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KTNA Anniversary Audio–Seasonal Celebrations

Friday, September 20, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years of broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley with audio broadcast during the past two decades.

This week, part of a Seasonal Celebrations program. Host Pam Robinson has been gathering seasonally-appropriate prose, poetry and music for Seasonal Celebrations since 1997. The programs, an hour and a half long, air on Sunday afternoons close to the dates of the Spring and Autumnal Equinoxes, Summer and Winter Solstices, and cross-quarter days, schedules permitting. Here’s Pam, with Kathleen Fleming as studio technician, with 25 minutes of a Fall Equinox program from 2010.

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KTNA Anniversary Audio-Farmer Al’s Back Forty: Haymaking, Gambling, and the Meaning of Life

Friday, September 13, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years of broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley with audio broadcast during the past two decades. This week’s audio pick is an Earth and Beyond segment, Farmer Al’s Back Forty, from the year 2000, titled Haymaking, Gambling, and the Meaning of Life.

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Alan Kingsbury is (so far) still making hay, and he said the last couple years really illustrate the gamble involved. Though one would think last year’s weather was too wet, he baled lots of hay that season, whereas this season, which one might think was good for growing grass, yielded a poor crop.

Last year, he said he wound up with a lot of bales because he just stuck with it, and took advantage of every bit of weather that allowed him to work. This year, the grass got a late start because of the cold spring, and then the hot, dry midsummer caused the grass to go to seed even though it was only 4 to 6 inches high. The poor hay crop this year affected many farmers across the state.  Will Farmer Al keep on haying? He won’t say!

KTNA Anniversary Audio-the closing of the old Trapper Creek Post Office

Friday, September 6, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years of broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley with audio broadcast during the past two decades.

This week’s audio is  a news story about the end of an era in Trapper Creek, the closing of Mike Carpenter’s Trapper Creek Post Office, from late summer of 1997. KTNA news producer Johanna Eurich had the story:

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Trapper Creek residents and travelers are still able to experience the ambiance of the old post office by visiting Wal-Mike’s, along the Parks Highway  in Trapper Creek. Mike Carpenter still presides there over his emporium of treasures.

KTNA Anniversary Audio–Patty Larkin: studio interview

Friday, August 30, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years of broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley with audio that we aired during the past two decades.

With several nationally-known bands visiting Talkeetna this August and September, this week we look back to a studio interview with recording artist Patty Larkin, from the fall of 2000, (we believe). During this edited-for-time interview, local musician Esther Golton asked Patty for a demonstration of some of her guitar techniques. The studio session began with a recording from one of her CDs, a song called “The Book I’m Not Reading”.

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KTNA anniversary audio–Richard Nelson interview

Friday, August 16, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years of broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley with audio that we aired during the past two decades. This week’s audio pick is from the summer of 2010. It’s part of an interview with Sitka resident Richard Nelson; writer, naturalist, sound recorder, and host of Encounters, a regular program on KTNA. Mr. Nelson spoke at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar, and local resident and naturalist Doug Gualtieri also spoke with him in the KTNA studio.

 

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KTNA anniversary audio–This American Cheese, part 2

Friday, August 9, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years of broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley with audio that we aired during the past two decades.

Here is the conclusion of a two-part series of anniversary audio, produced by the hosts of Cheez Whizzz in the 1990′s.  We’ll hear the final stories of the 1999 program This American Cheese, Deconstructing the American Dream.

Producers were Talkeetna residents Zac Blumner, Stuart Carnegie, Tony Crocetto, Jack Fickel, and Loudon Wilson. This American Cheese won a Goldie Award for Best Comedy Feature in 1999.

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KTNA anniversary audio–This American Cheese, part 1

Friday, August 2, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years of broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley with audio that we aired during the past two decades.

Here are the first three stories from the 1999 program This American Cheese, Deconstructing the American Dream: five stories about the search for freedom in America on the brink of the new millennium. This program won a Goldie Award for Best Comedy Feature in 1999.  Producers were Talkeetna residents Zac Blumner, Stuart Carnegie, Tony Crocetto, Jack Fickel, and Loudon Wilson, some of the hosts of  Cheez Whizzz, a regular program of comedy and entertainment on KTNA.  Next week, the rest of This American Cheese. Audio is 18 minutes.

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KTNA anniversary audio–A bog walk

Friday, July 26, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years of broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley with audio that we aired during the past two decades.  Today, we go on a “bog walk” with Talkeetna resident and Notes on Nature host Deborah Brocke. This Earth and Beyond program aired in 2006. Audio is 9:11.

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Occasional or frequent contributors to KTNA’s Earth and Beyond program are still welcome!

KTNA anniversary audio-Dead bears and birch bark weaving

Friday, July 19, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years of broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley with audio pieces that we aired during the past two decades.

This week, a couple of  stories from from our news department. The first is from July of 2009, a summer when Talkeetna area residents shot a high number of bears in defense of life and property. KTNA news producer Sue Deyoe had this report:

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And, a story from July 2010, when some local residents took a course in birch bark weaving from a visiting silviculturalist.

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Three years later, the craft of birch bark weaving has more followers in the area, and rumor has it that Mr. Zasada will be visiting again soon. Lots more birch-related events this coming weekend at Talkeetna’s first-ever Birch Festival.

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