Coffee Table

Wednesday mornings 9-10 a.m.

Coffee Table is KBBI's local interview program. You can be a part of the conversation by calling 235-7721, in the Homer area, or email

Coffee Table - Municipal Election Candidates

Sep 15, 2021
Shahla Farzan/KBBI

This week on The Coffee Table, we welcome (pretty much) all the candidates for elected office that will appear on the Municipal Election ballot on October 5. 

    Support for The Coffee Table comes from Pier One Theatre, Homer's community theatre -- supporting community voices. Schedules and information on Pier One productions at 226-2287 and at


This week on The Coffee Table, host Jay Barrett welcomes representatives of the Homer Marine Trades Association, a local non-profit representing businesses and individuals in Homer's marine trade industry. Guest include Jennifer Hakala of NOMAR, Aaron Fleenor of Northern Enterprises Boat Yard, Bryan Hawkins, Homer Harbormaster, and Cinda Martin from FNBA.

On this week's Coffee Table, KBBI's Jeff Lockwood speaks to Robbi Mixon and Kyra Harty from Alaska Food Hub, an online marketplace that connects eaters to farmers and other food producers.  Jeff also visits Hannah Prescott at Up Yonder Farm, who sells her produce (including corn!) almost exclusively through the Food Hub.

Recorded 08/18/21.  

Coffee Table: Homer Drawdown Peatland Project

Aug 11, 2021
Homer Drawdown

  On the Coffee Table this week we welcome members from Homer Drawdown, a group committed to finding local solutions to mitigate the threats of climate change. They are engaged in a community wide collaboration to protect and restore wetlands through surveys, outreach, education, conservation and art. Our guests are artist, guide, and educator, Kim McNett and Seldovia geologist, Bretwood "Hig" Higman.  They discuss the importance of peatlands in carbon storage, biodiversity, wildfire prevention, water filtration, and salmon habitat.   


This week on the Coffee Table, host Jay Barrett talks with Alaska Public Health Nurse Lorne Carroll of Homer about the Covid-19 Pandemic, herd immunity, why and how variants arise, and should we feel lucky that Alaska's rates are as low as they are compared to national and international infection and death rates.

Courtney Griechen


Coffee Table: Summer Business Outlook Bright

Jun 30, 2021

    This week on The Coffee Table, we welcome folks from the Homer Chamber of Commerce to the show. Executive Director Brad Anderson and Visitor Center Manager Jan Knutsen joined host Jay Barrett in the Gary Thomas Studio to discuss how local businesses responded to the coronavirus pandemic, and how they are responding now that normality -- and visitors -- are returning.

KBBI will be hosting the 2nd Annual Concert on Your Lawn Saturday June, 19th live on air. On this episode of Coffee Table General Manager Josh Krohn and Development Director Loren Barrett discuss the upcoming event and play a selection of music from the Concert on the Lawn Archives. 

June is LGBTQ Pride month and this week on the Coffee Table, you'll hear from Pride organizers in Homer, Soldotna and Seward about events and activism across the Kenai Peninsula this month and next.


Host: Kathleen Gustafson and guests:

The Southern Kenia Peninsula Opioid Task Force shared a recording of their recent presentation of resources on KBBI's Coffee Table on Wednesday.

The presentation, Help is Here, features representatives from area treatment centers and organizations dedicated to reducing drug use and treating addiction on the Peninsula.

The presentation has been lightly edited.
It is introduced by Stephanie Sitwell of the  SKP Opioid Task Force and includes presentations by:

KBBI file photo

The Pratt Museum, and now Park as well, is practically a Homer landmark. Find out how the staff at our home-grown museum are leading the facility and it's surrounding acres into the future on Coffee Table with host Jay Barrett.


The snow melts revealing our gardens, awaking from a long winter. For this Coffee Table, producer of KBBI's Homer Grown, Desiree Hagen is the guest host. Joining her in the studio is Kyra Wagner of Homer Soil and Water Conservation District and Francie Roberts, master gardener and former president of Homer Garden Club. They answer gardening questions generated by Desiree and the listeners. 

Renee Gross, KBBI News

With the number of local parks and the amount of recreation both residents and visitors engage in around Homer, you’d think the city had a robustly-staffed parks and recreation department. But that’s not the case. Parks is a one-person division under Public Works, while Community Recreation is a one-person division in the city manager’s office. But together, Matt Steffy and Mike Illg, the superintendent of parks and the manager of recreation, respectively, and with the help of an army of volunteers, make it work.

Jarl Gustafson

In advance of this Friday and Saturday’s spring membership drive, KBBI General Manager Josh Krohn,  Development Director Loren Barrett and Board of Directors President Nicole Arevelo join host Kathleen Gustafson to talk about KBBI’s finances, business plan and goals.

Listen for excerpts from KBBI shows and collaborations: Check the Pantry, Homer Grown, Green Dot Minute, Shakespearian sonnets and insults from Pier One Theatre's Mud Bay Bards and a song from last week's musical performance by Matt Hopper, broadcast live from Bunnell Street Arts Center.