Dave Waldron

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Dave Waldron began his radio career in 2000 as a volunteer DJ at UAA’s radio station KRUA 88.1, where he hosted a weekend music show. In 2004 he was hired as the station’s music director, and held the position until his graduation in 2007. He was hired by Alaska Public Media in 2008 and since then has worked as an audio engineer, editor, and producer. He currently runs his own small business AK Audio Pro, and is a host of Alaska Public Media’s Hometown, Alaska.
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Taking a look inside the Great Alaska Talent Competition | Hometown, Alaska

Learn about the state's largest talent competition and hear from some gifted young Alaskans.
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Kikkan Randall documentary explores the highs and lows of her extraordinary life (so far) | Hometown, Alaska

Kikkan Randall looks back on pivotal moments in her life and the film's director discusses what it was like to tell that story.

Celebrating 35 years of the Anchorage Folk Festival | Hometown, Alaska

Find out what's in store for the rest of Folk Fest and hear in-studio performances from some festival artists.
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Solstice, stargazing and a Yuletide tale | Hometown, Alaska

The Anchorage Museum's planetarium director discusses how to make the most of the dark and TBA Theatre performs "The Green Knight."

Anchorage ghost stories and spooky tales | Hometown, Alaska

Take a tour of Anchorage's haunted places, meet some famous spirits and hear a chilling tale from a local author and illustrator.

Hometown, Alaska: History and mystery in Alaska

What are some of the best mysteries, cold cases and tales of intrigue in our state? On this episode of Hometown, Alaska, host Dave Waldron digs into them with Anchorage writer and historian David Reamer. Hear stories about predictions of death to mysterious objects in the sky and maybe even learn about one that some of Alaska's longest residents have never heard.

Hometown, Alaska: Indigenous heritage in modern music

The Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention is only a few weeks away and there will be plenty of speakers, crafts and traditional music. But what about contemporary music? On this episode of Hometown, Alaska we have two very different in-studio performances from some up-and-coming Alaska Native musicians. Join host Dave Waldron as he speaks with hip-hop duo Brother Buffalo and singer-songwriter Witty Youngman about their music and how their heritage influences their art.

Hometown, Alaska: Celebrating 45 years of KSKA

45 years ago KSKA flipped a switch and became the very first public radio station in Southcentral Alaska. On the next Hometown, Alaska we revisit some of the station's best memories with KSKA’s original general manager and the station's longtime program director of nearly 40 years.

Hometown, Alaska: The 3 Barons Renaissance Fair is a potent elixir of history, fantasy and fun

If you happened to be driving down Tudor Road in Anchorage last weekend you may have noticed a throng of people dressed in armor, medieval gowns and maybe even a dragon suit. That’s because we are in the midst of the Three Barons Renaissance Fair which runs through this weekend. On this episode of Hometown, Alaska host Dave Waldron speaks with a long-time board member about the fair and moderates a debate between the three Barons as they vie for the public's support to rule the realm of Hillshire.

Hometown Alaska: Gardeners and growers

Despite the May snowfall, it is definitely growing season in Anchorage. On this episode of Hometown Alaska host Dave Waldron and two master gardeners discuss the challenges and rewards of gardening in our northern climate, answer some listener questions and do a little gardening trivia. Later in the show we visit an apple orchard with the president of the Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association to find out what goes into the growing process this time of year.

Hometown Alaska: Get to know the humans (and birds) behind the Bird Treatment and Learning Center

It's finally starting to feel like spring. And with that comes the birds. On this Hometown Alaska we meet some of the people that make up the Bird Treatment and Learning Center (Bird TLC). We find out what they do, what keeps them so busy this time of year and how their operation works. We also get to meet one of their avian ambassadors in the studio.

Hometown Alaska: Sake Week

This week on Hometown Alaska we'll learn how to drink, pair, and even cook with sake as part of sake week: a six day event taking place in Anchorage and Girdwood.

Hometown Alaska: Behind the scenes at the Fur Rondy Melodrama

Fur Rondy is upon us again and the Anchorage festival will have plenty of events for Alaskans to choose from. One of the longstanding traditions of the celebration is the Fur Rondy Melodrama. On this week's Hometown Alaska we'll take a look behind the scenes of this year's performance and what it means to be melodramatic.

49 Voices: Russell Sell of Anchorage

Russell Sell is an experienced skier and owner of SkiAK in Midtown Anchorage. 

49 Voices: Bede Trantina of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from KSKA’s long-time program director Bede Trantina. Bede is retiring today after 39 years of public radio service. Listen now

49 Voices: Kathy Burek of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Kathy Burek. Burek is a veterinary pathologist, and a self-employed contractor for many state agencies. Listen now

49 Voices: Tammy Michaels-Jimenez of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Tammy Michaels-Jimenez in Anchorage. Listen now

49 Voices: Frieda Koper in Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Frieda Koper in Anchorage. Koper owns the Flying Dutchman pastry shop, a family business that’s been around for 36 years. Listen now

49 Voices: Don Allen on the MV Columbia

This week we’re hearing from Don Allen aboard the ferry, the MV Columbia. Allen has been the officers board and room steward there for 14 years. Listen now

49 Voices: Carissa Pearce of Anchorage

This week we're keeping the Halloween theme going with Carissa Pearce who writes under the moniker The Fermeted Alaskan. Pearce lives in Anchorage, but creates drink recipes for the New Orleans-based company Tales of the Cocktail, and we got her to share some of her favorite Halloween-inspired concoctions. Listen now