Mike Roe Digital News Producer/Blogger

Mike Roe
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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

Michael Jackson + Cirque du Soleil = Magnet for my money

I've never seen a Cirque du Soleil show, but after the announcement that they're doing a show centered around Michael Jackson, I'm having trouble picturing anything that sounds like more fun.

AP changes 'Web site' to 'website,' copy editors' heads explode

In the latest evolution of language for journalists, the Associated Press announced last week that they're changing the official AP style from "Web site" to "website." It's been controversial with journalists and language nerds, with the more tech-friendly side largely approving while others think it's a devolution.

Thoughts on some of Sunday's Coachella performers

My last batch of random thoughts on Coachella acts:

Looking at a few Saturday Coachella highlights

Some more random thoughts on Coachella performers:

Thoughts on Coachella from someone who's not going

To all of you attending Coachella this weekend, let me just express my jealousy. I shall sadly not be making it out to Coachella this year, but I love huge concert festivals. I find them one of the most exciting ways to enjoy music and to discover new artists.

Conan O'Brien signs deal with TBS; People talk about TBS for first time ever

I've talked about Conan O'Brien enough here that I think this post officially makes this a Conan O'Brien fan blog. In any case, now that he's signed a deal with TBS, I may be watching TBS for the first time since they stopped carrying another of my favorite programs in 2001, WCW pro wrestling.

Haiti video: Is it journalism?

Khalid Mohtaseb shot this beautiful video in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake:

'Glee' flash mobs

Glee's marketing team gets a gold star, as they've been doing all they can to promote the return of Glee after a winter hiatus. Fox has dubbed this "GLEEk Week," and is doing all they can to make the show feel like an event.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Game

This video hit my geek sweet spot today. It combines two things I love: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and 8-bit video games.

Weakening resistance to the iPad

Before the iPad came out, I was skeptical. Now that it's out and I've read reviews, heard from friends who bought one and seen some of what the thing can do, I am now immensely jealous of everyone who has one.

LA radio news station KFWB for sale

CBS Radio is preparing to sell local talk station KFWB-AM 980 due to Federal Communications Commission regulations, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Twitter vs. earthquake in a footrace - who wins?

If you're about 100 kilometers out or more, Twitter! Webcomic xkcd points out how posts about earthquakes can start hitting the Internet within 20 to 30 seconds of the quake, and despite that lag, it's possible for people to be reading about a strong quake before it hits their area.

My first Passover Seder

I attended a Passover Seder this week for the first time. It's a ceremonial meal which commemorates the Jews' exodus from slavery in Egypt, with the name "Passover" marking God passing over the homes of the Jews when killing the firstborn of the Egyptians.

Explaining death to a child

I went to Phoenix this past weekend to see Wrestlemania, and on my way to the show, I ran into a father and his 9-year-old son visiting from Mexico. We naturally began talking about wrestling, and a wrestler named Umaga came up.

Live perspective on American Idol top 10 TV taping

I achieved a dream last night. Yes, I attended a taping of American Idol! (I have strange dreams.)