The board of directors of Bethel Broadcasting, Inc. is proud to announce that Ashley Johnson of Bethel and Evan Petluska of Napaskiak are the recipients of the 2014 Alexie Isaac Memorial Scholarship.  They have each been awarded $1,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Johnson is attending the University of Alaska, Fairbanks majoring in science with a business minor.  Petluska is attending Kuskokwim Campus-UAF in Bethel pursuing a BA degree in Rural Development.

The Alexie Isaac Memorial Scholarship was created in 2006, in memory of Isaac, a long-time employee of Bethel Broadcasting.   Alexie’s broadcasting career at KYUK spanned almost three decades.  During that time he directed news broadcasts and other programs from the KYUK television studio, videotaped countless hours of news footage, Yup’ik elders, Yup’ik dance performances and many other aspects of Yup’ik culture.  Alexie was an accomplished Yup’ik language translator and was often called upon to do translation work on KYUK radio programs including Yup’ik News and television productions.  He worked on KYUK television programs, series and documentaries as photographer, editor, reporter, translator, producer and director.

Bethel Broadcasting awards two $1,000 scholarships each academic year in his memory.

For more information about applying for the 2015 scholarship, visit or call 907-543-3131.  The application deadline is August 1, 2015.

Amount of Scholarship
$1,000/academic year (two scholarships awarded)

Annually in the Fall Term.

Minimum Academic Requirements
Graduation from an accredited high school or successful completion of an accredited General Educational Development (GED) program and acceptance into a recognized post-secondary institution.

Scholarship Criteria
Candidate must be pursuing a degree or certified course of study and have completed at least one year of study in an accredited junior/community college, college, university or professional trade school.  Graduate students are not eligible.

Candidates pursuing media studies, public relations, journalism, radio and/or television broadcasting, media technology and engineering or a related field such as marketing or business management as a major course of study are given priority.   Applications from Candidates pursuing major studies in other fields, such as education, rural development and health care,  may also be considered.

Candidates must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits per semester. Candidates must be residents of the KYUK-AM 640 service area. The location of their institution is immaterial. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in the following areas:
Academic Performance, Discipline, Attitude, and Attendance.

A copy of the most recent academic transcript must accompany the application.

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Vision Maker Media announces ten, newly funded documentaries as part of its Public Media Content Fund. Sixty-two producers and public television stations submitted proposals for funding consideration for their documentaries by and about Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

Since 1990, Vision Maker Media has invited filmmakers to submit proposals in various stages of their film-from research & development, to production, post-production/completion, and outreach. All proposals are reviewed by a group of public television professionals, station programmers, independent filmmakers, educators, and executives from indigenous organizations.

“The goal of the Public Media Content Fund is to increase the diversity of voices available to PBS viewers,” said Shirley K. Sneve (Rosebud Sioux), executive director of Vision Maker Media. “We support projects that have Native people in key positions–such as producer, director, director of photography, writer, or editor.”

The final slate of documentaries represents Native voices and stories from across the United States including Arizona, California, Idaho, Nebraska, New Mexico, Wyoming, and a couple documentaries will span coast to coast.

In this funding cycle, of the selected projects, 8% are emerging filmmakers, 34% are mid-level filmmakers, and 58% are veteran filmmakers. Of this, 42% of the filmmakers are women, 58% are male, and two-thirds are enrolled in a federally recognized tribe.

Funding was awarded as 33% research & development and 67% production, post-production and completion. Research and development aids producers in fully developing their storylines, identifying engaging characters and talent, and completing a production proposal and budget. Production provides funding for producers to film, record, and produce their documentaries. Post-production funding allows for completion of documentaries already-in-progress.

In alphabetical order, the funded projects are:

America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa
Martha Spanninger
This series is dedicated to examining how America’s rising multicultural population influences every aspect of contemporary culture and politics. The intent of the series is to educate the public, illuminating critical issues affecting America’s diverse populations. The series will include an episode on the North Dakota oil boom in Fort Berthold, North Dakota.

Chasing Voices: The Story of John Peabody Harrington & the Language Revitalization Movement
Daniel Golding (Quechan)
Obsessively driven linguist/ethnographer JP Harrington’s fifty years of work is the focus in this documentary that showcases how his immense and once hidden recordings of over a hundred Native languages are being used from the archives at the Smithsonian to breathe life back into Native America’s dying languages.

