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 kyuk.org.
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.