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Music Volume 4: Sound Effect, Episode 161

Credit Parker Miles Blohm

It's our annual Thanksgiving week tradition, when we share our favorite music stories from the past year. 

We open with Karen Sakata, who has been running karaoke at Bush Garden for decades. We also meet Robbie Luna, who is a carpenter in Seattle, but by night he portrays the role of Prince in the Prince cover band Purple Mane. But Robbie would soon find that his Prince act had an even deeper impact than he’d imagined. Also, we meet a musician who continues to perform with his hardcore punk band, following a double lung transplant. Finally, musician Naomi Wachira performs in our studios, and talks about how her songs of hope are often inspired by tragic events in the world. 

Sound Effect showcases stories inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KNKX's Gabriel Spitzer

The full broadcast version of this week's show, available below, also includes a story of how a chance discovery in a dumpster led to an inside look at a woman’s life, and eventually a musical tribute. 

Listen to the broadcast version of the show.

Kevin Kniestedt is a journalist, host and producer who began his career at KNKX in 2003. Over his 17 years with the station, he worked as a full time jazz host, a news host and produced the weekly show Sound Effect. Kevin has conducted or produced hundreds of interviews, has won local and national awards for newscasts and commentary.