Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska

The Salomonfest logo for 2022
The Salomonfest logo for 2022.

Salmonfest is Alaska’s largest outdoor music festival held every year in Ninilchik Alaska. Around 8000 attendees, musicians, vendors, and volunteers gather for three days of music, camping, and celebrations and to protect salmon.  For the past few years host, Paul Twardock roamed the festival grounds and nearby camping areas recording people’s experiences with the music, camping, and their connection to salmon. Interviewees include the festival producer Jim Stearns, Salmonfest radio host and Cook Inlet Keeper staff member Satchel Pondolfina and participants ranging from kids to retirees. Please enjoy this opportunity to learn what the big deal is about camping and music festivals! 

HOST: Paul Twardock



The Salmonfest website

BROADCAST: Thursday, September 8th, 2022. 10:00 am – 11:00 a.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, September 8th, 2022. 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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