Dave Waldron

Dave Waldron
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.

Meet the local cook competing in ‘The Great American Recipe’ on PBS | Hometown, Alaska

Kim Sherry talks about what it was like to cook on national television and being a culinary ambassador for our state.
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Touring the Alaska Veterans Museum | Hometown, Alaska

The Alaska Veterans Museum features exhibits and artifacts from the state's territorial days to modern times.

Celebrating 40 years of comics, cards and games with BOSCO’S | Hometown, Alaska

40 years ago, tucked inside a tiny Anchorage shoe repair shop, BOSCO'S Comics was born.

Recycling for Earth Day | Hometown, Alaska

In honor of Earth Day, we find out what you can and can't recycle and find a place for the things you're looking to get rid of this spring.

Celebrating National Sourdough Bread Day | Hometown, Alaska

Host Dave Waldron sits down with journalist and food writer, Julia O'Malley, to discuss all things sourdough.
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A deep dive into the Alaska B4UDie comedy festival | Hometown, Alaska

Meet the founder and some comedians behind B4UDie, hear about the art of stand-up comedy and explore how it's cementing its place in Alaska.
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Hometown Trivia Throwdown featuring Geeks Who Drink | Hometown, Alaska

Hear from a quizmaster with Geeks Who Drink and find out which Alaska Public Media department knows the most in a studio trivia match.
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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.