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


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.

Angeles forest roads in burn area to close due to Southland storm

Due to the forecasted weekend storm, the Los Angeles County Public Works Department closed public access to almost all County roads within the Station Fire burn area at noon today.

Republican Senate candidate Fiorina issues provocative Web attack ad

U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina's campaign has produced a provocative new Web attack ad aimed at Republican primary opponent Tom Campbell. The ad accuses Tom Campbell of being a "Fiscal Conservative In Name Only" and depicts Campbell as a sheep with glowing red eyes, a spin on the classic wolf in sheep's clothing analogy.

An American Question Time

People were taken aback by President Obama's question and answer session with House Republicans last Friday. It was a serious discussion of the issues facing the nation, carried live on several cable networks, which seemed to go beyond what we usually see in public politics.

Random thoughts on the Oscar nominations

• Having 10 nominees for Best Picture takes away a bit of the meaning of being a Best Picture nominee, but I like that it makes the Academy Awards more accessible to the wider movie-loving public, even if it's being done for largely commercial reasons.

Suspect in Compton shooting of high school football player to be arraigned

Arlon Watson, 21, charged with fatally shooting high school football player Dannie Farber at a Compton restaurant, is due to be arraigned tomorrow. The shooting was allegedly gang-related, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Grammys: Still relevant?

The Grammys are an interesting creature. They get the biggest stars in the industry to perform, while giving them prizes for songs that have, by this point, largely moved from contemporary stations to adult contemporary stations.

Lars Von Trier's 'Breaking the Waves'

I'd never seen a Lars Von Trier film before, but I've always been intrigued by the reviews I've read of his films and the soliloquies to his greatness I've heard from my cineaste friends.