Mike Roe Digital News Producer/Blogger
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
Auditions just kicked off in Nashville for the 10th season of American Idol. I auditioned myself a few years back. It's my last year of Idol eligibility, but sadly I'll be out of the state during the nearest auditions to the L.
The creator of famed indie comic "American Splendor," Harvey Pekar, has passed away. "American Splendor" was part of the underground comics scene of the 1960s and '70s and told stories from Pekar's life.
Hear that? That's the sound of a collective geekgasm. While some details have already been announced through various sources, this morning the official schedule for the first full day of Comic-Con was released.
Advertising has been around on Twitter in a variety of forms for a while, but it seems that it's maturing beyond being all porn webcams.
Prince continued his decades-long run of eccentric behavior by dismissing the Internet in a new interview with London's Daily Mirror.
"The Last Airbender," based on the popular anime series, hit theaters this weekend, and the reviews haven't been pretty. Roger Ebert gave it half a star (for context, he gave "Transformers 2" a full star) and opened his review with the following:
There's a growing debate over whether the Internet is a public tool, or the domain of private enterprise for generating profit. Monday, President Obama signed a memo committing the government to expanding broadband access.
Comic book fans have been in a tizzy ever since it was announced Tuesday that Wonder Woman was getting a new costume (designed by comic book legend Jim lee), as well as a revised origin.
Democratic Senator Al Franken showed that he's just like everyone else in a meeting they find boring, using a United States Senate notepad to sketch Republican Senator Jeff Sessions during Elena Kagan's Supreme Court confirmation hearing.
A civil trial brought by three journalists against the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department is nearing completion, with closing arguments today. The lawsuit stems from injuries suffered by journalists covering a 2007 May Day immigration rally. The jury has to decide whether the use of force against these journalists was reasonable.
Hulu finally unveiled the much-rumored Hulu Plus service today. Instead of just offering the last five episodes of a program as Hulu currently does, you'll now be able to watch the full current season of most series, as well as previous seasons of a variety of series (though not all).
As both an art and comic book fan, I was fascinated by this series of sculptures depicting superheroes in a vulnerable, defeated state. It includes statues of Superman, Batman and Wolverine.
World Cup fever is sweeping the world. It's the one time when even Americans can be bothered to kind of care about soccer/football.
Not that Starbucks doesn't already have a lot of business, but they're reaching out to the growing mobile crowd. Starbucks will be offering free, unlimited wi-fi in almost 7,000 locations starting July 1.
Proposition 14 will move California to an open primary system. Everyone will get the same ballot in the primaries, including decline-to-state voters. The top two vote getters in the primary will move on to the general election.