News articles from KPLU

Tomorrow is GiveBIG day!

May 4, 2014

  On that day only, the Seattle Foundation will be partially matching all gifts to KPLU. Make your gift then, and your gift will be stretched to provide even more support for KPLU. 

Your generosity helps us to continue providing the music and news programming that you live.

Find out more about the Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG!

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The 2014 Valentine’s Drive has begun at KPLU! Make your gift of $140 by midnight on February 11, and we’ll send a bouquet of red or mixed roses to your sweetheart.

Make Valentine’s Day special with KPLU, while supporting the jazz and blues you love most.

Click here, or call 1-800-677-5758 (1-800-NPR-KPLU) to learn more about the award-winning gift box presentation and the red or mixed rose options available.

Public Radio Day was a success! Between the 5 participating stations and your support, we are giving 1177 warm kits to the United Way of King County.

Thank to all our listeners who gave so generously to support your favorite stations, and to keep those in need warm this season!

It's Public Radio Day!

Dec 19, 2013

Today is your chance to give to your favorite public radio stations and support the rich tradition of public broadcasting in the Pacific Northwest!

We’ve decide to team together with KING FM, KBCS, KEXP and KNHC in asking you to give a support to listener supported radio. 

For every gift you give of $120, we’ll donate one winter care pack* to the United Way of King County to be distributed to area shelters.


Make your gift go further by supporting KPLU, our fellow public radio stations, and those in need, this holiday season!

On January 10, 2014 there will be a public meeting with the Audit and Compliance Committee of the PLU Board of Regents to review the FY12 KPLU Audit. The meeting will be at a place to be detrermined on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University.

If you are interested in attending either in person or by phone, please contact the General Manager's office at KPLU by calling 253-535-8732 or for more information.

Justin Steyer / KPLU

The 17th Annual KPLU Christmas Jam, our much-anticipated holiday concert, featured jazz vocalist Cheryl Jewell and her trio on December 5 live from the Lagerquist Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on the Pacific Lutheran University campus. 

Cheryl performed Christmas selections with the University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. David Deacon-Joyner.  

Watch a replay of the entire concert, or listen above.  The concert will also be rebroadcast at 2 p.m. on Christmas Day.

<strong><a href="">You can still make a gift all weekend!</a></strong>

Your generosity was on full display this week during our 2013 Fall Pledge Drive! Because of the support of our listeners, we were able to meet our goal of $440,000 in less than four days.

If you missed out on the chance to participate in this year's drive, you can still make your gift this weekend to show your support of your public radio station, and pickup some of our awesome thank you gifts! 

Make your gift now!

Justin Steyer / KPLU


A haiku is a 17 syllable verse form in three lines of five, seven, and five syllables, respectively.  The opening lyric to Moonlight in Vermont, a hit song with lyrics that don’t rhyme,  is a haiku:

Pennies in a stream
Falling leaves of sycamore
Moonlight in Vermont.


So Long, Keith Seinfeld!

Jul 12, 2013
Justin Steyer

Just what's going on in this photo? Today is our health and science reporter Keith Seinfeld's last day, you see, and—we'll ask resident bard Dick Stein to explain:

See Keith Seinfeld and Gabriel Spitzer

Shoot their thoughts through a brain-content spritzer.

Though they share tinfoil hats

They’re not crazy like that

Though it helps if you’re workin’ here, mister.

Join KPLU on a wine lover’s international jazz expedition to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, November 13-25.

Trip highlights include private wine tastings, renowned jazz festival of Buenos Aires, a ferry to the romantic town of Colonia, Uruguay, tango lessons, tours of world-class museums, colorful outdoor markets, and an Andes crossing at sunrise.

We look forward to discovering Chile, Argentina and Uruguay with you this November! 

The KPLU News team continues to garner awards for work produced in 2012.  Most recently, the station received five national awards from the Public Radio News Directors, Inc. at their banquet in Cleveland on June 22.

First Place—News Feature

“Is taking over the world?” by KPLU Business and Labor Reporter Ashley Gross’ story about how the growth of the company is spreading way beyond retailing.

After winning the 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in the Best Audio News Series category for its election series, “If it’s legal: Five ways legal pot could affect your life,” the KPLU News team is proud to add the prestigious 2013 National Edward R. Murrow Award to its list of accolades for the series. 

The National Edward R. Murrow Awards will be presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA) on Columbus Day in New York.

KPLU wins regional SPJ awards

May 20, 2013

A number of awards were bestowed upon KPLU in the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists' (Western Washington chapter) Excellence in Journalism Competition.  This year's contest covered work produced or published in 2012 within the region.

Thank you to all of our listeners who contributed to KPLU through the Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG campaign.

