"Alaska Home Companion"
October 11, 2014

On Saturday evening, October 11, 2014, the Valley Arts Alliance produced the Season 3 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 3 premier episode featured Guy d’North, MooseJaw, and the Sterling Silver Financial Advisor, as well as news from Lake Willowa, and Mukluk Radio.

Featured guests introduced by Randi Perlman were the Borealis Dancers, consisting of Veronica Farnsworth, Ashlie Lehman, Cindy Montgomery, Suzanne Olivieri, and Heather Pelletier; Chad Carpenter; Grover Neely; Randi Olson; Faye Palin; Niki Pease; Randy Robinson; Hillary Saffran; A.J. Seims; Spin Cycle, consisting of Elaine Albertson, Kay Gouwens, Patty Meyer, and Jean Snyder; Scott Sterling; John and Joe Stroup; Kathi VanZant; and Pat Wake and Sean Renard-Wake.

The Production Crew included Josh Fryfogle, Barb Howard; Sherry and Lonnie Jackson; Terry Koch, Dave Norman, and Carmen Summerfield; and Mike Chmielewski of KVRF 89.5FM.

The Season 3 premier episode was “sponsored” by Moose—the Movie, Ptarmageddon, and a variety of old-time Alaskan merchants.

The Season 3 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 3 premier episode was sold out—another example of bringing our community together through the arts!