Drums of Change (Research & Development)
Christine Lesiak & Princella Parker (Omaha)
This is the story of the first Native American woman doctor, Susan LaFlesche Picotte (1865-1915) as told through her struggle to reclaim her tribal identity after her education in the world of Victorian America.

Horse Tribe
Janet Kern
Combining cinéma vérité and dream-like horse imagery, this film portrays the Nez Perce Tribe’s struggle to reinvent their legendary but lost equestrian culture, and the mystically gifted but deeply flawed Navajo horseman whose own fate intersects with theirs.

The Kashaya Fort Ross Project (Research & Development)
Jed Riffe & Peggy Berryhill (Muscogee)
Two-hundred years after the Russians abandoned the California settlement they shared with the Kashaya Pomo for thirty years, the Kashaya were invited to Russia to rekindle their relationship. This film explores their intertwined histories, reveals the remarkable bond between these diverse cultures, and constructs a unique tale for contemporary audiences.

Lake of Betrayal: The Story of Kinzua Dam
(Research & Development)
Paul Lamont
A story of loss, displacement, hope, and survival in the Seneca Nation, the film explores the construction of the Kinzua Dam that flooded Seneca lands on the Allegany Reservation. Now, the Senecas seek control of the hydropower operations at Kinzua.

The Mayor of Shiprock
Ramona Emerson (Diné)
Amid years of resistance and complacency, a group of young Navajo men and women have begun to take back their community and create change. The Northern Diné Youth Committee–led by their founder, 22-year-old Graham Beyale–has begun to inspire a whole new generation of leaders.

Native Report
Michael LeGarde (Grand Portage)
Told with distinct Native voice, stories will be presented about everything from resource management and talented artists, to language revitalization, engaging youth, and developing great leaders oftomorrow.

Robert Mirabal: Music & Myth
Robert Mirabal (Taos Pueblo)
Robert Mirabal, in enhanced traditional song and dance, tells stories of agrarian life and the mythological characters and ceremonies that surround the seasons of planting, growing, and harvesting. Pueblo dancers in colorful tribal dress join him at the Santa Fe Opera House.

Wind River
Mat Hames & Jordan Dresser (Shoshone)
When a young Northern Arapaho journalist is asked to tell the story of his Reservation for a small tribal museum, he joins elected tribal elders, including Vietnam veteran Philbert McCleod (Shosone), on a journey to return lost artifacts taken by collectors at the turn of the 20th century.

Vision Maker Media shares Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Founded in 1977, Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, nurtures creativity for development of new projects, partnerships, and funding. Vision Maker Media is the 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. Located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we offer student employment and internships.

Vision Maker Media is proud to present Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge with Chris Bashinelli. Host and global explorer Chris Bashinelli travels the world to experience life outside his hometown – Brooklyn, New York. In this program, he visits Pine Ridge to explore the culture of the Oglala Lakota. The program premieres Friday, July 19 on most PBS stations at 10pm ET.Check your local listings.

Host and global explorer Chris Bashinelli travels the world to experience life outside his hometown — Brooklyn, New York. In this program, he visits Pine Ridge to explore the often forgotten culture of the Oglala Lakota Native Americans. While there, he embarks on a life-changing buffalo harvest, is “schooled” by the women’s basketball team, visits with a 14-year-old suicide prevention activist and finds himself shoulder deep up a cow’s backside while trying to better understand employment matters on the reservation. With humor and pathos, he uncovers stories of hope and learns how Lakota culture has prevailed in the face of adversity.

Watch Native Animation Short Films online.

Injunuity is a mix of animation, music, and real thoughts from real people exploring our world from the Native American perspective. You can now watch four episodes online with more available each month. One of the recent episodes dealt with the concept of being Two Spirited and premiered when the U.S. Supreme Court released its rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8.

Visit and watch their short films online.

“Summertime for Indians” by Mary A Pember (Red Cliff Ojibwe)

Ah, summertime in Indian Country! For me it means so much more than those homegrown 4th of July parades, powwows and gatherings. Summer showcases community and Native people’s uncanny ability to make something fun, useful and spiritually nurturing out of even the most limited resources.

