Feliks Banel

Feliks Banel

Feliks Banel is a host and resident historian for KIRO Newsradio, and is an Emmy-winning television writer and producer.

Feliks Banel: Icon extinguished as­­­ big blue flame neon sign leaves Seattle

A neon sign that was an iconic landmark burning high above Mercer Street in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood has found a new home.
7 hours ago

All Over The Map: Searching for ‘ghost signs of the air’

An aviation historian said you might be able to spot one of these "Ghost Signs of the Air" still on duty in a few Washington towns.
5 days ago

Feliks Banel: ‘Beacon of tacos’ shutting down in Wallingford

News broke Wednesday afternoon that the iconic Taco Time restaurant in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood will close in just a few days.
5 days ago

Feliks Banel: Forgotten Pearl Harbor hero was a Cub Scout from Port Angeles

A young sailor from Port Angeles who died more than 82 years ago in the early hours of the attack on Pearl Harbor is making history.
7 days ago

Vintage photos: Sea-Tac Airport celebrates 75 years

While its origins as an airfield date back to the early months of World War II, the Port of Seattle is marking 75 years of Sea-Tac Airport.
13 days ago

All Over The Map: Remodel project uncovers hidden past of beloved XXX drive-in

Work underway in Issaquah to convert the old XXX Root Beer to a Burgermaster has revealed a key feature of the original drive-in.
18 days ago

Welcoming summer with vintage local junior high fight songs

Three community members took the time to record the middle school fight songs they remembered so that they could preserved for posterity.
26 days ago

Celebrating Juneteenth 2024 and reflecting on local Black history

KIRO Newsradio caught up with Stephanie Johnson-Toliver, president of the Black Heritage Society of Washington, to talk about Juneteenth.
28 days ago

Frank Sinatra still sings in Seattle

On a late spring day nearly 60 years ago, one of the biggest names in show business came to Seattle and played a concert on a Sunday evening. It turned out to be a show that’s been echoing in some parts of the music world ever since.
1 month ago

Paying tribute to city namesake Chief Sealth’s grave in Suquamish

KIRO Newsradio visited the grave of Chief Sealth at Suquamish Memorial Cemetery and spoke with Suquamish Tribal Chair Leonard Forsman.
1 month ago

Fires devastated Seattle, Ellensburg, Spokane in 1889

When Washington became a state in November 1889, that wasn’t the only big news story that year, thanks to devastating fires across the state.
1 month ago

Everett’s Clark Park gazebo now gone to the dogs

The Everett Clark Park gazebo will be dismantled as the city council voted for funding to build an off-leash dog area.
1 month ago

On D-Day, West Coast radio listeners ‘sat up all night by the radio’

Next week will mark the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings at Normandy. Americans experienced that day quite differently, depending on which time zone you lived in.
1 month ago

Sumner City Council unanimously rejects Ryan House resolution

The Sumner City Council will meet Monday night and will likely vote on a Ryan House private fundraising resolution.
1 month ago

Endangered brick street and railroad bridge were witness to the Everett Massacre

The area where a stretch of brick road is crossed by a railroad bridge is the only portion unchanged from the Everett Massacre.
2 months ago

Exclusive: New Seattle National Archives to be a ‘very large project’

KIRO Newsradio spoke to two officials involved for a preview of what's to come in developing the new Seattle National Archives facility.
2 months ago

All Over The Map: KIRO Newsradio’s junior high/middle school fight song challenge

We're on a mission to collect recordings of as many Puget Sound area junior high school fight songs as possible to celebrate our alma maters.
2 months ago

Young Fresh Fellows celebrate 40 years since ‘Fabulous’ vinyl debut

The Young Fresh Fellows are marking the 40th anniversary, and new remix reissue, of their album "Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest."
2 months ago

Final frame was Saturday night for Kirkland’s Tech City Bowl – aka Totem Bowl

After more than six decades in business on the Eastside, Tech City Bowl on Rose Hill will shut down permanently later this year.
2 months ago

‘We got a real gut punch from it:’ Scientist recalls deadly Mount St. Helens eruption

This weekend is the 44th anniversary of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, a major event for those who remember it or know the history.
2 months ago

Kirkland’s rich history comes to life in the annual cemetery tour

The Eastside city's origin story will come up a lot during this year's annual history tour of Kirkland Cemetery.
2 months ago

The game-changing Boeing 707 jet debuted 70 years ago

It was 65 years ago this week that the Boeing 707 debuted in Renton. It was game-changing jetliner that cemented the company's dominance in the market.
2 months ago

Exclusive: Grassroots preservation campaign saves Parkland School

Members of the Parkland Community Association announced Friday that the group has officially assumed ownership of historic Parkland School.
2 months ago

Visiting Captain Vancouver’s grave in a tiny village near London

Captain George Vancouver will be commemorated as he is every year at the churchyard near London where he was buried more than 225 years ago.
2 months ago