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Kathleen McCoy, KSKA - Anchorage

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Living History at the Pioneer Home

Living History at the Pioneer Home

Did you know that the very first Pioneer Home opened in Sitka in 1913 to give homeless men a safe place to stay? Today, the State of Alaska operates six homes serving about 460 men and women. Anchorage’s home, just a block off the Park Strip, is the largest. What is it like to live there? How do you qualify? If you know a Pioneer Home resident or someone working there, or you just have questions about how the homes work, join us for a conversation about Alaska’s Pioneer Homes and the story behind them.

KSKA: Wednesday 1/23 LIVE at 2 pm, repeating at 7 pm

January 18, 2013

Give a Shout Out to Alaska Volunteers

Is there someone you want to thank for their helping hand? Agencies, non profits, community organizations are invited to give their volunteers a public thank you on Hometown Alaska, featuring special guest super-volunteer Rick Fox.

KSKA: Wednesday 12/19 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

December 14, 2012
‘Jailhouse Bach’ and women of the Hiland  Mountain prison string orchestra

‘Jailhouse Bach’ and women of the Hiland Mountain prison string orchestra

What can you learn by joining an orchestra? The discipline of practice. A way to express yourself. A commitment to not let fellow musicians down. That’s true in any orchestra, and especially in the Hiland Mountain Correction Center women’s string orchestra, performing its 9th holiday recital this December. Learn more about how the orchestra began, who pays for it and what participants think of the opportunity.

KSKA: Wednesday, 11/28 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

November 23, 2012
Did You Hear Something?

Did You Hear Something?

Spine tinglers and hair raisers—the perfect recipe for a fine Halloween! This week Hometown Alaska will feature local storytellers who know just how to scare the starch right out of you! Join us for some great stories, and share your family and neighborhood traditions.

KSKA: Wednesday 10/31 at 2:00 pm

October 26, 2012

Alaska’s Own Melissa Mitchell, Mountain Stage ‘People’s Choice’

Big news for Alaska singer-songwriter Melissa Mitchell — in September, she won the 2012 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest ‘People’s Choice’ Award. That big achievement turns out to be her ticket to New York City, where she and other regional winners will perform Oct. 20 at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. So, just 10 days before she heads out for the Big Apple we’ll host Melissa Mitchell on Hometown, Alaska to talk about everything from breaking in to the music business, to balancing ambition and family, to her mixed emotions about life in the 49th state.

KSKA: Wednesday, 10/10 at 2:00 p.m. and 7 p.m.

October 5, 2012
Some trees look like they just "pulled up the rug" of grass as they toppled.

Why Trees Go Down in the Wind & How to Protect Them

Did you lose trees in the big blow Sept. 4? How much of that damage was preventable? Bring your tree questions to the experts when Patricia Joyner of the Community Forestry Program and arborist Jim Flott discuss the kind of damage they saw after the storm and offer advice on what types of trees will thrive in Anchorage and how to plant them. Find out how to take care of the trees in your own backyard.

KSKA: Wednesday, 9/19 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

September 14, 2012
Image of a full back tattoo, called  'Fire and Ice,' 2007 shared under Wikimedia Creative Commons, by Bengt Nyman

Tales of the Tattooed: What’s your story?

A moose biologist with intricate back and upper leg tattoos. A bakery worker with a famous storybook figure on her arm that signifies love between her and her mother. A nurse with 14 tattoos and a heap of regret. Every tattoo has a story behind it. Join tattoo artist James Allen and host Kathleen McCoy for ‘Tales of the Tattooed.’ What’s your tattoo story?

KSKA, Wednesday 8/15 at 2 pm and repeating at 7 pm

August 10, 2012
What’s Your Question for the Mat-Su School Superintendent?

What’s Your Question for the Mat-Su School Superintendent?

The start of a new school year holds promise and challenge. Just north of Anchorage, the state’s second largest school district – with 45 schools and 17,000 students – is gearing up. Dr. Deena Paramo starts her second year as superintendent, capping a long career at Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District that started as a middle school teacher. She joins host Kathleen McCoy in the studio to talk about 21st century education, her ambitions for the new year, and to field your questions.

KSKA: Wednesday 8/1 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

July 27, 2012
Relishing Alaska’s Roadside Fare

Relishing Alaska’s Roadside Fare

Nothing whets the appetite like a steering wheel, a ribbon of asphalt and miles to burn. Give that a few hours, and you’ll be growling for ROAD FOOD. Join us to share the meal you’ll drive miles to enjoy, and learn about new places to add to your destination dining list.

KSKA: Wednesday 6/20 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

June 15, 2012
Denali, ‘The High One’ — To the top, or not?

Denali, ‘The High One’ — To the top, or not?

From Crown Jewel of the North: “On a clear day in south-central or interior Alaska, the sight is inescapable – and breathtaking. For more than a hundred miles in every direction, it looms over everything and dominates the scene.” Majestic Mount McKinley. Learn the risks and rewards of scaling the highest mountain in North America from a veteran guide, an experienced ranger and a climber who shared the first winter ascent in 1967.

KSKA: Wednesday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

June 1, 2012
Alaska News Nightly script from April 3, 1989.