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Lincoln, Neb: Vision Maker Mediawill work with three Public Television stations to support paid internships for Native American college students.

Kavelina Torres (Yup’ik), from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, will work at Alaska Public Media under the supervision of Chief Content Officer Patrick Yack. Torres said, “I worked with Vision Maker Media’s Blue Tarpalechee and Chris Eyre on the Growing Native series and I knew then that bringing in aspects of television production–which is outside of my degree work at the University–is invaluable because it allows me to change focus for a bit to gain cross-platform media skills.”

Willow Blythe (Creek), an Honor Roll and Morter Board senior at Southern Methodist University, will be working at KERA in Dallas, Texas. Blythe cannot wait to start her internship, saying, “As a proud Native American, I’ve been sincerely motivated since high school to succeed. I am committed to bettering myself with hard work and striving to gain experience professionally to grow into my post-college career as a media journalist.”

Rebekka Schlichting (Kickapoo/Sac & Fox), an Honor Roll student at the University of Kansas and contributor to Lawrence Journal World, will be interning at Vision Maker Media in Lincoln, Neb. Rebekka has dedicated her schoolwork to becoming a journalist for Native American people. “I strive to shed light on issues that affect my readers’ lives and help them to think about matters from all perspectives,” commented Schlichting.

Vision Maker Media also works with Longhouse Media, to continue their Native-youth driven mission to use media as a tool for self-expression, cultural preservation, and social change, in partnership with KCTS9, in Seattle, Wash.

With major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the purpose of these paid, Public Media summer internships is to increase the journalism and production skills for college students. One of the major goals of the internship is to increase the quantity and quality of media reporting available to Public Television audiences and other news outlets. If you’re interested in funding internship opportunities, please or consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Friends of Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media shares Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Founded in 1977, Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, nurtures creativity for development of new projects, partnerships, and funding. Vision Maker Media is the 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. Located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we offer student employment and internships.


Take an early look at the  PBS fall primetime line-up featuring a strong roster of wide-ranging programs coming to KYUK starting in September.   New highlights of the season include a series of specials commemorating the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death; programs exploring American heritage from diverse viewpoints; the first PBS Independent Film Showcase; and captivating new dramas. Fall also marks the second PBS Arts Fall Festival, as well as the return (and a premiere) of acclaimed science programs.

We pay tribute to President Kennedy on the eve of the 50th anniversary of his assassination with intriguing new takes on the president’s life and death, anchored by “JFK”, a new four-hour, two-part special from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.  A new episode from the science series NOVA, the history-focused SECRETS OF THE DEAD and other specials to be announced complete this special anniversary coverage.

A collection of programs focuses on the diversity of Americans’ ancestries and cultures, including the new unscripted, interactive series GENEALOGY ROADSHOW, which uses history and science to connect participants nationwide to their individual and family histories; LATINO AMERICANS, the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history of Latinos across 500 years; and from executive producer — and Harvard scholar — Henry Louis Gates, Jr. THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS, which chronicles the full sweep of black history in the United States.

The arts remain a staple of PBS programming, with the PBS Arts Fall Festival returning for a seven-week run celebrating music and Broadway classics, including NASHVILLE 2.0, a tribute to legendary country stars, a star-studded version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company and GREAT PERFORMANCES “Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn,” the superstar’s first Brooklyn concert since her childhood years. The PBS Independent Film Showcase airs this fall with documentaries from INDEPENDENT LENS and POV. GREAT PERFORMANCES premieres its ambitious four-part miniseries “The Hollow Crown,” combining Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry IV (Parts I & II) and Henry V into a single chronological narrative.

Sunday nights on PBS will continue to captivate with enthralling dramas from MASTERPIECE, including “Foyle’s War, Series VII” for MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! and “The Paradise,” an adaptation of the beloved French novel by Emile Zola.

Science remains strong this fall, delving into how things are made wilder, faster, colder and safer with the new multi-part NOVA series, “Making Stuff With David Pogue,” and a new four-part series that will take viewers inside factories to learn how basic ingredients are transformed into powerhouse machines.

