In ’64 Quake, Alaskans Turned To AM Broadcaster

A new book — This is Chance!, by Jon Mooalhem — tells the story of a part-time radio reporter and mother of three who rose up to guide Anchorage through the earthquake of unprecedented power that rocked Alaska in 1964. The broadcasts of Genie Chance over KENI-AM were “heroic,” says New York Times reviewer Timothy Egan. She “became the voice of reason, sanity and vital information at a time when Alaska felt as if it had been cut off from the rest of the planet.”