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Thanks to everyone who participated in our Spring Drive Small Business Challenge by mentioning your favorite local business when you donated. Because listeners were so enthusiastic about the opportunity to support the small businesses they value in communities across Western Washington, we're thrilled to announce six winners:

Courtesy of Amy Anderson

Trumpeter Amy Anderson from Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek will virtually join Abe Beeson as guest DJ tonight (April 1) on Evening Jazz. She is a senior and in the school's jazz band. Amy also sings jazz.

Individual listeners are the largest source of financial support for the jazz, blues, and NPR news you count on at KNKX.  Your vital support makes everything we do possible. These initiatives, along with all of our daily jazz, blues, and news services, are fueled by the generosity of listeners:

Photo: Mike Hamilton

On March 11, KNKX and BirdNote presented an immersive online journey to Western Washington’s Skagit Valley to see and hear the spectacular array of migratory birds that make this region their home during the winter.  

Here's a Zoom session on how to produce audio diaries, produced by KNKX for the Journalism Education Association. We hope you find it useful and will share it widely. It's another way we're trying to encourage you to tell your story through the power of audio.  Enjoy!




Trombonist Nate Gilbreath from Bellevue High School will join Abe Beeson virtually as guest DJ at 7 tonight (March 4) on Evening Jazz. He is a senior and in the jazz band at Bellevue High School and Bellevue College. 

Alana Bridgewater hosts The Journey to Jazz and Human Rights, the award-winning documentary produced by Jazz.FM91 in Toronto, Canada is a look at how the music, and the men and women who made the music, laid claim to human rights around the world. The four part series airs Monday February 15 through Thursday February 18 at 7 p.m. on KNKX.


Tenor saxophonist Austin Schneider from Lynnwood High School will virtually join Abe Beeson as guest DJ tonight (Feb. 4) on Evening Jazz at 7 p.m. He is a senior and in the school's jazz band program. Listen to the show and read their Q&A. 

Some of the most resilient musicians finding ways to keep music alive during COVID-19 are local jazz students. KNKX recently presented its first virtual School of Jazz studio session with the Red Combo from Seattle Academy (SAAS), hosted by Abe Beeson. Watch the performance below.

Tacoma Police and other law enforcement officers stand in an intersection near the site where a Tacoma police officer drove through a crowd of people on Saturday night.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

At least two people were injured when a police officer responding to a report of a street race plowed his car through a crowd of pedestrians that had gathered around him and were pounding on the car's windows in downtown Tacoma on Saturday night, officials said.


Tenor saxophonist Rohan Wassink from Shorecrest High School will virtually join Abe Beeson as guest DJ tonight (Jan. 7) on Evening Jazz at 7 p.m. He is a junior and in the school's jazz band program. Listen to the show and read their Q&A. 

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.
Julio Cortez / The Associated Press

The violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday prompted sharp criticism of President Donald Trump by the Washington state congressional delegation, including from one leader who has been a staunch supporter.

At KNKX we are always evaluating the best ways we can serve our listeners. We look at all aspects of our programming and thoughtfully review data and listener feedback. With that in mind, we want to let you know about some exciting changes to the KNKX schedule!

As we wind down an extraordinary and difficult year, we will present a mix of holiday programming that we hope will bring you both comfort and joy. You can hear holiday jazz classics during Midday and Evening Jazz throughout December and, once again, we will bring you NPR holiday music and storytelling specials. 

Beginning Christmas Eve at 7 we will broadcast a mix of holiday music and storytelling throughout the night and all Christmas Day. Our regular schedule of programming will return on Saturday, Dec. 26.


Drummer Calvin Lundin from Seattle Academy virtually joined Abe Beeson Dec. 3 on Evening Jazz. He is a sophmore and in the school's jazz program. Listen to the show and read their Q&A.

Another season of giving is upon us, and with that comes Giving Tuesday and the kick-off of the KNKX Winter Drive. In a year that has been like no other - one in which the value of accurate, fact-based news and soothing, uplifting music has been deeply felt - we hope you’ll consider supporting KNKX. Donations from individual listeners make it possible for us to continue this work in 2021.

