Re-Imagined Radio celebrates the story of the Interstate Bridge

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Re-Imagined Radio will pay tribute to the 106-year-old Interstate Bridge in February with an episode titled “A Mighty Span.” The episode premiers Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. on KXRW-FM, Vancouver, and KXRY-FM, Portland. Subsequent broadcasts and streams will be provided by local, regional and international broadcast partners.

The bridge—the first to connect Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., across the Columbia River—opened on Feb. 14, 1917. The episode is a dramatized live radio news report based on historical documents and other resources regarding the lift span of the bridge. Through speeches and other sounds, listeners will be able to put themselves at the bridge the day of its opening and experience some of its spectacle and pride.

The episode was written by John Barber, faculty member of the Washington State University Vancouver Creative Media and Digital Culture Program and founder of Re-Imagined Radio. “Because radio technology did not exist here at the time, the radio broadcast regarding the opening of the bridge is constructed from other historical artifacts," Barber said. To provide context, this episode explores early examples of radio news programs, including two of renown that produced dramatizations of historical news events: “The March of Time” and “You Are There.”

Re-imagined Radio premieres episodes on the third Monday of the month on KXRW-FM. In addition, every Sunday, an episode of Re-Imagined Radio is broadcast on KXRW, drawing from previously broadcast episodes. Episodes can be streamed on demand from the Re-Imagined Radio website,

Community Partners

Re-Imagined Radio draws on community voice actors, Foley artists, musicians, sound artists and engineers. Partners include KXRW-FM, KXRY-FM, Marc Rose and Holly Slocum Design

About Re-Imagined Radio

Re-Imagined Radio was begun by Barber in 2013 to celebrate radio storytelling. "We select, produce and perform classic and contemporary stories across a spectrum of radio genres, from dramas to comedies, from oral to aural histories, from documentaries to fictions, from soundscapes to sonic journeys, from radio to sound art,” Barber said. 

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is in the homeland of Chinookan and Taidnapam peoples and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. As one of six campuses of the WSU system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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