This summer, Travel Oregon decided to sponsor Live Wire! – a one-hour radio show recorded in front of a live audience at the Aladdin Theatre in Portland, that is broadcast on Oregon Public Broadcasting (Download a podcast here). What is “Live Wire!” you ask? Ok…well may be I should rephrase the question. What ISN’T Live Wire!?

Some say it is “Fresh Air” meets “The Partridge Family,” but “without the bus.” The show’s characters say that it’s not just a show it’s a “happening.” It’s a place where you can expect sightings of radical cheerleaders, audience members dressed as giant evil bunnies and on-air head shavings! I bet you’re curious now! What ever it may be, we can tell you that it’s a refreshing radio variety show featuring “music, scintillating conversations, sketch comedy and performances from the famous and fascinating to the unknown and unabashed.” Our own Carina (she works in our operations dept.) hit the road last week to find out what Live Wire! was all about. Here is her report.

Carina on Live Wire:
On Thursday, October 12, I had the pleasure of being part of the audience at a taping of the OPB Radio show Live Wire! It was a blast! I screamed. I laughed. I even cried. I clapped so hard my hands stung!

The skits about life, love, and our bountiful Oregon were witty and well delivered. My favorite was one about the many gourmet foods of Oregon. Someday, I’d like to taste crème brulè with hazelnut sauce and wash it down with a glass of Pinot Noir.

The interviews and readings from several talented local artists made me want to run out and experience the Oregon they spoke about.

The musical talent was superb. Jen Bernard, Little Sue, Dirty Martini and Ralph Huntley & the Muttonchops rocked the house.

To experience it yourself be sure and tune in to OPB Radio on October 28 and November 2 at 8pm.

You can check out Live Wire! and listen to the show at

Happy Friday!

about author Mo Sherifdeen

Mo is Travel Oregon's content publisher and loves to hike the forests and mountain trails of Oregon with his wife, daughter and dog. He is also known for getting lost inside a maze of books at Powell’s, sipping an IPA (or two) and seeking the best fish 'n chips along the Oregon Coast.

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