Manager’s Update

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!

 

As a thank you to the community for your continued support and listenership we are inviting everyone to our Open House event on Saturday April 5th from noon to 2pm here at the KYUK main studio building.  There will be family fun for all ages so be sure to bring the kids.

There will be ring toss and bean bag throw, cake walks, free popcorn, drinks and snacks.  We’ll have a Great Paper Airplane Competition with professional paper airplane folders to train your children to create the most aerodynamic airplanes possible.  Prizes will be awarded.  There will also be a Matchbox Car Grand Prix where kids will race the fastest matchbox car in their own collection in a bid to win toys and other prized.  KYUK volunteer Mark Osterman, host of  The Music You Live show, will have a request line taking and playing your song requests.

So mark your calendars for Saturday April 5th from noon to 2pm for KYUK’s Open House.  Meet our staff, see where all your favorite programs are produced and enjoy family friendly fun and games.

See you then!

We’re please to introduce Daysha Eaton as KYUK’s news director,  taking over new room management and news reporting from Angela Denning-Barnes who moved to KFSK public radio in Petersburg in February. Daysha joined the news team of Ben Matheson, Charles Enoch and Julia Jimmie on March 24th. Regular news listeners have already heard her reporting on our noon news.

Daysha hails from the Port Townsend area of Washington State.  She had news broadcasting experience in the Pacific Northwest and then spent one year as a news reporter at KDLG Dillingham and two years as a reporter for KSKA and the Alaska Public Radio Network  (APRN) in Anchorage.  We’re excited to have her here to bring her reporting experience to the issues and topics of interest to all our listeners throughout the YK Delta.

We also want to welcome Charles Enoch to our news team.  Charles is from Tuntutuliak and started work as Yup’ik news reporter in mid February.  He’s quickly learning the skills and techniques of news reporting in both Yup’ik and English languages.  He’s already had two stories go statewide on APRN, one on the Bethel Winter House and one on the Manakotok VPSPO memorial.

Welcome to both Daysha and Charles.

We are at the end of the second week of our Spring Fund Drive, a very low key and quiet fund drive this time around.  We are once again asking for support for programs and services we offer focused on the young people in our communities.

One program we are especially proud of is our Alexie Isaac Memorial Scholarship.  Named in memory of the late Alexie Isaac , a long time and well known KYUK television and radio producer, our board of directors awards two $1,000 college scholarships in the fall of  each year to deserving students in the Y/K Delta.  Since the scholarship program began in 2006 we have awarded $17,000 to assist students with their higher education costs.  The need is great, especially in these times of ever increasing tuition.  Thanks to your generosity last spring we were able to award a third scholarship.  We would like to be able to do the same this year and so we are asking you again to consider making a donation to this very worthy program that is of real benefit to our college students across the YK Delta.

Along with a full schedule of Bethel Warrior boys and girls games, we broadcast the  LKSD 27th Annual Coastal Conference Basketball Championship Tournament which was announced in both English and Yup’ik for the first time thanks to volunteer Fritz Charles.  We also broadcast several league games from Napaskiak including Kwethluk versus Akula, also announced in both English and Yup’ik thanks to our new Yup’ik news reporter, Charles Enoch.

March Madness is here again with another round of basketball championships coming your way.   Starting Saturday March 15th and throughout that week we will be broadcasting the 1A, 2A and 3A State Championship games.   Tune in to 640AM or to our live radio stream on the KYUK website for all the action and excitement.

We know these broadcasts are important to many of our listeners and we will continue to bring you all the action.   It costs us approximately $5,000 to $8,000 a year in production time, staff overtime, equipment costs, long distance phone charges and broadcast fees to bring you these games. If you enjoy following your home teams on KYUK during these tournaments, I hope you will consider making a donation in support of these broadcasts as we continue to spotlight the positive athletic achievements of our youth.

A third program we have that focuses on our young people is our student worker program.  In partnership with the Kuskokwim Learning Academy (formerly known as BABS) we continue to offer paid intern/work experience in media to high school students as we have done for nearly a decade.  Your support last spring allowed us to fund two KLA student workerd this past year.  Thank you for your support and we hope you will consider another donation to help us continue this important opportunity for youth employment and training.

Thanks for tuning in to 640 AM or clicking on our live stream at KYUK.org.  Your public radio station.

Thanks also for your continuing support of public media for Bethel and the Y/K Delta region.