After much speculation and a blizzard warning the 35th running of the K300 went off without a hitch on Friday night. Warm weather brought out many spectators as the competitive field took off for the 2014 K300.
Ten teams set out to compete for the championship title of the 2014 Bogus Creek 150 on Friday, January 17.
What’s it feel like to win the Kuskowkim 300 nine times? Only one person can answer that question: defending champion, Jeff King.
The Williams family racing legacy looks more secure with the birth of twins last November. This year he’ll have to toe the line with less than a full team of dogs.
Horrible early winter training conditions in Diehl’s hometown of Aniak forced the three-time K300 racer to pack up his team and head to the interior to stay competitive.
Tony Browning was last year’s Kuskokwim 300 runner-up, a surprise to many, but not him.
Lincoln, Neb.: Vision Maker Media announces a March 14 deadline for applications from filmmakers for its Public Media Content Fund, a program which has funded filmmakers since 1990. With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the Vision Maker Media Public Media Content Fund will award support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Applications must be submitted electronically by Friday, March 14, 2014, 11:59 p.m.Central.
“The purpose of this funding opportunity is to encourage and increase the diversity of Native American voices in public media,” said Assistant Director Georgiana Lee (Navajo). “There are very few avenues open to films–much less Native documentaries–and we believe that support from Vision Maker Media can help open doors for various forms of additional funding for our filmmakers. We have a great privilege and responsibility to support the creation, promotion, and distribution of Native media.”
Projects in any phase of production are eligible to apply for funding with Vision Maker Media. Awards for research and development range from $5,000 to $20,000; awards for production or completion can be up to $100,000; and, new media awards range from $5,000 to $20,000. Vision Maker Media does not fully fund programs, and awardees are required to seek additional funding from other sources. Programs selected for funding will be offered additional distribution opportunities including educational and home DVD distribution throughwww.visionmakermedia.org.
“Vision Maker Media is looking for compelling Native stories that appeal to broad audiences. We’re particularly looking for stories that advance CPB’s initiatives–the American Graduate and Women & Girls Lead,” commented Executive Director Shirley K. Sneve (Rosebud Sioux). “We want to see programs that accurately illuminate aspects of contemporary Tribal cultures or peoples. In addition, we are seeking proposals for production of episodes for Growing Native, a regional series about Tribal people who are reclaiming old ways for health today (www.visionmakermedia.org/
“This year, the application process will be slightly different,” said Interactive Media Specialist Eric Martin. “Through a partnership with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), we will have an electronic-application submission process through the online platform SlideRoom. This program offers a step-by-step guide for applicants seeking funding (http://slideroom.besnappy.
Vision Maker Media convenes a panel of Public Television professionals, independent filmmakers, and American Indian/Alaska Native educators to review submissions and recommend applications for funding. Additionally, Vision Maker Media assists filmmakers with fund raising, navigating the Public Television system for national broadcast, educational resource development, community engagement, and marketing efforts.
For Vision Maker Media Public Media Content Fund guidelines and a link to the online application submission form, please visitvisionmakermedia.org/fund.
Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, shares Native stories with the world by advancing media that represents the experiences, values, and cultures of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Founded in 1977, Vision Maker Media is your premier source for quality Native American and Pacific Islander educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media–to be the next generation of storytellers. www.visionmakermedia.org.
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.
Mark your calendars, set your Tivvo or DVR. These are PBS shows you won’t want to miss.
MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey, Season 4” — Sundays, January 5-February 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m. ET — Season 4 of the international hit finds aristocrats coping with last season’s shocking finale. Change is in the air as three generations of the Crawley family have conflicting interests in the estate. Paul Giamatti appears alongside the beloved returning ensemble that includes Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, guest star Shirley MacLaine and many others. A Carnival/MASTERPIECE co-production.
MASTERPIECE “Sherlock, Season 3” — Sundays, January 19-February 2, 2014, 10:00 p.m. ET – Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, The Office UK) return as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in three new 90-minute episodes — “The Empty Hearse” (January 19), “The Sign of Three” (January 26) and “His Last Vow” (February 2) — of the contemporary reinvention of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, written and created by Steven Moffat (Dr. Who) and Mark Gatiss (Game of Thrones). The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated “Sherlock” has been a television sensation since the first season aired in 2010.
