KUAC adds “Northern Soundings: Alaska in Conversation” to FM lineup


Northern Soundings: Alaska in Conversation

A new, locally-produced radio program features interviews with some of Fairbanks’ most creative and talented people. “Northern Soundings: Alaska in Conversation,” is hosted by Robert Hannon, KUAC FM news producer.

“I enjoy Fresh Air and Charlie Rose,” Hannon said. “Those program give guests a chance to breathe and unpack their observations.” He modeled Northern Soundings with a similar format of exploring ideas and airing intriguing conversations.

Hannon’s show includes conversations with writers, athletes, journalists, artists, political scientists, poets, playwrights, historians and filmmakers. “There are phenomenal people who live and work in Fairbanks and I want to celebrate the people here,” Hannon said. “I want to give them the opportunity to reflect on their lives and interests; it’s such a worthwhile thing to do.”

While Hannon had been independently producing Northern Soundings, he is pleased to have it in the KUAC FM lineup. The program will air at 7:30 p.m. on alternating Tuesdays (when the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board meetings are not held) at 7:30 p.m. on KUAC FM 89.9.

The Feb. 14 episode will be a continuation of the Jan. 31 interview with renowned writer Frank Soos. Feb. 28 will feature author Adam Tanner discussing his new book, “Our Bodies, Our Data: How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records.”

“I’m driven by my own curiosity,” Hannon said. “For me it’s selfish. I get a kick out of great conversations and new ideas that illuminate the world around us.”

Hannon started working for KUAC in 1983 and took a 10-year break before returning. “As I was easing into retirement, I jumped at the chance to do what I enjoy best, engage with the people of my community, ask questions and share the answers,” he said.

Lori Neufeld, KUAC FM volunteer coordinator and music director, said Northern Soundings is a well-produced show. “It’s about Alaskans and it’s really engaging,” she said. “It’s a great addition to KUAC FM. It’s like a half-hour local version of Fresh Air.”