The Art Buswell Society: Approaching Milestone

The Art Buswell SocietyKUAC is excited to announce the approach of a major fundraising milestone–$1,000,000 in gifts to the Art Buswell Society since its inception in 2005. We are within $8,000 of this momentous achievement and invite you to join us in the celebration and in helping us reach this goal! Click here for more information about the Art Buswell Society. To make a gift of support to KUAC, visit our Giving Page today.

KRFF: Voice of Denali

KRFF: Voice of DenaliHearing Double? You bet! KUAC has been pleased to assist KRFF, the new Athabascan Fiddler’s Association owned radio station at 89.1 FM as they get their operations off the ground. KRFF’s broadcast mission will focus on Interior Alaska Native issues.

Over the past few months you may have thought you were hearing double and that’s because KRFF has been rebroadcasting KUAC’s FM signal on the weekends. We’re excited to announce that KRFF will be receiving and installing the final pieces of equipment over the next week so that they can begin broadcasting programming from Native Voice One.

It may be or have been confusing for some KUAC listeners if they scan/seek KUAC 89.9 FM and land on 89.1. We apologize for the confusion and certainly appreciate your patience as we assist and welcome our neighbors down the dial.

Support KUAC through Fred Meyer Rewards

Support KUAC through Fred Meyer RewardsYou can share some love with KUAC (84486) with this great program from Fred Meyer! Just sign into your Fred Meyer account and update your account settings! If you don’t have a Fred Meyer Rewards Card account, sign up today and make your purchases go further by supporting your favorite public broadcasting station!

Go to this link: and enter KUAC’s NPO# 84486.

KUAC’s Coverage of the Yukon Quest Wraps-Up

Join KUAC for the Yukon QuestThank you to everyone who joined KUAC as we followed the 2014 Yukon Quest from the trail. For full Yukon Quest articles and stories from the race visit our news page here.

Special thanks to our coverage sponsors: Simard Automotive, Golden Heart Emergency Physicians, Water Wagon, Sourdough Fuel, North Pole Veterinary Hospital and Wolf Run Restaurant. Stay tuned for our upcoming 2014 Iditarod Coverage beginning in March.


Thank you sponsors!

KUAC Radio Carries the Top 4 iTunes Podcasts in the Nation–Check them out sometime!

Top 4 iTunes Podcasts in the Nation

Listen to these incredible programs on KUAC!

  • Snap Judgment Saturdays at 3 pm on KUAC2 online, KUAC HD2 or KUAC TV 9.6
  • This American Life airs Sundays at 5 pm on KUAC FM, KUAC online, KUAC HD and KUAC TV 9.5.
  • Radiolab airs Thursdays at 10 am on KUAC FM, KUAC online, KUAC HD and KUAC TV 9.5.
  • Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me airs Sundays at 10 am on KUAC FM, KUAC online, KUAC HD and KUAC TV 9.5

Celebrate KUAC’s Newest Poster Artist & Art!

Raven and ErmineKUAC is thrilled to announce the winner of the first ever Poster Contest and our 31st Annual Poster Artist! Congratulations to Iris Sutton and her piece “Raven and Ermine”. Over 1100 votes came in during the 10-day voting period and the contest was close between competing pieces, “Joy!” by Kelley Hegarty-Lammers and “After the Burn” by Dan Kennedy. Mark your calendars for the annual KUAC poster signing event on March 1st from noon to 4 pm. The poster is an annual thank-you gift for donors who support KUAC’s public broadcasting mission. Sutton will sign posters and chat with donors at the signing event.

KUAC FM On-Air Volunteer Orientation

KUAC FM On-Air Volunteer OrientationInterested in the world of radio broadcasting? Now is your chance to become a volunteer on-air host with KUAC! Volunteer Orientation will be Monday, November 11th and Tuesday, November 12th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Please try and make both sessions. The orientation will be held at KUAC in the lower level of the Fine Arts complex below the Charles Davis Concert Hall at UAF. For more information or to RSVP please contact Lori Neufeld at or 474-5049 before 5pm, Friday November 8th.

“Sustaining. Enriching. Life Changing!” FM Fall Fundraiser brings over $382,000 in Community Support to KUAC!

FM Fall FundraiserDuring this year’s fundraiser we focused on the theme of Sourdough, not only of Sourdough status and celebrating our years spent in Alaska (51 for KUAC!) but also in the sustaining and enriching qualities Sourdough has, just like public radio. During the nine days of sustaining fundraising to support Interior Alaska’s public radio, we were beyond enriched by the generosity and enthusiasm that our supporters donated. The grand total added up to an amazing amount of $382,726 – exceeding our goal by over $52,000 and topping last year’s record by more than $20, 000.

FM Fall FundraiserIf we could thank every single donor, corporate supporter, community organization, individual volunteer, and staff member who made this such a success, the list would go on and on. Over 1800 gifts were made to KUAC between October 12-20, including 266 new donors, 84 Art Buswell Society gifts and an average pledge of $198.

