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.

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.

Brian Adams Photography

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

  Tune in for annual broadcast of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention LIVE from the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage, AK. Connect HERE to a special AFN Broadcast web page that includes audio on demand and photos!

Thursday, October 19:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm (AST)

Friday, October 20:
8:00 pm – 5:00 pm (AST)

Saturday, October 21:
8:00 am – 4:00 pm (AST)

The broadcast covers the convention as it happens from the main podium.

When you're out there playing gigs and helping the Alaska Music scene, you're gonna get your hands dirty. The Dirty Hands have supported musicians, venues, festivals and Alaskan audiences for many years. They're off to explore new landscapes and locations but will reunite in Alaska for more shows in the future. Born in Girdwood, the band is a multi­-genre, blues centric, quintet. The band members seek to broaden the dynamic and depth of their music, inspired from all corners of the United States, covering a breadth of influence steeped in blues, jazz, and rock. 

The Cheapest Key

After a busy summer, the festival season is winding down as we spotlight the Fish Creek Festival September 9, 2017 here in Anchorage featuring The Cheapest Key! The band has been together for about a year and have played only 'occasionally' on Anchorage stages.  We expect more attention will be coming their way after a studio recording is made which will no doubt get plenty of air-time on the radio. Thanks for the live music and we'll see you at the Fish Creek Festival!

Another Salmonfest and another wonderful visit with Tim Easton! Tim has been a regular at the annual music festival in Ninilchik, AK for 7 years and he always swings by the station to share more music. We chatted with Tim about the road, fishing, finding what it is you like to do and how it all fills the latest album American Fork. Check out the conversation and live songs with Tim Easton and a Live In-Studio session on KNBA.