Fun with Wheels

Bike Polo. Photo: Flickr, Ben Miller
Bike Polo. Photo: Flickr, Ben Miller

We’re going into new territory with the next show, with bike polo and skateboarding. A lot of newer sports have been invented in the last few decades. One of them is bike polo, which is played by lots of teams every week in Anchorage. It’s what it sounds like–riding a bike while hitting a ball with a stick, like hockey on a bike. Another relatively new sport  is boarding, on both wheels and snow. It’s both counterculture and mainstream these days, and we’ll hear an interview with a former X-Games champion from Alaska who eventually came back and opened a board shop here to pass on the sport to another generation.


HOST: Charles Wohlforth


  • Spencer Mitchell, bike polo player and bicycle salesman at The Bicycle Shop, Dimond.
  • Jason Borgstede, former X-Game gold medalist and owner of Blue and Gold Board Shop
Bike polo. Photo: Flickr Lee-Anne Inglis
Bike polo. Photo: Flickr Lee-Anne Inglis
Bike Polo. Photo: Flickr, Ben Miller


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BROADCAST: Thursday, October 13, 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 Operations Manager for KSKA-FM. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the FM broadcast. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and can still find him operating the soundboard 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!

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