The Morning Interview
Paul Magid, the tour coordinator with the New Old Time Chautauqua, shares plans for the group's final day in Sitka, which includes a potluck and a concert in memory of the community's ancestors. Magid was joined by local storyteller Bob Sam to talk about the spirit of Chautauqua and bringing communities together through learning. Downloadable audio.
WT McRae, a teaching artist with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp (SFAC), was joined by administrator Lauren Tronick to talk about the last week of camp and this year's line-up of final performances. They were joined by camper Kathryn Casello. Casello is one of the 213 campers this summer, who hail from 29 communities in Alaska and 10 states. Downloadable audio.
Zuill Bailey, the Artistic Director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival, was joined by Dr. Melissa Kraut, a co-founder of the Sitka Cello Seminar. In its second year, the seminar brings together promising cello students and instructors for 13 days of intensive cello study. Benjamin Francisco, one of the eight students participating in the seminar, talks about a day in the life and combining a love for the outdoors with music. Downloadable audio.
Chris Washko, the Student Success Center Manager at the University of Alaska Southeast, talks about the university's participation in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX), an exchange of 75 Americans and 75 German professionals. For the first year, Sitka will be a host site for one of these students, a Bavarian resident named Alexander. Washko gives a glimpse inside Alexander's life in Sitka and prerequisites for a potential host family. Downloadable audio.
Mayor Mim McConnell was joined by City Administrator Mark Gorman to invite Sitkans to participate in a citizens' taskforce (CT) on city services, revenues, and fees. The Assembly directed city staff to set up the task force at the last meeting. According to McConnell and Gorman, the 7-member focus group will include a Chair and Vice Chair and will meet for six months. The group will be tasked with determining Sitka's core services and how to fund those services into the future. Downloadable audio.
Ken Fate, the Station Manager of Raven Radio, was joined by Development Director Amy Kramer Johnson to talk about a post-parade root beer float party to thank all listeners this Independence Day. This Saturday, July 4th 2015, Raven Radio will be giving out free root beer floats in the Cable House parking lot at 2:30 p.m. The tradition began on Raven Radio's 30th anniversary and this year, will include lawn games and live music by Jason Caputo and Kari Groven with Ed Littlefield and Christian Fabian. Downloadable audio.<
Documentary filmmaker Ellen Frankenstein was joined by master weaver and Haida elder Delores Churchill, who is the subject of her latest documentary Tracing Roots: A Weaver's Story. They will be screening the documentary tomorrow (07-01-15) from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, in the Pioneers Home Chapel. Downloadable audio.
Kealoha Harmon, the Community Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, was joined by Suzan Hess, the Board President of the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce, to review plans for this year's 4th of July parade. The deadline for marchers to register is Thursday, July 2. Downloadable audio.
Kurt Baldwin and Julia Sakharova, two members of Arianna String Quartet, talk about their upcoming performances with the Sitka Summer Music Festival. The quartet will perform today (6-25-15) at 12:30 and tomorrow (6-26-15) at 7:30 at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Downloadable audio.