Steven Short

Reporter/Producer

Steven has been with KALW News since it’s beginnings in 2004. His history, art and public interest stories have won awards for Breaking News, Feature Writing and Explanatory Journalism. Some of his reports have aired nationally on NPR.

He is responsible for The Source, a recurring feature on the origins of Bay Area place names. He also researches most of the listings for the Crosscurrents local music calendar and compiles the weekly online Cannabis News Round-up.

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4:26pm

Tue October 23, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today’s Local Music: Hoo Doo Rhythm Devils

What’s that you’re hearing? It’s the long time San Francisco band, the Hoo Doo Rhythm Devils. This group has been through many personnel changes since they started in 1972, but they stay true to their Fifties and early-Sixties style. They’re on the bill Friday October 26 at Biscuits & Blues, off Union Square in San Francisco. Music starts at 8pm.

11:19am

Mon October 22, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today’s Local Music: Kathy Kallick Band

Photo courtesy of KathyKallick.com

When you think of bluegrass music, you probably think more of wooden cabins than of Presidential yachts. But on Thursday (10.25) the Kathy Kallick Band has a show planned on the Potomac, the yacht built for President Franklin Roosevelt, now harbored at Jack London Square in Oakland. This concert is part of the “Pickin’ on the Potomac” music series. Tours of the ship begin at 6:30pm, and the music starts about an hour later.

1:17pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Bells

Today we are featuring the sound of Bells. Not literally “bells,” of course. That’s the name of the group. This East Bay band blends dreamy harmonies and a wide range of percussion to create a unique sound. You can hear them for yourself on Friday, October 19, at the New Parish in Oakland. Music starts at about 9pm.

 

4:05pm

Tue October 16, 2012
Arts & Culture

Did pop music kill the campaign song?

It’s election season so all aspects of every campaign machine is working to get our attention. Some candidates use pop music in their campaigns, but it doesn’t always work in their favor. For example, Tom Petty forced Tea Party candidate Michelle Bachmann to stop using his song, “American Girl,” at her rallies. And candidate Barack Obama had to quit using “Hold On, I’m Comin'" because Sam – of Sam & Dave, the duo that made the song popular – said he had not endorsed the future President.

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6:28pm

Mon October 15, 2012
Arts & Culture

The Source: The story of Marin County's namesake takes flight

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In Marin, it’s been a rewarding year for author and academic, Betty Goerke. Back in February, she was recognized for her “significant contributions advancing the understanding of the past in Marin County.” This Sunday, October 21, she will be honored by the Mill Valley Art Commission, at their annual awards dinner. In this story from our archives, Goerke sat down with KALW’s Steven Short to discuss the subject of one her books, the namesake of Marin County.

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