CHASING SHACKLETON — Wednesdays, January 8-22, 2014, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET — This new three-part series follows a modern expedition that re-creates Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition. A crew of five intrepid explorers led by renowned adventurer, scientist and author Tim Jarvis in a replica of the original explorers’ lifeboat, uses only the tools and supplies Shackleton’s team used. When his ship The Endurance was crushed by ice and sank, Shackleton’s heroic leadership in the face of almost certain death saved the lives of 27 men stranded more than 500 days.
HAWKING — Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET — Told for the first time in his own words, this is the intimate and revealing story of Stephen Hawking. Viewers join him at home with his nursing team; in San Jose as he wows a packed theatre; meeting a team of technicians who hope to speed up his communication system; and hosting a party for family and friends. HAWKING tells a life’s journey, from boyhood underachiever to PhD genius, from healthy Oxford rowing team member to a prognosis of just two years to live, and surviving several close brushes with death.
AMERICAN MASTERS “Salinger” — Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 9:00 p.m. ET — The series’ 200th episode features interviews with 150 subjects, including J.D. Salinger’s friends, colleagues and members of his inner circle who have never before spoken on the record, as well as film footage, photographs and other material that has never been seen. Famous names of all stripes talk about Salinger’s influence on their lives, their work and the broader culture, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Martin Sheen, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Gore Vidal and many more. This film is the first work to go beyond the Catcher in the Rye author’s meticulously built-up wall to reveal his childhood, painstaking work methods, marriages and the secrets he left behind after his death in 2010.
INDEPENDENT LENS “At Berkeley” – Monday, January 13, 2014, 10:00 p.m. ET — Legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman goes back to school for this intimate and sprawling film. “At Berkeley” is a revealing documentary about the University of California at Berkeley, the oldest and most prestigious member of a ten-campus public education system and one of the finest research and teaching facilities in the world.
GREAT PERFORMANCES “Barrymore” — Friday, January 31, 2014, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET — In “Barrymore,” 83-year-old stage and screen legend Christopher Plummer portrays another titan of theater and film from an earlier age, the illustrious — and notorious — John Barrymore. This acclaimed film adaptation of William Luce’s 1997 play is set in 1942 during the final months of Barrymore’s life. On the stage of a Broadway theater, the famously combative star struggles to recreate his performance in Shakepeare’s Richard III, recalling the highs and lows of his remarkable life and career in the process.
SUPER SKYSCRAPERS — Wednesdays, February 5-26, 2014, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET — As urban space shrinks, we build higher and faster than ever before, creating a new generation of skyscrapers. Super skyscrapers are pushing the limits of engineering, technology and design to become greener, stronger, smarter and more luxurious than their predecessors. This four-part series follows the creation of four extraordinary buildings, showcasing how they will revolutionize the way we live, work and protect ourselves from potential threats.
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “The Amish: Shunned” — Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET — Filmed over one year, “The Amish: Shunned” follows seven former members of the Amish community as they reflect on decisions to leave one of the most tightly knit communities in the U.S. Estranged from family, ex-Amish find themselves struggling to make their way in modern America. Interwoven through the stories are voices of Amish men and women who remain staunchly loyal to their traditions and faith. They explain the importance of obedience, the strong ties that bind their communities together and the pain they endure when a loved one falls away.
CALL THE MIDWIFE, Season 3 — Sundays, March 30-May 18, 2014, 8:00 p.m. ET — The third season of CALL THE MIDWIFE takes viewers back to East London. It’s now 1959, the eve of the Swinging Sixties. The winds of change are sweeping through the country and the residents of Nonnatus House face some momentous changes of their own.
MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Mr. Selfridge, Season 2” — Sundays, March 30-May 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m. ET — Season two of the popular series starring Jeremy Piven as the flamboyant American entrepreneur who founded London’s famous Selfridge’s department store picks up in 1914, as the store celebrates its fifth anniversary. The acclaimed cast includes Frances O’Connor, Aisling Loftus, Katherine Kelly, Gregory Fitoussi, Amanda Abbington and Tom Goodman-Hill. The series is based on Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead. An ITV Studios and MASTERPIECE co-production.
