Manager’s Update

Why does a non-profit organization, like KYUK, continuously asks supporters for financial assistance, you might ask. After all, we receive grants annually from both the federal and state government. Isn’t that enough? The answer is, unfortunately, no. KYUK does receive both federal and state operating grants each year. Together these funds only comprise a little more than half of the funds we need to fulfill our public media mission each year. The rest of our funds must come from other non-federal and non-state sources.

In addition, all grants, no matter where they come from, have restrictions attached to them that determine how they may legally be used.  For example, one of the community service grants we receive each year from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) may only be used to purchase nationally produced radio programming from distributors like NPR, Public Radio International and American Public Media. We cannot use these funds for any other purpose.

This and other grant restrictions can make it difficult to juggle the funds we need to cover expenses like salaries, heat or electricity.   We are required to have an independent audit of our finances performed each year to insure that we are in compliance with all of our grant rules and restrictions.

Another “string” associated with just about all grants is the requirement for matching funds. The granting agencies require these matching funds as evidence of community support for the non-profit organization’s mission and as evidence that the non-profit can contribute to paying it’s own way. One benefit of these matching funds is that they are considered unrestricted and can be used for operational expenses of any legitimate type.

For KYUK, some of the sources of unrestricted funds we generate come from charitable gaming, the fees we charge for public service announcements, fees for radio or television production work we do for local agencies or organizations and the underwriting of programming on radio and TV by local or statewide businesses and organizations.

By far the most important source of unrestricted funds, however, comes from the donations we receive from our listeners and viewers, like you, not just during our fundraising membership drives that we hold twice a year but also from programs like Pick Click Give.

We Alaskans are known for our generosity and that fact is clearly demonstrated in the amount of support KYUK receives from our loyal listeners and viewers. On behalf of all of us at KYUK I thank all of you for your continued support of public media in the YK Delta.

Pick Click Give is one very simple way to show your support for the charities and non-profits, like KYUK,  that are doing work that is important to you.

If you haven’t filed for your Permanent Fund Dividend yet, consider making a donation to a non-profit such when you apply. If you’ve already applied for your PFD, it’s not too late to return to the PFD website and make a donation.

If you are inclined to donate a portion of your dividend, consider including KYUK in your donation. However, no matter what organization you choose to support, it’s the generosity of Alaskans helping Alaskans that counts.

Love Alaska…Pick Click Give.

We know that is perhaps the biggest and definitely the most widely known online shopping site.  It’s possible to find just about anything you can imagine at  Piles of Amazon boxes pass through the Bethel post office every day.

Something less well known about Amazon is AmazonSmile.  AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that gives customers access to the same products as on but with a difference.  When customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to charities selected by customers from a list of close to a million non-profit organizations.   There is no cost to either customers or charities associated with this donation.  KYUK is on the list of eligible AmazonSmile charities under Bethel Broadcasting,  Inc., our corporate name.

If you value the mission of KYUK and are also an shopper, please consider visiting AmazonSmile the next time you shop online using this AmazonSmile Bethel Broadcasting Inc. link.  Amazon will make a 0.5% donation to KYUK from your eligible purchases at no additional cost to you.  It’s an easy way to show your support for public media in the YK Delta.

Thank you and happy Thanksgiving.


November Rememberances

by Mike Martz on November 6, 2014

Election Day has come and gone and we’re still uncertain about who our junior Sentator will be and who will be our governor and lieutenant governor.  At least the seemingly endless flood of campaign ads and flyers has come to an end so we can breathe a sigh of relief and turn our attention to other events and rememberances this November.

November is Native Amerian Heritage month.  This is an observance that resonates with us here in the YK Delta.  Check out the free movie screenings held this month at the cultural center in honor of Native American Heritage Month.  Cable subscribers could also check out First Nations Experience (FNX) on UATV on channel 12 of the GCI cable system.  FNX offers a wide variety of programs by  and about Native Americans across Canada, the US and even Alaska.

November 11th is Veterans Day.  This is a day to remember the sacrifices made by the members of our armed forces through out our history.  Alaska ranks among the states with very high veterans populations.   The YK Delta has many veterans of all armed services, the National Guard and the ATG.  Be sure to thank the veterans you know for their service and plan to attend the Veterans Day events here in Bethel or visit the veterans cemetery to pay your respects to our fallen heroes.

Friday November 21st is National Philanthropy Day.  This is a day to acknowledge, thank and celebrate those individuals and corporations that support non-profit organizations of all kinds through investments of cash, time and other resources.  The terms philanthropy and philanthropist often conjure up images of multimillionaires who start foundations or other charitable enterprises that have a national or global impact.  However, we are all  philanthropists when we step up and make a contribution of any type or size to a charity or non-profit we believe in supporting.

I want to close by thanking the philanthropists who chose to donate a portion of their Permanent Fund Dividend to KYUK.  Your contributions mean you believe in our public media mission and are willing to commit some of your financial resources to insure our mission continues into the future.

Thank you!

Vote On Tuesday November 4th

by Mike Martz on October 30, 2014

If you’re like me, you are very tired of the negative campaigning this election season and are looking forward to election day when the tidal wave of political ads on television, radio and in our mailboxes will finally end.

Don’t let the negativity of this election season keep you from going to the polls and exercising your right as a United States citizen to vote.

Every vote is important, especially this year when so many races are too close to call and the stakes, both nationally and for Alaska, are so high.  Your vote could be the one that decides the future direction of our nation and of our state.

No matter which candidate you support, no matter what your stand is on the ballot initiatives, be sure to make your voice heard.

