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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Lori Neufeld interviews UAF Summer Session's Political Junkie Roadshow hosts Ken Rudin and Neal Conan

American Nomad

Jun 26, 2014
Lori Neufeld

Acoustic duo, American Nomad hails from the Bay Area. Fairbanks born and raised, Shiloh Parkerson and Hassan El-Tayyab found come interests in roots music in the folk-swing tradition and have just released their debut album "Country Mile". Tight harmonies and original tunes abound in this episode.

Alaska Live took up residence in Eduard Zilberkant's office, just down the music wing hall from the KUAC studios to feature a unique Yamaha grand piano, known as a Disklavier. This "modern day player piano" has technology built in that allows the acoustic piano to play notes and operate the pedals without a person operating it. Disklavier specialist Shana Kirk operated the technology and talked about how it is used in classrooms, rehabilitation after injury and sharing compositions through the internet.

Ari Hest

Jun 10, 2014
Emily Berrichoa

Ari Hest was the opener for UAF Summer Session's concert with Judy Collins last year and he really connected with the audience. So much so that he was invited back to headline this year's concert. Hest has a knack for song lyrics and the guitar chops to draw attention and keep it. Songs of social justice, struggle and challenge add to the connection the listener feels when listening to singer/songwriter Ari Hest.

Lori Neufeld

Violinist Zachary Spontak returned to his hometown of Fairbanks as a Suzuki Institute guest artist with fellow guest artist, violist Jossalyn Jensen. Both Spontak and Jensen were featured guests on NPR's "From the Top". These accomplished musicians played several beautiful pieces and spoke about growing up as Suzuki students. Gail Johansen joined the duo in the studio to discuss her decades of involvement in teaching strings to local students.

Swing Dogs

May 21, 2014
Lori Neufeld

Local contra dance band, The Swing Dogs shared a couple of original waltzes plus wonderful and uniquely arranged medleys. Many different flavors seep into their style from New England Contra Dance to Middle Eastern melodies, this four-piece band is well worth a listen and a dance around the living room.

Bela Fleck

Apr 28, 2014

Collaborating with jazz pianist Chick Corea is a dream come true for Bela Fleck. The duo played the Fairbanks Concert Association's season finale. Bela Fleck visited the KUAC studios with his banjo. Improvisation is key to what Bela does solo and with his numerous collaborations throughout the decades of his career.

Violinist Franz Felkl

Apr 15, 2014

Franz Felkl is excited about music for violin and looking forward to a concert of hand-picked contemporary music. He shared pieces by J.S. Bach and John Adams. Varied pieces for performance that are short in comparison to classical symphonies are the focus in this episode of Alaska Live.

We are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Fairbanks folk legend, Susan Grace writes songs that celebrate Alaska's wild beauty with an emphasis on conservation. She and many others are part of a community celebration at Pioneer Park on April 22nd, Earth Day. Sing along to folk tunes and listen in to stories from Susan Grace on this session of Alaska Live.

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The International Blues Express members speak the global language of music with dialects ranging from Creole to Malian folk. Hypnotic rhythms drive this set. Interesting background details about songs such as "Hanna" dedicated to the first born in a Malian family in Sidi's tribe shared prior to the performance. The music of this group has traveled far and wide, passed down through generations and is very much alive with the International Blues Express.


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