"Alaska Home Companion"
October 19, 2013

On Saturday evening, October 19, 2013, the Valley Arts Alliance produced the Season 2 premier episode of Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show!, a rendition of a live radio broadcast from the golden age of Alaskan radio, with skits, music, and dance acts, similar to the popular Prairie Home Companion radio show on NPR.

Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! features interesting stories by Alaskans about the best, the worst, and the silliest of everyday living in Alaska. The Season 2 premier episode featured the Roving Reporter, Amelia Bearhart, and Guy d’North, as well as news from Lake Willowa, and Mukluk Radio.

Featured guests introduced by Randi Perlman were Bill Bear, Sandra Cook, Matt Hammer & Mz Lona, Georgie Hollander, Ann and Ray Lyon, Alice Palen, Niki Pease, Nan Potts, Hillary Saffran, A. J.  Seims, John Stroup, Carmen Summerfield, and Pat and Sean Wake. The Production Crew included Josh Fryfogle and Terry Koch, and Mike Chmielewski of KVRF 89.5FM. The Season 2 premier episode was “sponsored” by Downdraft Airlines, Swann’s Duck Tape, and a variety of old-time Alaskan merchants.

The Season 2 premier episode of Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! was held in the famous Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla, and was broadcast live by Radio Free Palmer on 89.5 FM, and is available on their website. The Season 2 premier episode was sold out—another example of bringing our community together through the arts!