Wes Nisker

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Wes Nisker
Born1942 (age 79–80)
Other namesScoop
  • Author
  • radio commentator
  • comedian
  • meditation instructor

Wes ("Scoop") Nisker (born 1942) is an author, radio commentator, comedian, and Buddhist meditation instructor.[1] Nisker was a fixture on the San Francisco original free-form radio station KSAN in the late 60's and 70's, and later was heard regularly on KFOG. He has become well known for the catchphrase, "If you don't like the news ... go out and make some of your own," which he used as the title for a 1994 book.[2]

His radio features could be unconventional, like this traffic report: "People are driving to work to earn the money to pay for the cars they're driving to work in. Back to you." He and his books have been covered in various publications of record.[3][4][5] He is the founder and co-editor of the international Theravada Buddhist journal Inquiring Mind.[6] He is one of the regular teachers at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County, California.[6]

Nisker is Jewish and his father was a Jewish immigrant from Poland.[7]



  1. ^ Garfinkel, Perry (September 2, 2003). "Joke's Not Funny? Blame It on Buddha". The New York Times. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Berger, Kevin (February 7, 1995). "A liberal Scoop of wit and sanity: KFOG newscaster sounds more radical than ever". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
  3. ^ Heilig, Steve (April 13, 2003). "Q & A: Wes "Scoop" Nisker: Keeping the faith in more ways than one". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
  4. ^ Gach, Gary (December 6, 1998). "What Would the Buddha Say to Darwin?". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
  5. ^ Spayde, Jon (May–June 2002). "Road-Testing Crazy Wisdom: Learn how to harness own crazy wisdom". Utne Reader. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
  6. ^ a b Spirit Rock Teachers: Wes Nisker
  7. ^ "Topic 188: Scoop Nisker, "The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom"". The Well. Retrieved September 24, 2019.