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

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.)

Wrestlemania 26 in Phoenix, Arizona

Like AirTalk host Larry Mantle and Morning Edition host Steve Julian, I too traveled to Phoenix this weekend. However, unlike Larry and Steve, I did so not for baseball spring training, but for.

Mexican Mafia gang leader convicted in extortion, drug trafficking cell

Mexican Mafia extortion and drug trafficking cell leader Patrick Ponce pleaded guilty early this week. A total of 31 members of the cell have been convicted.

Jon Hamm, comedy geek

I saw comedian Chris Hardwick recently headlining a show at the Improv, and through this I discovered his excellent podcast, Nerdist.

Joe Biden drops F bomb, continues legendary way with words

Vice President Joe Biden's well known for his verbal gaffes over the years, but the hits apparently just keep on coming. Biden dropped an F bomb today within range of an open mic, congratulating President Obama on the passage of health care reform.

New MGMT album 'Congratulations' available for streaming

MGMT's new album "Congratulations" leaked, so the band has responded by making the album available for streaming. It's the followup to their previous critically acclaimed debut "Oracular Spectacular," and is officially scheduled for release April 13.

Mike Tyson to star in pigeon racing reality series on Animal Planet

It was announced this week that Mike Tyson is going to be on a new reality show. I don't know that I have the words to do this justice, so I shall simply quote the press release.

Stealing from the president (at least in NCAA basketball)

Offices around the country have pools going for the annual tradition of the best single elimination tournament in sports, the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament.

New She & Him album available for streaming

NPR has a First Listen for She & Him's new album "Volume Two," available until the album's March 23 release. The collaboration between actress/musician Zooey Deschanel singer-songwriter M.

Spider-Man and Superman: Bad journalists?

I thought I was the only one at KPCC writing about comic books, but Kitty Felde brings up an interesting point on her blog: Spider-Man taking photos of himself, then selling them to the Daily Bugle in his identity as Peter Parker, seems to raise a variety of ethical questions.