Luke Burbank

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Luke Burbank
Luke Burbank at Bumbershoot.jpg
Luke Burbank (left) with Sean DeTore and Kumail Nanjiani at Bumbershoot, 2010
Birth nameLuke Burbank
Born (1976-05-08) May 8, 1976 (age 42)
Eureka, California[1]
ShowToo Beautiful to Live
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),
Ross and Burbank (co-host),
The Luke Burbank Show (host)
Spouse(s)Carey Burbank
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.[3][4] He was most recently co-host of "The Ross and Burbank Show" and host of "The Luke Burbank Show" on Seattle's KIRO-FM radio station. Burbank is also a correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning.

Early life[edit]

Burbank was raised at Lighthouse Ranch, on Table Bluff, in Humboldt County, California, where he spent his private time listening to radio shows.[1] In the 1980s his parents moved to Seattle, Washington, where he also attended high school.[1]


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".[5] 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.[6] On November 2, 2001, he had a story aired on This American Life.[7]

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,[3] and he fills in whenever Sagal takes a vacation.[2]

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.[6][8] Burbank left the show in mid-December 2007 in order to spend more time with his daughter in Seattle.[3][6] His last appearance on the program was on December 14, 2007.[9]

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). It was Seattle Weekly's choice as "Best Radio Talk Show" in July 2009,[10][11] but after a poor showing in the July Arbitron ratings, the radio program was canceled in September.[11] Burbank and KIRO said that the program would continue as a daily podcast.[11] The podcast has continued since its radio cancellation, currently on American Public Media with longest serving co-host Andrew Walsh, a veteran radio producer and sometime host in his own right.

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 The Ross and Burbank Show. On January 7, 2013, the show was involved in a KIRO morning lineup change. Ross anchored Seattle's Morning News from 6 to 9 a.m., then co-hosted The Ross and Burbank Show from 9-10 a.m. Burbank hosted The Luke Burbank Show from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. 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. In September of that year he became the full-time host.

Burbank was the first person to air the phrase "personality sonar". It was explained during NPR's October 20, 2012, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! show[12]

Other appearances[edit]

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.[13]

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"[14] while The Next Web described it as "cringeworthy."[15] Burbank defended the ad, however, saying it was "successful."[16]


  1. ^ a b c Sanders, Eli (December 9, 2008). "Beautiful Thing: The Best New Radio Show in Seattle Is on... KIRO?". The Stranger. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b Paynter, Susan (2006-08-11). "NPR host proves what falls down can pop back up". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  3. ^ a b c Davila, Florangela (2008-01-09). "Luke Burbank is hip, vain, back in town, and back on the air". The Seattle Times.
  4. ^ Hood, Michael (2008-06-07). "Can Luke Burbank Make A.M. Radio Cool Again?". Seattle.
  5. ^ Eli Sanders, "Beautiful Thing," The Stranger, December 9, 2008.
  6. ^ a b c Davila, Florangela (2007-11-14). "Homegrown NPR host quits radio gig". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 2007-11-17.
  7. ^ How to Win Friends and Influence People, This American Life Radio Archive, #198, November 2, 2001]
  8. ^ Jensen, Elizabeth (2007-07-27). "An NPR Program Aims to Awaken a Younger Crowd". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  9. ^ Everhart, Karen,"Bryant Park host finds cure for Seattle homesick blues," Archived 2009-03-06 at the Wayback Machine Current, November 19, 2007.
  10. ^ Hobart, Erika (2009-07-29). "Best Radio Talk Show: Too Beautiful To Live". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
  11. ^ a b c Lacitis, Erik (2009-09-11). "KIRO radio's Luke Burbank show canceled over low ratings". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
  12. ^ Limericks, NPR, October 20, 2012
  13. ^ The Madeleine Brand Show, August 17, 2012, Southern California Public Radio
  14. ^ Guarini, Drew (2013-09-15). "WATCH: The Terrible iPhone Mocking Ad Microsoft Never Wanted You To See". Huffington Post.
  15. ^ Microsoft removes cringe-worthy videos, says they were intended to be ‘light-hearted poke’ at Apple, September 13, 2013
  16. ^ Luke Burbank says apparent Microsoft online ad fail was actually a success, Jamie Skorheim,, September 17, 2013

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