Manager’s Update

Our spring fund drive is coming to an end.  I want to thank all our loyal listeners who have already made a contribution to support KYUK and local public media for Bethel and the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta.  So far we’ve raised close to $3,800.

Wednesday the 20th we will hold our final drawing for prizes.  Everyone who has made a donation anytime during the past two weeks will have their names in the hat for some great prizes.  The grand prize is a round trip travel certificate donated by Alaska Airlines.  This certificate is valued at $1,250 and is valid for one year on either Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air.  Our sincere thanks to Alaska Airlines for their generous support.

So don’t miss out on a chance at this grand prize or the other terrific prizes being given away on Wednesday.

The easiest way to make sure you have a chance at the grand prize is to visit KYUK on line and click on the Donate button.

Thanks for your support of public media in the Y/K Delta.

We’re just moving into the second week of our Spring Fund Drive.  So far we’ve raised over $1,000 on our way to reaching our goal of $5,000.  Thanks to those listeners who have pledged and paid their donations.  We had our first drawing for gifts for all those who paid their donations on line or in person during the first week of our drive.  There were a lot of items like jackets, backpacks, T shirts and caps given away.  The big gift was a $25 gift card from First National Bank Alaska.  We want to thank AVCP, AVCP Regional Housing Authority, CVRF, Donlin Gold, LKSD, KuC , Yuut Yaqangviat Flight School and First National Bank Alaska for their support.

Next Monday, March 18th, there will be another drawing for more gifts for all those listeners who donate by the end of next week.  There will be more great give away items including a second $25 gift card from First National Bank Alaska.

Then on Wednesday March 20th we will hold our final drawing for all donors during the previous two weeks up to March 20th.  On the list of gifts are a 20,000 Alaska Airlines mileage certificate donated by GCI, one round trip ticket anywhere ERA Alaska flies including Anchorage and one round trip ticket anywhere Grant Aviation flies.

The focus of this drive is our programs and services for the youth of our communities.  These include our Alexie Isaac Memorial Scholarship, our basketball coverage of regional and state small schools championships and our student intern program in partnership with the Kuskokwim Learning Academy.  If any or all of these programs are important to you, if local public radio is important to you, please take a moment to visit KYUK on line to click on the Donate button, call 543-0244 during regular business hours or stop by the station in person to make a donation.

Public radio is your radio.  Your partnership is vital in keeping the local KYUK public media programming and services you rely on alive and well in Bethel and the Y/K Delta.

Thanks for your support of local public media.

Once again the Kuskokwim 300 proved to be an unpredictable and exciting event and KYUK was proud to provide comprehensive race coverage all weekend from the moment the mushers left the start line on Friday night until they returned to the finish line KYUK’s team of reporters and announcers brought you all the action as it unfolded.

An event like the Kuskokwim 300 spotlights the importance and relevance of local public radio staffed by people who live in the community they serve.  I want to thank all our dedicated staff and volunteers for all their hard work keeping our listeners updated on the radio and on our website with the latest race information.  I especially want to thank our volunteers who worked behind the scenes keeping our staff supplied with delicious food throughout the weekend.

I also want to thank our underwriters for this year’s race.  The businesses that provided financial support,  goods or services include: Donlin Gold, Bethel Card Rental, the Bethel Native Corporation, the Valcarcie Law Office, Bethel Alaska PC, ID Variety, Sammy’s Market, Swanson’s Store, GCI and Corina’s Caselot.  Thank you all for your generous support.

We’ll be looking forward to next year’s race and improving on our coverage.

Thanks for your support of public radio in the Y/K Delta and when you file your PFD or even if you  have already filed consider making a Pick Click Give donation to KYUK.

The 2013 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is fast approaching.   January 18th to the 20th are the dates.  This is always an exciting three day event  where fierce competition and challenging weather greet await some of the Alaska’s and the world’s best dog mushers along with a field of local racers in a slate of races where the unpredictable is the norm.

Here at KYUK we are gearing up to provide comprehensive, up to the minute coverage of the Kuskokwim 300, Bogus Creek 150 and the Akiak Dash on the radio and on our website.

