Collegiate Skiing

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We’re at a strange time in Alaska, when budget cuts have forced the University of Alaska to look at eliminating sports, potentially making Alaska the only state without collegiate athletics. Strangely enough, UAA’s very first sport is the first on the chopping block, its’ ski team. On the next show, as these issues remain hot, we’ll hear interviews with the alpine and nordic coaches at UAA. We’ll also speak with Erik Flora, the director of the skiing program at APU, who originally came to Alaska as a student to train at UAA. Of course, the coaches want to save their programs, we’ll hear their reasoning and how they think the ski collegiate teams serve Anchorage’s skiing culture. We’ll learn a lot more about a subject we haven’t covered before on the show.

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Photo: S. Anderson
Photo: S. Anderson
Photo: S. Anderson
Photo: S. Anderson

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BROADCAST: Thursday, September 15, 2016. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Content Producer for KSKA-FM. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, Addressing Alaskans, as well as a few other programs. He also maintains the web posts for those shows and many others on alaskapublic.org. You can sometimes hear him filling in for Morning Edition or find him operating the sound board for any of the live broadcast programs. After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!