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

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.

Holly

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.


Here's a sneak preview of the music and history of this world premiere opera, The Color of Gold. Composer Emerson Eads, librettist Cassandra Tilly and stage director Cindy Oxford joined the principal roles from the Opera Fairbanks production in the KUAC studios. Travel back to the gold rush days and experience the music and a behind the scenes look at this local production, The Color of Gold.

Sybarite5

Mar 6, 2014

From Mozart to Radiohead, this string quintet has a unique and energetic take on every piece they perform. During the interview, the group admits that a love of Radiohead is an informal requirement to be a Sybarite5 member. More about the collection of strings at sybarite5.org and find out how great they sound and how they got their name during this Alaska Live session.


Emily Berriochoa


Cash'd Out

Jan 20, 2014
Steve Hormann

Johnny Cash Tribute band, Cash'd Out stays true to the spirit and sound of Johnny Cash and his touring band. Two founding members of the band visited the KUAC studios. Doug Benson, lead vocalist sings the part of Johnny Cash in Cash'd Out and Kevin Manuel plays electric guitar on stage and in this session was behind the acoustic guitar. The duo performed just a handful of The Man in Black songs they know and Doug even threw in one of his own originals.

Country and roots musicians Jeff Kanzler and Todd Grebe are no strangers to the Alaska music scene. They put together their bands from the best Alaska country and bluegrass musicians for this Alaska Live gig plus more tour stops over the holiday break. All originals in this session from two bands.

The Thneeds

Nov 21, 2013
Lori Neufeld

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