KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

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KTNA Studio

KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

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Winter Black-capped Chickadee

winter chickadee

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Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

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Posts from the 'KTNA Specials' category

KTNA anniversary audio–Farmer Al’s Back Forty: Life on the Funny Farm

Friday, March 15, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley by bringing you audio broadcast during the past two decades. We share the past with you on 88.9 FM every Friday at 12:35 right after Writer’s Almanac. This week, we hear the creativity of Alan Kingsbury.

Farmer Al’s Back Forty was one of KTNA’s Earth and Beyond programs a dozen years ago. Here is Life on the Funny Farm, Alan Kingsbury’s Goldie Award winning segment from 2001: (Audio runs 7:48)

Farmer Al’s Back Forty-Life on the Funny Farm



KTNA anniversary audio–headlines from 2008, and Jim Kloss’s retrospective from 1999

Friday, March 8, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley by bringing you audio broadcast during the past two decades. This week, Kathleen Fleming reads this local news story from the end of 2008, highlighting the important headlines from that year. Audio runs 2:52

2008 local news stories-read by Kathleen

That’s what was going on four-plus years ago around here.  Now rewind to the end of the last century for another of Jim Kloss’s retrospectives.  This was produced after the first week of March, 1999. He pulled clips from various programming on KTNA and made a sound collage of it. Audio runs 4:30

JKloss retrospective 3-7-99

More anniversary audio next week!

KTNA anniversary audio-from 1996: Upriver Art News and the Dart Report

Monday, March 4, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley by bringing you audio broadcast during the past two decades. Here’s a production from early 1996, former Talkeetna resident Laura Ulvestad’s Upriver Art News…was Denali Drama’s Steel Magnolias really that long ago?


Upriver Art News 2-23-96


Next, a highlight from the world of dart tournaments in the northern Susitna Valley, when Nancy Trump won her second state women’s championship in the dart game of cricket. Here’s Murray Nash’s Dart Report from February 1996:


Dart Report 2-1996-Nancy Trump’s championship

KTNA anniversary audio-Granny’s Radio Recipes fundraiser

Friday, February 22, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley by bringing you audio from the past two decades. Today, some fun from a Granny’s Radio Recipes membership drive, when Nina asks Emmila to sing a song on the air. You’ll hear host Emmila Spires, of course, and Trisha Costello, Mike Lindgren, Pam Robinson, and Ed O’Connor. It’s a broadcast from the little log cabin, but the date is unknown…Audio runs about 7 minutes.

Granny’s Radio Recipes M’ship Drive for retrospective



KTNA 20th anniversary audio-a retrospective from February 1999

Friday, February 15, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley. Throughout the year, we’re airing audio pieces which have been broadcast during the past two decades. The pieces air on Fridays at 12:30. Today we hear many voices from KTNA in February 1999. Jim Kloss produced a weekly retrospective track which pulled audio clips from our local news, talk, and music shows. How many voices do you recognize? Audio runs 5:54


JKloss retrospectivefromFeb1999

KTNA’s 20th Anniversary audio-The Landing, by Ken Marsh

Friday, February 1, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years of broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley with audio from our archives. We’re sharing the past with you every Friday at 12:30.

Today we hear from Trapper Creek historian and author Ken Marsh, who wrote and voiced a series of local history pieces called There’s a River Between Us. He later published the pieces as a book. In this segment, Ken shares the history of The Landing, which was the first stop for miners and pioneers headed from Talkeetna across the Susitna River to the Cache Creek mining district and other points west. Audio runs about 6 minutes.


There’s a River Between Us- The Landing


KTNA 20th Anniversary

Friday, January 25, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley…

Birthday cake is on the menu for the Annual Membership meeting on February 17!

But we’re also celebrating 20 years by bringing you audio pieces and news stories that have been broadcast during the past two decades.  We’ll be sharing the past with you every Friday right after the noon news.

Today we hear from Tracy Sheeley at the South Pole Station.  Sheeley, one of the many, many volunteers that have helped make KTNA work, produced a 7 part series while she worked at the South Pole Station sometime around the year 2000.

We have two pieces from the series today.  This first piece was the introduction to the series and establishes the scene for the following pieces that Sheeley produced.

1. South Pole Introduction 3-23

Sheeley was contacted by KTNA this week and provided this background on the audio pieces and what she is up to now…

“I‘m not positive on the year, but my best guess is 1999-2000.  I worked the austral summer at South Pole, so the pieces would’ve been created between October and February, and may have spanned two summer seasons.

I volunteered at KTNA for several years, and still have a cabin outside Talkeetna, though I live in the lower 48 now.  I still do the same type of work (logistics for National Science Foundation researchers) but have moved to the US Arctic Program and am the Operations Manager for Summit Station, a year-round science research station located at 10,530′ on the Greenland Icecap.  I am headed there next Monday for a winter crew turnover.

Very happy birthday wishes to KTNA, and my greetings to anyone that I worked with there – it is a great station!


Tracy Sheeley”

This second piece, titled “Freshies” was the 5th program in the 7 part series and Sheeley tells us about fresh food in a far away place…

5. South Pole Series-Freshies! 3-41

Tracy Shelley bringing the South Pole to the upper Susitna Valley on KTNA, 10 years ago

Tune in next Friday at 12:30, right after the noon news… when we bring you other news and voices from the past 2 decades…KTNA’s first 20 years.

Susitna Summer Celebration!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010



7:30 PM

Saturday, July 17th

at The Sheldon Community Arts Hangar

Susitna Summer Celebration!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Weeping Willies!

Join the Weeping Willies

for a

Susitna Summer Celebration Dance Party

presented by KTNA Talkeetna.

KTNA presents: A Susitna Summer Celebration Dance Party featuring The Weeping Willies live in concert, Saturday, July 17th beginning at 7:30 pm at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar.

This group features the original music of local Talkeetna performers Steve and Jon Durr, Doug Geeting, Carl Besece and Geoff Pfeiffer.

This promises to be a great night of dancing to Home Grown music with a Talkeetna flavor on Talkeetna’s largest dance floor.

Come out and enjoy a night of great music and bring your friends and your family out for a good time. Beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets will be available at the door. Doors open at 7 pm.