Announcing the New Sound & Vision Podcast

Sound and Vision

KEXP has announced the availability of the next essential podcast for music lovers – Sound & Vision. Originally launched as a 2-hour weekly broadcast in February 2019, the station will now also be condensing this program into an easy-to-consume 30-60 minute podcast offering. Listeners can now subscribe to the Sound & Vision podcast on major podcast platforms, with the first two episodes available on July 9th and a trailer available now.
KEXP’s Sound & Vision podcast features interviews, panels, reporting and commentary that digs into the stories behind the music, with in-depth discussion of the most important issues facing music and arts communities. The program is hosted by public radio veteran Emily Fox, along with KEXP Morning Show host and Director of Programming, On-Air, John Richards. KEXP is recognized around the world for exclusive live performances, unique community-centered approach, and one-of-a-kind radio programming celebrating all genres and styles of music. Now, the station is launching a podcast that pulls together the knowledge, perspective, and experience built up over decades of music curation and presentation.
The first episode of KEXP’s Sound & Vision podcast features:

  • Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, on the role that distance running has played in his life and struggles with alcohol abuse.
  • Exoneree Amanda Knox, on the role music played during her time incarcerated in an Italian prison.
  • Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA 7), telling the story of her life, activism and political career through music.
  • Seattle-based rock band IMIJ, on navigating the music industry as an all-Black rock act in the 1990s, as interviewed by Eva Walker of The Black Tones

“When we air music on KEXP, we don’t always get to dig into the deeper issues,” said Richards. “We don’t get to hear the musicians’ voices. You don’t even hear the stories from which they make music, be it current political events, or their own personal struggles. When we created Sound & Vision, we wanted a place for musicians to tell their stories. We wanted to show that music connects us.”
“Our new programming will be focused on understanding music in a deeper level through narrative and storytelling,” said Fox, in a statement released around the announcement of the launch of the Sound & Vision radio program. “We’ll focus on the ways that music describes and deconstructs the complexities of the human condition, and share what has  inspired artists to make their art. Homelessness, gentrification and displacement, race and identity, law and politics - we’ll cover it all through a lens of music and culture.”
To receive an early press link to the first episode of KEXP’s Sound & Vision podcast, contact Dashel Schueler at

Listen to the trailer now.

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