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Live Wire! is a radio variety show recorded in front of an enthusiastic live audience from the Alberta Rose Theatre in NE Portland, airs each week around the state and in SW Washington via Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), on stations around the country and is heard nationally and internationally through its podcasts. It’s music, it’s conversation, it’s sketch comedy. It’s radio variety for the A.D.D. generation.
Live Wire is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Your donation to Live Wire! is 100% tax deductible.
Live Wire’s mission is to harness the intimacy of the theater experience and the power of the public airwaves to enliven, inspire, and engage audiences—connecting communities through live music and performance, unpredictable conversation, and original comedy. Live Wire! delivers old school variety with a modern twist to you, wherever you may roam.
We believe life is filled with inspired people doing fascinating and sometimes ridiculous things. We want to introduce you to those people.
We believe artists are critically important to the world, and should be rewarded for their work.
We believe “culturally relevant” and “funny” aren’t mutually exclusive.
We believe that through the shared experience of live theater and the intimacy of radio, we can tell great stories, introduce new ideas, spark conversations, and hopefully, elicit a belly laugh or two.