Month: January 2011

Extended audio: Rich McClear

Rich McClear is the former general manager of radio station KCAW in Sitka, works in Serbia. His wife, Suzi, works in Cairo. The Egyptian government has cut off cell phone and Internet communication. This is the extended version of our conversation with Rich McClear in Belgrade, who says Suzi is doing just fine.

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Sitkan in Cairo is OK, husband says

Suzi McClear is working in the Egyptian capital under contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development. She and her husband Rich McClear run media development programs in places where free and independent media has not historically existed.

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Interview: Pianist McMillen's "blind date" every performance

Blair McMillen describes the life of a concert pianist as a series of "blind dates," depending on the instrument. He says there are "great Steinways and very great Steinways." McMillen and piano technician Peter Sumner will host a screening of the documentary "Note by Note" at 7 PM tonight (Thu 1-17-11) in the Sitka Performing Arts Center. A Q&A will follow. The pair discussed pianos with KCAW's Robert Woolsey.

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Fortress gets 5-year lease extension from city

A bear sanctuary and tourist attraction in Sitka has a new five-year lease with the city. The Fortress of the Bear will continue to pay $50 per month to occupy property along Sawmill Creek Road. The deal also includes additional square footage for the property.

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