‘When Crab Was King’ Returns for Season Two


Maggie Wall/KMXT

You’ve no doubt heard the stories of crab fishermen who ripped up $100 dollar bills just because they could. Or the one about the guy who paid cash for a new shiny tricked-out pickup and was so drunk he forgot he’d bought it.

Yes, those are true stories.

If you’re into good fishing stories about the wild and amazing days of Kodiak’s King crab fishery, you’ll be happy to learn that the popular radio series about the fishery is about to begin another round of new programs.

The award-winning program "When Crab Was King: An Oral History of the Kodiak King Crab Fishery" documents the history of Kodiak’s King crab fishery from its very earliest days in the 40s to its crash in the early 80s.

Long-time Kodiak resident Deedie Pearson is a member of the Kodiak Maritime Museum’s Board of Directors. The museum sponsors the radio pieces as a way to capture and document that flamboyant and dangerous era in Kodiak’s history:

Crab Show 1

KMXT has aired "When Crab Was King" since its inception. We will begin running the new programs this Thursday during the evening Island Messenger with another airing on Saturday 5:30 pm.

Funding for Season 2 is provided by the Alaska Leader Foundation and American Seafoods.

Pearson says the shows will alternate between new episodes and favorites from the first season.

Pearson says she knows there are a lot more people who lived or worked in Kodiak during the King crab years that would love to share their best stories. She’s hoping to get in touch with them:

Crab Show 2

Deedie Pearson.

All fifty-plus shows from Season 1 are available on the museum’s website.

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