• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 23s

The voice of the air show

By Bonney Bowman 8:09 PM July 25, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

There’s a saying in the air show industry: A good narrator can make a bad air show, better.

But a bad narrator can ruin what would otherwise be a great show.

Thankfully, the narrator for Arctic Thunder 2014 is one of the best.

Twenty-seven years ago, Larry Strain found his calling.

He was helping behind the scenes at an air show, but suddenly found center stage.

“The air show director asked if anybody had any public speaking experience. Well I spent 10 years of my life in the radio and television business, so I stupidly raised my hand and he said ‘you’re the air show narrator.’ I knew nothing about it,” recalls Strain.

Almost three decades later, he’s still manning the mic, describing the action in the air.

“What I try to do, being a pilot is I try to put the people here, the spectators, try to put them inside the cockpit,” Strain said. “Try to let them feel the g-forces and the strain and the hurt that some of the performers go through.”

It’s not just the planes that keep him coming back. Strain says it’s the people who make his job fun.

“The air show community is a very close-knit community and I like the people,” he said. “I enjoy it. I’m a pilot myself.”

He knows most of the routines by heart, but there’s one featured in Arctic Thunder Larry says is a special treat: the joint forces exercise, showing cooperation by the Army and the Air Force.

The F-22s will be part of the action this weekend, along with the Thunderbirds and the joint exercise.

Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.

Latest Stories

  • DayBreak

    Local music shop celebrates 170 years of the saxophone

    by Daybreak Staff on Jun 28, 13:52

    One-hundred-and-seventy years ago Tuesday, the saxophone was patented in 1846. The patent look of it was drawn up and filed by musician and inventor Adolphe sax of Paris, France. In honor of it’s anniversary, Anchorage shop, The Music Man, is celebrating with some workshops, demonstrations and a look at one version of the sax, that can […]

  • News

    Latest: 10 killed, over 20 injured in blasts at Istanbul airport

    by CNN / AP on Jun 28, 12:25

    ISTANBUL (AP) – The Latest on the explosions at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport (all times local): 11:40 p.m. European Union leaders holding an unprecedented summit about Britain’s departure from the bloc are condemning a deadly attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted from a closed-door meeting Tuesday in Brussels, “Despicable terror attack. […]

  • DayBreak

    ‘Exposure’: Documentary examines Anchorage skate scene

    by Daybreak Staff on Jun 28, 11:43

    The documentary “Exposure” explores the challenges Alaska-based skateboarders face. Viewers will learn about four of Alaska’s best skateboarders as they maintain their passion for riding and a brief history of the skate scene since the 90′s, including what was once was a popular skate shop in Anchorage called Boarderline. Tuesday, executive producer Will Ingram and producer […]

  • News

    Search underway for missing Nome hiker

    by Associated Press on Jun 28, 11:35

    A ground and aerial search is underway for a missing 36-year-old Nome man. Alaska State Troopers say they were notified Monday morning after Joseph Balderas failed to show up for work. State officials say Balderas works as a law clerk for the Alaska court system in Nome. Troopers say Balderas’ vehicle was found around the […]

  • News

    More Olympic woes for Rio as doping control lab shuts down

    by CBS News on Jun 28, 8:36

    Just over five weeks before the Summer Olympics get underway, Rio is still ill-prepared to host the games. Police say they are underpaid and Rio’s acting governor admits the games could be a “big failure” because of budget shortfalls. Now, the doping control lab that was set up to make sure athletes don’t cheat is closed, reports […]

  • Crime

    Fugitive sought by US marshals with warrant dies by suicide

    by Associated Press on Jun 28, 7:49

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The U.S. Marshals office says a man sought on a federal warrant killed himself Monday night in Anchorage as officers approached his motorhome. Marshals say Brendan James Doyle shot himself at about 6 p.m. Doyle was being sought as a felon in possession of a firearm. Marshals and an Alaska State […]

  • News

    Native corporation seeks to invest more in southeast Alaska

    by Associated Press on Jun 28, 6:33

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – A southeast Alaska Native corporation has announced it will hold its next annual shareholder meeting in a remote village on Prince of Wales Island as it looks to invest further throughout the region. The Ketchikan Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/28ZOwtM ) that Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott says having the 2017 meeting in […]

  • Lifestyle

    Return of the RV: 5-star camping is on the rise

    by Liz Raines on Jun 27, 22:54

    Many out-of-staters are now picking wheels over water when it comes to making the most of an Alaskan summer. After taking a hit during the 2009 recession, the sale and rental of recreational vehicles (RV) is on the rise. According to Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), RV shipments nationwide dropped dramatically between the summers of […]