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

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.

FLOT Hometown Holiday

Jan 27, 2017
Lori Neufeld

Singers from Hometown Holiday, FLOT's season feature performance, came to the KUAC studios with writer and director, Mary Catherine Maroney to perform selections and discuss this original work.

Lori Neufeld

Talented Fairbanks musicians came together to hold a benefit for Meals on Wheels, a local non-profit that provides meals to in-need seniors. Pianist David Schlesinger and vocalists Sinobia Smith West, Willie Blackburn and Walter Jones pulled out all the stops for Alaska Live.

Cellist Zuill Bailey

Nov 7, 2016
Mak Landry

Alaska draws great talent from all over the world. Renowned cellist Zuill Bailey is no stranger to Alaska and he generously spent an hour at the KUAC Alaska Live Archive Studios in between playing recitals and with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra.

Mak Landry

Live performance and conversation with a studio audience marked this Alaska Live a special one. The Norris Bowers Band combines high-octane old time with all the drama and harmonies of bluegrass. Two Alaskan families that have been playing at the same festivals and around the same campfires for decades have gotten together to record an album "Gin Chicken" and tour the state. First stop on the Alaska Tour, KUAC's Alaska Live Archive Studio.

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