Why are changes being made?
KUAC listeners love locally produced content and have been requesting more of it. In an effort to fill that need, we are happy to announce a new program, Northern Soundings: Alaska in Conversation.
This half-hour independently produced program explores Alaska and the world through conversations with writers, artists, scientists, historians and the people who live in the North. Each episode touches on the guest’s work and background, with discussions possibly branching out in unexpected directions.
Who is the host?
Robert Hannon, KUAC FM news producer.
When will Northern Soundings air?
It will air at 7:30 p.m. on alternating Tuesdays (when the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board meetings are not held). For this month, the dates are Feb. 14 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. on KUAC FM 89.9.
The Feb. 14 episode will be a continuation of Robert’s Jan. 31 interview with renowned writer Frank Soos. Feb. 28 will find Robert interviewing author Adam Tanner about his new book, “Our Bodies, Our Data: How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records.” Stay tuned for the fascinating lineup Robert has in store for KUAC FM listeners.
What will fill the 7 p.m. Tuesday slot?
This alternating Tuesday opening provides us the opportunity to feature short run specials, such as the Black History Month programming for February in the 7 to 7:30 p.m. timeframe.
Living On Earth time change
The popular weekly program Living On Earth presents environmental news and explores a broad range of ecological issues. In the past KUAC FM aired this Public Radio International environmental news magazine on Tuesday nights when School Board meetings were not held, so listeners were only able to hear some of the shows.
By airing Living On Earth Sundays at 6 a.m. on KUAC FM and at noon on KUAC2 (stream at http://kuacii.streamon.fm) listeners won’t miss out every other week but will be able to tune into all the Living On Earth programs.
What is the purpose of all these changes?
The biggest impetus for this move was to take advantage of the opportunity to provide more locally produced content on KUAC, which is a common, frequent request. Placing Northern Soundings and short-run specials on alternating Tuesday evenings makes the most sense because of the pre-emption of Living on Earth every other week during the School Board meeting.
Living on Earth is a weekly show, and we think it is an important program to bring to our listeners on a weekly basis. Looking at the schedule, we discerned the best place for Living on Earth would be as an introduction to our Sunday morning news flow. Weekend Edition will be sandwiched between Living on Earth and On the Media which will give listeners a strong four-hour block of news, information, commentary and analysis. Living on Earth will be in a spot where listeners can count on it every week and not have to remember if it’s a School Board meeting week or not.
Do people really listen to the radio early in the morning?
We receive plenty of calls in the wee hours of the mornings during our Fall Fundraiser and Spring Fundraiser. We have many listeners prior to 7 on Sunday mornings, according to the most recent ratings information. In fact, this information indicated that almost everyone in the Fairbanks area listening to the radio on Sunday mornings is listening to KUAC.
As always, we love to hear from our listeners. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org