KXRW Vancouver Presents

Our Backyard

Our Backyard brings you the best of local history and culture through the inventors and eyes of those who live it, you!

Second Wednesday Noon to 1pm

Our Backyard

About Our Show

B.T. Michaels and Brad Richardson have joined forces to bring you the best of local history and culture through the inventors and eyes of those who live it, you! Join them as they question, investigate, and answer some of the area’s most intriguing people, places, and customs. 

Our Start

Both historians and residents of Clark County, Brad and BT Michaels where destined to grace the airwaves together. The problem at hand was, how do we capture the uniqueness of Clark County while driving the historical narrative? The answer, create a show for the citizens of Clark County by the historians who live here! The unique part is bringing on the real historians (the people who walk our streets) to fill in the gaps in Clark County’s legendary stories and mythologies. Once those components were put into place, the rest they say, is history!

The Crew


B.T. Michaels | Host

Brandon is a local military and cultural historian originally from Vancouver, WA. With history degrees from the University of Washington and Norwich University in Vermont, Brandon spends his free time exploring local history and culture especially around the topics of popular and military cultural development.

Brad Richardson | Host

As a life-long Clark County resident, Brad Richardson has spent the last 11 years engaging the public in the gathering, saving, and sharing of Southwest Washington history at the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM). He completed his Masters in Public History from Portland State University (2015). Brad was recognized as a 2015 Visit Vancouver USA Tourism Ambassador. Currently, the Executive Director at CCHM, he started his career at the museum as a volunteer in 2010. Brad has expanded the museum’s walking tour program, launched.

Episode Library

Happy New Year!!! Join us as we chat with Brandon Heimbigner about family legacy, bowling, and radio! ...
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Join BT Michaels on our first music based episode as we go back in time and relive Christmas 1987! For some of us a flashback for others.... "They had radios back in 1987?" Spread the love, enjoy the hits and listen to me share a family tradition! ...
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Join us in the studio as we talk with the Executive Board for NWMOCA (NorthWest Museum of Cartoon Arts) about cartoons, history and what is to come to Portland in 2023!! YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS! ...
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Join us for our interview with Sarah Burpee Programs Manager at the Pomeroy Living History Farm! Also the struggles of recording blooper reel! ...
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Today we visit with Jeff Davis, local military historian, to get the secrets of the Vancouver Barracks. Also join us as locals help me do a mic check! ...
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To commemorate the passing of the local legend of who is Claudia Carter, Brad Richardson and BT Michaels bring to you the extended interview from Claudia captured in November of 2021. Also in this episode, One History and a Lie and Folklore at the Door ...
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Today we talk about the Hough Foundation with Jill and Mina and follow up with Jeff Williams on more Vancouver Radio History! Join us wont ya! ...
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Todays show features activist and artist Claudia Carter of Clark County ...
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Join BT Michaels and Brad Richardson as they discuss radio with one of Vancouvers very own legend Jeff Williams! Also appearing in this episode, the new segment,Cutting Room Floor,where you the listener get to go behind the scenes at what we talk about when the mic is off! ...
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