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

Things don't always go as planned when you have the best intentions. One story of a research vessel mishap and another of mowing in tinderbox conditions in Fairbanks.


One man learns what it is like to run with the pack and another woman has an uninvited house guest.


Mike Hopper, who survived a devastating avalanche in 2014, tells his story live on the Dark Winter Nights 
Stage.


Heather Hinzman


In this segment, members of the Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre perform in the Alaska Live Studios.  Members Lorri Heveveld, Shauna Gloria, Alvin Espejo, Birdie Wattum, Bekka Hunter, Kaitlyn Hammond, Karley Thrun, Ted Sponsel, Niko Floyd, and Sue Larsen present segments from the classic Broadway hit "Meet Me In St. Louis" directed by Mary Catherine Moroney.

Fireweed Fiddle

Sep 15, 2017
Mak Landry

Fireweed Fiddle brought originals written by band leader and fiddler, Rachel DeTemple to the KUAC studios. Marked by veterans of the Alaska music scene, wonderful female harmonies and energy to spare, Fireweed Fiddle is some of Fairbanks' Finest.

Seamus Egan Project

Sep 8, 2017
Nancy Tarnai

Ever wondered what is the difference between a gig and a reel? Find out the answer to that and many more questions about the Seamus Egan Project right here. They played heart-wrenching originals and toe-tapping traditionals on this Alaska Live session.

Pianist Miki Sawada

Sep 8, 2017
Nancy Tarnai

Small community centers and gathering places in Alaska are the focus of Miki Sawada's "Gather Hear Alaska" tour. Have UHaul, acoustic/electronic piano, videographer and tour dates--will travel. Pianist Sawada believes in bringing classical music to far-flung places to connect through really listening together.

Kim Richey

Aug 26, 2017
Lori Neufeld

Live performance and conversation in the KUAC studios with singer/songwriter Kim Richey.

Bow Thayer Trio

Aug 26, 2017
Mak Landry

The Bow Thayer Trio performs originals from Bow Thayer himself. He's made a new instrument, the Bojotar, featured in the "plugged in" part of the show. Krishna Guthrie plays guitar and drums in the trio and brings a family tradition of American music to the band through the lineage of Woody Guthrie (great grandfather) and Arlo Guthrie (grandfather). Alex Abraham harmonizes on vocals and makes up the rhythm section for the trio.

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