Loren Dixon

Director of Programming & Operations - KNBA

Loren’s been on the Radio in Anchorage for  30 years.  Since the mid 80's he's worked with Anchorage radio stations including KWHL, KFQD, KKLV, and KMXS. His passion for Music and the 'Triple-A' radio format began in the early 90’s which led to him to help establish the format for KNBA when the station signed on in 1996. When not on the radio hosting a music show and interviewing local and national music acts, he may be on a long road trip or you’ll find him hanging out at his log cabin  in the quiet, but bear filled hillside valley of his hometown Anchorage.

Rick Brooks has brought the blues to AK for many years and we were glad to have him Live In-Studio to share music and conversation about his new CD "The Mississippi John Hurt Songbook".  Rick has spent years in Alaska playing and teaching guitar. He's influenced other Alaskan artists and stayed on point as one of our key talents in the 49th State! 

Milo Mattews... Bassist, Producer, Singer Songwriter, Recording Engineer, Performer, Spiritual Practitioner, One Man Band, Hired touring Musician... KNBA was very happy to have Milo Live In-Studio to catch up on new recordings, new surroundings and his respected reputation and history helping Alaskan artists! 

the 14th Annual Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp is co-sponosred by KNBA. The Instructor Concert is held on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016.  This year's camp instructors include Italian-born flatpicker Beppe Gambetta, fingerstyle champion Chris Proctor, Scottish-born singer/songwriter Jill Jackson, Uke sensation Victoria Vox, swing maestra Cyd Smith and Czech-born mandolinist Radim Zenkl. Other performing artists include Canadian Roots dobro artist Doug Cox and Steve Baughmanon Clawhammer Guitar and Banjo.

Swing 49, the Alaskan band that tackles the Gypsy Jazz genre, swung by KNBA Friday August 26th to chat about their new Album 'Devil's Club Blues' and share some live music!  Jackie Shafer, Tovi Newman, Forrest Wilson and Logan Bean have a crisp, balanced sound that very comfortably and respectably lives in the Gypsy Jazz genre while totally adding their own Alaskan flavor.

    

Alaskan artists return home. 20 years ago, this actually didn't happen as much as you think it would. Nellie Clay found her music while living in Moose Pass, Talkeetna and Anchorage. Last year she completed her 2nd full studio album and moved to Nashville.  But, you can't take the Alaskan out of this singer/songwriter. Nellie came home in August and has brought the talented Oklahoma singer John Calvin Abney with her.  Together they've infused their Red Dirt music roots with the tales only Alaskan's can tell.   

The TapRoot and Ladybird booking present PDX Fest: featuring the music of northwest artists Emma Hill & Bryan DastePretty Gritty, and Small Souls.

August 12, 2016

New Permanent Stage Completed at Fair.

Dena’ – People’s Stage dedication to be held August 27

Palmer, Alaska – After years of fundraising, planning and construction, the much-awaited Dena’ – People’s Stage is now completed at the Alaska State Fair. A dedication of the 1,000-square-foot permanent stage, located at The Gathering Place on the fairgrounds, will take place Saturday, August 27 at 1 p.m. All are invited to attend.

Alaskan's love a traveling musician. The artist who knows how to fit right in as they step into small bars, local campfires or that extra seat for a  road-trip North and South.  Tim Easton has been coming to Alaska for over 15 years and he always meets Alaskan's the organic way, with his feet on the ground. Tim wandered into the KNBA Studio's on Thursday August 11, 2016 to chat with Loren Dixon about travels, Salmonfes and his new Album "American Fork"

2016 Goldies Entry

Jul 26, 2016

Submission for Uniquely Alaska Program:  

Hailing from Fort Collins, Colorado Wasteland Hop has toured through our state many times, notably as it brings  front man Mickey Kenny back home to Alaska! The band shares thoughtful lyrics delivered with a Rap/Hip Hop energy and style as the band provides a soundscape created by electric fiddling, acoustic and electric guitars, keys and percussion all played live.

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