Thank you LUNCH Cafe & Eatery Customers!

Thank you LUNCH Cafe & Eatery Customers!

From left are Gretchen Gordon, assistant general manager of KUAC; Ashley Stevens, manager of LUNCH; Christopher Quist, donor relations manager for KUAC.

Throughout April, customers at LUNCH Cafe & Eatery donated $750 for KUAC 89.9 FM and Channel 9 TV. The funds help support public broadcasting.

John Perreault, Morning Edition host and KUAC FM operations manager and traffic coordinator

John PerreaultJohn Perreault was born and raised in Fairbanks, around UAF and radio. He was volunteering for KUAC and KSUA even before he was a journalism and broadcasting student at UAF in the late 1990s. After moving to Seattle in 1999 to earn an associate of applied arts degree from the Art Institute of Seattle, he volunteered at KEXP-FM for several years.

John also has a B.S. in Earth and Space Science from the University of Washington. After moving back to Fairbanks to get a graduate degree in geology from UAF, he returned to volunteering at KUAC as occasional evening and “Round Midnight” host in 2011. He began as regular “Morning Edition” host and KUAC FM operations manager and traffic coordinator in January 2016.

Kitt from KUAC Kids Holds Birthday Bash

Kitt from KUAC Kids Holds Birthday BashThanks to all the families who helped Kitt celebrate his birthday Saturday. We had a blast with the photo sessions and making fox puppets and orange slime! The cupcakes donated by Sam’s Club were lemony sweet and the Fairbanks Children’s Museum was the perfect place for Kitt to celebrate with the community.

We’re already looking forward to Kitt’s next birthday party in May 2018. If you’re not a member of KUAC Kids, visit here to keep posted on fun events, special offers and to have the children’s first names announced on FM and TV during their birthday month. (Minimum donation $5 per month per family.) Thank you for supporting public broadcasting.

Meet Maryanne Babij from ‘Round Midnight

Meet Maryanne Babij from ‘Round MidnightLate night listeners of KUAC FM are familiar with the enthusiastic voice of Maryanne Babij, ‘Round Midnight host. “Maryanne is one of those unique volunteers that is equally comfortable programming classical music on a Friday Afternoon Concert and the next week coming in for the late night Friday shift ‘Round Midnight,” said Lori Neufeld, FM volunteer coordinator and music director. “Her voice and hosting are distinctive, full of passion for the music, inclusive of the listeners and leave you wanting more.”

Hailing from northwest Indiana, Maryanne studied comparative literature, film, women’s studies and religion at Indiana University at Bloomington. She arrived in Fairbanks in 1991 and began volunteering for KUAC in 1996.
As a child she appeared on Bozo’s Circus on WGN-TV in Chicago. “I got a taste of fame and it could not be slaked,” she said.

“I am very honored and privileged to volunteer for KUAC which is such an important part of our community,” Maryanne said. “It’s one thing that substantiates my peripheral, marginalized existence.”

She appreciates that friends in Africa and Germany listen to her show via streaming. “I live for connection and community and KUAC extends my community all over the world. It boggles my mind and uplifts my heart. I get to participate and not just listen. I love it.”

In her spare time, Maryanne loves photography and re-mixing and layering landscapes, cityscapes and the aurora into unique representations.

She prefers not to discuss goals. “Planning is for people who like to be disappointed,” she said. “Chaos is my co-pilot.”

Listeners call and email about the shows Maryanne hosts. “I’m so glad to hear Maryanne on the airwaves,” a fan said. “She’s my favorite. Even when I’ve never heard of an artist she features music from, I love it.” A listener posted on Facebook, “Oh Maryanne, you have me stuck in my car in my driveway because you keep playing more music I want to hear.”

During the KUAC Spring Fundraiser, Maryanne called out to all listeners in Alaska and beyond to support KUAC. “Because of her we had web pledges that Friday night,” Lori Neufeld said. “It’s so cool to have that kind of feedback. Maryanne is delighted to do her part and puts a lot of work into her shows researching music and artists.”

KUAC News is now on NPR One!

KUAC News is now on NPR One!Take KUAC and KUAC News with you wherever you listen. If you use the free NPR One app, and have your local station identified as KUAC, you can now hear the KUAC News with Dan Bross right after the national newscast weekday mornings.

KUAC FM Welcomes Tahia Rivara to Morning Shows

KUAC FM Welcomes Tahia Rivara to Morning ShowsTahia Rivara, KUAC FM’s newest on-call announcer, enjoys bringing her conversational skills to the airwaves. “I don’t want to sound robotic,” she said. “I want to be friendly and reach people with different ethnicities and backgrounds.”

Born in Chile, Tahia spent her teenage years in Los Angeles. She came to Fairbanks in September 2015 to study business and marketing at UAF. Working for public broadcasting is a dream come true. “I love hosting, Tahia said. “When I first moved here I was a bit scared I wouldn’t be able to offset the loneliness but this has been the perfect way to do that.”

Tahia hosts “Weekend Edition,” On the Media” and “Splendid Table” on Sundays and “Here and Now,” “The World” and “Fresh Air” on Tuesdays.

Her goals are to continue improving her skills, especially public speaking to large groups. “I want to learn the ins and outs of radio so that some day I could host my own talk show,” she said. “I also want to get better at fundraising. I love the idea of getting people together and giving them the opportunity to support a cause.”

In her free time, Tahia enjoys taking long walks to local lakes with her husband.

Lori Neufeld, KUAC FM Volunteer Coordinator, said, “A favorite part of my job is teaching people like Tahia the ins and outs of public broadcasting. She’s motivated and sincere and she genuinely loves being part of the KUAC team.”

Spring Fundraiser Draws Avalanche of Listener/Viewer Support

Spring Fundraiser Draws Avalanche of Listener/Viewer SupportKUAC wrapped up the Spring Fundraiser yesterday. Thanks to everyone who invested in public radio and TV during the 3-day extravaganza.

Without our volunteers in the phone bank and on air we couldn’t have done it. The donors who called in expressed their support for KUAC in a big way and for that we are grateful.

Did you know programming costs for KUAC FM and TV are over $600,000 per year? With your support we’re able to continue the quality programs that you rely on and love.

Spring Fundraiser Draws Avalanche of Listener/Viewer Support

One anonymous caller said, “I grew up on Sesame Street and quality kids’ programming is important.”
Eric Stevens said, “Thanks, KUAC. I really love the HD2 and HD3. I enjoy the variety.”

Mary Farrell said, “I really believe in public radio and TV. KUAC does a great job of enriching the lives of those who live in Alaska. Thank you for your efforts.”

While one caller mentioned he has been donating to KUAC for 36 years, another called to donate for the first time ever. “I’ve been meaning to do this my whole life,” he said.

If you missed the Spring Fundraiser you can still make a donation to support KUAC by calling 474-7491 or visiting our giving page.

April is National Volunteer Month and KUAC LOVES Our Volunteers!

April is National Volunteer Month and KUAC LOVES Our Volunteers!

We like to say we’d come UNGLUED without the 300+ volunteers who help keep us on the air. Thanks to each and every one of you.