Collegiate Skiing


We’re at a strange time in Alaska, when budget cuts have forced the University of Alaska to look at eliminating sports, potentially making Alaska the only state without collegiate athletics. Strangely enough, UAA’s very first sport is the first on the chopping block, its’ ski team. On the next show, as these issues remain hot, we’ll hear interviews with the alpine and nordic coaches at UAA. We’ll also speak with Erik Flora, the director of the skiing program at APU, who originally came to Alaska as a student to train at UAA. Of course, the coaches want to save their programs, we’ll hear their reasoning and how they think the ski collegiate teams serve Anchorage’s skiing culture. We’ll learn a lot more about a subject we haven’t covered before on the show.


Photo: S. Anderson
Photo: S. Anderson
Photo: S. Anderson
Photo: S. Anderson

HOST: Charles Wohlforth


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BROADCAST: Thursday, September 15, 2016. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, September 22, 2016. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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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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