Mike Roe Digital News Producer/Blogger

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Mike Roe is a Web producer for Southern California Public Radio and lead writer for pop culture blog Without A Net. Mike joined KPCC in November 2007 after working for KCTS public television in Seattle.

Roe began his broadcast career at his high school radio station KMIH in Mercer Island, Washington, where he served as president and program director. From there he moved on to college and community radio, and interned in commercial radio.

He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

When he's not covering the waterfront for KPCC, Mike writes and performs with several improv and sketch comedy groups. He's graduated from both the improv and sketch comedy programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He also hosts the Geek Pilgrims podcast and serves on the board of his church.


Stories by Mike Roe

Marc Maron talks resentment and how everything could go wrong

"There's still part of me that's like, 'Why am I not Kanye?' I don't understand why I don't have that notoriety and that popularity."

Upfronts: 7 hot new shows from ABC, NBC and Fox

From old franchises like "The Muppets" (now updated to include marijuana jokes) to... a bunch of shows trying to copy other shows or using nostalgia.

'Late Late Show' bandleader Reggie Watts brings improv, chaos to 'crisp' late show model

"Part of the reason why I left 'Comedy Bang Bang,' was the hours. It was like 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and it was just crazy."

LACMA director Michael Govan on the museum's past, present and future

The L.A. County Museum of Art is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The top item on the to-do list: raise $475 million dollars to remake the campus.

Tabitha Soren tells America's story through baseball photos

The former MTV news anchor is now an accomplished photographer with a long-in-the-making exhibit about the dreams of young baseball players.

'The D Train' delivers a big twist in a movie that almost didn't happen

The Jack Black/James Marsden movie almost fell apart at the last minute, but "The D Train" — and its big twist — became a Sundance sensation. We talked to the co-writer/directors.

Best Coast breaks out of their box with 'California Nights'

The band says their music is obviously California-influenced, because that's who they are — but they don't want to just be what people say they should be.

Marvel CEO on female superhero failures as Black Widow remains movieless

Marvel has yet to give Scarlett Johansson a "Black Widow" movie — she poked fun at this on this week's "SNL" — and now a leaked email shows Marvel's CEO shooting down female superheroes.

NBC's 'Revolution' gets a conclusion — in comic book form

While fans calling for the powers-that-be to #RelocateRevolution to another network or streaming service, they're half getting their wish — a definitive end to the story.

Original 'Star Trek' actress Grace Lee Whitney dies

Rand was an early character on the show, but Whitney was written out after eight episodes. One of her most famous appearances on the show was fighting off an evil Kirk.

'Age of Ultron' composer Brian Tyler tells the secrets of iconic themes

"If you're going to have music there, you should have it and you have something that says something," says Brian Tyler. He's done that on "Age of Ultron," "Furious 7" and many more.

Josh Gad on 'The Comedians' and almost turning down 'Book of Mormon'

The "Book of Mormon" and "Frozen" actor plays a version of himself on FX's "The Comedians," whose failures are heightened, with negative traits multiplied.

Hulu lands 'Seinfeld,' original shows from Poehler, Franco

Streaming outlets are making a play to be the new TV networks. The latest big deal: "Seinfeld," which some outlets are pegging at around $180 million over five years.

'Montage of Heck' shows how Kurt Cobain's fear of ridicule turned into art

"It ends with Kurt saying 'I got out of class, and kids were there to make fun of me, and I couldn't handle the ridicule, so I went to the train tracks to kill myself.'"

Tony Awards 2015: 'An American In Paris,' 'Fun Home' top musical nods

The frontrunners in the dramatic arena are "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and "Hand to God." Meanwhile, Hollywood stars trying Broadway mostly came up short.