KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

Photo by Deb Wessler

Photo by Dora Miller

KTNA Studio

KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

Photo by Deb Wessler

Photo by James Trump

Winter Black-capped Chickadee

winter chickadee

Photo by Robin Song

Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

photo: Robin Song


Posts from the 'Writer’s Voice' category

Writer’s Voice–Robin’s Birdathon, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015



Talkeetna resident Robin Song tells the story of her participation

in this year’s Talkeetna-Trapper Creek Birdathon.




It’s a remarkable thing, to me, that every Birdathon is different. It’s held on the first Friday and Saturday of May each year, in the same fifteen-mile radius, and yet it is unpredictable. And that’s what makes it fun.

I had invited a newcomer to the group, Maureen, to join my long-time birding partner-Richie-and me, and I picked her up at her trail head at 5:30 Friday evening. We arrived at the pullout at the same time and noted a Grey Jay in a spruce, watching us and my dogs. We couldn’t put it on our species list yet, as Bird-A-Thon starts at 6 o’ clock. We felt sure we’d see another ‘Camp Robber’ during the 24-hour birdathon. (more…)

Writer’s Voice– Tales of Combating Remote Fever, by Ken Marsh

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Trapper Creek resident and historian Ken Marsh relates some humorous stories told to him by Mike Carpenter about how residents coped with living remotely in past decades. This is from his book, A River Between Us.


Writer’s Voice–Cooking Lesson, and Full Moon Dance, by Ellen Thea

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Performance poet Ellen Thea reads her award-winning poem,

Cooking Lesson, and a poem titled Full Moon Dance.






Fragrant subtlety,

aromatic nuance.

I want to savor each delectable step

of this meandering journey with you.

A hint of this,

a splash of that,


Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna 4-19-2015, by Kathleen Fleming

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Kathleen for StarDate

The waxing crescent moon, quite a lot about Venus,

the status of darkness in the Susitna Valley,

the Lyrid meteor shower Wednesday night,

and a little history and magic, all in this program!

Writer’s Voice–The Stealth Pandemic: It’s Already Too Late, by Bill Was

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Fall & the Kidz2

Talkeetna blogger Bill Was writes

about a years-long experience

which affected him deeply.

My impetus for this piece came from talking with a dear friend late last week who is just now beginning this arduous journey and hearing of his frightening albeit limited choices. The ‘stealth pandemic’ I speak of is something that is already well entrenched in our society and is also becoming more and more prevalent throughout the world. (more…)

Writer’s Voice–The Bridge Time of Year, by Robin Song

Sunday, April 5, 2015
Robin and friendly redpoll

Robin and friendly redpoll

Robin Song thinks of this time of year

as a bridge between seasons.

She found very unusual tracks

in the crusty snow on a recent walk.




It’s a quiet time in the yearly cycle; what I think of as a “bridge”.

The winter is behind us, and the frenetic energy of spring hasn’t quite begun.

Migratory birds are just beginning to trickle into the North Country.

We’ve been gifted with an early spring,

coming on the heels of an exceptionally mild winter. (more…)

Writer’s Voice–Dead Guy Up the Tracks, by Peter Mathiesen

Sunday, March 29, 2015


Talkeetna resident Peter Mathiesen

reads a chapter

from his recently published book,

Tales of the Alaska State Troopers.


Writer’s Voice–Skimming Stones, by Jake Graupmann

Sunday, March 22, 2015



Jake and Phoebs

This story recently received a prize

in an Alaska Writer’s Guild contest.

Jake lives in Talkeetna.






            When I was nine, I lost the use of my legs in a faultless automobile accident. Subsequent years found me over four wheels, two large and two small. I saw the change in my family’s eyes. Sympathetic. Overly-caring. Concerned. My friends acted differently as well. Some called less, some not at all. It wasn’t their fault. Naturally they shied away from things that were different, things that they didn’t understand. And I was that thing. Yes, this was my changing life, until I met John. (more…)

Writer’s Voice–Yukon River Adventure, the conclusion, by Yukon Don Tanner

Sunday, March 15, 2015

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 The conclusion of the riverboat float journey,

with an update on the participants.