Launch the season of giving by participating in Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday (December 1, 2020) is a worldwide event dedicated to generosity. Since its inception in 2012, this global day of philanthropy has steadily grown in popularity, with millions of participants supporting the causes they care about every year.

KNKX presented an exclusive live streamed Studio Session with the Marc Seales Group from The Forum at Town Hall Seattle on November 14, hosted by KNKX jazz ambassador Abe Beeson.  Seales was joined by bassist Steve Rodby, guitarist Jesse Seales (Marc's brother), and drummer Alek Gayton.  The show began with Abe's Q&A with Marc, followed by a nearly 75-minute music set ending with the quartet's spirited rendition of The Doobie Brothers' "Takin' It To The Streets." 

Courtesy of Avery Clarke

Drummer Avery Clarke from Ballard High School will virtually join Abe Beeson tonight at 8 p.m. (Nov. 5) as guest DJ during Evening Jazz. He is a junior and in the school's jazz band program. Listen to the show and find his playlist. 

Pierce County election workers sort through ballots at the election center in Tacoma last month.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

It’s Election Day 2020, arguably one of the most anticipated elections in recent memory. 

Early voting numbers indicate Washington state is likely to shatter records for turnout, young voters appear to be more engaged than ever, and election officials have been working relentlessly to assure voters that their ballots will be safely tallied

There’s a lot to cover. KNKX Public Radio has been talking with representatives from political parties, grassroots organizers, current and former candidates, and more to bring you comprehensive coverage of key races across the region. 

And now, we’re bringing you results from those races.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to debate and vote on President Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Listen to the debate, and subsequent vote on whether to pass the nomination to the full Senate, here:

Liam James Doyle / NPR

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Barrett would fill the seat left vacant with the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Watch the hearings live:

Photos courtesy of the interviewers

KNKX's Take the Mic and South Seattle Emerald presented Election 2020 - The Youth Vote: A conversation about leadership, ethics and values and how they factor into choosing a candidate on October 14.  The event was hosted by KNKX News Director Florangela Davila and South Seattle Emerald Editor-in-Chief/Publisher Marcus Harrison Green.


Drummer Ian McKain-Pitts and saxophonist Aidan Moore from Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma will virtually join Abe Beeson on Evening Jazz tonight at 8 p.m. (Oct. 1) as guest DJs. Listen to the show and read their Q&A. 

Boeing 787 Dreamliners go through preparations for customer approval at the company's facility in North Charleston, S.C., in 2017. A Wall Street Journal report says the company plans to consolidate Dreamliner assembly in South Carolina.
Mic Smith / The Associated Press (file)

Boeing confirmed Thursday that it will consolidate 787 Dreamliner assembly in South Carolina, eliminating hundreds of jobs at the company’s Everett plant.

The Wall Street Journal reported the news first late Tuesday, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

Union officials and Gov. Jay Inslee have called this move a betrayal and an insult to the workforce. Officials in Snohomish County spoke with reporters in an online press conference Thursday and took a more conciliatory tone.

Noah Fortson / NPR

President Donald Trump is announcing his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18. Watch the announcement live.

Liam James Doyle / NPR

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being remembered in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, where she will lie in state in Statuary Hall. Watch the ceremony.

Parker Miles Blohm

KNKX presented our All Blues live streamed event with singer, songwriter and guitarist Cary Morin on October 2, hosted by John Kessler.   Cary performed songs from his new album, Dockside Saints and chatted with John.

James Doyle / NPR

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being remembered in a private ceremony at the high court, where her body is lying in repose. Watch the ceremony.

KNKX was thrilled to host a live streamed All Blues event with vocalist Duffy Bishop and singer, guitarist, songwriter and long-time collaborator, Chris Carlson in July, hosted by John Kessler. Duffy and Chris performed songs from their latest album, I'm Gonna Do What I Want! and talked with John about their long music career and making music during COVID-19.