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 KUAC’s on-air staff and volunteer shifts and to host 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 twelth 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

Holly Rees

Mar 7, 2019
Carolyn Gray

Catch Holly's only show in America on this episode of Alaska Live. Through a connection between Rees' grandpa and local KUAC folks, Don and Carolyn Gray, Holly was in Fairbanks for a few days and borrowed a guitar to share her indie folk tunes and fun banter.

Lori Neufeld

Improvosation is highlighted by all the groups here for Fairbanks Concert Association's FEBfest. Sirius Quartet started off Alaska Live with an arrangement of Elenor Rigby and shared original compositions too. SEVEN)SUNS rocked hard with their brand of neo-classical and heavy metal string quartet music. Silverman/Futureman rounded out the session with truly one-of-a-kind electric violin and drumitar improvised tunes. Find some time and some space for innovation and inspiration from these talented folks.

Heather Hinzman

Bobby Lewis and Eustace Johnson bring back the soulful sounds of Motown and Winter Gospel to the KUAC studios. They are joined by local talent "The Alaska Supremes" Debra Pearson, Willa Watts and Yvonne McHenry. If you have the winter blues, this is the antidote! 

Heather Hinzman

EXTRA! EXTRA! Hear all about it! Lathrop High School brings the energy and excitement of its musical production "Newsies" to the KUAC Alaska Live studios.

Hot Club Of Cowtown

Jan 18, 2019

Get a preview of Across the Great Divide tour and songs from Hot Club of Cowtown's latest release "Crossing the Great Divide". Plenty of vintage jazz and western swing in this session along their takes on The Band songs that are on the EP and part of the tour. Find out how Elana ended up studying North Indian Classical music during college in India, and how seriously Whit took practicing jazz guitar early in life and Jake's love of all things upright bass here on this episode of Alaska Live.

Jennifer Wienke

Spring Awakening is a rock musical based on the 1891 German play of the same name. FLOT After Dark takes on this production with themes that are still a part of teenagers realities today; sexuality, sex, suicide and teenager-parent relationships.

Chicken Soup for the Frostbit Soul kicks off the Music in the Woods series. Get a preview with Alaska Live host Lori Neufeld and guest Michael Shaeffer, local poet and author. Stories and poetry that might make you laugh, cry and even recall cartoons of your childhood from his show and latest book of poetry "No Exit for Chickens". R2D2, Foghorn Leghorn, Yoda, Crusty the Clown, Tenzing Norgay and Junko Tabei all make appearances in the KUAC studio through the power of poetry.


Christopher Quist

A homecoming for Caitlin Warebelow and a chance for these other great musicians to enjoy Alaska at its finest. Troy MacGillivray is one of the finest fiddlers and his sister Sabra Macgillivray was a blur of step dancing with guitarist Louis Charles Vigneau adding flar to the set.

Lori Neufeld

April Verch and Joe Newberry grew up steeped in traditional roots music. Their duo is the best of both their worlds colliding. Listen for stories of how they've discovered tunes, written others and arranged songs for the duo.

StringRays

Sep 13, 2018
Lori Neufeld

Find out how the StringRays knew each other before they became a band. Hear how old-time fiddle music is alive and well with innovative bands like the StringsRays. Guitarist Max Newman grew up in Fairbanks going to contradances so it's a treat to hear him bring this dance band here to Alaska Live! 

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