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
Underdog Lee DeWyze won the season 9 finale of American Idol last night. Many critics were left puzzled, as Crystal had been acknowledged by many to be the vocal superstar this year from the beginning.
Another season of American Idol is coming to a close. It's been a strange one with the absence of Paula Abdul, the addition of Ellen DeGeneres, and most of all, the last season for Simon Cowell.
California Senate Democrats responded to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's May Revise on Monday, proposing $4.9 billion in new taxes to close the state's $19.1 billion budget shortfall. Over $2 billion in added revenue would come from delaying corporate tax breaks, while $1.4 billion would come from changes to personal income taxes.
Pac-Man, the iconic classic arcade game, celebrates its 30th anniversary today. Google put a playable Pac-Man game on their home page to mark the occasion, and it was even the lead story on CNN's website.
The Onion, always a fountain of mirth, has a great article taking shots at both Foursquare and media coverage of new media.
The San Francisco MusicTech Summit is taking place today. I had a chance to catch the Rebirth of Video panel streaming online, featuring a couple of my favorite musicians, Ben Folds (who played Los Angeles just last week) and Jack Conte of YouTube sensations Pomplamoose.
Apparently the powers that be have recognized that something is rotten in the state of Facebook, as numerous users, bloggers and other commentators have spoken out over recent changes in Facebook's privacy policies.
People in the journalism world have been panicking about the dire straits the industry is in right now. The Atlantic has a great article by the esteemed James Fallows called "How to Save the News.
Arnold Schwarzenegger took a shot, albeit in jest, at the controversial Arizona immigration law. The line came during a graduation speech at Emory University in Atlanta.
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.