2013wrap3Our biggest fundraising hour was, once again, the Alaska Live hour thanks to the now epic “challenge” put forth by Jack Wilbur, president of Design Alaska and joined this year by Meg Nordale, vice-president of GHEMM Company. With the combined efforts of Jack and Meg, KUAC received 178 total pledges, with 174 at the challenge grant level of $125 or more for a total of $40,735. For each gift of $125 or more, Design Alaska and GHEMM Company kicked in an additional $125, which brought the grand total to $62,485 in support of Alaska Live and KUAC. Thank you, Jack and Meg and your phone bank team, and thanks to our talented musicians, Will Putnam & Friends.

FM Fall FundraiserOther successful “challenges” which helped donors to leverage their gifts and inspired others to give: Jana Varati and Sue Steinacher in Nome sponsored “Translator Community” and new Nome donor challenges; Ann Millard, from Eagle, put out a call to all Libras; and Nicole Stewart from Sourdough Fuel rallied a large number of Sourdough customers. More challenges sprang up throughout the week from Amy Nash for Moose Mountain Ski Patrol, Lisa Villano for Graduate Students, Ian Wright & Jennifer Reed for VW Bus Lovers, Baring Family for School Nurses or U-Park Elementary Staff, David Hughes for Public Service Employees at City Hall and many more added even more community spirit.

FM Fall FundraiserA good number of individuals advanced challenges, including Chris Miller, Brian Rogers & Sherry Modrow, Rich Seifert, and Andy Harrington. Two new ABS Challenges were issued and met! Art Buswell Society donors are those who become sustainable donors at the $1,000 a year level, in honor of one of KUAC’s legends. Other creative challenges included Tom George with the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, Joy Morrison’s New UAF Faculty & Donors, Car Talk Princesses Car Wash, Tima Priess and Paul Beals’ Knitters & Woodworkers, , Doug Schrage’s Fire Truck Wash, and Deb Lawton’s Adjective Describing KUAC. Plus the annual tradition of Grace Schaible’s traditional Opera challenge added a generous $8,000 match because we met all of our goals during Opera on the last Sunday.

FM Fall FundraiserMultiple corporate partners offered challenges that were successfully met, including Dr. Daniel Johnson, First National Bank Alaska, Crisenberry Engineering, Sourdough Fuel & Food Marts, Water Wagon, Pogo Mine & Kinross Fort Knox, ABR Inc, Metropolitan Garage, Turning Point Counseling, Co-Op Market, Fairbanks Physical Therapy, Street Sounds, and Wendell Street Psychiatric Services, to name a few.

FM Fall FundraiserOur University of Alaska community joined in with phone bank volunteers and on-air talent from numerous departments and campus organizations, including Chancellor Brian Rogers and Sherry Modrow, UAF Athletics, University Fire Department, UA Museum & Mammalogy Department, the Geophysical Institute, School of Education, Facilities Services, Cooperative Extensions, SNAP & ACCAP, School of Management SOLDiers, UAF CTC, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Legal Services, UA Foundation, and the division of Student Services.

FM Fall FundraiserWe saw a regular parade of folks from all around the community– including performers from Red Hackle Pipe Band and Fairbanks Youth Orchestra, plus assistance from a range of businesses and services, government and military agencies, education and religious organizations including: College, Sunrisers, Fairbanks and Golden Heart Rotary clubs, Fairbanks Resources Agency, Resource Center for Parents and Children, WEIO, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks, Fairbanks Children’s Museum, Contra Borealis Dancers, Design Alaska, GHEMM Company, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, Cold Stone Creamery, Co-op Market, Two Street Gallery, SU/APEA, North Star Council on Aging, Interior Alaska Democrats, Autism Society of Alaska, Fairbanks Rollergirls, Bettisworth North, Information Insights, Ester Fire Department, Peace Corps Alumni, Eielson Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, Calypso Farms, 168th Air Refueling Wing, The Cole Family, North Star Imagination Library, Desperate House-husbands, and our own KUAC Community Advisory Council.

FM Fall FundraiserWe extend heartfelt thanks to the businesses and organizations which made this fundraising drive extra-tasty and energized us with food and drink donations: Alaska Coffee Roasting Company, A & K Cupcakes, The Blue Loon, Bobby’s Downtown, The Cookie Jar, Double Eagle, Fairbanks Bottled Water Company, Fairbanks Distributors, Fred Meyer West, Hot Licks Homemade Ice Cream, Lu Lu’s Bread & Bagels, Lunch Café & Eatery/Diving Duck Coffee, Odom Corporation, Pagoda, Pike’s Landing, River City Café & Espresso, Sourdough Fuel & Food Marts, UAF Dining & Catering Services, University Safeway. Even our volunteers brought in goodies over the course of the week: Joy & Craig Van Dyke, Marlys Schneider, and the anonymous pepper jelly donor, thank you all!

FM Fall FundraiserMany people came into the station last week – over 475 to volunteer, and countless others to make pledges in person. We are also excited to announce the winners of the A Prairie Home Companion trip giveaway – Pat McDonald & Paul Mercer – Congratulations! Pat is pretty excited too! Special thanks to Alaska Airlines for helping make this trip happen.

FM Fall FundraiserHard to imagine all of this fun? See the Facebook photos from fundraiser week!

FM Fall FundraiserIf you had one word to describe the KUAC 2013 FM Fall Fundraiser, what would it be? Whatever your word is, know that we will always remember it as another UNFORGETTABLE event because of our listeners! You make all things possible when you support YOUR public radio station, KUAC FM and KUAC HD!