Ski swaps and Hatcher Pass Lodge

Sparky Anderson

Winter is coming, and that means it’s ski swap time!  This week on Outdoor Explorer, Adam Verrier spoke to Sparky Anderson about how to buy and sell your outdoor winter gear at your local ski swap. Sparky is the head coach of the UAA Ski Team.

The last segment of the show will feature Karl “Happ” Wurlitzer, who built the Hatcher Pass Lodge in the 1960’s. Happ still owns and operates the lodge, living there year round. Host Paul Twardock interviews Happ about building the lodge,
operating it, and the changes he has seen over the years.


HOSTS: Adam Verrier & Paul Twardock


  • Sparky Anderson is the head coach of the UAA Ski Team.
  • Karl “Happ” Wurlitzer, who built the Hatcher Pass Lodge


BROADCAST: Thursday, October 24th , 2019. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, October 24th, 2019. 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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