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Bits & Pieces: Live Wire's big news

The radio/stage variety show Live Wire! Radio has always featured interesting guests and fun topics, and it has been recognized for its hard work through the years. Public Radio International has added the show and host Luke Burbank to its portfolio, beginning July 1.

“PRI understands that people are inspired by all types of experiences: intellectual, artistic, serious and humorous,” says Melinda Ward, chief content officer of PRI. “Live Wire! brings those experiences to audiences in ways that are relevant and energetic. We are delighted to be working with them.”

Live Wire! launched in 2004, and does most of its shows at Alberta Rose Theatre.

“When we started this show 10 years ago,” says Robyn Tenenbaum, co-creator and executive producer, “our goal was to be heard by ears across the country and around the world.”

She adds, jokingly: “We currently air in some wonderful markets outside of Oregon, including Seattle, Austin, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and we look forward to working with PRI to reach our true goal of world domination.”

For more info: www.pri.org and www.livewireradio.org.

Doug Fir, on air

Deliradio.com runs an online radio station network, where listeners can tune in and hear music from artists that have played in Portland or will be playing in Portland. Its goal is getting more fans out to shows in Portland.

Doug Fir Lounge Radio is just one of the many Portland streaming stations; most, if not all, of the notable Portland clubs appear to be represented on DeliRadio. Organizers say Doug Fir Lounge Radio has become the most played station on all of DeliRadio. Check it out: www.deliradio.com.

Arts & Lectures

The lineup for the 30th anniversary season of Portland Arts & Lectures has been announced. The series, held at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, brings to Portland some of the world’s celebrated writers, artists and thinkers; OPB radio airs them live. The 2014-15 season: James McBride, “The Good Lord Bird,” Oct. 16; Elizabeth Kolbert, “The Sixth Extinction,” Nov. 13; Michael Chabon, “Telegraph Avenue,” Jan. 15; Ruth Ozeki, “A Tale for the Time Being,” Feb. 19; Katherine Boo, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” April 23.

For info: www.literary-arts.org.

Book awards

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association is seeking nominations for its 2015 Book Awards. The PNBA represents independent book selling, literacy and free speech. To nominate a book published in 2014 by a Northwest author, write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; include author name, place of residence, title and publisher name, address and lead contact. Nominations are due by Aug. 29. For info: www.pnba.org.

Theater teaching

The I’m A Star Theatre Arts Program has been established to teach students ages 13 to 30 who have intellectual or developmental disabilities.

It’s a seven-week program in acting, singing and creative movement. It’ll be held 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, April 17 to June 5, at Hillsboro Nazarene Church, 1390 N.E. 21st Ave., Hillsboro. It’s $50 per student; to register and for more info, go to www.stagesyouth.org.