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
Frank Frazetta, one of the most influential if not the most influential artist in fantasy artwork, passed away today. As a comic book fan, I came across his artwork there, as he did some comic book work, but his work included film posters, book covers, album art and more.
Everyone at NPR, from Nina Totenberg to Robert Siegel, plays a role in this version of Lady Gaga and Beyonce's "Telephone." For the NPR lovers in your life.
Headlining the White House Correspondents Dinner is a pretty prestigious gig, and can often make headlines. Well, the headline coming out of this year's performance by Jay Leno is that, rather than coming up with a fresh set, he reused numerous jokes from his "Tonight Show" monologues.
Conan O'Brien gave his first interview since being given the boot by NBC to Steve Kroft on CBS's "60 Minutes" last night. He was not allowed to say anything disparaging about the network and wasn't allowed to give interviews or appear on television until the beginning of May.
I attended the Los Angeles Art Association's Gem show Saturday night, featuring work by a variety of new and more experienced artists. Here are a few of the pieces that caught my eye:
I had the chance this weekend to attend the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. It was my first year out there, and I saw some diverse personalities, including second man on the moon Buzz Aldrin being interviewed by KPCC's Patt Morrison, as well as Pam Grier and a session on new media book publishing, which I'll likely be writing more about later this week.
South Park has been in the news recently due to threats against its creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, from a radical Muslim website. They responded in an episode of their program and got in a dispute with their network, Comedy Central, over the network choosing to bleep several portions of the episode, including references to Islamic prophet Muhammad.
The latest Report of Registration released by the Secretary of State's office shows that 20.1 percent of voters have declined to state their political party, an all-time high.
"'American Idol' has always been about changing lives, on the stage and around the world." - Barack Obama
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.
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.
My last batch of random thoughts on Coachella acts:
Some more random thoughts on Coachella performers:
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.
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.