Love is in the Air: Alaska Airlines Offer LGBT Discount   Recently updated!

Note: Scroll down for complete audio file. On June 26th of this year, the US Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, thereby normalizing all relationships, both straight and gay. Every US citizen can receive the same benefits and hardships that come with marital bliss. However, government and private business are not always bound by the same policies. Listeners, Love is in the Air, and it’s cheaper if you are part of the LGBTQ community. We’ve all heard about the bakery that refused to bake wedding cakes for same-sex weddings. However several major airlines – Delta, American Airlines, Southwest, even our very Alaska Airlines, do quite the opposite, by offering an LGBT discount to LGBTQ community members’ tickets visiting Pride destinations. I found very little […]

Alaska Airlines is now offering an LGBT discount for travelers going to Pride destinations.

A photo of UAA gymnast Simone Penker from Austria on beam.

Voices of UAA: Simone Penker   Recently updated!

Simone Penker recently returned from Gwangju, Korea, where she represented her home country Austria for the World University Games. A University of Alaska Gymnast, Simone came to Alaska to continue her career in gymnastics as well as gain a degree in Natural Sciences. Learn more about who Penker is in this interview!  

Meet the Staff: The KRUA Podcast

We have recently started a new Friday show all about the inner workings of the KRUA offices. Here, staff members share some highlights from the week, play some of our favorite music, and generally banter amongst ourselves. We tend to think it’s the most embarrassing entertaining hour a week, but that’s just us! Here’s the first episode. Listen at your own risk.

A photo of KRUA's staff members

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Silvertron Youth Choir – Our God is a Possum God

KRUA received a massive amount of Hip-Hop this week, which I am extremely excited about. It seems that traditionally, KRUA has treated Hip-Hop as more of a side show than a main attraction, but I hope to show the station and the listeners a new side of Hip-Hop. The album up for today’s review is “Our God is a Possum God” by SIlvertron Youth Choir, a veritable mish mash of Rap, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Baroque (yes, fife and lute included), Southern Twang, and cerebral Synth Pop. Sure, “Our God is a Possum God” trades cohesiveness for shock value, but it brings the listener back to the late 90s where Jackass and Crank Yankers reigned supreme. The songs “Pamplemoose” and “Justin Bieber […]

UAA Art Alumna Explores Chemical Reactions in Art Show   Recently updated!

July 22 marks the opening reception of Nikita Ditmer’s art showing, “R.” Ditmer’s art is inspired by textures and chemical reactions that occur on canvas.  In this piece KRUA was able to discuss student reactions to “R,” as well as conduct an interview with Nikita Ditmer herself! Ditmer stated she named her show “r for remainder…art is the remainder.” The art exhibit will be showing at the UAA Student Union Gallery until August 22nd.

A photo of "Tableau", a diptych canvas piece by Nikita Ditmer.

A photo of Lakota Tow

Voices of UAA: Lakota Tow

In order to celebrate one month of Voices of UAA, news reporter, Anna Lande agreed to stop trying to interview street dogs and go back to humans. Today’s human is Philosophy major, Lakota Tow. Lakota Tow is also a cargo agent for Pegasus Airlines, where he ships fish and puppies to faraway places. Today, he discusses existentialism, brandy, and Jean-Paul Sartre. A little high-brow for Anna, perhaps, but hopefully not for you!

Dope Economics: The Money in Marijuana 1   Recently updated!

If you have been in Alaska for the past year, you have been able to watch the process of a state legalizing marijuana. In February, Alaskans officially voted on ballot measure 2. The ballot measure passed three regulations for citizens who would like to legally partake: 1. Alaskans age 21 and older can now legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana. 2. Alaskans can grow as many as six marijuana plants in their homes (with no more than three flowering). 3. Alaskans can possess any additional marijuana produced by those plants. Marijuana businesses are expected to be opening from now until 2016. Alaska government committees and marijuana specialists are developing policies that will help both private business and Alaska […]


Three of the Kongos brother on stage.

KONGOS behind the scenes: Bad habits, weird fans, and more

On July 11th, news reporters Dylan Blankenship and Anna Lande visited Folk-rock, brother-band KONGOS during their tour in Anchorage. In this interview, the Kongo brothers discuss the most overrated aspect of being a rockstar, the smell of a tour bus, and espresso machines with the KRUA News Department. Songs used in this piece: “Come with Me Now” “I’m Only Joking (Explicit)” “I Want to Know”  by KONGOS.   The full audio file of the interview can be found below the photo.      

​UA Presidential Candidate Visits UAA

On July 8th UAA held a student Q&A for the UA Presidential candidate at the UAA Library. The UA President oversees the University of Alaska administration and implements the mission statement of each university. Essentially, the President is the CEO, cheerleader, representative, and politician for the university. With UA President Gamble’s retirement from office, Jim Johnsen is the only candidate that has been nominated. Previous UA Presidents, including predecessor President Gamble have had military background, but Johnsen has a background in higher education. Johnsen has been traveling to the Alaska University locations across the state to campaign. KRUA was able to have an exclusive interview with Jim Johnsen. Johnsen is against cuts across the board, and wants to promote student voices in university policies. In a […]

Jim Johnson is, so far, the only candidate in the search for a new University of Alaska President

A photo of Cuddy Hall at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Voices of UAA: Rochelle Gomez

For this week’s episode of Voices of UAA, we decided to interview one of KRUA’s favorite members of the service industry, the barista. Rochelle, the Barista of Cuddy Hall, shares the secrets of her craft to our news reporter, Anna Lande. (Note: Anna previously thought witchcraft and mad science produced “fancy” coffees, but she would like to let all the listeners know she knows better now.) In this segment, Rochelle provides a step-by-step guide on how to make the perfect latte, explains the mixology behind coffee syrups, and describes what a poorly made coffee tastes like. This segment was delicious to produce, we can only hope it’s just as delicious to listen to.