On Monday March 4th we begin our Spring Fund Drive. It will be a bit more low keyed and quiet than our big fundraiser back in October of last year. This time we’re asking for support for programs and services we offer focused on the young people in our communities.
One of those programs, one that we are extremely 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 semester of each year to deserving students in the Y/K Delta. Since the scholarship program began in 2006 we have awarded $14,000 to assist students with their higher education costs. The need is great, especially in these times of ever increasing tuition. We would like to expand the scholarship program and have as a goal for this fund drive raising an additional $2,000 to make a third scholarship award possible this year.
We also spotlight our students’ athletic endevours. Last year for the first time we broadcast regional high school wrestling championships. Now it’s basketball championship season and we will be broadcasting as many high school basketball tournaments as we can over the next few weeks. The LKSD 26th Annual Coastal Conference Basketball Championship Tournament, the upriver Kuspuk School District championships and the Small Schools State Basketball Championships are all on our broadcast schedule. Tune in to 640AM or to our live radio stream on the KYUK website for all the action and excitement.
Our special live broadcasts of these championship basketball tournaments are paid for out of our general operating funds. We know these broadcasts are important to many of our listeners and we do our best to bring them to you without additional funding support. It costs us approximately $5,000 to $8,000 a year in production time, staff overtime, equipment costs and broadcast fees to bring you these games. So another goal of our Spring Fundraiser is to raise $5,000 to support the broadcast of regional and state basketball championships and other special athletic events. 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 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 have offered paid intern/work experience in media to high school students for nearly a decade. This is another program we pay for out of our general operating budget. Currently we are able to support one student in this program. We would like to be able to expand this program to two students and this is another goal we hope to achieve with your support during our upcoming Spring Fund Drive.
So beginning Monday March 4th we’ll be asking for your support to help us maintain and expand our youth focused programs and services. We have some exciting thank you gifts and incentives including 25,000 Alaska Airline miles donated by GCI, round trip airline tickets and much more. Tune in to 640 AM or stream us at KYUK.org.
Thanks for your continuing support of public media for Bethel and the Y/K Delta region.