STORY OF THE JEWS — Tuesdays, March 25, 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET and April 1, 2014, 8:00-11:00 p.m. ET — This epic five-part series follows noted historian, author and critic Simon Schama as he explores the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day in this new five-part series. Episodes focus on biblical times (“The Beginning”); medieval times (“Among Believers”); the enlightenment (“A Leap of Faith”); shtetl culture and its mark on the modern world (“Over the Rainbow”); and the post-holocaust era (“Return”). Co-produced by WNET/Thirteen and the BBC.
In April, PBS lines up several new NATURE episodes, NOVA “Inside Animal Minds” and YOUR INNER FISH for three weeks of block-buster science and nature programming.
NATURE — Wednesdays, April 9, 23, 30, 2014, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET — NATURE this month covers animal prosthetics, Japanese macaque monkeys and wild mule deer. “Bionic Animals” (w.t.) (April 9) reveals that prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology are enabling disabled animals to survive. “Snow Monkeys” (w.t.) (April 23) profiles the Japanese macaque, or snow monkey, an intelligent species known for unusual behaviors, including communal bathing in hot springs and rolling snowballs for fun. In “Touching the Wild” (w.t.) (April 30), Joe Hutto (“My Life as a Turkey”) literally enters deer society, crossing the species divide and tapping into a new understanding of these elusive animals.
NOVA “Inside Animal Minds” (w.t.) – Wednesdays, April 9-23, 2014, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET — We have all gazed into a creature’s eyes and wondered: What is it thinking about? What does it know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In the three-hour “Inside Animal Minds,” NOVA explores these breakthroughs through the eyes of three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins.
YOUR INNER FISH — Wednesdays, April 9-23, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET — How did the human body become the complicated, quirky and amazing machine it is today? This cutting-edge scientific adventure reveals a startling truth: hidden within the human body is a story of life on Earth, and the legacy of animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. Based on the best-selling book by Neil Shubin, the series travels from Africa to the Arctic Circle to uncover the 3.5 billion year history of the human body — and how a colorful cast of ancient characters made us who we are today.
THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE, Season 2 — Sundays, April 13-May 4, 2014, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET — THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE returns for a second season, following four ordinary women with the extraordinary ability to break codes, a skill honed during World War II when they worked undercover at Bletchley Park, site of the United Kingdom’s main decryption establishment. The women use their code-breaking skills to solve crimes in post-war London.
PIONEERS OF TELEVISION — Tuesdays, April 8-29, 2014, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET — More than 200 breakthrough stars bring their stories to life in season four of this Emmy-nominated documentary series. Each episode melds compelling new interviews with irresistible clips to offer a fresh take on TV’s biggest celebrities. Featured stars in this season’s four new episodes (“Standup to Sitcom,” “Doctors and Nurses,” “Acting Funny” and “Breaking Barriers”) include Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr, Bill Cosby, Tim Allen, Ray Romano, Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Diahann Carroll, Howie Mandel, Bob Newhart and many more.
INDEPENDENT LENS “Muscle Shoals” – Tuesday, April 21, 2014, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET – Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. The music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall, who brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. In this joyful film, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism and mystery, and why it remains influential today.
COMING BACK WITH WES MOORE — Tuesdays, May 13-27, 2013, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET — Meet returning U.S. veterans as they welcome cameras into their homes and their lives in this three-part special programmed in time for Memorial Day. Hosted by combat veteran and The New York Times best-selling author Wes Moore, the series tells personal stories of an exceptional group of people, the challenges they face and their courageous efforts to overcome obstacles as they work to readjust to life back home.
NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (2014) — Sunday, May 25, 2014, 8:00-9:30 p.m. ET; rpt. 9:30-11:00 p.m. ET — Join co-hosts Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise for the 25th anniversary broadcast of this iconic event that offers a tribute to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the night of remembrance features an all-star line-up with the National Symphony Orchestra before an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions at home and beamed to troops around the world on the American Forces Network.
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