LISTEN: We’re celebrating 50 years of public radio in Alaska. Share your stories with us.

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Public radio came to Alaska in 1970, providing a vital link between rural communities at a time when there were few. 50 years later, public radio has grown into a vast network across the state with over 20 stations. How was Alaska’s public radio network built? We’ll discuss it on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Alex Hills, founding GM, KSKA Anchorage
  • Bruce Theriault, former President, Alaska Public Radio Network & former GM, KRBD Ketchikan and KTOO Juneau
  • Doreen Simmonds, former reporter, KBRW Utqiagvik
  • Peter Twitchell, former general manager, KYUK Bethel


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
LIVE Web stream: Click here to stream.

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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