Manager’s Update

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.

KYUK channel 15 will begin broadcasting a digital (DTV) signal on Friday May 18th.  This change was scheduled for July 2nd but the unexpected failure of our old channel 15 analog transmitter has forced us to make this change immediately.

This change brings to our over the air television viewers in Bethel greatly improved picture quality and the availability of 4 channels of programming instead of the single channel that used to be available.

The new channels are:

15.1  Alaska One public television

15.2 ARCS

15.3 360North

15.4 KYUK Bethel

Both older analog television sets and new digital ready television sets can receive these new channels.

Download  our  How To Guide to find out how to set up your television set to receive these new signals on channel 15.

KYUK has a limited number of digital to analog converter boxes and antennas for sale at cost.

For additional information or assistance call Joe Seibert, Chief Engineer, at 543-0237.

As the weather warms and the snow melts bringing a welcomed change to Bethel and the Delta we here at KYUK are hard at work on a major upgrade to our over the air television broadcast service.

Our chief engineer, Joe Seibert, is in the process of installing a new low power digital television transmitter for channel 15 to replace the analog transmitter we are currently using for over the air broadcast of public television programming from Alaska ONE.

This new digital transmitter will be capable of broadcasting four separate programming streams instead of the single programming stream we are currently able to broadcast.  These four program streams will include a statewide public television program schedule, ARCS programming, the 360 North Alaskan programming channel from KTOO-TV, Juneau and a local KYUK-TV program channel.

Our over the air television viewers in Bethel will notice a significant improvement in picture quality with these digital TV signals.  Another advantage is the inclusion of 360 North, a program now only available in Bethel through GCI cable subscription.  We also plan to broadcast local KYUK programs on the fourth channel as our resources allow, bringing back a local TV presence to Bethel once again.

In order to receive these digital signals viewers will need either a digital ready television set and an indoor antenna or, for older analog television sets, both a digital converter box and indoor antenna.   We have acquired a small stock of both antennas and converter boxes for viewers to purchase at cost in order to equip their television sets to receive the new digital signals.

Coming soon to our website will be instructions on connecting converter boxes and antennas including a short “how to” video program outlining the process.  We will also offer a “hands on” demonstration of the process in our studio for anyone interested in attending in person and we will be available for consultation and assistance by telephone and email.

If the installation and licensing goes according to schedule, we should begin broadcasting these over the air digital TV signals in about two months time.  At that time our analog channel 15 transmitter will be shut down.

We thank Donlin Gold for their generous donation to this project.

We here at KYUK are very excited about this new enhancement to our over the air television services and are looking forward to bringing digital television to public TV viewers in Bethel.

Our spring fundraiser ended on Friday March 16th.  This fundraising event was the first KYUK has held in quite a few years.  We were a little rusty at it but overall it was a big success.

First, on behalf of the Bethel Broadcasting Inc board of directors, the management and staff, I want to thank all of our loyal listeners in Bethel, throughout the YK Delta and beyond for your generous support over the past two weeks.  Thanks to you, we raised over $11,000.

Your contributions will help us continue to provide you with the local, state and national programming and services like our website that you rely on and have come to expect from your local public media station.

I also want to congratulate the winners in our fundraiser award drawing held Monday morning March 19th.  Those winners are:

Dave Trantham – Two round trip tickets anywhere  Alaska Airlines flies.

Olinka and Anna Nicholai – One round trip ticket each donated by ERA Alaska.

Esther Ilutsik – An IPad 2 donated by the Bethel Amateur Radio Club.

Frank Nicholai, Jr. – A Samsung cell phone donated by GCI.

Contgratulations to these lucky winners and a big thank you to Alaska Airlines, ERA Alaska, the Bethel Amateur Radio Club and GCI for their generous donations of goods and services.

Once again, thank you all for your partnership with KYUK in supporting public media for Bethel and the YK Delta.


Thank you for your support

by Mike Martz on March 13, 2012

As our radio fundraiser enters its second week, I want to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal listeners  who have made a donation in support of KYUK during this fund drive.  In these difficult times of high costs of living it’s gratifying to know that our community continues to support public media for Bethel and the YK Delta region.