AMERICAN MASTERS will premiere a film about the tennis great Billie Jean King on the 40th anniversary of the tennis world’s 1973 Battle of the Sexes and King founding the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), as well as a documentary on Jimi Hendrix with never-before-seen performance footage, photos, drawings and more. In addition to “JFK,” AMERICAN EXPERIENCE premieres “War of the Worlds,” revisiting the infamous radio dramatization on its 75th anniversary.

The new fall season on PBS will be full of attention-grabbing programming designed to entertain, educate and inspire and you can see it all right here on KYUK-TV channel 15.1.

The ever changing, never the same as yesterday, so called “digital revolution” has spawned an astounding number of constantly evolving technologies that have unleashed a tsunami of content on an ever expanding array of media formats and platforms.

In the “old days” TV was just TV and radio was just radio…and that’s about all there was to it.  Not so today.  Take Alaska public media, for example.  In the “old days”, there were 4 public TV stations in the state.  One each in Anchorage, KAKM-TV , Fairbanks, KUAC-TV, Juneau, KTOO-TV, and Bethel, KYUK-TV.  Each offered a single stream of programming, essentially the PBS national program schedule with some local programs sprinkled throughout.

Now, in the digital world, there are still only 4 public TV stations but each of them is able to offer as many as 4 separate streams of high definition television programming in their communities.  In some locations like Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau, some or all of this programming is also available over the Internet throught these stations’ websites.  Mobile applications are coming to the more urban areas of the state that allow viewers to carry and access their media almost anywhere.

The same in true for Alaska’s public radio station.  In the “old days” a radio station put out one program stream via either an AM or FM transmitter.  Radio stations still transmit their signals this “old fashioned” way but they also are able to stream their programming over the Internet through their websites, making their programming available virtually anywhere in the world.   A variety mobile applications now allow listeners to access radio programming wherever they are whenever they want it.

Social media like Facebook, Twitter and host of other on line sharing sites, allow viewers and listeners to interact with public media content providers in new ways making public media more and more interactive and interconnected and more personal.

It’s an amazing and exciting time for media in general and for public media in particular as we work hard to take full advantage of these digital technologies to create a virtual town square for our viewers and listeners where two way interaction is more and more possible and media becomes more and more personal.

Next time in Part 2, a look at the Alaska Public Television landscape.







The Latest GROWING NATIVE Blog : “Festival of Native Arts” by Blue Tarpalechee (Muscogee)

What does Growing Native mean to you? That is a question we posed to the Growing Native Advisory Council as we went through pre-production. The answers we received were varied, but connected – it’s growing us as a people in a way that sustains us as a people, it’s taking things that we knew and that worked in the past and building on that, it’s illustrating the interconnectedness of everything that we do.

Read the full blog article…

PBS Online Film Festival: Watch the Winners and All The Films That Competed Online for Free

The PBS Online Film Festival is now over, but you can still watch, online for free, the winners and all the films that competed.

Congratulations to Hoverboard for having the most views onYouTube. Congratulations as well to The Story of an Egg, which had the most views over all and to the winner of the People’s Choice Award — Live Art.

Visit the PBS Online Film Festival site…

“What is Home?”  by Cindy Renner and Larry Wright, Jr.

The trial of Standing Bear opened on April 30, 1879. The date is a great way for teachers to introduce their students to this important part of history and teachers can use the educational resources developed for to help them paint a clearer picture for their students about Standing Bear, his trial and the issues involved.

Editor’s Note: This is an account from the curricula developers for the Standing Bear’s Footsteps educational site — Cindy Renner and Larry Wright, Jr. They talk about their experience at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Convention this past November.

This session was presented as a three-hour clinic. We began our session with introductions and a question prompt of “What is ‘home’?” Each participant shared, with one even highlighting that where she lived wasn’t her ‘home’. This was a perfect transition into the introduction, “What is ‘home’ for the Poncas?” Larry led a brief discussion about the historical aspects of the tribe and how the documentary, curriculum and the workshop sections of the project began to take shape.

Read the full blog article…

Visit the Standing Bear’s Footsteps Educational Site




 Now you might be wondering why we’re headlining a radio show on our TV page.  The answer is simple…

Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! ,one of public radio’s most appealing and wildly popular shows, is headed to the big screen.

It’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! like you’ve never seen it before! Because, well, normally you can’t see it — it’s a radio show.

A live staging of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! presented by NCM Fathom Events, NPR,WBEZ-Chicago, and BY Experience, will be beamed to select cinemas across the country on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013.

Host Peter Sagal and official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell will be joined by panelists Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca and Tom Bodett to play the quiz in front of a live audience. Carl reading limericks! Celebrity guests answering stupid questions! Faces made for radio! You’ve heard it in 1D, now see it live in glorious…2D.

Well, here in Bethel we won’t actually get to see Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! in 2D …on the big screen… on Thursday May 2nd at 8pm ET/7pmCT because…we don’t have a big screen in Bethel yet… and even if we did it probably wouldn’t be one of cinemas picked to show it because…well…we’re in Bethel.

But you can see the Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! movie trailer.  It’s a cinema experience in and of itself not to be missed.

Trailer for the Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me’s live cinecast. May 2nd. from Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! on Vimeo.

If you are a hard working collage student from any community within the KYUK listening area in the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta or Bethel apply for the Alexie Isaac Memorial Scholarship.    If you know a hard working college student from the YK Delta or Bethel encourage him or her to apply.

In September of every year the KYUK board of directors selects two hard working students to receive a $1,000 scholarship award.

This year,  thanks to the generosity of our listeners during our Spring Fund Drive, we are able to offer a third $1,000 scholarship.

The deadline is August 1st.

August 1st may seem far away but it’s only four months from now and the time will fly by fast.

Information and application forms can be found on the KYUK website on the  Scholarship page.

Don’t delay, apply today!

A Great Way to Look at Alaska

Alaska’s Marine Highway


Statewide Premiere – Easter Sunday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m.

Alaska’s Marine Highwaythe first of four documentary programs about the Alaska Marine Highway will be broadcast Easter Sunday.  The programs are designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Alaska’s unique ferry service.  The first broadcast, an early preview release for Alaskans, is scheduled for Sunday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m.  The documentary will be fed nationally via satellite on May 15 for broadcast by public television stations across the country.

Alaska’s Marine Highway  episode one includes the history of the system and describes why the AMHS was necessary in the past and is important in Alaska today.  The program was designed to play to a general, national audience while Alaskans will find it interesting and entertaining.

The three subsequent episodes are in various stages of completion and will all premiere during 2013, the anniversary year. The topics for those programs include Life on Board the ships, The Voyage of the Malaspina which will include the re-creation of the inaugural voyage fifty years later, and an episode on how the ships have been Connecting Communities and People in the Last Frontier for half of a century.

The 360North field production crew traveled for most of the summer of 2012.  They rode the ships from Ketchikan through Southeast Alaska, throughout Prince William Sound and out the Aleutian Island chain to Unalaska.  Interviews and footage were gathered from people on board including crew, Alaskan riders and visitors to Alaska.  They also talked to people in almost every port about their communities, about the ferry, how it is used locally and how it has become an essential part of Alaska life.  The crew was also in Bellingham to chronicle the Southern terminus of the AMHS and the story of how the Southernmost port was moved out of downtown Seattle 24 years ago.

All of the interviews recorded for the project will be compiled in an oral history collection at the Alaska Film Archives where the material will be available for academic, patron and public uses and preserved for the future.

The production team for Alaska’s Marine Highway is comprised completely of Alaskans.

Funding for Alaska’s Marine Highway was provided by:

  • ·         The Alaska Marine Highway, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
  • ·         Travel Alaska, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
  • ·         The Southeast Conference
  • ·         The Port of Bellingham, Washington

For more information and to watch a video trailer go to

Press photos are available for download at

Additional video material is available by calling 907-463-6472.

Alaska’s only television public affairs channel 360 North is seen statewide on GCI Cable channel 15 (channel 18 in Juneau) as well as eight additional cable companies throughout the state, and is broadcast over the air on KTOO-TV in Juneau (channel 3.3) and KAKM-TV in Anchorage (channel 7.3) and KYUK in Bethel (channel 15.3).  360 North is also available on Dish Network and DirecTV, and is webcast on the Internet

For more information contact Tim Olson at 907-463-6472 or