From 1990 through 1995, the television viewing public was obsessed with the goings on in Cicely, Alaska. Northern Exposure ruled the television airwaves. And while our airwaves were dominated by this quirky drama, on the show itself the airwaves were ruled by Chris Stevens and his KBHR radio show Chris in the Morning.
Stevens' (played by actor John Corbett) outspoken anti-establishment personality and philosophical poetic manner definitely set the tone for the award-winning show.
Watching and commenting as the world passed outside his broadcast booth window, he kept the town of Cicely up to date on current events and provided them with a healthy dose of culture in the form of on-air readings. The library in Cicely consisted of a few shelves of books in Ruth-Anne's general store, but I have a feeling that Stevens had a personal library that exceeded the town's. Well read and self-educated, Stevens could converse freely on such wide ranging topics as philosophy, religion, physics, history, art, and motorcycle repair. If Stevens was reading it, you knew it had to be good.
Twenty years later, the show still makes for fun television. Can someone please get started on a list of all films mentioned by Ed Chigliak in the show?! As for literary references, there's no need for you to tune into KBHR to find out what books to read. Here is a list of great books that Stevens read on air to the town of Cicely.
A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living by Joseph Campbell
"I felt a funeral, in my brain" by Emily Dickinson
The Friendly Beasts: A Traditional Christmas Carol
Paddle to the Sea by Holling Clancy Holling
The Owl and the Pussy-cat by Edward Lear
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
Lincoln, the President by J. G. Randall
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman