The Voice of the Wildflowers


For decades, Joe Spano has played cops on TV, traipsing through crime scenes, squad rooms and morgues in pursuit of fictional murderers and terrorists. He was detective Henry Goldblume in the 1980s show “Hill Street Blues,” and he now plays an FBI agent on the CBS crime show “NCIS.” But the Emmy-winning actor also has another long-running role, less dramatic perhaps, but in its own way just as memorable.

For a dozen years now, Spano’s volunteered as the voice of a free information service, telling people where they can go to find the most spectacular displays of wildflowers in Southern and Central California.

This story aired on "All Things Considered" on KCRW in 2017.