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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Alaska Live
12:23 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre

Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre in the KUAC Studio
Brady Gross

Tom Robenolt, Allan Hayton, Kat Wodtke and Sarah Mitchell joined Lori Neufeld in the KUAC studio to discuss their partnership on events revolving around the Shakespeare Uncovered Season 2 premiere. The Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre  members talked about the challenges of translating Shakespeare's work into Gwich'in. Mitchell and Wodtke even performed a scene on air from an upcoming performance. There were a few musical performances as well, including a gorgeous Gwich'in traditional and an original by Wodtke called "Corduroy Road."

Arts & Culture
5:58 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Shakespearean Afternoon Concert

KUAC's host Lori Neufeld is joined in the studio by Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre's Andrew Cassel and Rebecca George. KUAC and FST are partnering for a series of events surrounding Season 2 of PBS' Shakespeare Uncoverd airing in February on KUAC TV. Music and discussion inspired by Shakespeare, the Gwichi'in inspired Midsummer Night' Dream and Shakespeare Uncovered are all covered.

Alaska Live
4:36 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Young Fangs

Josh LaBuda from Young Fangs
Brady Gross

Young Fangs joined Lori Neufeld in the KUAC studio to discuss and play a few tracks off an upcoming untitled record. Young Fangs have been working hard on a proper debut studio album after finding success playing shows around Alaska these last few years. Their songs tend to have uplifting themes and catchy choruses that find you bobbing your head before you know it. Young Fangs were a pleasure to have here at KUAC and shared charismatic stories of the beginnings of the band and their progress since.

Dark Winter Nights
2:01 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Dark Winter Nights: Episode 3

An Alaskan makes an audio recording of the 1964 earthquake aftermath to send to relatives in the Lower 48. This episode features portions of the firsthand account and drama that surrounded the Earthquake of 1964 from Alaskans traveling to visit family in Seward. The episode concludes with a teaser for a future Dark Winter Nights story.


Alaska Live
2:08 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

The Nanook String Quartet

Rose Crelli and Annalisa Taylor, violins
Credit Annie Bartholomew

Delightful holiday music filled the KUAC Alaska Live studios from the UAF string students group, The Nanook String Quartet. Rose Crelli and Annalisa Taylor, violins; Trevor Adams, viola; Sean Braendel, cello make up this talented group of students playing favorite Christmas carols and seasonal music. They shared history and backstories for the tunes too.

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Alaska Live
3:50 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Mes Amis, a Sweet Adelines Barbershop Quartet

Carol Slater, Sandy Smith-Norton Patti Gallagher, Mary Ane Laroe, Gayle Miller
Lori Neufeld

The Sweet Adelines focus on 4-part harmony barbershop singing and Mes Amis, the guest group on Alaska Live today is a wonderful example. Leading up to the joint Spirit of Christmas show this weekend, a quartet from the Sweet Adelines group performed and talked about women and barbershop singing. They shared holiday tunes and one gospel number with a discussion about how it's done with director, Patti Gallagher.

Alaska Live
3:35 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Bassoonist Jay Million

UAF music student Jay MIllion in the Alaska Live studio at KUAC on November 19, 2014.
Credit Annie Bartholomew


Bassoonist and UAF music student Jay Million previewed his upcoming recital on Alaska Live with accompanist Lorna Eder on Wednesday, November 19th. Million is the 2014 Concerto Competition winner in the UAF undergraduate/graduate category and won with a saxophone concerto.

See Million this Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m in the Davis Concert Hall for his junior recital prepared under the direction of George Rydlinski.

Dark Winter Nights
12:23 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Dark Winter Nights: Episode 2

Alex and Kevin made a plan to go exploring and document the excursion into "Hell". Here is the chilling story of what happens. Don't worry, both are just fine. The episode includes audio of their adventure and them reflecting back.


Alaska Live
1:56 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Ryan Bowers and The Brain Trust

Aurora Bowers on fiddle and Emily Anderson on keys and harmony vocals sharing a mic during Alaska Live
Lori Neufeld

All original songs from bassist and vocalist Ryan Bowers filled this session. The Brain Trust is made up of Emily Anderson on keys and harmony vocals, Ryan's sister Aurora on fiddle, Nathan McDonald on guitar and Travis Burrows on drums.

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Dark Winter Nights
4:11 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Dark Winter Nights: Episode 1

The pilot episode of Dark Winter Nights originally aired on KUAC radio on October 18th, 2014 at 7pm. You hear Melissa Buchta, James Mennaker and Wendy Demers tell stories of close encounters with killer whales, flash floods and village life.  It’s 30 minutes of hilarious and amazing true stories from Alaska with your host Rob Prince, Professor of Journalism at UAF.


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