Past Events

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a dripping faucet!
Fred Newman is best known to the KPBX audience as Garrison Keillor’s go-to man for every sound effect humanly possible. But he also travels the country with his own One-Mouth Show.

Fred shared his uncanny ability to recreate sounds at the Bing Crosby Theater Wednesday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. He also told stories of his past -- how a fly impersonation kept him in a college class, and growing up in Georgia hearing stories from the best.

Spokane Public Radio does things a little differently than other public radio stations. We were founded on the mission of incorporating the local arts and arts organizations into what we do every day.

Flagship station KPBX holds eight free family concerts a year to introduce kids to a wide variety of music. Each February, we host the biggest sale of vintage vinyl and other music items at the Recordings & Videos Sale. Each fall, in partnership with the Spokane Folklore Society's Fall Folk Fest, we organize and broadcast live performances in a two-hour concert from the campus of Spokane Community College.

In addition to these annual treats, we thank our volunteers and underwriters each year with an event at a community venue, and produce many special events. We've had evenings with public radio reporters and hosts such as Cokie Roberts, Paula Poundstone and Zorba Paster.

Our mission wouldn't be complete without regular live performances from our own broadcast studios, along with our annual forums held at City Hall.

With the help of more than 300 volunteers, 30 staff and community producers, and you, our listeners, Spokane Public Radio has become a place where the community turns for live and on-air arts and cultural experiences.

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More than 5,000 fans of Garrison Keillor's weekly radio program gathered for the thrill of being part of an internationally broadcast radio program. Keillor and company took the stage of the Star Theatre at the Spokane Arena at 2:45 p.m., warming up the crowd for fifteen minutes before the satellites began to send the show to approximately 4 million listeners.

The event was a centerpiece of SPR's 30th Anniversary of broadcasting throughout the Inland Northwest.

Don Hamilton / Hamilton Photography & Studio

At 3 p.m. on June 27, all 2800 people inside the Spokane Opera House sat silently. The stage manager pointed, the "On Air" light hanging from a lamppost gleams from a semi-darkened stage.
Rich Dworsky tinkled on a piano, clarinetist Butch Thompson blew an embellishment, and Garrison Keillor sang, "I smell the lilacs, I look around for you." And thus the live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion beamed from downtown Spokane to the world.

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