Kevin Kniestedt

Morning Edition Host

Kevin Kniestedt became the host of Morning Edition on WFAE in September of 2013. Prior to that, he spent twelve years in public radio in Seattle/Tacoma and Spokane, Washington, where you could find him on the air just about any random hour of the day. Kevin has spent time hosting both news and music, has interviewed the likes of Dr. John, Chick Corea, and Branford Marsalis, and has authored the list 1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die. Kevin is also a huge sports fan, loves a good film festival, and can often be found indulging on a massive plate of nachos.


Local News
12:14 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

An Interview With John Hockenberry

The popular public radio show The Takeaway was broadcast live from the WFAE studios this morning, and host John Hockenberry was kind enough to join me live in the studio during Morning Edition for a few minutes before The Takeaway went on the air.

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11:37 am
Wed October 2, 2013

The Life And Music Of Trumpet Legend Arturo Sandoval

Jazz trumpet master Arturo Sandoval comes to Charlotte Thursday evening at McGlohan Theater. Sandoval is the winner of nine Grammy awards, but will receive his biggest award next month – the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Local News
11:22 am
Wed September 25, 2013

What's In A Dog's Name? This Reporter Finds Out

Black and brown dog.
Credit Irita Kirsbluma / Flickr

What’s in a name? More specifically, what’s in a dog name? Well, we know the answer – at least in Mecklenburg County, thanks to Jeremy Markovich of NBC Charlotte. He analyzed the names of every single dog licensed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Control – 109,000 in all. From that list, he was able to determine the most popular dog names, and created a searchable list of more than 17,000 different names. Jeremy spoke to WFAE's Kevin Kniestedt about his findings:

Morning Edition on WFAE

Every weekday for over three decades, NPR's Morning Edition has taken listeners around the country and the