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Meet KUAC FM Host Heather Penn

Meet KUAC FM Host Heather PennThe new voice on KUAC FM on Saturday mornings belongs to Heather Penn. Originally from Northern Ireland, Heather became a U.S. citizen last month.

She served in the U.S. Army for four years in Colorado, Iraq and Germany before coming to Fairbanks 10 years ago. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at UAF in May and while she was a student she worked as an intern reporter with the KUAC news team.

“It’s nice to be on the air,” she said. “It’s kind of fun.” The challenge for her is arriving at the studio around 6 a.m. She and her husband and six children ages 6 to 20 enjoy four-wheeling, hunting, camping, fishing and picking berries. “We’re an outdoorsy family,” she said.

Lori Neufeld, KUAC FM’s volunteer coordinator and music director, said, “One of Heather’s first solo hosting shifts was on a Saturday morning and one of the reasons we have our announcers on hand to host and trained to troubleshoot on the weekends is there can be unforeseen issues.

“Heather had one of these in the first few hours of her shift on that particular Saturday,” Lori continued. “She was so calm and collected under pressure. She followed my instructions quickly and very well. The listeners did not suffer through dead air and got to hear their Saturday morning shows thanks to Heather’s fast reactions. That incident really showed me I could have confidence in Heather’s even-keeled manner and she sounds great on-air.”

NOVA: Eclipse Over America, Tonight at 8 p.m. on KUAC TV

NOVA: Eclipse Over AmericaJoin scientists and citizens alike as they observe the first total solar eclipse to traverse the US mainland in more than a generation. Discover the storied history of eclipse science and follow current, cutting-edge research into the solar corona. Tonight at 8 on KUAC TV Channel 9.1, or GCI Channel 9 & GCI Channel 657 for HD.

P.O.V.: Tribal Justice, Tonight at 9 p.m. on KUAC TV

P.O.V.: Tribal JusticeIn Tribal Justice, two Native American judges reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities and create a more positive future for youth. Tonight at 9 on KUAC TV Channel 9.1, or GCI Channel 9 & GCI Channel 657 for HD.

Wendy Redman is Northern Soundings Guest, Tuesday at 7 p.m. on KUAC FM

Wendy RedmanRobert Hannon will continue his Northern Soundings interviews Tuesday at 7 p.m. on KUAC FM with guest Wendy Redman.

She was a steady force at the University of Alaska for 41 years, holding numerous positions at both UAF and the System Office, including working as an administrative assistant in the biology department and serving as chancellor for community colleges in the late 1970s. She traveled to the state capital on behalf of the university since, and was named vice president for university relations in 1988. In 2009, she was named executive vice president of the UA System. She retired in 2011.

Tune in Tuesday at 7 on KUAC FM, KUAC online and KUAC TV 9.6.

Throughout August, Robert Hannon has been interviewing key university officials in recognition of UAF’s Centennial. The series will conclude Aug. 29 with Marshall Lind.

Diana, Tuesday at 7 p.m. on KUAC TV

DianaTwenty years after Princess Diana’s death, this new film reveals her story in her own words. What emerges is the narrative of a shy young girl who stepped onto the world stage in 1980 and departed in 1997 as its most famous woman. Tuesday at 7 on KUAC TV Channel 9.1, or GCI Channel 9 & GCI Channel 657 for HD.

Secrets of Althorp – The Spencers, Tuesday at 8 p.m. on KUAC TV

Secrets of Althorp – The SpencersTake a tour of Althorp, childhood home and final resting place of Princess Diana, with her brother Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer. Nineteen generations of Spencers have presided over this grand estate for more than 500 years. Tuesday at 8 on KUAC TV Channel 9.1, or GCI Channel 9 & GCI Channel 657 for HD.

Frontline: League of Denial: the NFL’s Concussion Crisis, Tuesday at 9 p.m. on KUAC TV

Frontline: League of Denial: the NFL’s Concussion CrisisThe National Football League presides over America’s indisputable national pastime, but the league is under assault: Thousands of former players have claimed it tried to cover up how football inflicted their long-term brain injuries. What did the NFL know, and when did it know it? In a special two-hour investigation, FRONTLINE reveals the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries. Tuesday at 9 on KUAC TV Channel 9.1, or GCI Channel 9 & GCI Channel 657 for HD.

Farthest Voyager in Space, Wednesday at 8 p.m. on KUAC TV

Farthest Voyager in SpaceLaunched in 1977, NASA’s epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their spectacular moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager 1 left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age. Tune in Wednesday night at 8 on KUAC TV Channel 9.1, or GCI Channel 9 & GCI Channel 657 for HD.