News articles from KPLU


NBA in Seattle
12:43 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Reports: Seattle on the verge of having an NBA team

Former Husky Isaiah Thomas could be making a return to the Pacific Northwest if the Sacramento Kings are relocated to Seattle.
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.

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Vote Now!
3:19 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

50 Great Jazz Vocals: What songs should make the list?

Click on the link below to cast your vote!

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


Meeting Notice
10:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

KPLU's Community Advisory/Advocacy Board Meeting

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.

Christmas Day SCHEDULE
5:11 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

What's on KPLU Christmas Day

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

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9:18 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Heavy snow falling in mountains; tips for safe holiday travel

Manuel Garcia pulls the chains off of his semi-truck tires as quickly as he can as snow falls while parked at the eastbound milepost 34 exit of Interstate 90 earlier this year, near North Bend.

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: 

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16th Annual Christmas Jam
4:19 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

The 2012 KPLU Christmas Jam featuring Pearl Django

Pearl Django performing with the PLU Jazz Ensemble on December 6, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

KPLU’s much-anticipated free holiday concert, featured guest artists, Gypsy-Jazz masters Pearl Django live from Lagerquist Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on the Pacific Lutheran University campus. 

Pearl Django performed Christmas selections with the University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. David Deacon-Joyner. The event, hosted by Nick Morrison, can be listened to in its entirety above, and will also re-broadcast on KPLU Christmas Day from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Marijuana Legalization
9:52 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Special Radio Report: Now that marijuana is legal, what's next?

medcannaman Flickr

Now that marijuana’s about to be legal, you might be wondering more about the details, how this will actually play out across Washington state.

KPLU reporters have created a special audio report by expanding our original series of stories, which takes you on a wide-ranging tour of how legalized marijuana will impact society, from routine traffic stops to intimate family discussions, from pot farms to public consumption.

Four fuzzy images are coming into focus:

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Listener Notice
9:58 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Attn. Skagit Valley: KPLU moves from 105.5 FM to 88.9 FM Nov. 15

Effective November 15 KPLU’s signal serving listeners in the Skagit Valley region at 105.5 FM is moving to its new frequency at 88.9 FM. 

We needed to make this move in order to guarantee that KPLU will be heard in the Skagit Valley region for many years to come.

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Live 2012 debate
5:50 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Poll and video: Obama vs. Romney - third debate - live

Here's the third and final presidential debate live via YouTube's politics channel. And ... a poll (vote after the debate)!

Public Transit
11:44 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Taxpayers funding North Sounder train service at $29 per passenger

The Sounder commuter train idle at the Everett Station.
sillygwailo Flickr

It's usually easy to find an empty seat on Sound Transit's Sounder commuter trains running between Seattle and Everett.

The trains are typically one-third full, serving about 1,100 passengers on four trains a day. That's about half as many passengers as officials expected in 2003 when they made the deal to expand the service 35 miles north.

The Seattle Times reports taxpayers subsidize the service at a cost of about $29 for each passenger trip. 

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Fall Pledge Drive
12:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Thank you for your support!

Thank you for your support during our successful Fall Pledge Drive!  We can still use your support, so if you missed the drive, you can still support KPLU today.

We would also like to thank the following generous businesses who donated food to feed the volunteers: 

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Final Day of Fall Pledge Drive
12:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Fall Fund Drive: You Wonder Why ... and KPLU has the answer

It's the last day of our 4-day fund drive! Please show your support today and help us hit our goal of $400,000 by midnight tonight!

Some of the most popular stories your support has made possible were form our series, I Wonder Why ... ? 

Here are the three most-popular installments: 

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It's The Fall Pledge Drive!
12:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Fall Fund Drive: KPLU keeps you informed while news develops

It's time for the Fall Pledge Drive and we wanted to take a look back at some of the great stories from the past year that your support has made possible.

Whether you are a first-time supporter, or would like to renew your support for great content like this, please do so now to be counted towards our pledge drive goal.

Here are some examples of our breaking and developing news coverage:

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It's The Fall Pledge Drive!
12:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Fall Fund Drive: 5 stories that taught you something

It's time for the Fall Pledge Drive and we wanted to take a look back at some of the great stories from the past year that your support has made possible. 

Whether you are a first-time supporter, or would like to renew your support for great content like this, please do so now to be counted towards our pledge drive goal.

Here are five of the most popular stories from the past year: 

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Washington Wildfires
2:12 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

New evacuations as Table Mountain wildfire triples in size

This map from NPR shows current large wildfires and forecast burning conditions in the region.

NBC News reports that new evacuations came Thursday as eight-inch chunks of burning bark were reported to have fallen in Mission Ridge. Those chunks were coming from an explosive fire inside the Table Mountain Complex some six miles away, a fire incident spokesman said.

The Table Mountain Complex of wildfires in Chelan and Kittitas counties has tripled in size to more than 47 square miles

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