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

Two members of the new music group CORVUS return to their hometown of Fairbanks and perform for Alaska Live.  Violinist and Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival's New Music Coordinator, Andie Springer performs with her fellow band mate and flutist, Katie Cox.


Fairbanks-born fiddle player, Caitlin Warbelow has recently performed on the Tony Awards stage with the Broadway hit "Come From Away."  In this Alaska Live segment, she performs Celtic music alongside friends, Kyle Sanna and Isaac Alderson.


Mak Landry

Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre celebrates its 25th Anniversary with one of Shakespeare's historic plays "King John". A select scene with a few cast members was central to this performance at the KUAC studios. Listen in for a preview of the production and hear how Shakespeare is done best, live and in the voices of Fairbanks Shakespeare local company.

Emma's Revolution

Jun 2, 2017

Emma's Revolution brings their brand of protest songs to the KUAC Studios.  The live audience also joined the duo in a sing-along or two.

Emerson Eads was moved by the release of the Fairbanks Four and the result was his most recent composition, "Mass for the Oppressed". Eads returned home to Fairbanks for the debut and CD release. Listen to the music and conversation right here.

Nancy Tarnai

Violinist Rose Crelli performs pieces from her upcoming senior recital on a special spring fundraiser, Alaska Live.

Fairbanks Arts Association

First place-winners of the Fairbanks Arts Association's 23rd Annual Statewide Poetry Contest talk with KUAC's Lori Neufeld about what inspires them and then offer a reading of their works. Neufeld's interviewees include, in this order, this year's judge, Jeremy Pataky, who sees a bright future for Alaska's poets; elementary school winner Darcy Misel; high school winner Sasha Gorda; and adult winner Kersten Christiansen.

Rhythm Future Quartet

Mar 31, 2017
Jerry Swanson

The spirit of Gypsy Jazz is alive and well in the hands of this foursome. The Rhythm Future Quartet pays homage to Django Reinhardt with their ensemble name and musical style. Listen for standards, originals and covers all done in the style of Gypsy Jazz. 

Fairbanks Symphony

Interviews and performances from the 2017 Concerto Competition Winners including cellist Cirdan Vonnahme, oboist Joey Hogenson and pianist Sarah Riopelle.

Molly Rettig/KUAC

KUAC's Molly Rettig and Lori Neufeld talk over the phone about the 2017 Yukon Quest that gets underway in Whitehorse this morning. The air is filled with excitement and you can hear it in the yips, barks and howls from the dogs ready to head out on the 1000-mile Yukon Quest trail to finish in Fairbanks.

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