Lori Neufeld

FM Music Director, Volunteer Coordinator, and host and producer of Alaska Live

Lori’s love for public broadcasting runs deep. She was raised on Car Talk, Morning Edition, A Prairie Home Companion, and later while studying wildlife biology at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas,  she realized that if she helped answer phones during the fund drive at KMUW, she could meet and chat with the hosts of locally produced shows.

After moving to Alaska in 1999, she became more directly involved with community radio as a volunteer host at KTNA in Talkeetna. Hitting the airwaves solo for her first show was nerve-wracking and exhilarating, and she says she relives those feelings through the energetic and nervous first-time volunteers she trains for KUAC’s volunteer shifts and local programs.

As producer and host for Alaska Live on KUAC FM, she now researches music and musicians from such a variety of backgrounds and genres, and wrangles these musicians into the studio while making them feel at ease so they can perform at their best.  Now in her eighth year at KUAC, Lori still marvels at the support public broadcasting gets from listeners and the community, and feels lucky to be a part of it.

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Aaron Elterman

Jim Bell created a wealth of music for the Palace Theater and Saloon. Sarah Mitchell and Friends crowded into the KUAC studios to celebrate these clever songs. Bell's music lives on through the Palace shows and local performances. Get the back story on many of your favorites or soon-to-be favorites then hear them in performance. Like a gold nugget, these performances stand out and shine!

Wes Colquette

Apr 28, 2016
Lori Neufeld

Born and raised in Alaska, Wes Colquette writes songs from the heart and the Alaskan experience. Colquette is releasing his debut "Gypsy Heart" in just a couple weeks and shared many selections and the stories behind the tunes. One song that Colquette played did make it on the show but not on the album because he had just wrote it hours before the show.

Lori Neufeld

Lorna Eder started planning a UAF Collaborative Faculty Recital and needed to invite a fellow musician to join her. Dane Little is an accomplished performance musician and is also Eder's sibling. This session gives insightful background into the 20th century pieces and wonderfully played excerpts from their recital.

Gretchen Gordon

We packed six cellists into the KUAC studios during our special KUAC Fundraising edition of From The Top. They rocked out and played brilliantly. Stories about how the KUAC and arts community come together were a part of the mix too.

Celebrating National Poetry Month on KUAC with the Statewide Poetry Contest first place winners reading their winning poems. This feature starts off with a conversation with Natalie Taylor, Literary Arts Coordinator for the Fairbanks Arts Association and KUAC's Lori Neufeld. Earlier last month, the first place winners visited the KUAC studios to record their poems.

Jesse Hoff (via Facebook)

Leighton Nunez passed away this week surrounded by family and friends after a year-long battle with cancer. He will be missed but his music lives on with his recordings and in the hearts of those who played music with him and saw him on many stages both in his home states of Louisiana and Alaska. Here is the portion of Any Old Time dedicated to the memory of Leighton Nunez.

Here is the KUAC radio broadcast of the 2016 Concerto Competition Winners’ Concert featuring the music and talent of pianist Joshua Swank, violinist Jonathan Swank, cellist Van Levey, and pianist Dimitrios Paganos Koukakis.


Dog teams are lining out and mushers are getting their game faces on to start their 1000-mile race from Fairbanks to Whitehorse in the 2016 Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race. KUAC's Lori Neufeld interviewed Reporter Molly Rettig while dogs excitedly yipped and howled in the background.

Kray Van Kirk

Jan 21, 2016
Aaron Elterman

Guitarist and singer/songwriter Kray Van Kirk has released his first CD in twenty years "The Road to Elfland". Listen to live performances of songs from this release and the stories behind the songs.


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