Vote on Tuesday November 4th.

Once again we are humbled and so very grateful to all our loyal supporters for your continued confidence in the programs and public media services we have provided to you for over 40 years.

Thanks to your generosity we exceeded our  fundraising goal of $25,000.  We’re still assessing the final total but it has surpassed $35,000.  Thank You!

This level of financial support demonstrates that KYUK continues to be a trusted and valuable asset for the people of the YK region.  We will strive every day to earn the trust you have placed in us as a strong local source of news, information, education and entertainment.  Your support helps make it happen.  You are the public in public media.

Quyana caknak!


We are in the second week of our annual Fall fund drive and have passed $20,000 or our way to our goal of $25,000.  Thanks to everyone who has supported us with a pledge.  Your contributions insure that we can continue to provide the vital public media services you rely on every day.  Your support also allows us to bring you new programming and services.

I also want to thank the Bethel VFW Post for it’s $1,500 donation, GCI for its $5,000 donation, Alaska Airlines for their contribution of round trip tickets anywhere they fly and to all the local businesses who have contributed gifts to our thank you drawings.  These contributions are greatly appreciated.

There are great thank you gifts, hot drawings, a weekly drawing and our grand prize drawing still to come.  The Village Showdown is heating up, too.  Don’t miss out on your chance to win one or more of these exciting thank you gifts.   You can donate anytime by clicking on the Donate Button on our home page.

Thanks again for supporting KYUK, your local public media station.



As a new school year begins, I wanted to share with you an editorial from retired general Colin Powell and his wife Alma on the importance mentors can have in the lives of our young people, especially  those struggling with school and other problems.  General Powell speak very elequently about encouraging us all to learn more about how to help and get involved with our young people to help them graduate and lead fulfilling lives.

At-risk students need more help from us, not Washington

By Colin L. Powell, Alma J. Powell and Laysha Ward August 29, 2014

Colin L. Powell, a retired U.S. Army general and former secretary of state, was founding chairman of America’s Promise Alliance. Alma J. Powell is chair of the group’s board. Laysha Ward is president of community relations for Target, which sponsored the “Don’t Call Them Dropouts” report.

Nico Rodriguez was 15 years old when he found himself living on the streets of Lowell, Mass., with no plans for a high school diploma, no home to call his own and, seemingly, no future. Rodriguez was a statistic: one of the 20 percent of students who do not finish high school on time, if ever.

These pages often carry arguments for education reform, but despite the importance of issues such as Common Core and teacher tenure, bad policy isn’t what drove Rodriguez from school, nor is it the biggest problem facing most of the nation’s non-graduates. According to the most recent America’s Promise Alliance report, “Don’t Call Them Dropouts,” which surveyed 2,000 such young people from across the country, the reasons students leave school early are primarily environmental — including chronic absenteeism, homelessness, unsafe neighborhoods, negative role models and the need to be caregivers for parents and siblings.

What young people like Rodriguez need most is not necessarily more action in Washington but more action from us: caring adults willing to engage in a developmental relationship and the ability to help them imagine — and work toward — a better future. In a perfect world, this would be the role of every child’s parents, extended family and community of friends, but this is not a perfect world. Too many young people make it all the way through their teens without having known a single caring adult.

This month in Los Angeles, city schools superintendent John Deasy welcomed back his administrators with an assignment: Look under your chairs, and you’ll find the name of a struggling student. “Find that youth,” Deasy said. “Stay with him or her until graduation. We are absolutely our brothers’ or sisters’ keepers.”

The Los Angeles effort is an investment in our shared future, because the numbers affect us all. Right now in the United States, about 2.5 million people ages 16 to 24 don’t have high school degrees and are not enrolled in school. With no high school diploma, these young people will be lucky to end up in dead-end jobs.

According to the Alliance for Excellent Education, were the United States to convert enough non-graduates into graduates to reach a 90 percent high school graduation rate, it would result in an additional $8.1 billion in increased earnings every year. Non-graduates are disproportionately African American and Hispanic, presenting much more significant risk for the communities of color that will make up the U.S. majority by 2043. This is not a winning formula for the United States’ future.

If you want to change the world, start with a single child. Look at the difference one caring adult made in Rodriguez’s life. After leaving school, Rodriguez found a mentor at a local teen center. Sakieth “Sako” Long, the director of Youth Success at the United Teen Equality Center in Lowell and once also labeled “at risk,” took Rodriguez under his wing and connected him with resources so he could manage the chaos in his life and begin to make time for success in school. Long helped Rodriguez toward a better future, one in which he was thriving, earning and contributing.

Rodriguez was resilient. He completed high school and is working two jobs and training to be a chef. He has started mentoring other young people and is making plans to buy his own home and start a business. More than anything, Rodriguez wants to be for his 3-year-old daughter the caring parent he never had for himself.

Imagine that you have an envelope beneath your chair, containing the name of a child in need and within your reach. He or she is heading back to school now but is at risk of not finishing. There are students like this in every community across the country, just waiting for someone to connect with them.

This school year, we challenge you to find your Nico Rodriguez: Reach out directly to your local school, parent-teacher association or a relevant nonprofit with an offer to volunteer. Go to and use the volunteering tool to identify opportunities within your Zip code, or find out about opportunities as part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate Day on Sept. 27. Whatever path you choose, know that everybody can do something, starting today.

The young people you help are the promise for a strong, competitive and secure national — and, indeed, global — future. With our support, they can become leaders, teachers, scientists, engineers — and chefs. The question is: Do we have the courage and commitment to reach under our chairs and create that future?

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!


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.