Jenny Neyman

General Manager

Jenny Neyman has been the general manager of KDLL since 2017. Before that she was a reporter and the Morning Edition host at KDLL.
She also worked in print journalism for 15 years, including 7.5 years as owner, publisher and editor of the Redoubt Reporter community newspaper in the central Kenai Peninsula.
She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, and grew up listening to KSTK public radio in Wrangell, AK.

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Outdoor, in-person beer festivals return after the dark year of COVID, including the 10th annual Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival. Bill gets an update from KP beerfest organizer Matt Pyhala and muses on what makes a good beer festival (hint: quality, not quantity). Plus, interviews with Girdwood Brewing and Darcy Kniefel, with the 2021 Alaska Craft Brew Festival, on July's Drinking on the Last Frontier.
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On this month’s Drinking on the Last Frontier, aging beer in whisky barrels is a great way to add class to craft brews. Plus, Bill checks in on the new location for Bearpaw River Brewing Co. in Wasilla, the new construction for Grace Ridge Brewing Co. in Homer and the newcomer brewery to the peninsula’s beer scene — Stoney Creek Brewhouse in Seward.

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The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is fully open to the public once again, serving regular meals in its Fireweed Diner starting June 16. To celebrate another step toward more usual operations after a year upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, the food bank threw a Spring Festival in conjunction with its weekly Farmers Fresh Market from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 15. KDLL reporter Sabine Poux visited the food bank to get a taste of the festival.

Gherkin Radio Theatre offers a double-header for episode four:

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Zach Henry from St. Elias Brewing joins Bill Howell for a live edition of Drinking on the Last Frontier for KDLL's spring membership drive May 15. Thanks to everyone who called in!

Bid online for local art to brighten your space!

Breakup in Alaska is not the most beautiful time of year. KDLL and the Kenai Fine Art Center can help! We’re holding an art auction to give us something beautiful to see until spring really does spring forth on the central Kenai Peninsula.

Artwork is on display at Veronica’s Café in Kenai through April, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays.

In our final week of the KDLL/Kenai Fine Art Center April Art Auction, we meet painters Chere' Avigo, Dan Verkuilen and fiber artists Emily Kornelis, Amy Kruse and Jen Luton. Artwork is on display at Veronica's Cafe in Kenai and you can bid online for your favorite piece through May 8.

In week four of the KDLL/Kenai Fine Art Center April Art Auction, we meet Sue Biggs and Kaitlin Vadla. Artwork is on display at Veronica's Cafe in Kenai through April and you can bid online for your favorite piece.

Whose beer is it, anyway? Bill answers that question, plus the mysterious magic of the gueuze. Plus interviews with Brian Hall, of the new Alaska Craft Beer Podcast, Mike Healy of Skagway Brewing Co. and Clarke Pelz of Cynosure Brewing in Anchorage.

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In week three of the KDLL/Kenai Fine Art Center April Art Auction, we meet Melinda Hershberger, Sandra Sterling and Abbey Ulen. Artwork is on display at Veronica's Cafe in Kenai through April and you can bid online for your favorite piece.

In week two of the KDLL/Kenai Fine Art Center April Art Auction, we meet Marion Nelson and Jason Ramirez. Artwork is on display at Veronica's Cafe in Kenai through April and you can bid online for your favorite piece.

In week one of the KDLL/Kenai Fine Art Center April Art Auction, we meet Lori Engler, Angela Bell and Susie Scrivner. Artwork is on display at Veronica's Cafe in Kenai through April and you can bid online for your favorite piece.

In this month’s Drinking on the Last Frontier, host Bill Howell recommends beer and cheese pairings, proper serving temperatures for beer and offers his hopes for a quick end to the hard seltzer trend. Plus, interviews with Haines Brewing Co. and Fairbanks’ Lat65 Brewing Co.

Kenai Peninsula College Director Gary Turner is retiring at the end of this fiscal year. There are two candidates in the final round of consideration to take the reins July 1. Candidate forums will be held over Zoom this week for the campus and community.

Scientists have been scrambling for the last year and a half to wrap their heads around the risk posed by a potentially massive landslide on the steep slopes of Barry Arm in Prince William Sound. In a worst-case scenario a full slope failure could pummel Whittier with a tsunami wave as big as 30 feet.

