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.

Ways to Connect

JR Ancheta

Brian Rogers is UAF Chancellor Emeritus and is featured in the UAF Alumni Aurora Magazine. He was interviewed earlier last month by UAF Journalism Professor Rob Prince. This interview aired on KUAC, Monday October 5th at 1pm.

The Chrisman Sisters

Aug 20, 2015
Lori Neufeld

Beth Chrisman has had a big year with her Austin band, The Carper Family. They've played both A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage. Younger sister Tara continues to front bands in Alaska and in this session they bring originals, sweet sister harmonies and a friend from Beth's original band to sing with them, Jessica Wood. Stories from the road and country tunes, both originals and classics abound in this session.

Aaron Elterman

Funky and fun, Ukulele Russ and the Fairbanks All Stars entertain and lay down some serious grooves. The first half of the set list was dominated by animal-themed originals, including a useful song to know when out in the wilds of Alaska "Bear Safety".


Aug 10, 2015

Portland-based Balto plays rock and roll that focuses on the original songwriting from guitarist and vocalist Daniel Sheron. Balto has ties to Fairbanks through electric guitarist and vocalist, Luke Beckel, founding member of Fairbanks favorite Sweating Honey. Alaska Live showcased Balto's tight harmonies and stories from their Alaska tour.

Lori Neufeld

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Opera Artistic Director, Jaunelle Celaire invited guest artists and participants from the Opera/Musical Theatre program. Participants performed excerpts from popular operas and talked about the lead up to their performance on Davis Concert Hall Stage Saturday afternoon.

Concert Black

Jul 21, 2015
Lori Neufeld

New music is for anyone and everyone to enjoy and Concert Black demonstrated just this. As part of the Fairbanks Summer Art Festival, composers spent a week in Denali National Park and Concert Black now has 9 new pieces to perform from that week. They also write music for themselves that is full of funky grooves, interesting rhythms and world beats.

Lori Neufeld

Ian Scarfe is excited to reveal the backstory on compositions and composers to make classical music more accessible to audiences and musicians alike. He invited his fellow chamber musicians to perform on this Alaska Live session.

The Headbolt Heaters

Jun 25, 2015
Lori Neufeld

Fairbanks band The Headbolt Heaters shared original tunes and stories at the KUAC studios. Songs with a diversity of influences including blues, roots, country and even some punk were held together with solid harmonies and clever song crafting.