The joy and sorrows of an outdoor family: Raising and losing Cody Roman Dial

Alaskans have been raising families in the outdoors for millennia. Alaska’s awe-inspiring land, rivers, and oceans provide fertile space for kids and adults to learn and grow. However harsh weather, unpredictable animals, and unruly waters temper the rewards. In the past parents exposed their kids to these risks by necessity, and more recently by choice. Peggy and Roman Dial raised a family living the outdoor life and lost their son Cody Roman as he explored the jungles of Costa Rica. Roman wrote a book about raising their family and losing his son. The book, The Adventurer’s Son, is being released this week. The book begins with Roman’s youth, his early adventures in Alaska, meeting Peggy and starting a family. But primarily it is about their son Cody Roman Dial: his adventures, passions, and the search for him when he went missing in Costa Rica. On this Outdoor Explorer, we talk to Roman and his wife Peggy about the joys and sorrows of raising a family in the outdoors.

HOST: Paul Twardock


  • Peggy and Roman Dial


BROADCAST: Thursday, February 13th, 2020. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, February 13th, 2020. 8:00 – 9:00 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!