Road Trip

NOAA / NOAA

We’re all about sound here at KLCC.  And so is the Ocean Acoustics Program at NOAA’s facility in Newport.  Its program manager, Bob Dziak  and his team of nine researchers, analyze underwater recordings which help gauge the health and activity of the waters.  KLCC’s Brian Bull visited Dziak recently as part of our ongoing 50th Anniversary Road Trip. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – or NOAA – has its Pacific Marine Operations 

Center in the coastal city of Newport. 

KLCC News is presenting a 50th Anniversary Road Trip series, rolling into many KLCC communities throughout the year to learn more about the listeners we serve.  We began in Springfield in February.

Next Destination:  NEWPORT

Author Garth Stein has inspired millions with his book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, about a dog obsessed with car racing and believing he’ll be reincarnated in human form. The book is the focus of this year’s Newport Reads program. Garth Stein will appear at the Newport Performing Arts Center on April 19th, and at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on April 22nd. He speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan. 

Springfield Museum

Next in our road trip series, KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert introduces us to some of the notable people who hail from Springfield. (Listen to interviews and watch the slideshow!)

Rachael McDonald

Over the past several years, Springfield has worked to improve its image. Once known for empty storefronts, seedy bars and crime, the city has used art in its efforts to revitalize downtown.  This took a lot of help from the community.

Angela Kellner/KLCC

In 2008, KLCC’s Angela Kellner reported on efforts to revitalize downtown Springfield. Business owners cited crime, parking and lighting as a few of the challenges impeding their success. Nine years later, Kellner follows up on efforts to fix those problems. 

Kyra Buckley/KLCC

In Springfield faith and service organizations continue to help homeless folks find shelter and get in to housing. They also help low income people pay rent. There’s little to no emergency shelter available in the city, and thousands of names are on the wait list for subsidized housing.

Brian Bull / KLCC

After 90 years, the Marcola School District is dropping its mascot, the Mohawk Indians.  While some locals saw it as a point of pride, others deemed it irrelevant and an offensive stereotype of Native Americans. 

While the decision is generally seen as progressive and keeping with changing cultural attitudes, KLCC’s Brian Bull reports there’s still mixed feelings in the Marcola community.  

Tiffany Eckert

KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert speaks to Sunshine Kesey, daughter of Ken Kesey, about their family life, Kesey’s wrestling start at Springfield High School and his indelible mark on a generation.

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