Katy Sewall is a back-up announcer/host for KUOW and a feature reporter. She's a PRINDI award-winning producer who trained with Radiolab and toured with A Prairie Home Companion. Her work has appeared on The Takeaway, Here & Now, the BBC, and more. Her specialty is human interest stories. Her radio feature titled "The sad story behind ‘White Christmas,’ America’s favorite Christmas carol," is a holiday favorite. Her other feature titled "What's Your Favorite Color, Sweetheart? 'The Blood'" continues to shock people every Halloween. Katy spent nine years as the Senior Producer of Weekday with Steve Scher, the flagship two-hour daily morning show that aired on KUOW for nearly twenty years.
She's currently the host and creator of the international podcast The Bittersweet Life, which explores life's big questions with humor, intelligence and big-name guests.
Professional Affiliations: Former Program Director of Town Hall Seattle, Writer at Crosscut.com
'Where the treetops glisten.' The sad story behind ‘White Christmas’
Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” was first heard on a radio show sponsored by the Kraft Company on Christmas Day, 1941.
I traveled to Italy after 2 years of pandemic isolation. Then I got Covid
I had hardly left my home in two years. I’d locked myself away, watching out for neighbors, friends, parents, and my partner. I was finally back in the world, triple-vaxxed and ready to see anything new — anything besides two side-by-side lines on a home Covid test.
Doug Paterson, KUOW studio engineer and East African music aficionado, dies at 72
We lost one of our own this month. Doug Paterson was a trusted audio engineer at the station for almost 20 years. His work behind the scenes made much of what you heard on the radio possible. He was 72.
'It’s felt like 5 consecutive careers.' Ross Reynolds retires after 34 years at KUOW
Ross Reynolds is retiring this January after 34 years of work in service of the Puget Sound community and KUOW’s mission to create and serve a more informed public.
What I learned living in Garrison Keillor's house
Garrison Keillor and I stood on a rainy Seattle sidewalk waiting for the valet to bring my car around so I could drive him back to his hotel. Garrison...
The sad story behind ‘White Christmas,’ America’s favorite Christmas carol
The most popular Christmas carol in America stands apart from the others in a number of ways.
What's Your Favorite Color, Sweetheart? 'The Blood'
It's Halloween, and you probably have your own family tradition. Carving a jack-o-lantern, dressing up, eating too much candy. For Seattleite Matt...
Female Pioneer Credited With Bringing Sound Effects To Radio
It’s no secret that radio in the early days was a man’s game. Men were the directors, the producers, the composers and the sound effect technicians. But...
When Actors Were The Anchors
Modern moviegoers are used to experiencing trailers, concession advertisements and, of course, a reminder to turn off their cell phone before the main...
When Radio Censors, Go For “The Twilight Zone”
Rod Serling may not be a household name, but his groundbreaking television show, The Twilight Zone, certainly is. Serling’s bumpy radio beginnings set...