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The History of Seattle’s First Black-owned Radio Station

Former KYAC General Manager, Don Dudley interviewed by Seattle Theatre Group's Vivian Phillips at KBCS. Former KYAC General Manager, Don Dudley interviewed by Seattle Theatre Group's Vivian Phillips at KBCS.

February 15, 2016 - 11:18 am

In 1965, Seattle soul station KYAC went on the air. At the time it was owned by a white man but that would change. Don Dudley eventually took ownership of the station, becoming the first African American to own a radio station in Seattle.

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Finding Love on the Bus

Alper and Amanda met on the bus and fell in love. Alper and Amanda met on the bus and fell in love.

February 14, 2016 - 7:17 pm

Love is in the air. And maybe at your bus stop. Our WTFlux team went in search of love stories. They met Troy who met his future wife on the bus. They also met Alper and Amanda who’s shared bus route led to their romance. Robbin Block, Yuko Kodama and Mona Yeh produced this segment.

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Top Ten February 7th – March 13th:

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February 14, 2016 - 11:24 am

  1. Rokia Traoré Né So (Nonesuch)
  2. Lake Street Dive Side Pony (Nonesuch)
  3. The Cave Singers Banshee (Self)
  4. Evie Ladin Band Jump The Fire (Self)
  5. Basia Bulat Good Advice (Secret City)
  6. The Brainstormers Never Gonna Rain (Self)
  7. Carolina Blue Goin’ Home Today (Self)
  8. Kate Campbell The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol.1) (Self)
  9. Mavis Staples Livin’ On A High Note (Anti-)
  10. Miranda Lee Richards Echoes of the Dreamtime (Invisible Hands)

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Top Ten February 1st – February 7th:

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February 8, 2016 - 11:21 am

  1. Grace Love and The True Loves  Grace Love & The True Loves  (Self)
  2. Rhiannon Giddens  Factory Girl  (Nonesuch)
  3. Eli West  The Both  (Self)
  4. Courtney Barnett  Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit  (House Anxiety)
  5. Aoife O’Donovan  In The Magic Hour  (Yep Roc)
  6. The Cactus Blossoms  You’re Dreaming  (Red House)
  7. Baaba Maal  The Traveller  (Palm Pictures)
  8. Brennen Leigh  Sings Lefty Frizzell  (South Central)
  9. Dori Freeman  Dori Freeman  (Free Dirt)
  10. Lucinda Williams  The Ghosts Of Highway 20  (Thirty Tigers)

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A Student Led Movement for Transit Justice Pays Off

Left to Right: Poet & activist, Jerrell Davis and Rainier Beach High School students Mariam Bayo and Efra Abzir and Rainier Beach High School Social worker, Chelsea Gallegos Left to Right: Poet & activist, Jerrell Davis and Rainier Beach High School students Mariam Bayo and Efra Abzir and Rainier Beach High School Social worker, Chelsea Gallegos

February 4, 2016 - 10:15 am

Seattle city council members made a unanimous decision to pass the Orca card passport program for low-income students on Wednesday. The pilot program offered 50 cards to students. The approved plan will allow more Orca cards to be distributed to high school and middle school students on free and reduced lunch and who live beyond one mile away from their school.

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An ORCA card makes a difference for Rainier Beach HS student, Mariam Bayo

Rainier Beach High School Sophomore, Mariam Bayo at her bus stop. Rainier Beach High School Sophomore, Mariam Bayo at her bus stop.

February 2, 2016 - 6:12 am

Today we unmute the commute with Mariam Bayo. Mariam Bayo was one of 50 students who received an ORCA card in the fall. But Bayo didn’t stop fighting for other students to have ORCA cards.

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Top Ten January 25th – January 31st:

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February 1, 2016 - 10:11 am

  1. Grace Love and The True Loves  Grace Love & The True Loves  (Self)
  2. The Arcs  Yours, Dreamily  (Nonesuch)
  3. The James Hunter Six  Hold On!  (Daptone)
  4. Charm City Junction  Charm City Junction  (Patuxent)
  5. Bill Frisell  When You Wish Upon a Star  (Okeh)
  6. Rhiannon Giddens  Factory Girl  (Nonesuch)
  7. Baaba Maal  The Traveller  (Palm Pictures)
  8. Luther Dickinson  Blues & Ballads  (New West)
  9. Kode9  Nothing  (Hyperdub)
  10. Aoife O’Donovan  In The Magic Hour  (Yep Roc)

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Music of the Moment: February

Close Up Needle on Record

February 1, 2016 - 12:01 am

Tekla Waterfield  This Nightlife Is Wearing On Me
This former member of Seattle’s BLVD Park has released a mighty fine solo debut. This is country like The Delines or Shannon McNally are country, that is, uptown, bluesy, and mellow. A perfect late night album to contemplate the city lights.

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Holly Eckert’s dispatch: Riding with a Disability

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January 28, 2016 - 9:24 am

We unmute the commute with Holly Eckert.  Holly gives her dispatch to Mona Yeh. She also writes about it for the Seattle Times Opinion page. Eckert’s life was dramatically and forever changed at 34 years of age when she learned she had epilepsy. Her first seizure caused a car accident. It was after this, she

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Transgender Access To Restrooms, Locker Rooms Spurs Impassioned Debate

Courtesy: Flickr user, jessamyn west Courtesy: Flickr user, jessamyn west

January 28, 2016 - 8:00 am

Allowing transgender people access to the restroom or locker room of their choice stirs strong feelings. Advocates on both sides of that debate packed a hearing room in Olympia Wednesday. They testified on a Republican proposal to repeal a new state rule. That rule leaves the choice with the user and not the owner of

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