Luke Burbank

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Luke Burbank
Luke Burbank at Bumbershoot.jpg
Luke Burbank with Sean DeTore and Kumail Nanjiani at Bumbershoot, 2010
Birth nameLuke Burbank
Born(1976-05-08) May 8, 1976 (age 38)
Eureka, California, U.S.
ShowToo Beautiful to Live
Station(s)Podcast
ShowLive Wire Radio
Station(s)Podcast, Public Radio
StyleTalk Show
Country United States
Previous show(s)Bryant Park Project (host),
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! (guest host and panelist),
Too Beautiful to Live,
Ross and Burbank (co-host),
The Luke Burbank Show (host)
Spouse(s)Carey Burbank
ChildrenAdelaide[1]
Website97.3 FM KIRO Bio
 
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Luke Burbank
Luke Burbank at Bumbershoot.jpg
Luke Burbank with Sean DeTore and Kumail Nanjiani at Bumbershoot, 2010
Birth nameLuke Burbank
Born(1976-05-08) May 8, 1976 (age 38)
Eureka, California, U.S.
ShowToo Beautiful to Live
Station(s)Podcast
ShowLive Wire Radio
Station(s)Podcast, Public Radio
StyleTalk Show
Country United States
Previous show(s)Bryant Park Project (host),
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! (guest host and panelist),
Too Beautiful to Live,
Ross and Burbank (co-host),
The Luke Burbank Show (host)
Spouse(s)Carey Burbank
ChildrenAdelaide[1]
Website97.3 FM KIRO Bio

Luke Burbank (born May 8, 1976) is an American radio host and podcaster, who hosts the Portland, Oregon based syndicated variety show "Live Wire Radio", and the Seattle-based former radio program and current podcast Too Beautiful to Live.[2][3] He was most recently co-host of the Ross and Burbank and host of "The Luke Burbank Show" on Seattle's KIRO-FM radio station.

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Early in his radio career, Burbank worked in Seattle as a producer for the conservative talk show host Kirby Wilbur, as well as the public radio station's KUOW 94.9 FM local talk show The Conversation and the public radio satire show "Rewind".[4] Later, Burbank moved to Los Angeles, California, where he began booking appearances for the National Public Radio (NPR) program Day to Day and worked as an assignment reporter on shows All Things Considered and Morning Edition.[5] On November 2, 2001, he had a story aired on This American Life.[6]

In July 2006, he became a panelist on the radio game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. He substituted as host for Peter Sagal for some weeks while Sagal finished his book,[2] and he fills in whenever Sagal takes a vacation.[1] His appearances on the show have been marked by the audience chanting "Luuuuuuuuuuuuuke!" as the show comes back from a break.

Burbank spent two months as host of NPR's short-lived morning show The Bryant Park Project, an experiment in alternate programming by the network that aired on 13 public radio stations.[5][7] Burbank left the show in mid-December 2007, in order to spend more time with his daughter in Seattle.[2][5] His last appearance on the program was on December 14, 2007.[8]

After leaving NPR, Burbank returned to Seattle to host a local show called Too Beautiful to Live. The program ran for 18 months (initially on KIRO-AM and then on KIRO-FM), and was Seattle Weekly's choice as "Best Radio Talk Show" in July 2009,[9][10] but after a poor showing in the July Arbitron ratings, the radio program was canceled in September.[10] Burbank and KIRO said that the program would continue as a daily podcast.[10]

On October 26, 2010, after one year off the KIRO airwaves, Burbank joined The Dave Ross Show as co-host. The show was renamed to Ross and Burbank. On January 7, 2013, the show was involved in a KIRO morning lineup change. Ross anchored Seattle's Morning News from 6-9a, then co-hosted Ross and Burbank from 9-10a. Burbank hosted The Luke Burbank Show from 10a-12p, with co-host Tom Tangney. On August 2, 2013, Burbank announced that he was leaving both shows to pursue longer-form broadcast opportunities.

On March 11, 2013, Burbank became the interim host for the syndicated public radio variety show "Live Wire Radio". He has announced that he will be the permanent host starting the fall season.

Other Appearances[edit]

Burbank has continued to host Too Beautiful to Live as a podcast since its cancellation by KIRO in 2009.

He previously appeared in a regular weekly segment called "Awesome, Not Awesome" on the Madeleine Brand show on KPCC until its cancellation in September 2012.[11]

In September 2013 he starred in a Microsoft online video advertisement with his wife Carey Burbank, which made headlines after it was pulled by the company less than 24 hours later following viewer backlash. The Huffington Post declared the ad was "terrible"[12] while The Next Web described it as "cringeworthy."[13] Burbank defended the ad, however, saying it was "successful."[14]

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