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.

Paco arrived at the KNBA studio's ready to celebrate 30 years of traveling and playing songs with his buddy Tim Easton. A new album recorded direct to lacquer showcases Paco's tenor and Tim's talent. In our session we'll hear more about how they met, ways they bonded, the travels and... what the heck is a Melodic Polaroid? Paco, Tim... Welcome Home!

The Alaska Room at the 2018 Folk Alliance conference, in Kansas City, MO, was a great reason for KNBA to test some new equipment used for 'remote' broadcasts.  Michael Howard led the live music from Alaskans attending the big event down south!

Whitehorse, Yukon is home for Gordie Tentrees. His days could be filled with family, hockey, skiing, running or he just might hit the road and tour through small towns and cities where he brings the characters and the character of the road to music. His newest project features Jaxson Haldane on a CD called Grit, showcasing the real, raw sound of a Gordie Tentrees performance. Since 2014 he's played 550 shows in 11 different countries, but when you meet him you feel like he's your good neighbor friend who plays music at your favorite hole in the wall.

On Friday January 19, 2018 Jonathan Bower joined us to talk about his new album "Light Years".  The adjunct professor/songwriter has turned his homework into his music. The new CD keeps you in touch with living the Alaska life. With an amazing crew of Deep State musicians, his new album is definitely his best work yet!

Beginning in February,  KNBA brings 3 new programs to the airwaves! You've enjoyed Undercurrents for years, now check out their special weekend edition of the show, immediately followed by a two hour music program showcasing Indigenous artistsand finally, you can start each week with more Native news and views on current social and political topics affecting all Americans. Let us know what you think! 

Live music in Anchorage requires an audience that is engaged and performers who have the tools to keep 'em coming back! On this edition of the Alaska Music Spotlight we have two guests live in-studio, Emma Hill and Michael Howard. Emma is playing live for us on the show as well as promoting the new series, The Spenard Song Circle. Michael comes to share news for musicians about the Alaska Independent Musicians Initiative and its December 16, 2017 Alaska Music Summit.

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Join our First Friday community event launching the project on Friday December 01, 2017 6:00 pm at the Anchorage Museum.

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Alaska Water Wars is a multi-media project sharing the stories of Alaska Native people and large natural resource development projects coming to their regions. The Radio series airs December 4 - 8, 2017 on KNBA at 8:30 am & 5:30 pm.

KNBA supports The Anchorage International Film Festival (AIFF) December 01 - 10, 2017. The festival was founded in 2001 in order to bring independent and international films to Anchorage, and to showcase the quality independent films made in Alaska. Our mission is to develop, promote, and sustain a film festival that supports new media and independent filmmaking in Alaska and around the world, while enriching cultural and entertainment opportunities for Alaskans.

Last April veteran Alaskan musician Evan Phillips brought his 20 years of songwriting experience to an empty old church in Spenard.  ‘Lonely Mountain‘ was recorded unplugged that spring day inside the Spenard Church of Love in front of an intimate crowd of 75 people. We caught up with Evan to talk about his CD release event for that same album.

KNBA Feature Programming during Alaska Native American Indian Heritage Month

Saturday November 04, 2017

8:00 - 9:00 am   AFN Re-visited: Alaska’s Native Voice w/ Antonia Gonzales (repeat of 10/19 show)

Saturday November 11, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 am   AFN Re-visited: Alaska’s Native Voice w/ Antonia Gonzales (repeat of 10/21 show)

8:30 – 9:20 am   Native America Calling Veterans Day tribute to Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow