Hot Talk Contestants


Bill McAllister

Bill a longtime Alaska journalist who has won state, regional and national awards for the Juneau Empire, KTUU-TV, the Anchorage Daily News, KTOO-TV & FM and the ABC Alaska Superstation. He was elected an unprecedented four times as president of the Alaska Capital Correspondents Association, and was a board member of the national non-profit organization Capitolbeat, for which he organized its annual conference in Seattle in 2005. Off-duty, McAllister has appeared in plays at Cyrano's, Anchorage Community Theatre and Alaska Pacific University, and at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez


Tor Nelson

Came to Alaska with my father in 1980. Went to Northstar elementary school. Left and returned to Alaska a couple times over the next 7 years due to family issues in Colorado. Ended up in Phoenix AZ and completed high school there. Returned to Alaska permanently in 1988. I competed automotive technical school in anchorage in 1989. I'm a father of three, and grandfather of four. I've lived in the Mat Su valley since 1995. I was a firefighter in meadow lakes for several years and recently left the north slope after a decade in kuparuk.


Jeff Landfield

I moved here in 2004 from New Mexico. I graduated from UAA in 2009 with a BA in history with a minor in economics. I ran for the state senate in 2012 in the republican primary for district k. I ran on a platform of reducing state spending to sustainable levels. I have been working in IT for the last 4 years. I have worked at Network Business Systems since June 2012. I also served as president of the Taku/Campbell community council from 2013-2014.


Neil Rome

I operate Heavy Equipment seasonally and enjoy the many activities are great state has to offer. Came to Alaska in 1977, graduated from Service High School. Studied Radio T.V. Broadcast & Speech Communication at Colorado State, Studied Film/Illustration Photography Brooks Institute, Filmmaking Degree from Vancouver film school. I worked on the slope on and off through College and 10 years after. I've hunted and fished, climbed and skied all over the state. I'm currently involved in the ever growing film industry here in the state.


Patrick Notar

Editor-in-Chief of Sustain Alaska Magazine, a newspaper columnist as well as a freelance writer and editor. He has worked in the energy conservation and efficiency industry for over 15 years and enjoys writing about a number of different topics. When he's not working, Patrick likes to interact with people and find out what makes Alaska a place where they want to live. Patrick is an advocate for making sure everyone's opinion is heard. He has over 25,000 readers locally and many more nationally. Patrick has a BA degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Oswego with a concentration in Comparative Politics and Civil Liberties. He is also an avid reader of great poets and writers including Bukowski, Wordsworth, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald, among others.


Kelly Lee Williams

Kelly Lee Williams is an actor, comedian, singer, DJ and emcee. He has appearances in two movies (Big Miracle and The Frozen Ground), sold out shows at the Tap Root (Whale Fat Follies), and Mad Myrna's (Rocky Horror Show). He was voted Best Comic (Anchorage Press) in 2011 and 2013.


Richard Benavides

Richard Benavides came to Alaska via the Air Force in 1973. He spent 14 years with the Anchorage Fire Department serving as the Public Information and Education Officer (handling media at emergency scenes and teaching fire safety). He was a Legislative Aide from 1999-2013, losing his job when the Legislator he worked for lost her seat to redistricting. He has also been involved with local theater since 1974, appearing in such plays as Glengarry Glen Ross; directing Greater Tuna and being a member of Anchorage’s first major improve troupe, The Synergy Scene Machine. He also has many opinions!


Andrew Phelps

Andrew was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to a military family. He moved around extensively until moving to Anchorage in 1970, where he attended part of at Government Hill Elementary School to West Anchorage High School. In 1977, following his father's reassignment, Andrew again moved, and graduated from South San West Campus High School in San Antonio, Texas.

He joined the United States Army shortly after High School Graduation, where he served as a Signal Intelligence Specialist and Supervisor, and Security Specialist. Upon his Honourable Discharge from the United States Army, Andrew moved into a career in the Food and Beverage, Hospitality industry. He travelled extensively, holding positions from International Sales to General Manager, and everything in between. Andrew returned to Anchorage in 2007, making Anchorage his home.

He studied International Business at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, and the Russian Language at the Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California. He is currently continuing his education in Journalism, and the Russian Language.

Ernest Barnett

I was born on May 24th 1947, to James and Margaret Barnett, one of 8 children. After high school I joined the US Air Force. April 4th 1972, assigned to Elmendorf AFB.
After 23 years I retired from the USAF and became the site manager for the C-130 Aircrew Training Systems on Elmendorf. When the office closed, I read, studied and perfected my hobby. I am now a network engineer for Federal Aviation Administration.
I am a very opinionated conservative. I believe in God, Mom, Country, Baseball and Apple Pie. Alaska is my home.