Salmon and other summer stuff

by Mike Martz on June 22, 2012

The record low return of Kuskokwim King salmon is historic in its scope and impact on subsistence fishing. This unprecedented event is the top concern across the YK Delta.  KYUK news has been on top of this story from the beginning working hard to keep our listeners informed.  You can rely on KYUK’s news team to continue to work hard every day bringing you breaking news and accurate, up to date reporting as this situation continues to unfold.

Along with our news reporting, we have hosted three call in radio shows on 640 AM in the past two weeks focused exclusively on Kuskokwim King salmon conservation. Guests included representatives of the Alaska Department Fish & Game, the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group. Each show fielded many calls from listeners across the region expressing their opinions and concerns on the current situation. The third show, on Thursday June 21st, was a two hour program with Yup’ik translation included. It also generated many calls. Both the June 18th and 21st programs are available on our website,

Our radio tee shirt design contest was a great success. Congratulations to Daisy Thompson for submitting the winning design. Daisy won a round trip ticket to Anchorage courtesy of ERA Alaska and two tee shirts. These shirts will be available at the KYUK booth as the premium gift for a special July 4th fundraising event.  Stay tuned for more details on our July 4th event.

The transition to our digital transmitter, KYUK-LD, is now complete and, in spite of the short notice of the switch as a result of the sudden failure of our analog transmitter, the transition seemed to go well. Viewers I’ve spoken with are pleased with the additional channels and the improved picture quality. I thank our loyal Bethel public TV viewers for their patience during that transition period.

Finally, public television viewers here in Bethel will see a change in public TV on July 1st, with the launch of a new statewide service called Alaska Public Television. This new service will originate from KAKM-TV in Anchorage and replaces Alaska One as KUAC/UAF returns to its roots as a stand alone station serving Fairbanks and Interior Alaska communities after providing the statewide public TV service for the past 16 years. More information is available on the Television page. on our website.

Thank you for your continued support of public media for the YK Delta. I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer.

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