Timeout Radio

The award-winning youth radio show and podcast, Timeout Radio, covers a range of topics of interest to teens. Broadcasting from Davis, California, the show has a mix of in-depth reporting, interviews, music, and a place of the week. Inquisitive teens interested in sports, travel, and learning about the world will enjoy getting to know host Rohan and his fascinating line-up of insightful guests.

All past episodes are archived forever below. Find Timeout Radio on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Timeout Radio is the winner of the:

* 2020 Youth Summit Pitch Contest Grant, Points of Light Foundation

* 2022 National Hometown Media Award, Alliance for Community Media

* 2022 & 2023 San Francisco Press Club Greater Bay Area Journalism Award

* 2023 John Drury National High School Radio Award

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Replays Tuesday 5-5:30pm, Friday 5:30-6pm, Saturday 8-8:30am
Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

57. Beneath the Roots (Part 1)

Northern California has been dealing with wildfires that cause large-scale deforestation and wipe out native species and natural habitats. In the first episode of a two-part series on reforestation, we dig beneath the roots to uncover how Costa Rica became the first tropical country to entirely reverse deforestation. Maria Fernanda from Green Wolf shares how her organization helps conserve the country's ecosystem. Then visit Costa Rica, one of the world's happiest nations and one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Forests and national parks cover half the country and are home to half a million species, soaring cloudforests, and over a hundred volcanoes.

56. Brace Face

Braces are a rite of passage for many teenagers in the United States. Hear about the history of orthodontics, which goes back all the way to ancient Egypt and involves animal intestines, gold, and space shuttles! Then meet Dr. Benton Runquist who opens up about his 27-year career as a Davis orthodontist and his time as a radio DJ. Then travel to France — home to 1,500 varieties of cheese, residents who consume 25,000 tons of snails annually, supermarkets that divert 45,000 pounds of food each year to feed the hungry and reduce food waste, and the Tour De France cycling race that lasts 23 days and covers 2,068 miles.

55. Kickoff with Scott Marsh

Sports broadcaster Scott Marsh tells us about his journey to being the play-by-play voice for UC Davis football and basketball and his advice to aspiring broadcasters. Hear how Scott got his start at UC Davis’ student-run radio station KDVS, how he uses his business degrees from UC Davis in his job at SacTownSports 1140 AM KHTK, and the secret of his broadcasting versatility as GameNight host at Sacramento Kings basketball games and the co-host of Golf to Go Hour. Then we talk about Aggie football's upcoming 2022 season, starting with their kickoff game against Cal in Berkeley this weekend.

54. Urbs Indomita

A play-by-play announcer provides a running commentary of a live sports broadcast. The best play-by-play announcers work to develop a voice, pace, and style that their audience recognizes as soon as they hear them. They have a deep understanding of their sport, are skilled entertainers, build interest in the play and the athletes, and create storylines that grip their listeners' interest. Down the causeway from Davis, the professional soccer team Sacramento Republic FC plays in the USL Championship. Their motto is Urbs Indomita (The Indomitable City) which is also the motto of the city of Sacramento. Meet Rob McAllister, Sacramento Republic FC's play-by-play announcer, and hear about his broadcasting career, the Republic's current season, and their magical U.S. Open Cup run.

53. Bugs in the Building

There are more than 1.5 million species of insects on our planet. They pollinate fruits, flowers, and vegetables, and produce honey, beeswax, and silk. Insects are the only food source for many amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Humans in many parts of the world eat insects, which are a rich source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Some people reach for a can of bug spray or scream when they see insects scurrying about, but not our guest, entomologist Lynn Kimsey, director of the UC Davis Bohart Entomology Museum. Our place of the week is Madagascar, home to hissing cockroaches, upside down trees, bizarre karst limestone formations, amazing biodiversity, and rare and endangered lemurs.

52. Heat Wave

Extreme weather events like lightning, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes are scary. But did you know that heat waves are the most lethal weather phenomenon in the United States? Find out why heat waves happen and how to stay safe during one. UC Davis climate expert Dr. Richard Grotjahn tells us about the consequences of heat waves and what climate models predict about the future of these extreme events. Then visit  Death Valley, one of the hottest places in the world. It is also the driest and lowest place in North America, and is home to moving rocks, singing sand, fish that survive in the desert, and colorful displays of wildflowers.

51. Playing on the Edge

Goalkeepers are a little bit crazy. If you’re not insane, why would you just stand there and let people run into you and shoot balls at your face, all because you want to keep an inflatable ball out of a net. I play the position of goalie in soccer and while I don’t think goalies are totally insane, they definitely face a crazy amount of pressure. Meet Wallis Lapsley, goalkeeper for the Seattle Sounders, who tells us about his typical day on the training ground, what he likes about being a goalie, and how to make the jump from youth soccer to becoming a professional goalkeeper. Then travel to Seattle, where we view the city from the Space Needle, go kayaking, cross the world’s longest floating bridge, and find out why it rains cats and dogs (not from the sky).

50. Ultimate

With its fast-paced action and the extreme speed, stamina, and agility of its players, the sport of Ultimate definitely lives up to its name. Find out how Ultimate got its start, why "frisbee" was dropped from its official name, and when it could become an Olympic sport. Did you know that early games were played with pie-tins, most leagues have no referees, players call their own fouls, and use rock-paper-scissors to figure out which team starts the game? Keenan McKelvey and Luke Adel from UC Davis’ Ultimate Team tell us about why they got into the sport and how players can up their game. Then visit Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the 2022 USA Ultimate College Championships were just held. There we check out a lake under an office building, an immense dinosaur skull, the world’s largest outdoor music festival, and the oldest soccer team in the United States.

49. The Dirt on Composting

Composting involves recycling organic matter, such as leaves and food scraps, into fertilizer that can enrich soil and plants. Find out about the journey that your apple peels and eggshells take once you put your food waste into your city's organics waste removal cart and set the cart out on your curb. Jennifer Gilbert gives us the dirt on composting and tells us about her job as the Conservation Coordinator for the City of Davis. Then take a wee trip to the country of Scotland whose official animal is the unicorn (yes, really), and hear about moors, lochs, tartans, Highland Games, and the Loch Ness Monster.

48. New Orleans Jazz

The distinctive character of jazz is rooted in the unique history and culture of New Orleans, Lousiana. When Preservation Hall in New Orleans was first established 60 years ago, it was one of the few spaces in the segregated South where racially-integrated bands and audiences shared music together. Grammy-nominated trumpet player Branden Lewis shares his journey from playing in his elementary school concert band to being a member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, his advice to aspiring musicians, and how he and his fellow musicians got through tough times during the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Ida. Then visit the city of New Orleans — the birthplace of jazz — and home to Creole and Cajun culture and cuisine, Mardi Gras, and second line parades.

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The topics you cover on this show are so interesting. I learn something new each time!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 09/17/2021 - 11:08am

Love your choice of music! My favorite part of your show is the place of the week segment.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 06/27/2020 - 4:19pm

Listening to your show right now--sounding good. Just a note to say welcome to the KDRT/DMA family, and I hope your participation brings you happiness!

Submitted by Autumn Labbe-Renault on Fri, 06/19/2020 - 5:13pm

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