Dave Waldron, APRN - Anchorage

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David Waldron 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. After a few radio odd jobs, he was hired by Alaska Public Media in 2008 as an operator and audio engineer. He currently engineers the statewide programs Alaska News Nightly and Talk of Alaska for APRN, as well as KSKA's Hometown Alaska and Line One: Your Health Connection. He also hosts and produces AK, a weekly news program that airs at the end of Alaska News Nightly on Fridays. dwaldron (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.550.8425 | About Dave

Banned Books Week: ‘Captain Underpants’ Tops List Filled With Literary Classics

Sunday marked the beginning of banned books week, and Loussac Librarian Stacia McGourty says this week is a huge deal for her profession. Download Audio

First-Time Forager’s Hunt For Mushrooms In Alaska’s Urban Wilderness

Today we’re hunting for mushrooms. Now you may have heard radio stories about mushroom foragers or mushroom experts, but Heidi Drygas is neither of those. Drygas writes the food blog Chena Girl Cooks, and she's harvested just about everything Alaska has to offer, but mushrooms have always been the last thing on her list. Download Audio

‘The Sand Lake Boys’

Today we hear a story from Mike Byers, a writer for the website “Growing Up Anchorage.” The site focuses on tales from the early days of Alaska’s largest city. Mike’s story is titled “The Sand Lake Boys.” Download Audio

An Alaskan Twist on an Elegant Dish

Today we’re making caviar Alaska style; made from salmon roe. Natasha Price writes the food and crafts blog Alaska Knit Nat, and she recently posted a how-to guide for making salmon caviar. It’s a family recipe, and one that Natasha didn’t really like growing up.

From Photojournalism to Fine Art

Today we’re going on a ride along with a photojournalist. Loren Holmes works for the newly rebranded Alaska Dispatch News. Both Holmes' father and grandfather were photographers.

A Fresh Take on Community Gardening

Today we’re exploring a new kind of community gardening. GeorgeAnne Sprinkle works for the Alaska Community Action on Toxics, and recently started a community garden project called “Yarducopia."

Fishing for Parking Lot Shrimp

Today we’re cooking shrimp. And not just any shrimp. This shrimp comes from the back of a pickup truck. Seward resident Barbra Donachy explains. “We were driving around Kenai and saw this old beat-up truck with a hand-painted plywood sign."

The Art of Cabin Fever

Today we explore one of the Anchorage Museum's newest exhibits. So new in fact, that it's still in the planning phase. Carolyn Kozak is a curator at the Anchorage Museum, and recently she was inspired by some archived photographs taken by a man named Jasper Wyman in 1898. Read more.

The Story Behind the ‘Koots Windmill

Today we learn the history of the Spenard windmill in Anchorage. Mike Gordon is the owner of Chilkoot Charlie's, and the windmill housed in the bar’s parking lot. He’s had it for about 30 years, but it was originally built in the early '60s by Byron Gillam, an Anchorage businessman. It passed through several different owners before Mike Gordon’s reputation helped him land it.

Birch Syrup Season

Today we’re making birch syrup. Peter’s Creek resident Erik Johnson never misses a chance to harvest Alaska’s bounty, and recently he expanded his gatherings to birch sap. Johnson says now is the perfect time to start.

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.

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.

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. Read more

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.