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Listen For Midnight Oil Friday Mornings on KUAC FM

Midnight OilFriday mornings during the summer, KUAC FM will be bringing you Midnight Oil from Alaska Public Media, a long look at Alaska and its affair with oil on the 40th anniversary of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Tune in during Morning Edition Fridays to hear these excellent pieces.

More info and full podcasts at http://www.alaskapublic.org/midnight-oil

KUAC Staff Recognized for Excellence

KUAC Staff Recognized for ExcellenceTwo KUAC employees were recognized for extraordinary service recently at a University of Alaska Fairbanks summer awards celebration.

Emily Elterman, traffic coordinator and broadcast technician, and Caleb Souder, broadcast technician and TV master control, were honored for their superior efforts and work ethic.

“Behind the scenes and without fanfare, Emily Elterman and Caleb Souder play critical roles in keeping KUAC’s television services on the air and running smoothly,” said Carolyn Hall, director of TV Programming, Traffic and Operations.

“Emily and Caleb wear multiple hats at KUAC, but one of their primary responsibilities is monitoring our broadcast signals and maintaining on-time, seamless streams of programming. We never want our viewers to experience program interruptions, but when computers glitch or power outages occur, Emily and Caleb act swiftly and do all they can to help resolve problems as quickly and effectively as possible. They communicate clearly, share knowledge freely with co-workers, are highly motivated and have very positive attitudes. They are also quick learners who eagerly take on new responsibilities and continue to grow in their jobs.

“Emily and Caleb are valuable members of the KUAC team who deserve a moment in the spotlight and a little fanfare,” Hall said.

Invisibilia to Air on KUAC FM Tuesday Nights from 7 to 8 Throughout July

Invisibilia“Invisibilia is Latin for “the invisible things.” We explore the invisible forces that shape human behavior — things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. The show is co-hosted by two of NPR’s award-winning journalists — Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin — who have roots at This American Life and The Atlantic.

We weave incredible human stories with fascinating new psychological and brain science, in the hopes that after listening, you will come to see new possibilities for how to think, behave and live.” Tune in Tuesday at 7 on KUAC FM, KUAC online and KUAC TV 9.6.

KUAC FM Removing HD Option

KUAC Removing HD Option As of July 1, 2017, KUAC FM will turn off its high definition (HD) transmitter, resulting in the loss of KUAC HD1, HD 2 and 3 on-air. Those stations will still be available online at kuac.org on computers and mobile devices and on KUAC TV at 9.6, 9.7 and 9.8 (digital).

“This is a strategic budget-related decision and also due to lack of momentum for HD radio,” said Keith Martin, KUAC’s general manager. “The budget reductions we have sustained over the past four years have outpaced our fundraising efforts.”

Since 2009, KUAC has experienced a 42 percent decrease in full-time staff (from 26 to 15) and a 69 percent decrease in part-time (from 13 to 4), while continuing to increase and improve services to the community.

“Our staff make up the difference,” Martin said. “We have reached the point that no additional duties can be assigned to current staffing levels.”

More changes are under consideration. Stay tuned to KUAC for further details.

Give Easily to KUAC Through Fred Meyer Rewards

Give Easily to KUAC Through Fred Meyer RewardsAlert! If you have already signed up for the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program, it’s time to re-enroll and re-link your Rewards Card to KUAC before June 30th. KUAC has been fortunate to benefit from the shopping habits of many of our listeners and viewers through the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program. In fact, KUAC has received more than $1,000 over the last year that goes to support your favorite public broadcasting station.

If yours is one of the more than 100 households that already support KUAC in this way, please re-enroll and re-link your Rewards Card to KUAC #84486.

Here’s how to re-enroll:

  • Relink your card to our Community Rewards program at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards
  • Every time you shop and use your Rewards Card you continue to help us earn a donation.
  • Remember, you still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates.
  • For more information about Fred Meyer Community Rewards Customer Re-enrollment, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.

Nora Foster, Semi-retired Marine Biologist Helps KUAC FM

Nora Foster, Semi-retired Marine Biologist Helps KUAC FMNora Foster has a degree in biological oceanography and is semi-retired and self-employed in the field of identifying marine organisms. She came to Fairbanks in 1967 and began volunteering with KUAC in 2000 when her late husband was volunteering on Any Old Time. He invited her to join him in the studio to see how fun it was.

Nora’s regular assignment is hosting Afternoon Concert on Tuesdays, but she occasionally hosts country or rock programs. “I like to explore the music,” she said. “I have old favorites but I like to find others.”

Challenges of being a radio host are pushing the right buttons, pronouncing names correctly and timing everything. “It’s a good brain game to make it all fit,” she said.

“Nora has been with KUAC as a volunteer for longer than I’ve been at KUAC. To inherit wonderful and dedicated volunteers is a blessing,” said Lori Neufeld, KUAC FM volunteer coordinator and music director.

“Nora has created many driveway moments whether it’s a Johnny Cash tune on her Any Old Time show or a Mark O’Connor composition on Afternoon Concert, I’m stuck glued to my speakers for the duration. I know Nora takes time and effort to create a good feel to her shows depending on what is going on in the world. She has a sense of what listeners might need or yearn to hear and that’s what I appreciate most about Nora’s hosting.”

KUAC Mourns Passing of Grace Berg Schaible

KUAC Mourns Passing of Grace Berg SchaibleAlaska lost a great citizen and KUAC lost a wonderful friend June 9 with the passing of Grace Berg Schaible.

Grace loved opera and was a long-time supporter of KUAC FM’s Sunday opera programming. For years, during KUAC fundraisers, Grace offered matching funds when anyone donated during the opera hours.

According to a story by Dermot Cole in the Alaska Dispatch News, “She was a great philanthropist, a fan of the opera and the arts, an expert at needlepoint, a woman who could not abide intolerance, a steadfast supporter of the University of Alaska, someone who loved to raise and show dogs, a Yale law graduate and the first woman to serve as attorney general in Alaska.”

We at KUAC appreciate all the love Grace showed us in person and with her financial support. All of our lives are so much richer for having had her as a mentor, friend and supporter. Rest in peace, Grace Berg Schaible.

How to Access KUAC During Construction Work

How to Access KUAC During Construction WorkStarting June 13, the entrance to the UAF Fine Arts Building through the Great Hall will be closed for the rest of 2017 for a construction project.

To access KUAC’s offices in Suite 202, please use the northeast music department door or the east theater entrance (#4 or #5 on the map).

People who use wheelchairs should call KUAC at 474-7491 in advance of your visit.

Please bear with us for the remainder of the year as the Great Hall gets a major upgrade.