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Today’s caller-driven program brought the topic of marijuana back to the forefront of the conversation. Callers, and emailers alike, share their thoughts on the taxation, regulation and policies surrounding the legalization of pot.

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Talk Line hosts in KYUK’s talk studio. Photo by G. Brink KYUK

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Each year KYUK Radio, like all public radio stations across the country, receives substantial financial support from the Federal government through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting- CPB.

In order to comply with the requirements of our CPB grants, each year we produce a report that describes the local content and services we have provided to our community during the previous year. This report is submitted to CPB and also must be posted on our station website.

This year I also want to present here some of the highlights of our local radio services both on the air and on line for 2014.

In 2014 KYUK 640 AM radio broadcast a total of 8,765 hours of programming. Of this total close to 600 hours was original programming. We broadcast over 4,000 hours of music, over 3,200 hours of news and public affairs, over 700 hours of arts and cultural programming and over 250 hours of sports programming including high school wrestling, basketball and the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race.

In addition to our regularly scheduled programs like Talk Line, Yuk To Yuk, Wellness Wednesday, basketball coverage and the Birthday Call-in show, some special programs of interest during in 2014 included:

  • Live broadcast of the Debates for the State: US Senate & US House
  • Live broadcast of the Yupiit Nation fisheries management meeting.
  • Live call-in program on Kuskokwim King Salmon management.
  • Live broadcast of YKHC’s annual Tribal Gathering.
  • Live broadcast of the grand opening of the YK Aquatic Fitness and Training Center.
  • Live broadcast of the YKHC Behavioral Health Conference.
  • Live studio performances and interviews with Alaskan folk artists Hobo Jim and Emma Hill.
  • Halloween & Christmas stories by John Active.
  • Live broadcast of the Bethel City Council Candidates Forum.
  • Live coverage of the AFN Convention.
  • Live coverage of two BRHS wrestling tournaments.
  • Live broadcast of AVCP’s 50th anniversary convention.
  • A live interview with a Veterans Affairs representative on obtaining VA benefits.
  • Live broadcast of the Yupiit Nation fisheries management meeting.
  • Live call-in program on Kuskokwim King Salmon management.
  • Live broadcast of YKHC’s annual Tribal Gathering.

We continue to regularly broadcast in the Yup’ik language as we have done since KYUK signed on the air in 1971.   In addition to the one-hour per week Yup’ik language talk/call in program, Yuk To Yuk, we added a second hour long Yup’ik language program featuring respected elders discussing a variety of topics of interest and value to our Yup’ik audience. Topics in 2014 included subsistence hunting and fishing rights, conservation of declining King Salmon, the political process and government involvement, tribal sovereignty, education, health care, substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention, elder care, child welfare, ANSCA issues, environmental issues and Yup’ik language and cultural preservation and enhancement.

In partnership with the Ayaprun Elitnauviat Yup’ik immersion school, we started producing a Yup’ik word of the week segment airing three times a day. We also continue to produce newscasts in the Yup’ik language three time a day every weekday and post these newscasts to our website daily.

During the election season we broadcast a special program in both Yup’ik and English providing information and explanations on all the ballot initiatives. We also broadcast in both Yup’ik and English a Bethel city council candidates forum and a debate on the marijuana ballot initiative.

We continue to broadcast Native America Calling to keep our Alaska Native community engaged in and informed about issues, topics and problems discussed nationally across Indian Country.

In keeping with our mission to “educate, stimulate, inform and provide cultural enrichment and public access”, our goal is to be the community convener, providing platforms, both on air and on line, for the dissemination of information, for dialog, discussion and debate, to offer opportunities for education and to be a point of access for resources related to the issues, problems and values of importance and interest to our community.

We do this through announcements of events, conferences, workshops and the location of available resources. We make extensive use of public service announcements in both English and Yup’ik produced with our community partners that identify resources, provide education and advice, promote healthy living and strengthen families and cultural values. We coordinate these public outreach efforts with our news reporting to broaden public awareness and response to these issues. We offer opportunities for direct community interaction through the production of long form live talk/call in programs in both Yup’ik and English that provide opportunities for the community to address their concerns, questions and comments directly to experts, educators, to their elected government representatives, to federal and state natural resource managers, health care and legal professionals, business and industry leaders and to interact with elders and tradition bearers. We broadcast, webcast and link to our website special conventions and conferences that focus on topics of importance to our listeners in the YK Delta.

We partner with a broad cross section of local, regional and state organizations including Bethel Search and Rescues, YKHC, TWC, the Alaska Children’s Trust, public safety and law enforcement, AVCP, KuC, LKSD, ONC and many more.

The key initiatives we undertook with our partners in 2014, and will continue to undertake into the future, include health and wellness, natural resources, workforce development and employment, education, local/state/federal government, regional social and economic development, public safety, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect prevention, early childhood development and Yup’ik traditional values, language and culture.

It’s our supporters, listeners like you, through your financial contributions, your encouragement and your trust and confidence in KYUK that motivates us to work as hard as we can each year to bring you news, information, education, cultural enrichment and entertainment of value to you both now and into the future. Thank you.

The full 2014 KYUK Radio Local Content and Service Report is available on the About page of our website under Reports.

Steve Boney will race with Doug Dixon in the 2015 Iron Dog. Photo from irondog,org

Steve Boney will race with Doug Dixon in the 2015 Iron Dog. Photo from irondog,org

Bethel’s Steve Boney will race his Yamaha snowmachine 2,000 miles from Big Lake to Nome and Fairbanks next week in the 2015 Iron Dog. Boney will take to the low-snow trail with a new partner.
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AVEC President and CEO Meera Kohler updated Bethel members on the utility's plans. Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK.

AVEC President and CEO Meera Kohler updated Bethel members on the utility’s plans. Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK

Bethel customers of the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative or AVEC took their first action as members of the co-op Thursday when they elected delegates. The member-owned nonprofit cooperative held its first Bethel member meeting since taking over last year.
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Bethel Warrior Cory LePore (Sr/G) lays in a shot against Mt. Edgecumbe. Photo by Dean Swope

Friday night will kick off two games in two nights between Great Alaska Conference foes Bethel and Dillingham.

The boys’ varsity team will play at home against the Wolverines on Friday and Saturday night, while the girls travel to Dillingham to face the Lady Wolverines.

Varsity games are scheduled to tip-off at 7:30pm on both nights in both locations.

KYUK 640 AM will have live coverage of the Lady Warriors vs. Dillingham on Friday, and Warriors vs. Dillingham on Saturday.

Kuskokwim at Bethel on 11/17.  Photo by Mark Leary.

Kuskokwim River at Bethel. Photo by Mark Leary.

As the Alaska Legislature wrestles with a 3.5 billion dollar budget deficit due to plummeting oil prices, communities around the state are bracing for the impacts. Upcoming budget cuts could wield a particularly brutal blow to one of the state’s most economically fragile areas, the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. In Bethel, where the main industries are government and non-profits, the cuts could have a wide reach.
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The late Michael and Eliza Chase stand in front of his race sled at the Fur Rondy sled dog race in Anchorage. Photo courtesy of Chase family.

The late Michael and Eliza Chase in Anchorage. Photo courtesy of Chase family.

A YK Delta elder, Michael Chase, passed away Tuesday. The 88-year-old is being remembered for his leadership, service to his community and his contributions to the region’s health in a difficult period.
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