We have a coordinated plan to gather interviews, musher profiles, photos and the starting order for both the K300 and Bogus 150 races.  Listen for musher profiles and interviews on 640AM and on the KYUK  website throughout the weekend.

Our live race coverage kicks off Friday January 18th at 4:30pm leading up to the Bogus Creek race start set for 5pm.  At 6pm the Kuskokwim 300 Pre-Race Show begins.  Mushers leave the chute at 6:30 and KYUK will be there on 640AM and online bringing you all the action.

Then stay tuned to 640AM or online at the KYUK website all through Saturday as the Bogus Creek 150 racers cross the finish line.  Live coverage of the 2PM Akiak Dash mass start begins at 1:30 with more live coverage of the Dash race finish Saturday night.

Throughout the weekend follow your favorite musher and keep up with the latest information on the trail with our hourly updates beginning Friday night,  continuing through Saturday, Saturday night and again on Sunday.  KYUK reporter Mark Arehart and Will Peterson of public station KTNA, Talkeetna will be on the trail feeding live reports from Kalskag and Tuluksak.

KYUK will be on the riverfront in Bethel to bring you live coverage of the exciting end of the Kuskokwim 300 as the winner crosses the finish line on Sunday.

Keep your radio tuned to KYUK 640AM and your browser pointed to the KYUK website and  Facebook page,  your  source for up to the minute Kuskokwim 300 race coverage.

Thank you for your support of public media for Bethel and the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta.

2013 is here and will bring with it a variety of new opportunities and challenges to us as we continue to work hard to bring you the best public media services and programming we can with the resources we have available to us.

Probably the biggest challenge we will face this year will be maintaining and improving our programs and services in the face of steadily rising costs and potential decreases in funding, particularly our federal grants.  This is a problem facing not only public media stations but all nonprofit organizations in Alaska.

I can assure you that we will meet these funding challenges head on, doing what is necessary to keep and improve the radio, on line and TV programs and services you have come to expect from KYUK.  Being of service to our local communities and fulfilling our mission to educate and inform, provide cultural enrichment and opportunities for public access will always be our number one priority.

January also is the start of the Permanent Fund dividend application period.  KYUK is a PickClickGive organization again for 2013. When you apply for your Permanent Fund dividend consider making a donation to KYUK.  We thank those individuals who generously donated a portion of their dividend to us last year.  Donating to organizations and causes you believe in through PickClickGive is an easy and affordable way to help make good things happen across Alaska.

I wish all our listeners and viewers a very happy and prosperous new year from all of us at KYUK.


Happy Holidays from KYUK

by Shane Iverson on November 1, 2012

Recently KYUK was honored as the 2012 Business of the Year by the Bethel Search and Rescue group at their November fiddle dance fundraiser.  The award was for our support of search and rescue operations through news coverage, on air announcements and behind the scenes support of their fundraising activities.  We were humbled and privilaged to receive this award.   However, these services we provide to organizations like Bethel Search and Rescue are a major part of our mission  of service to  the people of the Yukon-Kuskokwim region.  We do what we do in the spirit of public service to our community.  That’s why we’re here and that’s also why your support is so valuable and vital to our mission.

So, once again, I want to thank all our supporters who contributed a portion of their hard earned cash to our Fall fundraiser held in October.  Your financial support is a demonstration of your confidence in our ability to provide programming and services on the radio, on television and over the Internet that you value and have come to rely on.  Your  gifts help ensure KYUK is there for all of our listeners across the Yukon – Kuskokwim Delta everyday.  Thank you.

Finally,  I extend to all of our listeners, viewers and supporters from the KYUK board of directors, the staff and myself  our wishes for a peaceful, joyous and safe holiday season.








Thanks to all of our loyal supporters we are nearing our $10,000 goal for our Fall Fundraiser.

Our  final  fundraiser drawing will be held on November 1st.  Anyone with a paid pledge received by October 31st will be entered in the final drawing for thank you gifts like a round trip ERA ticket, 20,000 Alaska Airline miles, gift cards from Crowley and Swansons Store, a night at the Napaimute Cabins and many more.

Don’t miss out on these great drawings.  Make your donation on line at, over the phone by calling 543-0244 or in person at the KYUK studio.  We appreciate your support.

If you call in and get voicemail leave your contact information and one of our staff will call you back.

