KEXP Celebrates Prince

Throughout the month of April, KEXP has been celebrating the life and work of Prince, who passed away on April 21, 2016. You can still listen to some of this original programming via KEXP's Two-Week Streaming Archive!

On Friday, April 5th, 2019, DJ Kevin Cole aired an encore presentation of Nothing Compares 2 U: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Prince. The four-hour special originally ran in 2016, shortly after Prince's passing. Prince is well known to be one of the most prolific musicians of all time. Shows and after parties frequently stretched late into the night, and recording sessions could go for days on end. Thanks to Kevin Cole’s connections to that world, and his obsessive collecting of Prince’s output, this show contains many rarities. [Stream expires: 4/19/19]

And then on Thursday, April 18th, Prince was the subject of our annual Six Degrees special, a twelve-hour block of programming weaving between Prince's many musical contributions and the wide circle of influence he has built throughout his storied career. Guest vocals, backing players, shared producers, and more: the connections between tracks are not pre-planned, and DJs and their teams think on their feet to come up with the next song, as they do daily on KEXP.  [Stream expires: 5/2/19]

Music Heals: Beyond Cancer

On Thursday, March 28th, KEXP presented Music Heals: Beyond Cancer, a day of programming dedicated to the power of music and the part it plays for those facing cancer. John Richards, Cheryl Waters, and Kevin Cole read stories shared with us by members of our community and featured songs that helped them through the healing process either emotionally or physically. While their shows are no longer available via the streaming archive, you can revisit them now now using KEXP Remixed (beta).

What is KEXP Remixed? Listen to brand new mixes created from KEXP's broadcast archive! By breaking our live broadcast back into the highly-curated 'sets' of music our DJs have created, we can 'Remix' these mini-playlists in new and interesting ways.

Morning Show Tribute to Shawn Smith

photo by Jim Bennett

Seattle's own Shawn Smith passed away Friday, April 5th, at the age of 53, due to complications from a heart issue. 

Born across the state in Spokane, he known for his work as the singer in the bands Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhed and also as an amazing solo artist. KEXP will celebrate his life for days to come.

On Monday, April 8, John Richards and The Morning Show paid homage to Smith's music and life, dedicating the four hour show to his music. Relisten to the tribute via the Two-Week Streaming Archive. [ stream expires Monday, 4/22 ]

You can also revisit Smith's performance of "Wrapped in a Memory" from last fall's Death & Music Event below.


Midnight in a Perfect World
March Schedule:

Multi-genre program featuring eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJs, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Check out the archives of previous exclusive mixes here, and check out the upcoming schedule below:

April 5th: Uji
April 12th: J.Lamotta
April 19th: Blueyedsoul
April 26th: Don Leisure (Darkhouse Family)


KEXP Running Powered Podcast

KEXP’s Morning Show host, John Richards, presents the KEXP Running Powered Podcast, a series of Music That Matters podcasts. Enjoy these training podcasts, featuring high-energy local and international artists with songs about running and songs that will motivate runners. Download now and allow KEXP’s resident runner to amplify your inspiration and soundtrack your next run.

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It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Breakdown


In celebration of its 30th anniversary, KEXP presented the latest in our series of album breakdowns on Thursday, June 21st, dissecting the classic platinum-selling Public Enemy record It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Over the course of 12 hours for this live radio event, the station played every discernable recording sampled on the album, along with exclusive interviews with Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D, the producer of the record Hank Shocklee of the Bomb SquadIshmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces and Digable Planets, former KEXP DJ Larry Mizell, Jr., professor, writer, and historian Dr. Daudi Abe, and more. It’s a celebration of Public Enemy, only on KEXP, where Public Enemy really matters. 

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