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John Richards (radio personality)

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John Richards is an American radio personality. Originally from Couer d'Alene, Idaho, he grew up in Spokane, Washington before moving to Seattle.[1] He is the host and producer of The Morning Show on 90.3 FM KEXP Seattle, Washington.[2] He is also KEXP’s assistant program director and is referred to on air as "John in the Morning". His show is on weekday mornings from 6AM-10AM PST, and always begins with the theme song written specifically for The Morning Show by local Seattle musician Damien Jurado.[3]

Richards works on a number of music projects outside of radio. He hosted the music video program The Local Music Show on the local Seattle Channel.[4]

Richards created International Clash Day in 2013 "for no other reason than the fact that he could."[5] It is now celebrated across the world, not only in the State of Washington, but in Austin, Ithaca, Kent, San Francisco, Seattle, Tucson, Vancouver B.C., Bridgwater (UK), and Washington D.C.[6]

Richards has done an annual "Mom Show" since 2004: On November 13, the anniversary of his mothers death, his show features song requests and messages from listeners that deal with the shared experience of grief.[7]

Richards' annual "Songs of Love and Hate" show features "songs of yearning, lust, loss, and heartbreak"[8] on Valentine's Day.


  1. ^ Davila, Florangela. "John Richards: For DJ, a lesson in cool from brother". Seattle Times. Retrieved 3 February 2008.
  2. ^ "John Richards". NPR. NPR. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  3. ^ Richards, John. "Damien Jurado: Bringing It All Back Home". NPR. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  4. ^ Asher, Tizzy. "KEXP DJ works to channel 'Local Music'". Seattle P-I. Retrieved 4 April 2007.
  5. ^ Reed, Ryan. "Seattle Honors the Clash By Declaring 'International Clash Day'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  6. ^ Leight, Elias. "The Clash Honored in Nine Cities With 'International Clash Day'". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  7. ^ YANDEL, JEANNIE. "KEXP DJ's 'Mom Show' Creates A Music Space For Grieving". KUOW. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  8. ^ Beckmann, Jim. "Valentine's Day Video Roundup: Songs of Love and Hate". KEXP Blog. Retrieved 14 February 2011.

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