Outdoor Explorer from KSKA

Inside Root Glacier in Wrangell St. Elias National Park & Preserve, Alaska. Photo by Nathan Havey.

In Alaska can you walk out your back door and embark upon an epic outdoor adventure. We live for hiking, mountain biking, bore tide surfing, skijoring, snow machining, aurora gazing, dip netting, pack rafting, berry picking, moose encountering feats. We hold dear the special places we do these activities. The opportunities are endless as well as the risks.

Photo courtesy Camila Grajcarek.

On Outdoor Explorer, we invite you to step outside into Alaska. Follow us to a new trail or fishing hole, learn what to pack, when to go and most importantly, how to stay safe. Learn about lifelong fitness and get inspired to go outside in the back country or on the bike trails. Then go to outdoorexplorer.org to start mapping your route and reserving your cabin.

We will learn about Alaska Native subsistence ways of life, as well as sport hunting, fishing and more. We’ll hear from the people who know the land best –  outdoor guides, park rangers, coaches, authors, lodge owners, bush pilots, educators, and you, the outdoor explorer.

HOST: Charles Wohlforth

Email: cwohlforth [at] alaskapublic [dot] org

Charles has covered Alaska as an author, columnist and radio host for more than 30 years. On Alaska Public Media, he hosts Outdoor Explorer and Hometown Alaska. His column in Alaska Dispatch News appears three times weekly. His most recent book is Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets, published in 2016 by Pantheon. As author of more than 10 other books, he has written about science, biography, history, travel and the outdoors. His work in broadcasting, journalism and non-fiction writing has won dozens of awards, including the 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology, for The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change. Charles also served two terms on the Anchorage Assembly, 1993-99.

Charles’s career at KSKA began as a high school volunteer producer in the first year the station was on the air. His recent work as a freelance host began when helped originate Hometown, Alaska in 2009 and Outdoor Explorer in 2013.



Email: bork [at] alaskapublic [dot] org

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….to ride a bike. Only two continents left to conquer!




CONTRIBUTOR/ENGINEER:Dave Waldron_OE engineer Dave Waldron

Born and raised in Alaska, David began his radio career in 2000 as a volunteer DJ at UAA’s radio station KRUA 88.1, where he hosted a weekend music show. In 2004 he was hired as the station’s music director, and held the position until his graduation in 2007. In 2008 he was hired by Alaska Public Media as an broadcast operator and audio engineer. In addition to contributing to Outdoor Explorer, he currently engineers the statewide programs Alaska News Nightly and Talk of Alaska for APRN. He also produces the weekly KSKA segment Townsquare 49 Radio. David enjoys snowboarding, hiking and fishing.




MUSIC:  “Got It All” (open) and “Sleep Forever” (close) by Portugal. The Man. Watch the Sleep Forever music video featuring Wasilla grown, lead singer John Gourley mushing in Alaska.

LISTEN LIVE: Thursdays 2:00 – 3:00 pm (LIVE) Alaska Time, repeating 8:00 – 9:00 pm on KSKA the following week.

WHERE TO LISTEN: KSKA Anchorage FM 91.1, Girdwood FM 91.9, Seward FM 88.1, outdoorexplorer.org (live web stream) or subscribe to the Outdoor Explorer podcast

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