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

American Idol & the butchering of Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On'

Brief thoughts on last night's butchering of "What's Going On" by Mr. Jermaine Sellers:

Comic book icon Stan Lee guest stars on 'The Big Bang Theory'

I still haven't managed to check meeting Stan Lee off my list of life goals, but I did love his appearance last night on CBS's "The Big Bang Theory," quite possibly the geekiest sitcom on network television.

Sen. Scott Brown's daughter Ayla Brown's new EP

Bringing together two current cultural motifs, Ayla Brown, 21-year-old daughter of new Republican Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, NCAA basketball player, and former American Idol contestant (top 16!), just released a new EP.

Haiti and the return of the charity single

The tragedy caused by the Haiti earthquake has led to a resurgence of a pop culture phenomenon we've seen far less of in recent years - the charity single. Last year's American Idol winner Kris Allen got in the act last night with a stirring rendition of "Let It Be," along with video footage of his trip to Haiti, with proceeds going to benefit Haiti relief efforts.

'A Serious Man' & St. Olaf College

Best Picture nominee "A Serious Man" shot several scenes at my alma mater, St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. The movie's a period piece, set in the 1960s, and the Coen brothers' search for a 1960s-era lecture hall led them to St.

Asterios Polyp makes LA Times Graphic Novel Book Awards nominee list

The Los Angeles Times has, for the first time, added a Graphic Novel category to their annual Book Prizes. This year's finalists are Luba (A Love and Rockets Book) by Gilbert Hernandez, GoGo Monster by Taiyo Matsumoto, Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli, Scott Pilgrim, Vol.

Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths

I had the chance to attend a screening of the new DC Comics direct to DVD animated film, Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths. As a comic fan, I've seen a lot of animated and live action superhero films, but I felt this was the best of the recent run of these films.

Curling!

The Simpsons pulled one of their trademark feints this week. The show started off looking like a Valentine's Day story, but they pivoted into delivering an episode about... curling.

Kevin Smith's Southwest Airlines crusade

Kevin Smith was kicked off a Southwest plane this weekend, allegedly because there were "safety concerns" due to him being too fat. This was despite the fact that he regularly flew Southwest and, after being removed from one plane, was allowed to fly on another Southwest flight shortly afterward.

Youth In Revolt

I saw Youth In Revolt at the cheap theater last night. It's not a great film, but it's still an interesting one.

Philippe's reopens after being closed for cockroach infestation

Philippe the Original restaurant, known for their French dip sandwiches, was shut down by county health inspectors earlier this week because of a cockroach infestation, but the restaurant was reopened today.

Former Tustin Hospital CFO agrees to plead guilty in Skid Row health care fraud

Former chief financial officer of Tustin Hospital and Medical Center Vincent Rubio agreed in a plea agreement filed earlier this week to plead guilty to paying illegal kickbacks for patients recruited from the Skid Row area of Los Angeles.

Lucha VaVoom brings wrestling and burlesque together in downtown LA

Joey Ryan stood on the outside, taking a breather in the middle of his match. Suddenly he looked up and saw a man in a giant chicken costume ready to come crashing down on him from high above.

Conan O'Brien's online ghost

NBC has started scrubbing references to Conan O'Brien from their Web sites since Conan was forced out of his Tonight Show hosting gig. The most notable one so far is probably Hulu, where if you do a search, you'll no longer find clips or episodes of his run on The Tonight Show.

Collecting should be fun

All my life, I've had collections of stuff. The most notable collection of my life has been comic books (continuing to this day; see you at Comic-Con!), but I've also enjoyed purchasing action figures, music, DVDs, and other miscellaneous.