If you’d like to contact someone at Arctic Entries with questions or comments, e-mail works great: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are real people on the other end of the line, and we really are doing our best to make each and every show great, so please consider being kind and constructive in your criticisms (or just let the kudos fly). We are also pretty busy, so if your email fosters a great internal discussion among the storyboard, you might need to give us a few days to gnaw thoughtfully on your question and respond.
Who are we?
Arctic Entries is organized by a host of volunteers from the Anchorage community. These committed individuals must really enjoy taking on extra responsibilities… Meet the Storyboard:
Matt Rafferty — Co-Host
Matt Rafferty, former candidate for the American presidency, made a stunning transformation from an overweight, buffalo-wing eating accountant in Boston to a skinny, moose-hunting conservationist in Alaska. Thankfully, his Neil Diamond-impersonating alter ego survived the transformation.
Emily Fehrenbacher – Co-Host
Born and raised in the suburban sprawl of Chicago, “Bacher” came to Alaska in 2008 for the trees, mountains and politics. She spends her time reading Wikipedia entries, playing songs on the Buckaroo Club jukebox, and exploring this wonderful place. Her zest for life and a nervous high-kick at our “Road Trips” show endeared her to us. We’ve been inseparable ever since.
Vikram Patel — Storycoach
Vik grew up on the shore of the Los Angeles River, watching television and eating candy; his favorites include Dukes of Hazzard and Caramelo. Since 2005, Vik has called Anchorage home, even during a brief return to California, which really annoyed his Mom. (Hi Mom!) Now, Vik spends his days working at Parks & Rec and using his free time to listen to Arctic Entries reruns and eat candy.
Rosey Robards – Audio Maven
Rosey Robards has been an Anchorage resident since right around her ninth birthday. She’s the director of the Alaska Teen Media Institute, where teens produce a monthly, public-affairs radio show on KNBA 90.3 FM, among other multimedia pieces. She occasionally freelances for the Anchorage Daily News and produced this piece about the founders of Arctic Entries long before she had the opportunity to join the storyboard.
Carlyle Watt – Musician Extraordinaire
A baker by day, member of the Super Saturated Sugar Strings by night, Carlyle loves finding that perfect musician to tie the show together.
Will Koeppen — Online Communicado
Will was busy flying around the world avoiding responsibility and trying to determine what people mean when they say, “it is what it is.” On his way past, he happened to look down and see a beautiful summer day in Alaska, so he stopped for a spell. Now he does faux-tography and website stuff.
David Onofrychuk — Programmer
As a Creative Writing Professor, Dave is the only one of us who actually knows what he is talking about when it comes to storytelling.
Arran Forbes – Organization Enforcement
Anchorage by birth and Seward by brood, Arran didn’t land far from home despite a few continental and foreign residencies in her youth (which ended sometime in 2013). While not bombarding Arctic Entries with wordy emails and pretend deadlines, she teaches wilderness survival skills to toddlers and is a reluctant enthusiast of pop-country radio.
Eva Gardner – Legal Beagle
Eva came to Alaska from Manhattan on a whim. But her six-week visit turned into a year turned into two years turned into three and so on until she finally faced facts, married her skate ski instructor, and told her friends and family she was never coming back. Barred in (not from) three states, Eva uses her lawyer superpowers for good. If only they were strong enough to help her find a good bagel in Anchortown…
Jack Klauschie – Storycoach and The Red Light Special Dude
Jack is a former professional actor/singer/dancer who found his true passion in life once he started teaching middle school Social Studies. Well, that and his dogs. Well, those things and lattes. Lots of lattes.
The Storyboard would, of course, like to give a huge, grateful thank you to its co-founders, Tara Loyd and James Keck. In addition, there are a host of past storyboard members who have given lots and lots over the years. Those beautiful folks include the following, in no particular order: Sam Weis, Laura Wolff, J.R. Zufelt, Sam Bernitz, Becky Windt, Kate Huber, Darcy Dugan, Nathan Havey, Jekka Roder, Jason Brandeis, Beth Peluso, Theresa Taylor, Paul Anderson, Margaret David, Megan Friedel, Danielle Pittner, Paul Flahive, and an honorable mention to Tony Perelli (who designed our logo!).