Your generous support helps us continue to provide local news, entertainment, coverage of significant events like the recent AVCP Special Convention: The State of Our Salmon, live high school basketball games, local shows like Talk Line and Birthday Call In.  Your contributions also helps us keep national programs like A Prairie Home Companion, Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, All Things Considered and music programs like Thistle and Shamrock, Accoustic Accents, The Bay Whalin Hour and more coming into your homes.

I also want to acknowledge the generosity of those who chose to donate to KYUK through the Alaska Permanent Fund Pick-Click-Give program.  As of March 1st, 35 individuals have donated a total of $1,825.00 to KYUK.

Alaskans are known as generous people who are deeply committed to the causes and organizations they care about.  With your support and encouragement KYUK will be on the air for another 40 years.

Thank you.


Our commitment to local news

by Mike Martz on February 22, 2012

In these times of smart phones, IPads, XM Radio, satellite and cable television and the Internet bringing to our lives access to media of all descriptions from far distant locations, the need for a source of truly local media that serves the local community is greater than ever.  For 40 years KYUK has been that single local media source for the people of the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta and we take that responsibility very seriously.  As the sole provider of local news and information our news team works hard everyday to ensure they provide the most accurate and in-depth reporting possible on the issues and stories that affect our community.  They do this in both English and Yup’ik three times a day on 640 AM radio and on our website,  They do this both because it’s their responsibility as journalists but also because they live in the community, too. This is especially true for our Yup’ik reporters, born and raised in the region, who speak directly to their extended families and their communities in their Native language.

When our journalists reported on a brutal murder and trial that rocked the community of Bethel and the region, they did so with sensitivity and care because this is their home, too.  When they followed low King Salmon numbers in the Kuskokwim River, they understood how critical the impact of this news is for the people of the region who rely on this vital food source because they fish for King Salmon themselves. Last spring, when a Kuskokwim river ice jam flooded Crooked Creek, destroying twelve homes in this tiny village of 200,  our journalists were there on the scene bringing the story of the magnitude of this disaster to the rest of the state with a perspective rooted in the fact that they also live along the Kuskokwim River and understand its power.   During the legislative session they are in weekly contact with State Senator Lyman Hoffman and Representative Bob Herron and track and report on legislation and policies affecting the Y/K Delta region.  Our  reporters also continue to be consistent contributors to APRN’s statewide public radio news program Alaska News Nightly bringing the stories of the Y/K Delta to listeners across Alaska .

As 2012 begins we renew our commitment to bring to you, our listeners,  quality local news and public affairs information that will truly reflect the interests, perspectives and issues important to us all.

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

As many of you may know by now, Talkline will return to the KYUK 640 AM lineup in its usual time slot of 10 am on Friday February 10th.  Listeners may notice a few changes and some new voices but the program will essentially be the same as it has been: a venue for the people of Bethel and the YK Delta to share their opinions and commentary about topics of interest and importance to them and to the community at large.  I want to thank you all for your patience during the show’s hiatus.

We are planning a Spring fundraising drive for the month of March.  The drive will begin Monday March 5th and continue through Friday March 16th.  We’ll be asking for your support to help us continue to provide the public media services and programming you enjoy and rely on.  We will be offering a number of incentive items, including 2 round trip tickets to Anchorage on ERA, as thank you gifts for your support.  Listen for more details on 640 AM and on

Finally, we are in the initial stages of upgrading our analog channel 15 low power television transmitter to a digital transmitter.  Channel 15 provides the Alaska One public TV program stream over the air to viewers in Bethel who do not have cable or satellite television services.  The upgrade to a digital transmitter will give us the capability of offering  4 separate program channels instead of the single channel that is currently available.  The planned channels are an Alaska public TV program stream, ARCS, 360North and a local KYUK channel.  Since this new transmitter will be broadcasting a digital signal, viewers will need to have a television sest capable of receiving a digital TV signal or get a digital converter set top box to allow  the digital signal to appear on their analog TV set.  We will be providing additional information on this digital transmitter conversion project,  including instructions on how to receive the digital signals on your TV sets, as this project moves forward.  I want to thank Donlin Gold for its generous donation to this project.

Thanks for your continued support of KYUK and public media on the YK Delta.