Trail Tales, storytelling events from Alaska Trails

A group of storytellers at a Trail Tales event. Photo: Alaska Trails

Alaska Trails is excited to present the Trail Tales storytelling series. With a new format and partnered with a different community trail group each time. ​In the spirit of Arctic Entries, storytellers will share seven minute stories about their trail experiences, adventures and life in general. Enjoy listening to your fellow active and outdoorsy Alaskans.



Trail Tales event on September 21, 2017:  LISTEN HERE

  1. Ben Schneider  Listen Here
  2. Kay Shoemaker Howell  Listen Here
  3. Jason Slemons    Listen Here
  4. Jennifer Johnston   Listen Here
  5. Jeff Samuels    Listen Here
  6. Vicky Ho    Listen Here
  7. Pierce Schwalb   Listen Here


Trail Tales event on November 28, 2017:  LISTEN HERE

  1. Erin Whitney Witmer    Listen Here
  2. Sage Cohen    Listen Here
  3. Eric Parsons    Listen Here
  4. Lisa Keller      Listen Here
  5. Kameron Perez-Verdia   Listen Here
  6. Jessica Szelag    Listen Here
  7. Lee Bolling     Listen Here


Trail Tales event on February 8, 2018:  LISTEN HERE

  1. Caitlin Rodriguez      Listen Here
  2. Ira Edwards     Listen Here
  3. Nancy Felton    Listen Here
  4. Tony Knowles   Listen Here
  5. Heather Helzer  Listen Here
  6. Will Davis      Listen Here
  7. Matthew “Birch” Block   Listen Here


Trail Tales event on March 29, 2018:  Listen here

  1. Tamara Cornfield     Listen here
  2. Bourke Betz        Listen here
  3. Alice Knapp          Listen here
  4. Geoff Wright        Listen here
  5. Erica Carroll         Listen here
  6. Anne Wilkas        Listen here
  7. Aubrey Smith      Listen here
  8. Dick Mize            Listen here



HOST: Steve Cleary, Executive Director, Alaska Trails



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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