Past SPR Events

StoryCorps Great Thanksgiving Listen - Nov. 25-28

Nov 23, 2021

Spokane Public Radio invites you to participate in StoryCorps Great Thanksgiving Listen, November 25-28, 2021.

StoryCorps encourages anyone over the age of 13 to safely create an oral history by recording an interview with a relative, mentor, friend or someone you admire. You'll preserve your own unique oral history or a loved one and transform the holidays into a time of intergenerational sharing. The interviews will be part of the StoryCorps archive in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

KPBX Kids' Concert: Hope in Hard Times Thank You

Nov 22, 2021

Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone involved in the encore performance of our November 2021 Kids' Concert, Songs of Hope in Hard Times.  This special broadcast was originally performed and recorded at the The Bing Crosby Theater in November 2014.

Fall Folk Festival Studio Broadcast - November 13, 2021

About the Musicians:

Bob Riggs

Thank You Fall Folk Festival Live Broadcast

Nov 15, 2021

Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone who helped with the 2021 KPBX Fall Folk Festival Studio Broadcast, November 13, 2021 from the SPR Performance Studio.

It's been two years since we've done an in-person pledge drive! We're so excited to do this small drive and witness the support of our members, sustainers, and volunteers first hand. This is the final day of our mini three-day drive, so call in now at (509) 328-5729 to make your pledge today!

Learn about one of America's most important eras, the Great Depression, and how it relates to feelings in this current economy at the next KPBX Kids' Concert on Saturday, November 20, from 1-2 p.m. broadcast on KPBX 91.1. The encore performance of "Songs of Hope in Hard Times" showcases a collection of music from the Depression era, from Woody Guthrie to Hollywood and Broadway musicals.

Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone involved in our latest KPBX Kids’ Concert.

Thank you:

· Performers: The Villa Blues and Jazz Band: Heather Villa, Brian Flick, Michael Lenke and Steve Bauer.

· Special thanks to host and broadcast producer Verne Windham.

· Event donors: STCUHarvard Park Children’s Learning Center NorthRocket Bakeries; and Sayre, Sayre, and Fossum, Attorneys.

· Hearn Brothers Printing.

Whitworth University is pleased to announce Secretary of Defense (2006-2011) Robert M. Gates will be the featured speaker at the fall President’s Leadership Forum on Sept. 29, 2021, from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Spokane Convention Center.

SpokeFest returns as a virtual event in 2021 for it’s 14th year with lots of routes chosen to fit all levels of cyclists from beginner to pro. You can choose your own or pick one of SpokeFest routes during this event, which will run from September 4th to 12th. Find more information at

The Festival at Sandpoint

The Festival at Sandpoint is bringing live music back for its 39th annual season! From July 29 to August 8, the Festival will be holding concerts every Thursday through Sunday at War Memorial Field. Spokane Public Radio will be a media partner for the festivities.

Art on the Green

Mark your calendars for the 53rd Annual Art on the Green, which will be held July 30, 31, and August 1, on the grounds of North Idaho College. Spokane Public Radio will not have a booth this year, but will be a media partner for the event.


Art on the Green is one of the longest running Art Festivals in the Pacific Northwest. The festival began on the Rotary tennis courts (at the old McEuen playfield) in 1968 and has grown to encompass the beautiful green space on the campus of NIC bordering Coeur d’Alene Lake and the Spokane River.

Spokane County Library District presents author Lisa Napoli discussing The 24-Hour News Cycle & How It Created a World of News Junkies. Napoli has written a number of books including her most recent about the founding female journalists of NPR. This event will take place on Thursday, August 5 at 6:30 p.m. online. You can register for this online event at

Tune in on Saturday, June 19, at 1 p.m. on KPBX 91.1 to hear Little Red Shed play its unique and infectious blend of rhythm & bluegrass to kick off the summer. Little Red Shed is comprised of  Front Porch Bluegrass host Kevin Brown, Ken Glastre, and Charlie Gurche.


Thanks to KPBX Kids’ Concerts event donors Saye, Sayre, & Fossum, Attorneys at Law, Rocket Bakeries, and Harvard Park Children’s Learning Center, North.

Spokane Public Radio invites you to enjoy Sibling Revelry hosted by Verne Windham on KPBX 91.1, Saturday, May 15 at 1 p.m. 

SPR has a long tradition of presenting young performers on KPBX. For this KPBX Kids’ Concert you’ll hear four groups of family performers playing everything from  piano, violin, cello, viola and  trumpet in various family ensembles.  


Thanks to KPBX Kids’ Concert event donors: Harvard Park Children’s Learning Center North; Sayre, Sayre & Fossum, Attorneys; and Rocket Bakeries.

Thank you so much to all who donated during our Spring fund week! Instead of a conventional fund drive, we held a fund week through one week of April. When you contributed to the station, your gift was matched by Challenge Grantors up to $30,000. We met our goal with room to spare and couldn't be more grateful to all our listeners who keep us supported and on air. The three stations of Spokane Public Radio can only bring you programming when you connect and contribute to keep SPR strong. Thank you!

Is our Democracy broken? Can it be improved or rebuilt to realize its potential in this country? Humanities Washington explores these issues in a live, statewide broadcast with Spokane Public Radio, Northwest Public Broadcasting, and KUOW on Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. 

Guests include WA Secretary of State Kim Wyman, WSU professor Jennifer Sherman, Eric Liu of Citizen University, and YOU!  Questions and comments previously called in will be included. Join us Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. on the radio, Facebook Live, and YouTube.

Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone involved in our annual Celtic Dance Party for the KPBX Kids’ Concert. 

