Manager’s Update


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.



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!


Daysha Eaton, KYUK News Director. – Photo Courtesy Alaska Public Media

We’re pleased to introduce Daysha Eaton as KYUK’s news director,  taking over news 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  Your public radio station.

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

If you haven’t applied for your 2014 Permanent Fund Dividend yet consider this a friendly reminder to do so soon.  The March 31st deadline is fast approaching.
When you do apply please take a moment to think about all that KYUK does to serve you, and our communities across the YK Delta,  and consider donating part of your dividend to your public radio and television station.  Simply choose KYUK from the Pick.Click.Give list when you’re filing on line.
If you’ve already filed your PFD application but want to consider giving a portion of your dividend to your favorite organization or charity,  luckily it’s not too late.  If you filed online simply return to your applicationand choose a non-profit from the list of Pick Click Give organizations and charities, including KYUK,  to donate a portion of your PFD.
 Also, check out the Double Your Dividend Sweepstakes. Ten lucky Alaskans who make a PCG donation before March 31 and release their name from anonymity will win a cash prize equal to the amount of the 2014 dividend.   Check out the official sweepstakes rules here.
 No matter which charity or non-profit you pick, you’ll know your dividend is going to a good cause.   To find out more about Pick Click Give visit pickclickgive-dot-org.

Thank you for your support of public media for the YK Delta.  Together we have the power to make a difference.

TV Is Still Free

by Mike Martz on December 14, 2013

A few weeks ago I had a call from a Bethel resident asking me how much KYUK charged for TV programming.  I told her KYUK programs are available over the air for free.

I had never been asked that question before.  I wondered if some people, like that caller, believe that all TV is pay TV.

I recall, as do many others my age who grew up in the lower 48, when there were only three commercial television networks in America: NBC, CBS and ABC.  Their programs were broadcast across the country by local affiliate TV stations for free.  PBS came into being in the early 1970’s delivering educational programming broadcast by a network of noncommercial member stations, including KYUK here in Bethel, for free.

In the 1980’s the new technology of cable television came on the scene offering viewers another option for receiving programs not available over the airwaves but through a service delivered to the home via a cable connection for a monthly subscription fee.  The incentive was the greater choice of programming offered by cable.  In succeeding decades cable television services grew in technical sophistication as well as in the quality and quantity of available programming and pay TV took root.

The next innovation was satellite television services delivered directly to the home.  These services, including DISH and Direct TV, offer viewers even more programming choices, competing head to head with cable delivered services, all for a fee.

Now, in the dawning of the digital age with its explosion of technology in recent years, television programming is delivered in a wide variety of methods and formats to an ever-growing number of devices.  Images and sound have moved beyond the television set.  TV is now available on desktop computers, laptop computers, IPads and tablets and even smart phones…again, mostly for a fee.

Within this ever-expanding web of access to moving images and sound, over the air broadcast television is still alive and well.  Free over the air broadcast television programming provided by a local commercial or noncommercial television station still provides a valuable, if often overlooked, service to their communities.

Free over the air television fills a niche in the video universe by offering access to entertainment, information and even education to people who for a variety of reasons either cannot afford to subscribe to a pay TV service or do not want to subscribe to them.  For some folks, free TV is the only TV they have.

Local over the air broadcast TV stations are also critically important to the emergency alert system.  Many local broadcast TV stations are the primary emergency alert stations in their areas.  Cable and satellite service providers are not local and must forward through their systems all emergency alerts send out from local over the air broadcast TV stations.

So, tune your flat screen TV or digital to analog converter box to channel 15 and check out your local over the air broadcast TV station here in Bethel.  KYUK-TV has been providing free over the air television programming to Bethel since 1972 and we plan to be here well into the future.

This Friday, December 13th, is the official celebration of Chief Eddie Hoffman Day.

KYUK will pay tribute to this legendary and colorful Y/K Delta leader through several special programs.  Tune in to KYUK 640 AM at 1PM Friday afternoon for an hour long call in show honoring the memory of Chief Eddie and hosted by Bev Hoffman.  This will be an opportunity for those of us who remember Eddie to recall his colorful and eventful life and share your own stories and memories.

Also on Friday, 360North will air the KYUK television documentary Eddie Hoffman: Once and Only Chief  at 11am, 2pm and 5pm.  If you remember Eddie, this program will bring a smile to your face.  If you didn’t know Chief Eddie, this program will be a wonderful introduction to a most remarkable man.

360North is a television service of KTOO-TV in Juneau and can be seen in Bethel over the air on KYUK channel 15.3 or on GCI cable channel 15.

On behalf of the KYUK staff and board of directors I extend to all of our loyal listeners across the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta our wishes for a happy, healthy and safe holiday season with positive hopes for a bountiful year to come.

Thanks again to the many individuals, businesses and organizations that have supported us during the past year in so many ways.  You are the public in public media.

Happy holidays!

Bethel Broadcasting, Inc. is proud to announce the recipients of the Alexie Isaac Memorial Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Tiana Lupie of Tuntutuliak, Renee Avugiak of Chefornak and Cheri Alstrom of Bethel have each been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Lupie is attending Kuskokwim Campus-UAF in Bethel pursuing a double major in Yup’ik and Social Work.  Avugiak and Alstrom both attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Avugiak is majoring in Elementary Education and Alstrom is seeking a degree in Alaska Native Studies.

The Alexie Isaac Memorial Scholarship was created in 2006, in memory of Isaac, a long-time employee of Bethel Broadcasting, who worked as a television producer, cameraman, editor, translator, and radio announcer.  Bethel Broadcasting awards two $1,000 scholarships each academic year in his memory.

This year, thanks to the generosity of our listeners during our Spring 2013 fundraiser, the board of directors was able to award three scholarships.

For more information about applying for the 2014 scholarship, visit or call 907-543-0222.  The application deadline is Friday August 1, 2014.