Mushing Radio presents Tom Jamgochian

Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

Join hosts Robert Forto and Alex Stein as they welcome Iditarod musher, Tom Jamgochian to Mushing Radio.

Tom Jamgochian, 38, is an Assistant District Attorney and musher living in Nome. He obtained his first sled dogs in 2011 a couple weeks after getting married. His wedding vows included a cap of 13 dogs. He now owns 17 sled dogs and yet is still married.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Tom moved to Anchorage in 2004 for what he thought was a one year legal job, after which he intended to start a normal life as a San Francisco lawyer. But, as has been known to happen, he never left. Since then, he’s moved to Bethel, Fairbanks and Nome. He also married an Alaskan so he will be here for the long haul. Tom loves 8 month long winters, being out on the trail all day and on the couch with 1 or 4 sled dogs at night. He has completed the Copper Basin 300, Northern Lights 300, Knik 200 and Nome-Council 200, where he came in first place in 2015.

Tom and his wife live with their dogs 15 miles north of Nome on the banks of the Nome River. Their kennel is named Couch Dog Kenn

In this episode, we talked about:

  • Jamgochian’s Iditarod finish
  • Getting started in mushing
  • Living in Nome, Alaska

Host, Robert Forto’s Bio:

Robert is the training director for Alaska Dog Works where they train dogs for canine obedience, working dogs, therapy dogs and service dogs for clients all over North America. He is also a dog musher and he and his wife operate a 40-dog mushing kennel in Willow, Alaska, called Team Ineka. They can often be seen at local races and leading expeditions in the Alaska backcountry with outdoor leadership students at the University of Alaska. Robert is the producer of Dog Works Radio that has been on the air since 2009 and is currently simulcast on a local radio station, KVRF in Palmer, Alaska.

Host, Alex Stein’s Bio:

Alex M. Stein is a writer, documentary filmmaker, and storyteller living in Los Angeles while pining for the Northern Lights. He is the author of the personal essay collection NO, MR. BOND, I EXPECT YOUR DREAMS TO DIE and directed the Iditarod documentary MUSH. He was married in Alaska, above the Arctic Circle, at the northernmost saloon in the world, by the bartender. Alex has been a host on Dog Works Radio since 2012 and he can be heard on our mushing broadcasts and during our annual nightly Iditarod coverage each March. 

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Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

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