Arctic Entries: The Seven Year Itch, Part 1

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Arctic Entries this month brings you The Seven Year Itch: Arctic Entries Through the Years, Part One. In the spirit of This American LifeThe Moth, and other storytelling events, Arctic Entries brings Alaskans to the stage to share their personal stories: funny, sad and sweet. At every performance, seven people each tell a seven-minute long true story about themselves relating to the show’s theme. Local musicians perform a few songs as well. Proceeds made from Arctic Entries’s ticket sales go to a non-profit partner selected at the beginning of each season.


  • Erica Madison – Fixer Upper
  • Merlin Hamre – Wild Misunderstanding
  • Linda Lucky – Okay, You Can Move In
  • Paul Ongtooguk – Learning the Hard Way
  • Jason Brandeis – First Day of School with the King…
  • Don Reardon – Tough Alaskan
  • Issa Braman – An Important Day


HOSTS: Jason Brandeis & Rosey Robards

BROADCAST: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

RECORDED: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts


Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Operations Manager for KSKA-FM. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the FM broadcast. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and can still find him operating the soundboard for any of the live broadcast programs.

After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate, and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book, or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!

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