Nora Foster, Semi-retired Marine Biologist Helps KUAC FM


Nora Foster, Semi-retired Marine Biologist Helps KUAC FMNora Foster has a degree in biological oceanography and is semi-retired and self-employed in the field of identifying marine organisms. She came to Fairbanks in 1967 and began volunteering with KUAC in 2000 when her late husband was volunteering on Any Old Time. He invited her to join him in the studio to see how fun it was.

Nora’s regular assignment is hosting Afternoon Concert on Tuesdays, but she occasionally hosts country or rock programs. “I like to explore the music,” she said. “I have old favorites but I like to find others.”

Challenges of being a radio host are pushing the right buttons, pronouncing names correctly and timing everything. “It’s a good brain game to make it all fit,” she said.

“Nora has been with KUAC as a volunteer for longer than I’ve been at KUAC. To inherit wonderful and dedicated volunteers is a blessing,” said Lori Neufeld, KUAC FM volunteer coordinator and music director.

“Nora has created many driveway moments whether it’s a Johnny Cash tune on her Any Old Time show or a Mark O’Connor composition on Afternoon Concert, I’m stuck glued to my speakers for the duration. I know Nora takes time and effort to create a good feel to her shows depending on what is going on in the world. She has a sense of what listeners might need or yearn to hear and that’s what I appreciate most about Nora’s hosting.”