Past SPR Events

Musicfest Northwest 2016 Students In the KPBX Studio

May 13, 2016

Selected students competing in Musicfest Northwest were invited to perform in the new Performance Studio live on KPBX during Classical Music with Verne Windham.

Photos and audio for the following segments are posted here:

These live broadcasts are made possible in part by KPBX Kids' Concert event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline.

Thanks also to Peggy Smith of Musicfest Northwest, Hearn Brothers Printing, Piano Technicians Guild of Spokane, Jim Tevenan, Bill Wright, and the SPR Volunteers!

Brad Keeler and Linda Parman looked for gold in 1890s-era songs at the April 2 KPBX Kids' Concert, held at 1 p.m. in the Bing Crosby Theater.

The concert gave a fun and educational glimpse into the Klondike Gold Rush Era. Songs such as “Buffalo Gals” and “The Girl I Left Behind Me” come from Klondikes, sourdoughs and stampeeders—all those in search of gold in the 1890s. Keeler and Parman also performed a few songs written in more recent times that were inspired by the Klondike Era.

Keeler and Parman first put together their Sourdough Songs program for Spokane County Library District’s “Big Read” in February 2015. Keeler (lead vocals, guitar) has played with Doc Watson and Bill Monroe and been awarded first place in flat-pick guitar, fingerstyle guitar and slide guitar at the Florida Old Time Music Championships. Parman (vocals, guitar, ukulele) has played a large variety of music in the Inland Northwest since the 1980s, performing solo and with Canned Music, Dan Thomson, Steve Simmons and more.

The Spring KPBX Kids' Concerts are free thanks to event donors Pizza Pipeline, Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, and Rocket Bakery.

Prepared forum view
Janean Jorgensen

Between last summer's fires, winter's Wind Storm, and the Michigan water disaster, this past year showed us the importance of being prepared for emergencies. How can we truly prepare for the types of disasters -- natural or man-made -- on the horizon? SPR helped answer some questions at the free forum held March 16, 2016 at Spokane City Hall.

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Presented by Spokane Public Radio and City Cable 5, admission was free thanks to event donors Journal of Business, Numerica Credit Union, Providence Health Care, and the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Broadcasts of the forum are planned as follows:

KPBX 91.1: Tuesday, Mar. 22 at 12 p.m.; Thursday, Mar. 24 at 6 p.m.
KSFC 91.9: Sunday, Mar. 20 at noon; Tuesday, Mar. 22 at 10 p.m.;
Thursday, Mar. 24 at 11 a.m.
City Cable 5: Saturday, Mar. 26 at 9 p.m.; Sunday, Mar. 27 at noon;
Wednesday, March 30 at 7 p.m.

Audio of the two-hour discussion is posted below, separated into Hour 1 and Hour 2.

A panel of state and local experts sat on the dais in the Spokane City Council Chambers to answer questions. Steve Jackson, SPR host of Morning Edition, guided the discussion towards how prepared we are on a state, regional, local and personal level for natural and man-made disasters. Thanks to Jaye Nordling, John Delay, Spokane City Cable 5, and SPR Volunteers for making the forum possible.

The lively band Broken Whistle performed a FREE KPBX Kids' Concert on Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m. in the Riverside Place Auditorium, 1108 W Riverside in Spokane.

Members of the Kelly Irish Dancers danced with the crowd and showed a few special routines.

The young musicians of Broken Whistle solidified their sound early in 2013 as a guest artist for the Kelly Irish Dancers spring recital. All five members — Chris Reichert (lead vocalist, guitar, mandolin), David McGuire (Celtic flute, penny whistle, DADGAD guitar), Kelcey Hanson (fiddle), Ella Wilkinson (fiddle, bass), and Justus Morgan (Bodhrán, vocals) — play a variety of song types from gentle instrumentals to lively dance tunes.

The Winter KPBX Kids' Concerts are free thanks to event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, and Rocket Bakery.

Thanks to everyone who came to the Recordings & Videos Sale, the biggest two-day music and film sale in the Inland Northwest. The Lincoln Center (Lincoln & Sharp) was buzzing on Feb. 20 and 21 as visitors searched through thousands of records, CDs, DVDs and more. All funds benefit Spokane Public Radio.

SPR Birthday Party & Fire Station Grand Opening

Jan 23, 2016

Hundreds of members, listeners, and well-wishers came to the Grand Opening of SPR's Fire Station No. 3 on January 23, a few days after Spokane Public Radio's 36th Anniversary.

Tours continued almost non-stop from noon until after 4 p.m. The building was mostly silent around 1 p.m. as the guests crowded into the new Performance Studio to witness the "Plug-In" Ceremony.

*Photos coming soon*
Spokane Public Radio began to celebrate 36 years with a special KPBX Kids’ Concert featuring the Spokane British Brass Band on January 16. The hour-long, free concert took place at 1 p.m. in the Bing Crosby Theater, Downtown Spokane. Celebrating the birthday of SPR’s first station, KPBX, and the move to Fire Station No. 3, this Kids’ Concert embraced the glorious, vibrant, and exuberant soundscape of the large brass ensemble.

On Christmas Eve Spokane Civic Theatre presented the story of Frank Capra's beloved holiday film in a unique setting -- a 1940s-era radio play, complete with live sound effects and actors voicing multiple characters.

As ticket holders experience the one-night-only show live on Christmas Eve in the beautiful Bing Crosby Theater, the show streamed live on the internet to listeners through KPBX.org. Unfortunately, heavy snow at the tower site cut power and access on the afternoon of Dec. 24, and 91.1 FM was off the air for more than a day.

KPBX provided some relief from the effects of the Wind Storm with a FREE KPBX Kids' Concert Saturday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. The Bing Crosby Theater's full power and heat attracted around 200 people to the event featuring one of Spokane's hottest Bluegrass groups, Brown's Mountain Boys. 

Three members -- Mark Harding, Dan Gore and Kelly Bogan -- had played together for years in "Molly & Tenbrooks," and added the 'fiddle hotshot' Aaron Castilla to round out the quartet.

KPBX Folk host Carlos Alden and Verne Windham helped the Fall Folk Festival celebrate its 20th year with another live broadcast, Saturday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Audience members watched the great performances in the Lair Auditorium, on the campus of Spokane Community College.

Our radio performers were Two Bit Jugband, the Afterthoughts Legacy, Blue Night, Daniel Hall, Liz Rognes, N. Sherman, and Los Vigiles.

The live broadcast is presented thanks to event donors The Cleaning Authority, Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, and the Spokane Folklore Society.

Photos of the broadcast will be up soon. Listen to the broadcast below.

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