, WSU Murrow College communications, 509-335-4456, darin.watkins@wsu.edu