Thanks to all the businesses and organizations who donated items for our drawings and a big thank you to all our listeners who support public media on the YK Delta.  Quayana.

Today, Monday October 15th,  is the kick off of KYUK’s annual Fall Fundraiser that will run through Monday October 29th.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 .

We have a variety of  KYUK incentive gifts available to thank supporters for their contributions including KYUK tee shirts, mugs, DVDs and other items.  There will be a drawing for a chance for a round trip ticket anywhere ERA flies, auction items like cell phones and fuel cards and much more.

Stop by the station to visit, have a cup of coffee or even spend a little time on the air talking about what KYUK means to you and why it’s worth supporting.

Donations can be made in person, by phone at 543-0244 and through the “donate” button on our website at

Local financial support is critical to our ability to continue to bring our community together, provide a lifeline of communication, news and entertainment over the air and through our website as we have been doing for the past 40 years.

We thank all our listeners for their past support of KYUK  and we hope you will continue to partner with us in keeping public media alive and well on the YK Delta.


A Change of Season

by Mike Martz on September 21, 2012

Frosty mornings and flocks of geese, ducks and swans winging their way south signal the end of another busy…and wet…summer.  Here at KYUK we’ve also been busy and are looking forward to even busier times ahead.

Our news department continues to work diligently to report on the events and activities important to our listeners all across the Delta, from the fishery disaster to the Bethel airport runway reconstruction and everything in between.

After many months of hard work, our radio crew is nearly ready to launch new program schedules on both 640 AM and 90.3 FM.  More music variety, new programming, including local shows, and more live DJ time on the air are coming up in early October.  Stay tuned.

On the 15th of October we launch our Fall Radio Fundraiser.  Our goal this year is $10,000.  We’ll have a number of great  thank you gifts available including a drawing for round trip tickets to Anchorage.  There’ll be auctions and give aways and special guest appearances on the radio.   Be sure to tune in, starting Monday October 15th on 640 AM.

October is also Permanent Fund Dividend time and the Pick Click Give program is a great way to share a portion of your PFD with non-profit organizations that are important to you.  KYUK is on the Pick Click Give list again this year. If public media is important to you, I hope you will consider a donation to KYUK.  For those who donated to us last year through Pick Click Give, thank you.

And thank you all for your continued support of public media for the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta.






The record low return of Kuskokwim King salmon is historic in its scope and impact on subsistence fishing. This unprecedented event is the top concern across the YK Delta.  KYUK news has been on top of this story from the beginning working hard to keep our listeners informed.  You can rely on KYUK’s news team to continue to work hard every day bringing you breaking news and accurate, up to date reporting as this situation continues to unfold.

Along with our news reporting, we have hosted three call in radio shows on 640 AM in the past two weeks focused exclusively on Kuskokwim King salmon conservation. Guests included representatives of the Alaska Department Fish & Game, the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group. Each show fielded many calls from listeners across the region expressing their opinions and concerns on the current situation. The third show, on Thursday June 21st, was a two hour program with Yup’ik translation included. It also generated many calls. Both the June 18th and 21st programs are available on our website,

Our radio tee shirt design contest was a great success. Congratulations to Daisy Thompson for submitting the winning design. Daisy won a round trip ticket to Anchorage courtesy of ERA Alaska and two tee shirts. These shirts will be available at the KYUK booth as the premium gift for a special July 4th fundraising event.  Stay tuned for more details on our July 4th event.

The transition to our digital transmitter, KYUK-LD, is now complete and, in spite of the short notice of the switch as a result of the sudden failure of our analog transmitter, the transition seemed to go well. Viewers I’ve spoken with are pleased with the additional channels and the improved picture quality. I thank our loyal Bethel public TV viewers for their patience during that transition period.

Finally, public television viewers here in Bethel will see a change in public TV on July 1st, with the launch of a new statewide service called Alaska Public Television. This new service will originate from KAKM-TV in Anchorage and replaces Alaska One as KUAC/UAF returns to its roots as a stand alone station serving Fairbanks and Interior Alaska communities after providing the statewide public TV service for the past 16 years. More information is available on the Television page. on our website.

Thank you for your continued support of public media for the YK Delta. I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer.