Manager’s Update

The mission of KYUK:
We are dedicated to serving the rural Alaska and Alaska Native population of our region and responding to issues that affect the people of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Our mission is to educate, stimulate and inform as well as provide cultural enrichment, entertainment, and opportunity for public access and language maintenance for cultural survival.

Following KYUK’s release of video of an officer-involved shooting in Bethel, there has been some discussion online and some people have asked why KYUK released the video.

A big part of KYUK public radio’s mission is “responding to issues that affect the people of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.” Certainly, an officer-involved shooting that took place in a populated neighborhood is such an issue.

We released video of the officer-involved shooting that took place on Friday, August 15th, after much deliberation of the possible impact to the community we serve, the police officers, and to the person who was shot.
In the end, we decided to release the video because we were in a position to provide a window on the facts in a neutral way that allows those viewing the recording to make their own judgments, based on the most complete information available to date.

In addition, we reached out to an immediate family member of the man who was shot and who approved of the release.

KYUK and all media organizations are in a new world where delivering raw information online, sometimes even before it is written and produced for radio or TV, is now possible. In this case, we simultaneously released a news story to accompany the video with as much clarifying information as possible to help people make sense of the situation which had occurred.

KYUK’s news department takes very seriously its obligation to provide accurate information to our listeners and followers in the community of Bethel, the Y-K Delta and beyond. We hope the information provided through our radio and online stories as well as other content, including the video, helps people make sense of the situation that has occurred and assists them in making informed decisions about the current state and future of our community.

The August 1st deadline for submitting applications for the Alexie Isaac Memorial Scholarship is only three weeks away.   If you are a collage student from any community within the KYUK listening area in the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta,  including Bethel, apply now for an opportunity to receive $1,000 to use for tuition or other school related expenses.

If you know a college student from the YK Delta or Bethel encourage him or her to apply now.

The Bethel Broadcasting Inc board of directors will make the selections of scholarship winners at its September 27th board meeting.

The guidelines and application form can be found on the  Scholarship page of the KYUK website.  They can also be requested by calling 543-3131 between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday.

Apply today!

THANK YOU!

by Mike Martz on April 29, 2014

To everyone here in Bethel, across the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta and around our state, whether you gave to KYUK, Alaska Public Media or another public media outlet, thank you for contributing!  You are the reason we are still standing, strong, proud and in partnership with you to make our communities successful.

 

THANK YOU!

If you are a collage student from any community within the KYUK listening area in the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta or Bethel apply now for the Alexie Isaac Memorial Scholarship.    If you know a college student from the YK Delta or Bethel encourage him or her to apply now.  College is expensive and the Alexie Isaac scholarship can help you pay for school.

Once again this year,  thanks to the generosity of our listeners during our Spring Fund Drive, we are able to offer three $1,000 scholarships.  That means three students will be eligible to receive a $1,000 for their school year’s expenses.

The Bethel Broadcasting Inc board of directors makes the selections of scholarship winners at the September board meeting.

The deadline to apply is August 1st and while that date may seem far away it’s only about four months from now and the time will fly by fast.

Information and application forms can be found on the  Scholarship page of the KYUK website.  The application forms can also be requested by calling 543-3131 between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday.

Don’t delay, apply today!