Thank you to all who listened and to Floating Crowbar:  Morgan Anderson, Rick Ruben, and Don Thomsen, and James Hunter.

Thanks Verne Windham, Kathy Sackett, Chris Maccini, Leona Vander Molen, and Stephanie Ingoldby.

And thank you to our event donor: Harvard Park Children’s Learning Center North, Sayre, Sayre & Fossum, Attorneys at Law, and Rocket Bakeries. Our grantor is the Johnston-Fix Foundation.

Thank you to all our Spokane Public Radio members.

The next KPBX Kids’ Concerts broadcast will feature music by talented young performers in mid-May. Stay tuned for more information!

If you missed the concert on KPBX check out the Spokane Public Radio Facebook page for a video of the Floating Crowbar KPBX Kids’ Concert.

Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone involved SPR Presents A Conversation With Rick Steves hosted by Doug Nadvornick.  


A special Thanks to Rick Steve who graciously agreed to do this special program just for our listeners.  You can hear his weekly program:  Travels with Rick Steves every Saturday morning at 8 AM. 


We also would like to thank:

Event donors: Strong Solutions, Hamilton Studio, MTR Communications and Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters. 

Spokane Public Radio members and Doug Nadvornick, Peter Glarborg,  Stephanie Ingoldby, Beth Severn-Johnson, Jerry Olson, and other SPR staff. 


Rick Steves program was recorded and will be broadcast again on KPBX Tuesday, March 23 at noon and KSFC March 27th at 8am. 

SPR is a media partner with Gonzaga University for their Green Room Series. Like a book club for the performing arts, this speaker series invites you to learn and enjoy work from a wide variety of artists from the comfort of your own home.

This year SPR will be a media partner with the Hagan Center Speaker Series: Diversity Dialogues.  The Hagan Center Speaker Series “Diversity Dialogues: Conversations About Race and Equity" runs from January through June 2021 and will include a wide range of professors, authors, and editors speaking over Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook. The evening events are open to the public and will be a 60-minute live streamed conversation with a moderator to present questions.


Take a look at some of the great holiday programs you can tune in for this season! All programs are planned for KPBX unless otherwise noted. Some holiday programming may be changed or slightly adjusted as the season progresses.

Holiday Programming schedule:

Dec. 24

11:00 a.m. -  Leon's Guitar Hour Christmas

2:00 p.m. - Civic's A Christmas Carol

6:30 p.m. - The Bookshelf, Emir's Education conclude, followed by a new Christmas story from Mike Aleman called "The End of the Watch" 

Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone involved in our latest KPBX Kids’ Concert.

Thanks to:

  • The Spokane Piston & Rotary Club and host Verne Windham.
  • SPARC members: John Church, Kit Cutler, Jerry Olson and Leonard Byrne.
  • Event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Sayre, Sayre & Fossum, Attorneys at Law and Rocket Bakeries – with a grant from the Johnston-Fix Foundation.
  • Helen Byrne and Manito Presbyterian Church.
  • Spokane Public Radio members like you.

Rearrange the furniture and practice your moves for our upcoming annual KPBX Kids’ Concert Celtic dance party with Floating Crowbar, Saturday, March 6, 1 p.m. on 91.1, stream online, on your devices, or smart speakers.

You can hear this classic production reworked for the radio all season long brought to you by the Civic Theatre. Hear local actors perform this holiday story over the air on KPBX 91.1 throughout the month of December. 

Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone involved in our latest KPBX Kids’ Concert, Parlor Music. We had a great time putting it together and are so grateful to all who helped make it happen. And of course thank you to all of our listeners and supporters for tuning in and enjoying the concert.

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A big thank you to:

Performers Melody Puller, Jim Tevenan, Timothy Westerhaus and Mary Trotter.

KPBX Kids’ Concerts return Saturday, November 21, at 1 p.m. on KPBX 91.1 with a program about the evolution of keyboard instruments in America and music historically performed in ones’ home called “Parlor Music,”  developed and hosted by Jim Tevenan, KPBX’s Piano Bench program producer, and features the area musicians Melody Puller, Timothy Westerhaus, and Mary Trotter.

Thank you to everyone who tuned in for the Fall Folk Festival Retrospective, and to everyone who helped make it happen in honor of the festival’s 25th Anniversary.

As we near the end of what would have been our fall drive time, some members and businesses came together to match your pledge up to $22,000. As you may know SPR did not have our broadcast drive in the spring, and to stay a safer course, we are not having a fall on-air pledge drive either. This week, every donation was matched up to $22,000. We met our goal for the week and then some! Thank you so much!

Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone involved in the live Dr. Zorba Paster Call-In, hosted by Doug Nadvornick. You can find the recipe mentioned on air below.

A special thanks to Dr. Zorba Paster who graciously agreed to do this special program just for our listeners when our annual Thank You event had to be cancelled.

Wisconsin Public Radio

In celebration of SPR's 40th anniversary and of everyone who has supported us for so many years, we will be airing an exclusive, live broadcast call-in show with Dr. Zorba Paster on September 24, 6 p.m. on both KPBX 91.1 and KSFC 91.9.

Dr. Paster will talk about current health topics including COVID-19, vaccine work, and take your phone calls. Zorba may even have a recipe to pass on. The call-in show will be hosted by Doug Nadvornick. 

Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone involved in the broadcast of the recent “Sumer Songs” KPBX Kids’ Concert with Linda Parman and Steve Simmons. You can hear the whole concert through the post below.


Thanks to:


  • Our Performers:  Linda Parman and Steve Simmons. 


•       Event donors: Numerica Credit Union; Harvard Park Children’s Learning Center, North; and Rocket Bakeries, with a grant from the Johnston-Fix Foundation.