With a recent outbreak of Tuberculosis reported in the YK Delta this week’s Wellness Wednesday presentation could not have come at a more appropriate time. Molly Hales, Katy Krings, and Evie Achee from the Public Health Center in Bethel were able to educate listeners and spread awareness of the bacterial infection. They were even able to sit down with 78 year old Yupik Elder Katie Roehl prior to the show to hear her personal story of being diagnosed with the disease in 1940; one of most devastating times for the disease not only in Alaska, but also the entire nation. Listen to Roehl’s story below.
The Community Music Drive has come to a very successful end after weeks of collecting music from the public. With the help of many generous listeners the KYUK music library has gained even more character and some priceless gems including tracks from local artists like the Fort Yukon Athabascan Fiddlers to Tom Waits to Dusty Springfield. The KYUK music library was not the only lucky one in this scenario. As a thank you we entered everyone’s name in a drawing to win some KYUK prizes. See all of the winners below. Congratulations and thank you to everyone that contributed music for the Community Music Drive.
“Side A/Side B” by Pamyua
World famous harmonica-player Mike Stevens, and renowned bluegrass musician, historian, and professor Raymond McLain took time out of their whirlwind trip throughout the YK Delta and sat down for a conversation and a few songs with KYUK’s Kristin Hall and Rybo Shore.
Combined Stevens and McLain have played over 100 times on “The Grand Ole Opry” at the historic Ryman Auditorium. They’ve also been traveling the globe and the YK Delta spreading a positive message through the music they play. The best part though is that they give great interviews. Check it out below.
Stevens and McLain will be performing at the Cultural Center in Bethel June 26th starting at 7pm; admission is $5.00.
*More information about Mike Steven’s foundation ArtsCan Circle visit www.artscancircle.ca