State and federal researchers are working to get a better understanding of the size and factors that might cause the slope to fail, to help tsunami forecasters give boaters and coastal communities in the sound as much advance warning as possible.

Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys

This summer is going to be busy in upper Prince William Sound. Not just for fishing, shrimping, kayaking and other recreational boating. But for scientists to continue research and modeling on a massive landslide threatening to crash into Barry Arm, and send a potentially devastating tsunami around the corner to Whittier.

Solid waste, recycling and composting  are up for discussion with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Resilience and Security Advisory Commission Solid Waste Committee members, Randy Arndt and Alexandra Ravelo, as well as Dan Kort, Solid Waste Director at Central Peninsula Landfill.

To find out more about the Resilience and Security Commission, access links to their meetings and contact the commission members go the the KPB website.

The Kachemak Bay Science Conference and Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Symposium will be held March 15 to 18. They’re virtual this year and free to attend. To register and to find out more, visit kachemakbayscience.org, or listen to this week’s interview with conference organizers and presenters.

East Cook Inlet beaches have been closed to harvesting razor clams due to low abundance since 2015. The only clam digging since has been by scientists gathering data to quantify the razors' slow recovery and to try and figure out what is inhibiting the population's rebound.

Mike Booz and Holly Dickson, lower Cook Inlet area management biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Sportfish Division, share the research and theories on what’s happening beneath the sand.

Don't forget your favorite brews with Flagship February, plus a look at the ancient Egyptian history of brewing and what's new with Big Delta Brewing and Kenai River Brewing Co. Cheers!

Kenai Peninsula public radio celebrates Black History Month with a visit from Homer storyteller and activist Skywalker Payne.

Joe Rizzo, executive director of Triumvirate Theatre, and Paul Morin and Rebecca Gilman, director and producer of "Murder in the Cathedral" with the Kenai Performers talk about maintaining community theater amid COVID.

The hunter becomes the hunted after a mishap at sea in Richard Connell’s 1924 classic, “The Most Dangerous Game.” Starring Ranger Fox as Rainsford, Ben Weagraff as General Zaroff and Stephen White as Whitney.

Jeff Fair is an Alaska field biologist and author of, “In Wild Trust,” about the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary. It’s the story of the development of the sanctuary and of Larry Aumiller, who spent 30 years at McNeil as its first manager, sharing his insights into bear and human behavior that created the guidelines for bear viewing at McNeil. Fair talked about his time at McNeil and his recollections of Aumiller during a Wildlife Wednesday presentation, put on by the Alaska Wildlife Alliance.

Dr. Kristin Mitchell, with Central Peninsula Internal Medicine, Justin Rufridge, co-owner of Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, and Dan Nelson, manager of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, are here to discuss the COVID vaccine this week.

Sen. Peter Micciche's attempt to update the state's alcohol laws is starting yet another round through the legislative process. Will 2021 be the year it makes it to the finish line? Stay tuned to find out.
Plus, Bill chats with Lee Ellis, head of brewery operations at Midnight Sun Brewing Company and president of the Brewer's Guild of Alaska, and Jake Wade, operations manager of Bear Paw River Brewing in Wasilla.
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In the past, Project Homeless Connect has been a one-day event, gathering people who lack adequate, stable housing and the agencies, organizations and volunteers who can help. Since large gatherings aren't safe during COVID, project organizers are rethinking how to get the information they need and provide the services this population needs without gathering all at once. Thanks to Leslie Rohr, executive director with Love Inc.

Snow might still be on the ground but spring isn’t far away. When we get there, gardeners need to have their planting plans ready. Here’s some food for thought — growing native edible perennials. Local vegetables, if you will. Didn’t know there was such a thing? Shawn Jackinsky, of Green Cannon Gardens in Ninilchik, can tell you all about it. This is a “Know Your Lands” presentation from the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District. Find more of their presentations on their Facebook page.

The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District is working on updating the borough's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for 2021 to 2026, to aid in planning for the next five years. This helps in directing policy, obtaining and distributing governmental funding, attracting new businesses to the borough, identifying roadblocks to development and, ideally, bettering the quality of life in our neck of the woods.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will return to in-personal classes Jan. 11. Educators are preparing for the change.

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