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This NOT Just In

"This NOT Just In: Audible Moments from Northwest History" uses vintage recordings to bring to life historic events from the region's past. Series producer Feliks Banel digs into audio archives to help tell forgotten stories as well as shed new light on well–known episodes from local history.

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"This NOT Just In" was reported and produced by Feliks Banel and edited by Jim Gates. Funding was provided by the KUOW Program Venture Fund. Contributors include Paul and Laurie Ahern and Puget Sound Energy.

Columbus Day Storm damage, 1962. Photo by Seattle Municipal Archives.

This NOT Just In: Columbus Day Storm

Friday, October 12, 2012

On October 12, 1962, one of the worst storms in the region's history devastated the Pacific Northwest. Remembering the deadly Columbus Day Storm.

Listen to this story spacer 12–year–old Cody Webster, hero of the Kirkland Little League team, and his teammates are cheered by fans in Kirkland, Wash. The team won the world championship by beating Taiwan 6–0 in 1982. (AP Photo)

This NOT Just In: Kirkland Little League World Series

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

In the summer of 1982, Kirkland, Washington was a quiet bedroom community. That was, until the local Little League team made it to the World Championship game.

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This NOT Just In: President Harding Comes To Seattle

Friday, July 27, 2012

On July 27, 1923, Warren G. Harding spoke at Husky Stadium. It would be the last public speech the president would ever give.

Listen to this story spacer Seattle Supersonics playing the Portland Trail Blazers circa 1978, the year before they won the NBA Championship. Photo: Seattle Municipal Archives.

This NOT Just In: Seattle Supersonics World Championship

Friday, June 01, 2012

The Supersonics might have left Seattle, but 33 years ago, they were riding high. We look back at their NBA World Championship.

Listen to this story spacer Cover of the 1962 World's Fair map. Courtesy of Douglas Coulter.

This NOT Just In: World's Fair Plane Crash

Friday, April 20, 2012

On April 21, 1962 the Seattle World's Fair kicked off with great fanfare. But the opening ceremonies were marred by a deadly tragedy as a military jet crashed into a Seattle neighborhood.

Listen to this story spacer KING–TV's 'Almost Live!' Logo courtesy of Wikipedia.

This NOT Just In: Space Needle Hoax

Friday, March 30, 2012

An April Fool's prank backfires when KING–TV announces the destruction of the Seattle Space Needle.

Listen to this story spacer J.P. Patches and Gertrude from 'The J.P. Patches Show.' Image used with permission from Chris Wedes.

This NOT Just In: The Last Episode Of J.P. Patches

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It was three decades ago this week that one of the longest running daily TV shows in Pacific Northwest history came to an end.

Listen to this story spacer John Lennon, 1969. Photo by Roy Kerwood.

This NOT Just In: Mourning John Lennon

Thursday, December 08, 2011

John Lennon was murdered 30 years ago. We'll look back at how Seattleites mourned the death of the former Beatle in a time before the Internet, social media and cell phones.

Listen to this story spacer D.B. Cooper's FBI sketch. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

This NOT Just In: D.B. Cooper

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

In 1971, a man who is referred to as D.B. Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 on a flight between Portland, Oregon and Seattle. We look back at the hijacking which has become legendary in the Pacific Northwest.

Listen to this story spacer 'War of the Worlds' director and narrator, Orson Welles, 1937, from the Library of Congress Van Vechten Collection.

This NOT Just In: 'War Of The Worlds' Touches The Pacific Northwest

Friday, October 28, 2011

If you didn't know otherwise, the October 30, 1938 broadcast of "War of the Worlds" sounded a lot like a radio newscast.

Listen to this story spacer Columbus Day Storm damage, 1962. Photo by Seattle Municipal Archives.

This NOT Just In: Columbus Day Storm

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

On October 12, 1962, one of the worst storms in the region's history devastated the Pacific Northwest. Remembering the deadly Columbus Day Storm.

Listen to this story spacer Paul McCartney and John Lennon on stage at the Coliseum. Photo copyright © Timothy Eagan.

This NOT Just In: The Beatles In Seattle

Friday, August 19, 2011

The first wave of the British Invasion hit the shores of the Pacific Northwest with the arrival of Beatles on August 21, 1964.

Listen to this story spacer Protesters fill the sidewalk in front of Pier 56 in 1970. Photo by Frank Shaw, and used with permission by Paul Dorpat.

This NOT Just In: Namu The Killer Whale

Thursday, July 28, 2011

In 1965, a local businessman towed a giant orca into Elliott Bay. Namu the Killer Whale became a huge hit with the public, inspiring local musicians and even a movie.

Listen to this story spacer Troops storming Omaha beach on June 6, 1944, remembered as D–Day. Photo courtesy of the US Army.

This NOT Just In: D-Day On The West Coast

Friday, June 03, 2011

On June 6, 1944 more than 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy. While the East Coast slept, people on the West Coast listened to live updates on the radio throughout the night.

Listen to this story spacer Cover of the 1962 World's Fair map. Courtesy of Douglas Coulter.

This NOT Just In: World's Fair Plane Crash

Thursday, April 21, 2011

On April 21, 1962 the Seattle World's Fair kicked off with great fanfare. But the opening ceremonies were marred by a deadly tragedy as a military jet crashed into a Seattle neighborhood.

Listen to this story spacer The beginning of the Kingdome implosion in 2000. Photo by Seattle Municipal Archives.

This NOT Just In: Kingdome Implosion

Friday, March 25, 2011

It was the home of the Seattle Seahawks, the Mariners and the SuperSonics. But interest turned towards more modern sports facilities, and the Kingdome was dispatched with a bang.

Listen to this story spacer In 1941, Seattle practiced blackouts in case of enemy attack.

This NOT Just In: Wartime Blackout

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

When Pearl Harbor was attacked 70 years ago, the United States quickly went into war mode. Big cities, including Seattle, were suddenly on "the home front" with lives disrupted as precautions were taken to prepare for war.

Listen to this story spacer Great Seattle Fire. Photo by MOHAI. View the Great Fire photo set or the "This NOT Just In" slideshow >>.

This NOT Just In: Great Seattle Fire

Friday, June 04, 2010

Like many a city, Seattle was once nearly destroyed by a 19th century fire. Recently discovered audio from eyewitnesses to the Great Seattle Fire, recorded in 1953, sheds new light on this major disaster, but on a decidedly more human scale.

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This NOT Just In: Seattle Pilots

Monday, April 12, 2010

Over the last three–plus decades in Seattle the Mariners have provided enough thrills to keep even the most cynical fan coming back for more. But the Mariners aren't Seattle's first Major League Baseball team. That honor goes to the Seattle Pilots.

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Producer Bio

Feliks Banel is a broadcast historian, media producer and communications consultant. He was deputy director of Seattle's Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) for seven years, and has produced produced local radio and Emmy–nominated TV programs. Since 2000, Feliks has produced and directed the annual live holiday radio play now known as Seattle Radio Theatre, as well as a series of other holiday radio and TV broadcasts. He's also led panel discussions and walking tours; has lectured about radio history; and written on media, history and culture for Crosscut.com and seattlepi.com. Feliks is also the editor of I STILL LOVE RADIO, a radio history and contemporary criticism blog. He can be reached at feliksbanel@yahoo.com.

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