Thanks to your generosity, we received just over $40,000 from our supporters!

Several of Western Washington’s finest high school jazz programs and jazz professionals are showcased on KPLU School of Jazz-Volume 9, the station’s latest CD release which is the culmination of this year’s mentoring project.

GiveBIG on May 15th!

May 5, 2013

Can we count on your support for The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG challenge on May 15th? Plan on rallying your friends and supporting your favorite charity (us!) as part of one of the biggest days of giving in our region. Come back here to on May 15th and click on the GiveBIG button to make a donation. 


KPLU has won the 2012 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Radio Journalism (SPJ) for “If it’s legal: Five ways pot could affect your life.” Sigma Delta Chi Award winners will be honored at a banquet on June 21 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Judges selected this year’s winners from over 1,700 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2012.  The contest is open to all United States media outlets.  This marks the second time KPLU has won a national SPJ award. 

KPLU has garnered a 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA). The award for Best Audio News Series is in recognition of the KPLU News team’s 2012 pre-election series, “If it’s legal: Five ways legal pot could affect your life.”

Justin Steyer / KPLU

The four-day spring pledge drive has ended. Thank you for your support! Also, a big thanks to the  companies who were generous enough to donate their products during the 2013 Spring Pledge Drive. If you missed the pledge drive, you can still make your pledge today.

Tune in Thursday, March 28 at 12:15 p.m. for a live performance by Holly Cole and her band on KPLU, hosted by Abe Beeson. (Listen live >>>)

“Cole’s voice: smoky, though not quite sultry; as sly as it is sexy; and brimming with adventure bordering on recklessness. And it bears an alluring touch of darkness, though it’s not without a mitigating hint of optimism.” - The Wall Street Journal

John Froschauer

KPLU's Midday Jazz Host Dick Stein is one smart cookie. And his ideas aren’t half-baked, either.  

Stein was honored today by the Girl Scouts of Western Washington on the Pacific Lutheran University campus for coming up with a good idea that really stuck.

Like thousands of other Western Washington residents, Stein buys Girl Scout Cookies every year. 

The Oregon Zoo

Nothing but net? No problem for one sporty sea otter at the Oregon Zoo.

Eddie the otter has been trained to dunk a basketball through a small plastic hoop. It's an exercise a veterinarian recommended for his arthritic elbows.

Last month more than 4,600 votes were cast by our listeners for the songs they felt were the greatest jazz vocal of all time.

The votes have been counted and the top 50 songs are now available below in our 24/7 stream!

Thirty years after presenting its first concerts in San Francisco, the organization SFJAZZ has built a permanent home and performance venue. The SFJAZZ Center, conceived as the first stand-alone building for jazz in the U.S., opens with a star-studded concert tonight, hosted by Bill Cosby. 

Artists include: McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano, Bobby Hutcherson, Mary Stallings, John Handy, Pete Escovedo, Eric Reed, and more! 


Thirty years after presenting its first concerts in San Francisco, the organization SFJAZZ has built a permanent home and performance venue. The SFJAZZ Center, conceived as the first stand-alone building for jazz in the U.S., opened with a star-studded concert on Jan. 23.

Listen to the concert. Video will be available in the following days. 

The Associated Press

People with knowledge of the situation say investor Chris Hansen has contacted the Maloof family about buying the Sacramento Kings.

Yahoo Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the teams owners are finalizing a deal to sell the Sacramento Kings to the Seattle group with plans to relocate franchise. 

Yahoo Sports reported the Kings could sell for more than $500 million. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that price is surprising – it’s $100 million higher than the selling price for any other professional basketball team.

We are putting together a list of the 50 Quintessential Jazz Vocals of All Time. 

According to who? Well, according to you!  

This is your chance to cast your vote for the songs you think should be on a 'best-of'' jazz vocals list. Vote for up to three songs, and please include the song title and artist's name. 

After we compile the results, the quintessential 50 will be available for streaming on and


KPLU's Community Advisory/Advocacy Board will be meeting on Thursday, January 17th at 2PM Pacific Time.

If you are interested in observing or listening to the meeting via conference call, please contact the office of the General Manager @ 253-535-8732 for more information.

What's on KPLU Christmas Day

Dec 24, 2012

We’ll have a full-day of Holiday Jazz and some specials on Christmas Day. Here’s the line-up:


Forecasters say the latest storm moving across Washington will leave up to 2 feet of new snow in the Cascades by Thursday morning.

Travelers planning on heading across the mountain passes this weekend should plan accordingly. Traction tires or chains are being advised, and in some cases may be required. 

The WSDOT offers these tips to protect yourself and your passengers while driving in snowy/icy conditions: