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 KYUK.org. Your public radio station.
Thanks also for your continuing support of public media for Bethel and the Y/K Delta region.