Newsman Corey Flintoff back in Alaska

Stories from around the world — that’s the work that NPR correspondent Corey Flintoff does. What drew him to news? How does he manage dangerous situations and relentlessly dark turns in the human condition? What lessons did he take from Alaska all the way to Iraq and Afghanistan? Does he miss our salmon? Find out on this special edition of Hometown Alaska.

KSKA: Friday, May 23, 2:00 pm.

May 23, 2012
Samples of compact housing case studies found in the Municipality's March report forecasting a shortage

City Report Forecasts Housing Shortage Over Next 20 years

Checked rents lately? In the market for a home? What you find in Anchorage neighborhoods delivers some serious sticker shock. A new report from the Municipality forecasts a shortage of housing in Anchorage over the next 20 years. Why is that, and what can we do about it? A senior planner, a builder and an affordable housing advocate come to the table to share their perspectives on Hometown, Alaska. Join us.

KSKA: Wednesday, May 23, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

May 21, 2012
Poster for "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Championship" Broadway production

Just Try Spelling That!

How’s your spelling? Is texting and IMing and email leading to LOL, OMG, and 10Q creeping into your written communication? Do you think it still matters if we can spell well? Untangle that when Hometown Alaska hosts three spelling bee wizards — the state’s 2012 champ, a Yupik spelling bee champ, and a BizBee champ. What’s their secret, and how can you steal it?

KSKA: Wednesday 5/9 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

May 4, 2012
‘And then what happened?’

‘And then what happened?’

The Alaska Native Oratory Society just celebrated its 10th anniversary at UAA, featuring a full day of stories told by students and emceed by Alaska Native storyteller Jack Dalton. Join us for a round of stories including ‘The Dragger,’ ‘Never Look in Windows,’ and more.

KSKA: Wednesday, 4/25 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

April 23, 2012
MacKenzie: Is It The Little Port that Could?

MacKenzie: Is It The Little Port that Could?

Port MacKenzie has big ambitions: a rail extension to Interior Alaska, the MV Susitna Ferry sailing to Cook Inlet communities, and a bridge touching Anchorage. These make Port MacKenzie a potential hub for commercial activity. They also place it in the cross hairs of some hot public policy debates simmering in Southcentral – the Knik Arm crossing and Mat-Su coal deposit development. Join host Kathleen McCoy and port director Marc Van Dongen as they update the Port MacKenzie story.

Photo slideshow: Port MacKenzie over the years

KSKA: Wednesday, 4/18 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

April 13, 2012
Spring Break up

Spring Break up

Given this winter’s record-smashing snowfall, break up looks to be a big one. Will your crawl space flood? What should we do about those dripping ice dams on the roof? We know the Yukon usually floods, but what about Chester and Campbell Creek? And potholes, now there’s a category of break up hell all its own. So let our experts help you survive this messy season. House and water table questions, answered here.

KSKA: Wednesday 4/11 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

April 6, 2012
The Creative Impulse Behind Object Runway

The Creative Impulse Behind Object Runway

A dress made of old but shiny bicycle parts? That was the People’s Choice award from Object Runway’s third annual show before a packed crowd at the Bear Tooth Jan. 26, featuring some 65 garments designed by Alaskans, each telling its own story. Kathleen McCoy hosts show organizers and garment designers, on the next Hometown, Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday, 2/1 at 2 pm, repeating at 7 pm

January 27, 2012

Ski Jumping in Anchorage Takes Off

Ever wish you could fly through the air like a bird? Well, ski jumping may be the closest we humans ever get. And, amazingly, you can learn how right here in Anchorage, at the Nordic Ski Association’s ski-jumping program at Hilltop Ski Area. Some much-needed TLC this summer refreshed the jumps that Karl Eid opened in the 1980s. Now, the sport is growing again, ambitious to groom Alaskans in an Olympic sport with Nordic roots. The video, courtesy of Karen Compton of the NSAA’s Alaska Ski Jump Club of Anchorage, shows the current crop or young athletes taking the leap.

KSKA: Wednesday, 1/18 at 2 pm, repeating later that evening after the State of the State Address.

January 13, 2012

What’s Next for the Troubled “New” Port of Anchorage?

Fully 90 percent of what we eat, drink, read and drive flows through the Port of Anchorage. And yet this gateway is 50 years old and vulnerable. A big quake could damage or destroy it. The fix has been flawed. Cost over runs and construction failures brought this retired Alaska shipper’s lament: “We’ve got a real mess on our hands.” Untangle it with host Kathleen McCoy and her guests Dr. Larry McCallister of the Army Corps of Engineers and Anchorage, Mayor Dan Sullivan on Hometown, Alaska..

KSKA: Wednesday 12/14 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

December 9, 2011

Conversation with ‘ENCOUNTERS’ host Richard Nelson

How does he even get those amazing natural wildlife sounds, as if he were standing right next to that grunting grizzly bear! As the host of Encounters, Richard Nelson is our guide to the fascinating sights,sounds and behaviors of Alaska’s resilient animals. For an opportunity to talk with Alaska anthropologist and naturalist Richard Nelson, join host Kathleen McCoy on a special edition of Hometown, Alaska on Friday.

KSKA: Friday 11/11 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

November 10, 2011