Feliks Banel

Feliks Banel

Feliks Banel is a producer, host, and historian for KIRO Radio, and is editor of "Columbia," the quarterly magazine of the Washington State Historical Society.

All Over The Map: Thanksgiving Island Mystery solved?

“The Mystery of Thanksgiving Island” – a ‘cold case’ about the origins of that name – may just have been cracked wide open by a KIRO Radio listener. 
2 days ago

Special 50th anniversary broadcast: Infamous Northwest skyjacking

KIRO Radio presents a special broadcast called "COOPER 5-0," marking the 50th anniversary of the DB Cooper skyjacking of Nov. 24, 1971.
5 days ago

All Over The Map: Can you solve the mystery of Thanksgiving Island?

Pretty much everyone has heard of Easter Island and Christmas Island, but what about Thanksgiving Island right here in the Pacific Northwest?
10 days ago

KIRO Radio ready to serve in case of emergency

KIRO Radio is proud to have partnered for years with FEMA to provide unique communications facilities and capabilities in the event of an emergency.
11 days ago

World War II Navy chapel is still sacred to Shoreline residents

Tucked away in a forested part of Shoreline is a unique artifact dating to World War II and a once-sprawling U.S. Navy hospital.
12 days ago

All Over The Map: New Seattle history book for kids recalled by publisher

It’s a twisted tale of a brand-new book for kids all about Seattle, which is being recalled by the publisher just a week after it was released.
17 days ago

Behind the screens at century-old Neptune Theatre

The Neptune in the University District will celebrate its 100th birthday next week, which makes it one of Seattle’s oldest continuously operated theatres.
19 days ago

All Over The Map: Is this the oldest old-school service station in Washington?

Dan Ward believes his family-owned business in College Place is “the oldest continuously operating, old school, true full-service service station in the Pacific Northwest.”
24 days ago

Vintage locomotive comes home to Northwest Railway Museum

The Northwest Railway Museum is completing a trade that will send a 1951 diesel engine to Nevada, and bring a 1940 locomotive to its original home.
26 days ago

All Over The Map: A half-dozen half-baked facts about the iconic giant Winlock Egg

In honor of the 98th birthday of the Winlock egg – and those long-ago Winlockians who made it happen – here are a half-dozen, half-baked facts.
1 month ago

A treasure hunt for phantom cannons in the Evergreen State

The hunt for 166-year-old cannons is a story that just about anyone who loves a good old-fashioned treasure hunt can’t help but get worked up about.
1 month ago

All Over The Map: Tiny Washington town of Danville eagerly awaits reopening of border

Point Roberts has gotten much of the attention during the extended border closure, but it’s not the only town that’s been suffering economically.
1 month ago

Could landmark designation save Seattle’s Memorial Stadium from demolition?

As it turns out, saving Seattle's Memorial Stadium from demolition may not be just some pedantic argument or splitting of historic preservation hairs.
1 month ago

All Over The Map: How – and why – did Microsoft ‘Name That Zune’?

We know now it couldn’t beat the iPod, but where and how did Microsoft get the name for its gone-but-not-forgotten Zune media player?
1 month ago

Priceless archive keeps the history of Pacific Northwest trains running

A unique partnership devoted to Northwest railroad history means an incredible archive of photos and documents is being preserved and made accessible.
2 months ago

All Over The Map: Ghosts of the Roosevelt Highway in Washington state

For most of the 1920s and well into the 1930s, part of the long-forgotten Roosevelt Highway traveled through the Evergreen State.
2 months ago

Beloved kids’ show host turned meteorologist M.J. McDermott hangs up her barometer

When meteorologist M.J. McDermott retires this week from Channel 13, not many people will remember her early years hosting a kids' show.
2 months ago

All Over The Map: How Kittitas, Klickitat and Lewis counties were named

All Over The Map’s county origins series took the summer off, but returns for this installment, featuring Kittitas, Klickitat, and Lewis counties.
2 months ago

Mixed bag for mask mandate at inaugural Kraken preseason game in Spokane

While the Seattle Kraken prevailed in its inaugural preseason game, the state’s mask mandate for indoor spaces and large events did not fare so well.
2 months ago

All Over The Map: Forgotten centennial of distinctive Mount Rainier monument

Edmond Meany said it best 100 years ago this week: “These ceremonies will soon be forgotten, but this monument will endure.”
2 months ago

Searching for D.B. Cooper ‘historic sites’ in Portland and Seattle

With the 50th anniversary of the infamous D.B. Cooper hijacking this November, places where the crime played out hold physical traces that stir up memories.
2 months ago

All Over The Map: Long-gone ferry crossings at Orondo and Entiat

Before many bridges were open, a number of small, private ferry crossings were in operation along the Columbia River as late as the 1950s and 1960s.
2 months ago

The fire is out, but Aberdeen Museum of History struggles to rebuild

It’s been more than three years since a fire destroyed the Aberdeen Armory and history museum. Now, some locals are frustrated by delays in replacing it.
2 months ago

All Over The Map: When Sea-Tac Airport disappeared for six months

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has had a few different names, but port commissioners ultimately decided to "Keep it Sea-Tac."
3 months ago