Join Kim Richey on Alaska Live, Wednesday at 10 p.m. on KUAC FM

Join Kim Richey on Alaska LiveKim Richey, a treasured songwriter with a penchant for earthbound lyrics and soaring roots-pop melodies will visit Alaska Live Wednesday at 10 p.m. on KUAC FM. Tune in to this awesome live show with host Lori Neufeld on KUAC FM, KUAC online and KUAC TV 9.6.

Live performance and conversation in KUAC’s Alaska Live studios is made possible by a generous grant from Design Alaska.

NPR’s Shankar Vedantam to Present Lecture in Fairbanks

NPR's Shankar VedantamThe University of Alaska Fairbanks will present a free lecture by National Public Radio personality Shankar Vedantam Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. at Hering Auditorium.

Vedantam is an NPR science correspondent, host of the “Hidden Brain” podcast and author of a 2010 book of the same name. His work focuses on unconscious prejudice and its effects on everything from how people fall in love to how nations go to war.

The event is free, but tickets are required to attend. Books signed by Vedantam will also be available to purchase. Registration is online at

Budget cuts affect KUAC public radio and television programming

Budget cuts affect KUAC public radio and television programmingKUAC is addressing its sixth year of budget cuts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with reductions to programming and staff.

KUAC will sustain a 22.5% funding decrease for the new fiscal year which translates to $172,000 from its budget. KUAC investigated all the options and has made many budget adjustments and reductions in the past five years in an effort to mitigate the cuts. These reductions now represent a loss of 56% of university funding. “We can’t sustain our level of service after losing half a million dollars since 2012,” said Keith Martin, KUAC general manager. “KUAC has received strong support from our community, however, the cuts just continue to outpace the increases in fundraising.”

Effective Sept. 1, KUAC will terminate its Alaska Public Radio Network membership and no longer air APRN programming on KUAC FM. Keep Reading »

Image Optical is our August Featured Sponsor

Image OpticalImage Optical, Inc., a locally and independently owned optical shop since 1990, is known for its fun atmosphere and unique selection of frames. The shop has a full lab on site which allows them to do repairs and cut lenses the same day on single vision prescriptions.

The staff at Image Optical support KUAC because of its amazing educational programming and reliable news. Shows like American Experience and Nova are particular favorites of the staff and inspire wanderlust as well as curiosity and compassion. “KUAC is instrumental in keeping Alaskans connected to the world around them,” the Image Optical staff said. Keep Reading »

KUAC FM Features University Speakers on Northern Soundings for August

KUAC FM Features University Speakers on Northern Soundings for AugustHost Robert Hannon will interview former University of Alaska presidents and chancellors Tuesday evenings at 7 throughout August on KUAC FM.

Pulling from UAF’s “Centennial Celebration” speaker series, Hannon will incorporate the 100th anniversary of the university into his Northern Soundings show.

The schedule includes interviews with former UA president Mark Hamilton, former UAF Chancellor Dana Thomas, former UAF Chancellor Marshall L. Lind, former UA Vice President Wendy Redman and former UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers.

On Tuesday, Aug. 15, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board Meeting will be aired live and there will not be a Northern Soundings that night.

KUAC Volunteer Creates Kitt Coloring Booklet for Kids

KUAC Volunteer Creates Kitt Coloring Booklet for KidsCombining her artistic skills with a passion for education, KUAC volunteer Dona Brandle-Boylan wrote and illustrated an emergent reader/coloring booklet for children.

Based on Kitt from KUAC Kids Club, the booklet explores the life of the little fox, following him as he hikes, rides his bicycle with friends and enjoys an ice cream cone. A special education aide at Pearl Creek Elementary School, Brandle-Boylan is always happy to help KUAC in a variety of ways. She serves on KUAC’s Community Advisory Council and helps at special events and fundraisers.

She thought the booklet, which can be printed in-house, is a great way to get reading material into little ones’ hands. “When I considered KUAC’s budget, I thought this would be a simple and efficient way to get a booklet about Kitt out to children,” Brandle-Boylan said. “They see this big fuzzy character and wonder who he is and why he is here.”

Basing Kitt on graphic designer Jill Marshall’s original artwork, Brandle-Boylan got to work and the KUAC staff printed 1,000 booklets to hand out during the Golden Days Parade July 22.

Brandle-Boylan plans to create more booklets about Kitt and his adventures. “The booklets open Kitt’s story to the community, to who he is and what he does. It will help his story grow.”

She grew up near the Detroit Zoo where she could hear the lions roaring at night, and has worked in aviation, the marine industry, construction and education. She loves the outdoors, camping, hiking and backpacking, which is why she has lived in Alaska for 17 years. “It’s perfect for me,” she said. She has also volunteered with the Girl Scouts and the Georgeson Botanical Garden. “I like sharing the outdoors with youth.”

And she loves KUAC. At her home, either KUAC FM or KUAC TV is on all the time. “It’s where I get my news, entertainment and information,” Brandle-Boylan said. “I stream it when I’m not here because I love the programming. I’m a KUAC enthusiast.”

KUAC FM Expects Signal Interruptions

KUAC FM Expects Signal InterruptionsWhen technical advisers visit KUAC July 17-18, radio signal interruptions are possible between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. KUAC’s engineers will attempt to minimize the disruptions.

Two NPR and Public Radio Satellite System representatives will examine KUAC’s satellite antenna. PRSS is considering a new content delivery method and KUAC was selected as a test site.

“We were chosen due to our geographic location with respect to geostationary satellite look angles,” said KUAC General Manager Keith Martin. “KUAC’s location equates to a worst case condition or a best place for testing new signal delivery methods for PRSS.”

Support KUAC Friends Group Via AmazonSmile

Support KUAC Friends Group Via AmazonSmileAll donations to KUAC Friends Group support KUAC’s radio and television public broadcasting programming. A simple way to “stretch” your support is to sign up for AmazonSmile. Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible AmazonSmile purchase to charitable organizations selected by customers.

When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization. Select KUAC Friends Group and get started today. There is no cost to charitable organizations or to AmazonSmile customers. The shopping experience is identical to with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation donates to charitable organizations.