49 Voices: Tribute to Dave Waldron

This week on 49 Voices, we managed to surprise our long-serving audio engineer Dave Waldron on his last day with testimonials from around the station about how beloved he is, and how much we'll miss him when he's gone.

49 Voices: Katie Irwin of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Katie Irwin in Anchorage. On Sunday, Irwin will be the University of Alaska Anchorage's first deaf commencement speaker. She spoke through a sign language interpreter.

49 Voices: Paul Brown III of Noorvik

This week we're hearing from Paul Brown III in Noorvik. Brown is the Village Police Officer for the community.

49 Voices: Russell Sell of Anchorage

Russell Sell is an experienced skier and owner of SkiAK in Midtown Anchorage. 

49 Voices: Jim Baldwin of Chugiak

This week's 49 Voices features Chugiak resident Jim Baldwin, executive director of the Food Bank of Alaska.

49 Voices: Clare Baldwin of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Claire Baldwin in Anchorage. Bladwin currently serves as the Student Body Vice President at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Listen now

49 Voices: Quinn Bennett of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Quinn Bennett in Anchorage. Bennett is a lifelong Alaskan who's done everything from outdoor guiding to teaching. He moved to Anchorage from Soldotna at the age of ten. Listen now

49 Voices: Gina Hays of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Gina Hays, born and raised in Anchorage. Hays works for KRUA, the University of Alaska Anchorage's college radio station as the marketing coordinator. Listen now

49 Voices: Nolan Charles of Toksook Bay

This week we're hearing from Nolan Charles from Toksook Bay. 16-year-old Charles is part of the Toksook Bay Yup'ik dancers, who performed in the opening ceremony to AFN. Listen now

49 Voices: Gloria Johnson of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Gloria Johnson in Anchorage. Johnson is the superintendent of the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River. Listen now

49 Voices: Steve Henrikson of Juneau

This week we're hearing from Steve Henrikson in Juneau. Henrikson is originally from Washington state and has been the curator of collections for the Alaska State Museum since 1988. He will be part of the museum's Indigenous People's Day celebration on Monday. Listen now

49 Voices: Janis Stoner, the state’s first female land surveyor

This week we're doing something a little different and going back in time. Janis Stoner was the first female land surveyor in the state, coming up 47 years ago. Stoner lives in San Francisco now, but in her short six-year tenure in Alaska, she helped make history. Listen now

49 Voices: Riley Woodford of Juneau

This week we're hearing from Riley Woodford in Juneau. Woodford is a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Listen now

49 Voices: Bobbie Sue Wolk of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Bobbie Sue Wolk in Anchorage. Wolk is originally from California and was the state's first licensed professional coach with the International Coaching Federation. Today she helps health professionals manage their stress. Listen now

49 Voices: Mark Wittteveen of Kodiak

This week we're hearing from artist Mark Wittteveen in Kodiak. Locals may have seen Witteveen's work around town in the form of metal fish. Listen now

49 Voices: Stephanie Sever of McCarthy

This week we're hearing from Stephanie Sever in McCarthy. Seber is a massage therapist who moved to McCarthy in 2009 from Colorado. Listen now

49 Voices: Rhiana Gay of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Rhiana Gay in Anchorage. Gay is a kindergarten teacher at Creekside Park Elementary School, and while most Anchorage students started school this week, her batch begins on Monday. Listen now

49 Voices: Cece Esparza of Kodiak

This week we're hearing from Cece Esparza in Kodiak. Esparza has been a social worker all over the state and is the longest volunteer host at KMXT in Kodiak. She's originally from California. Listen now

49 Voices: Ralph Watkins on Hoonah

This week we're hearing from Ralph Watkins in Hoonah. Watkins is the superintendent of Hoonah city schools and was involved in the annual ḵu.éex’ festival, which celebrates the cities Tlingit culture and heritage. Listen now

49 Voices: Tom Huddleston of Copper Center

This week we're hearing from Tom Huddleston in Copper Center. Huddleston owns and operates the Copper Center lodge, which has been in his family for 70 years since they bought it from the Mt. Edgecumbe school. Listen now