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

Cellist Sarah Koo

Nov 8, 2013
Emily Berriochoa

Sarah Koo took a break from her busy teaching and performance schedule to take part in an Alaska Live session. Teaching and outreach is becoming a larger part of Ms Koo's life. She spoke about an influential cello instructor she is still learning from now as she was when just starting out and how she's been inspired to pass this on to a younger generation.

Andrew Cox

Winnipeg-based band "The Treble" used a unique combination of vocalists and bandmates for this session. Three-part harmonies, keyboard, electric bass and a fiddler that they recruited from the Far North Fiddle Fest made for great energy in the studio. Stories of how the band formed, how and where their original songs were born and spine-tingling performance of these songs mark this Alaska Live.

St. Animal

Jul 25, 2013
Patrick Levy

Poetically-laden folk world-infused funk filled the KUAC Alaska Live studios when St. Animal hit the airwaves. St. Animal recently formed but the members are from many popular bands from the Fairbanks music scene both past and present. Many selections feature trumpet accented beats, fiddle chops, electric guitar complete with effects and bass and drums. All original songs written by the band feature St. Animal's musical prowess.

Patrick Levy

Ukulele Russ is an entertainer at heart with Alaska on his mind when writing songs. Ukulele Russ performs solo often but enjoys having the trio together, Dr. Jones from Talkeetna on percussion and Pat "The Rat" from Anchorage on electric bass. Between the three of them, a gig somewhere along the Parks Highway is just a short trip from home. This session is all original songs performed by Ukulele Russ and The Parks Highway Band.

Thought Trade

Jun 28, 2013

Fairbanks rock band Thought Trade brought all original songs to the KUAC studios. Hypnotic grooves and enthralling tunes make this 5-member band unique in the local music scene. Thought Trade added a cellist to their mix of 2 electric guitars, bass and drums for a great Alaska Live session.


Lisa Scerbak-Powers

  Some folks like to solve puzzles in their free time, but what if you are Will Shortz and editing crosswords and coming up with puzzles is your job? If you are Will Shortz, you take your best table tennis buddy and go on road trips to try to play in all of the 50 States. Will Shortz and Robert Roberts join KUAC's Lori Neufeld to chat about their sport and Lori plays the puzzle on-air with help from table tennis champion Robert Roberts.

Bruce Adolphe

May 2, 2013
Robin Wood

Bruce Adolphe is the regularly featured guest on Performance Today with his weekly Piano Puzzler. We moved a piano into the KUAC studio, collected three contestants & Bruce Adolphe did three rounds of Piano Puzzler on KUAC's Alaska Live. Play along with contestants April Jaillet, Maryanne Babij & Jeff Iverson as they guess composer and tunes.


Emma Hill writes songs that tell stories of Alaskans and beyond. Bryan Daste is Emma's one-man-back-up band, on pedal steel, banjo and vocals seamlessly interwoven into the fabric of Emma's songs. This duo travels relentlessly and has the chops to show for it.


Robin Wood

  

West Valley's orchestra and concert band were invited to play at Carnegie Hall, in New York City, winter   2013. Some of these students are also going to All State Music Competition, spring 2013. Hear about their trip to New York City, listen to recordings from Carnegie Hall stage, and polished pieces ready for competition performed live by: Meryem Kugzruk, flute, Hayden Fisk, trumpet, and Vanessa Wetterhall, flute.

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