Solstice, stargazing and a Yuletide tale | Hometown, Alaska

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TBA Theater performed an adaptation of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” in the Alaska Public Media studio. (Ammon Swenson/Alaska Public Media)

Discover the wonders of the cosmos and delve into the significance of the Winter Solstice in this episode of Hometown, Alaska. Hosted by Dave Waldron, the show features an insightful conversation with Aaron Slonecker, the Director of the Anchorage Museum’s Planetarium and Discovery Center. Tune in to learn more about the celestial world and its ties to the changing seasons. Additionally, the show highlights a captivating in-studio performance by Anchorage’s TBA Theatre, presenting their adaptation of the classic tale “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.”

HOST: Dave Waldron


  • Aaron Slonecker, Director, Anchorage Museum Planetarium and Discovery Center
  • TBA Theatre: Ryan Buen, Jessica Faust, Shane Mitchell, Erin Dagon Mitchel, Wayne Mitchell, Dana Mitchell


BROADCAST: Monday, December 18th, 2023. 10:00 am – 11:00 a.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST: Monday, December 18th, 2023. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

Dave Waldron is an experienced radio professional who has been actively involved in the industry since 2000. He started his career as a volunteer DJ at UAA’s radio station KRUA 88.1, eventually becoming the station’s music director. After graduating in 2007, he joined Alaska Public Media in 2008 and has since held various roles including audio engineer, editor, and producer. Dave also runs his own small business, AK Audio Pro, and is currently a host of Alaska Public Media’s Hometown, Alaska.