On the next Outlook Portland (Sunday at 6:30am, on NW32 TV), we’ll talk about the wondrous magic of radio……and lest anyone think I’m using those words sarcastically, make no mistake: radio is, and will always be, a transcendent piece of innovation; a technological watershed that turned the seemingly-impossible into the readily-available.
Philo T. Farnsworth, of course, took that magic and upped the ante…forever transforming the world -and reinventing popular culture- when, at the age of 21, he invented the television.
On Sunday’s episode of Outlook Portland, we’ll discuss a blend of all these things: How Portland culture is served and represented by Portland radio…and how Portland radio is, in turn, depicted by television, specifically, on a new TV show called Life Unexpected, which takes place at a radio station right here in River City.
Joining us to give their thoughts on the dazzling possibilities of radio will be Simon and Sam, morning hosts at Portland’s own 98.7 KUPL. They’ll tell us about their own passion for the medium…how radio captured their imaginations and made an impact on their lives. They’ll also discuss changes in the radio industry, and give their own analysis of the all-important “Portland Vibe”.
We’ll also talk with Oregonian pop culture reporter Kristi Turnquist, who will judge the accuracy with which Life Unexpected portrays our fair city.
NEXT WEEK: Sarah X. Dylan and Greg Nibler of FunemploymentRadio.com