LISTEN: We’re celebrating 50 years of public radio in Alaska. Share your stories with us.

(Alaska Public Media file photo)

Public radio came to Alaska in 1970, providing a vital link between rural communities at a time when there were few. 50 years later, public radio has grown into a vast network across the state with over 20 stations. How was Alaska’s public radio network built? We’ll discuss it on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Alex Hills, founding GM, KSKA Anchorage
  • Bruce Theriault, former President, Alaska Public Radio Network & former GM, KRBD Ketchikan and KTOO Juneau
  • Doreen Simmonds, former reporter, KBRW Utqiagvik
  • Peter Twitchell, former general manager, KYUK Bethel


Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast.

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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
LIVE Web stream: Click here to stream.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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