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KNKX Public Radio names Florangela Davila news director

KNKX Public Radio is pleased to announce that veteran journalist, producer and educator Florangela Davila is the station’s next news director, effective Sept. 9. She succeeds Erin Hennessey, who has led the KNKX newsroom (formerly KPLU) for 23 years.

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George Cables, Chuck Deardorf, Terell Stafford, Matt Wilson, Marquis Hill at Jazz Port Townsend 2019
Courtesy of Jim Levitt

Two great trumpet players were featured together at Jazz Port Townsend this summer. Terell Stafford and Marquis Hill traded brilliant solos during a matinee concert in McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden during this year’s festival. With George Cables at the piano, Chuck Deardorf on bass and Matt Wilson at the drums, the quintet generated a lot of excitement for a near-capacity crowd. 

Sound Effect producer, Jennifer Wing, front and center with the Port Townsend Drizzle.
Port Townsend Drizzle


Nathan Vass


This story originally aired on Dec. 2, 2017.

Many of us make our way through traffic while riding on a bus.

One of the busiest bus routes in Seattle is the No. 7 carries more than 11,000 people every day. The No. 7 goes through the Rainier Valley and at night It turns into the No. 49 when it heads north, to the University District.


This is Nathan Vass’s bus route.


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This story originally aired on Jan. 14, 2017.

Ira Glass, the host of This American Life, is headed to Seattle later this month to give a talk. We grabbed a few minutes with him to ask what it is that keeps him from sleeping.


As a child, Ira Glass spent nights considering his own mortality.  

“I would just lie in bed, trying to get my mind around the idea that I would be dead and everything in the world would continue without me,” remembers Glass.

Seattle black history through the lens of a beauty salon

Aug 17, 2019
Jasmine Jackson, one of the hosts of the podcast "Hella Black Hella Seattle," with salon owner De Charlene Williams
Jennifer Wing / knkx

 This story originally aired on Feb. 4, 2017.

To enter De Charlene William's Beauty and Boutique hair salon at 21st and Madison, where First Hill meets the Central Area in Seattle, you have to get past an iron gate.  The extra security is a reminder that doing business here for 48 years has not always been easy.

"I've been through a lot here on this corner," Williams says.

Steve Wilson

This story originally aired on May 13. 2017.

Television producer and director, Steve Wilson, says making television is just like making cheese.


“People consume cheese. Some people make really good cheese. Other people make really terrible cheese. But, everybody eats cheese —and I make the cheese,” he told us.



Drummer Matt Wilson's student ensemble at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend.
Tom Collins

Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend jazz camp is an educational opportunity for students of all ages. On my visit to the camp and jazz festival last month, I took my opportunity to ask some of the younger campers what they thought of modern jazz, who their favorite modern musicians are, and what they're generation will contribute to the future of this ever-changing art form.

courtesy of Port Townsend Drizzle

 This story originally aired on Dec. 1, 2018. 

For three years running, from 2015 to 2017, the Port Townsend Drizzle took home the gold medal in the over-50 women's division at the Washington State Senior Games.

It's an impressive feat for a group of women without much basketball experience. It would be even more impressive if they'd had anyone to play against.

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Adrian Florez / KNKX

Seattle is aiming to become carbon neutral by 2050. Mayor Jenny Durkan has proposed a new tax on oil-powered residential heat to encourage a switch to cleaner electric sources. The city council takes up that proposal in committee Friday.

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Adrian Florez / KNKX

Hempfest, Seattle's long-running cannabis "protestival," starts Friday. Among the booths representing political causes and legal weed businesses, one law firm will host a free legal clinic to help those with past drug convictions.


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Catherine Russell in the KNKX Studios.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Catherine Russell continues her classic jazz explorations

It seems the timing was just right for Catherine Russell’s third KNKX studio session. Her new album, Alone Together , had risen to the top of the jazz charts. Also, the just-ended fund drive had all of us in the mood to celebrate.

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Jazz Northwest debuts new releases from Seattle spanning 50 years

Jazz Northwest celebrates the release of new albums ranging from the Sixties to the teens from sessions that took place in Seattle. A new gatefold double LP set recorded from live radio broadcasts in 1966-1967 features The Cannonball Adderley Quintet at The Penthouse, a jazz club in Pioneer Square during the Sixties.

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