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A Red Breasted Nut Hatch, spotted in Anchorage.

Brace Yourselves, Bird Season is Coming

Today we’re gearing up for the birding season. Townsquare 49 contributor and bird enthusiast Zac Clark says Anchorage will see a big flux of birds in the next two to six weeks.

He calls this time of year the glory days, but it wasn’t long ago when Clark couldn’t have cared less about birds.

April 21, 2014 - 10:34 am
Photo by Doug Lindstrand.

A Trip to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

When driving along Turnagain Arm, you might miss the modest sign for the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage Creek.

But if you do manage to find your way into the wildlife center, you’ll find some interesting animals with equally fascinating stories.

April 14, 2014 - 10:10 am
A Different Kind of Sister

A Different Kind of Sister

Today we meet a pair of sisters. Nine years ago, Gracia O’Connell and Jesenia Peterson were matched in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska program.

Jesenia still remembers her response when asked what kind of Big Sister she wanted.

April 7, 2014 - 12:01 pm
A Dragon Inside The Loussac Library

A Dragon Inside The Loussac Library

Ryan Anderson and his team of artists were recruited by the Loussac Library to turn the building into a unique light show.

Their final product? The illusion of a dragon inside the Loussac Library.

March 31, 2014 - 10:41 am
An Alaskan Art Critic at the Whitney

An Alaskan Art Critic at the Whitney

Townsquare 49 contributor and certified art critic Jean Bundy recently attended the Whitney Biennial art show in the big apple.

The Whitney museum boasts the finest collection of 20th century American art, and calls their Biennial the country’s leading survey of modern art.

March 24, 2014 - 11:27 am
Grooming The Trails

Grooming The Trails

Today we’re grooming ski trails. The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage has a long list of tasks from ski lessons, to biathlon training, to races.

But almost all of their focus is devoted to one thing; grooming trails.

March 17, 2014 - 12:10 pm
Soandso is a blogger with the Anchorage Food Mosaic project.

An Alaskan Abroad (in Spain)

Today we’re exploring Spanish cuisine. Meneka Thiru is a food blogger for the group Anchorage Food Mosaic, and she’s been living is Spain for the past several months.

She says most of her culture shock has been food related.

March 13, 2014 - 4:09 pm
Picking Up the Poop in Anchorage

Picking Up the Poop in Anchorage

Today we’re picking up after our dogs. Yes, today’s topic is dog poop. Not the most glamorous subject, but one that inspires a lot of angst that Cherie Northon hears about all the time.

Northon is the Executive Director of the Anchorage Waterways Council.

March 3, 2014 - 10:22 am
Touring an Iconic Anchorage Bar

Touring an Iconic Anchorage Bar

Today we’re looking back at the 40 plus years of the iconic Anchorage bar Chilkoot Charlie’s.

Mike Gordon has owned Koots since its humble beginning in 1970, and he says the experience has been a roller coaster. So much so, that the bar itself touts the title “World Famous Chilkoot Charlies.”

February 24, 2014 - 2:44 pm
DJ Spencer Lee (aka Spencer Shroyer) rocking the Valentine's Day color palette.

Fine-tuning your Valentine’s Day Mix

Today we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with music.

And what better gift than the gift of music? It’s highly customizable, and can be deeply personal.

Now, obviously the days of making your sweetheart a mix tape are long gone, but DJ Spencer Lee says you can go digital just as easily.

February 10, 2014 - 11:46 am
A New Year’s Resolution That Sticks

A New Year’s Resolution That Sticks

Today we’re sticking with our New Year’s Resolutions. This is the time of year in which many us, despite our best intentions, are already falling short on our resolutions.

But food and wine blogger Carolyn Kinneen picked an attainable New Year’s Resolution for 2014: To expand her wine knowledge.

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January 27, 2014 - 10:40 am
Anchorage Starts Reading Early

Anchorage Starts Reading Early

Elizabeth Nicolai is the Youth Services Coordinator for the Loussac Library, and right now she’s reading a dinosaur book to a group of very small children.

Recently the library expanded their second floor to include what they call the Play and Learn center. Inside of what looks like a massive fort of books there are toys, inspirational messages, and interactive art work on the walls.

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January 20, 2014 - 11:00 am

A Night of (Competitive) Spoken Word

Today we’re attending a spoken word show.

Nora Herzog has been performing spoken word for about a year now. She’s always enjoyed writing poetry, but could never find a good way to share it.


January 13, 2014 - 12:06 am

Showing you #Lovalaska

Today we’re giving back. Since its introduction in 2009, Alaska’s Pick Click Give program has enjoyed major success, despite residents seeing diminishing Permanent Fund Dividends almost every year.

This year Pick Click Give is unveiling a new campaign and slogan for the project. The mantra is “Lovalaska.”

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January 5, 2014 - 9:47 pm
The Best of Town Square 49 Radio 2013

The Best of Town Square 49 Radio 2013

Today we’re looking back at the top five Town Square 49 Radio stories of 2013.

How did we pick our top five stories? We tallied up your Facebook “likes” for each of our stories and came up with this list.

Now, let’s catch up with some of our favorite people.

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December 30, 2013 - 12:43 pm
Learning to Deal with Cupcake Celebrity

Learning to Deal with Cupcake Celebrity

Today we meet a cupcake champion.

Back in early November you may have heard about a born-and-raised Alaskan named Kastle Sorenson, who competed on the Food Network program Cupcake Wars. And won.

December 24, 2013 - 4:21 pm
Getting Crafty with an Old Holiday Sweater

Getting Crafty with an Old Holiday Sweater

Today we’re getting crafty for the holidays. Natasha Price has been making handmade gifts as far back as she can remember. She’s been sewing since she was three, knitting since she was six, and documenting her DIY projects on her blog for about four years.

Price likes making creative gifts this time of year. So, together we’re recycling my old Christmas sweater.

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December 16, 2013 - 10:51 am

Good Morning Moon Music Video

Today we’re checking out music videos. Alaskan songwriter Marian Call recently released the first music video for her 2011 album Something Fierce.

Call says the video began last year as part of her Kickstarter campaign, when she took a poll from her fans.

December 9, 2013 - 11:08 am
Ballet, Twerking and Everything In-between

Ballet, Twerking and Everything In-between

Today we’re going to dance class. Three months ago in midtown Anchorage, Studio Pulse opened its doors as the cities newest modern dance studio. Stephanie Wonchala is the founder of the Pulse Dance Company, and runs the studio.

The classes offered at Studio Pulse are wide ranging to say the least.

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December 2, 2013 - 12:53 pm
Thanksgiving Risotto: Highly Refined Holiday Porridge

Thanksgiving Risotto: Highly Refined Holiday Porridge

Today we’re getting ready for Thanksgiving. Sarah Alvarez has been writing her food blog The Hungry Alaskan for about two years. And being a food writer, it’s no surprise she gets excited about Thanksgiving.

While risotto may seem like a simple dish, it does require constant attention; most of which is stirring.

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November 25, 2013 - 10:25 am