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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Mak Landry

Beppe Gambetta discovered American folk and bluegrass music while growing up in Genoa, Italy almost by chance through an uncle who visited New York in the 60's. Influenced by his native Italy, Gambetta melds American roots music and flat-picking prowess with original compositions and traditional music. 

High Plains Jamboree

Aug 19, 2016
Lori Neufeld

High Plains Jamboree is a newly-formed 4-member band of seasoned multi-instrumentalists out of Austin, Texas. The whole band writes songs and arranges selections tailored for their talents. Harmonies and great pickin' in the country and bluegrass tradition mark this Alaska Live session.

Lori Neufeld

Delightful performances from duos and trios of Alaska Cello Institute Summer students live in the KUAC studios. Arrangements of classical and popular selections are favored by the cello students. Listen for insights about spending time with fellow cellist on stage, in practice and in nature right here on Alaska Live.

Lori Neufeld

The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival attracts many talented guest artists and participants. Pianist Ian Scarfe was joined by chamber musicians from his workshops and lessons to share the joys of classical and chamber music.

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.

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