KUAC welcomed an enthusiastic crowd, great music from Swing Dogs and Hot Licks ice cream at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Event on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015. KUAC is incredibly grateful to all who came, and to volunteers who couldn’t make it. It is our volunteers that keep public broadcasting sustainable in Interior Alaska, with over 4,000 of your priceless hours of time contributed, saving KUAC more than $106,000 worth of in-kind contributions.
Here are just some of the things KUAC volunteers make happen: answering phones and pitching on-air to inspire listeners to call in during the Fall Fundraiser and upcoming Spring Fundraiser, signing thank-you letters to thousands of donors, picking up food donations, stopping by the studio and lending a hand, serving on KUAC’s Community Advisory Council, helping to promote KUAC events in the community including being PBS costume characters, narrowing down art submissions for the KUAC Poster, assisting at the KUAC Poster Signing Event, helping out on the Chena River at the Red Green Regatta, and volunteering on the air and in the FM studio.
Our volunteers enjoyed hearing about the highlights of the past year, mingled with KUAC staff, and took home some fun thank-you gifts and door prizes. They were also present for a very exciting and well-earned Spirit of KUAC award presentation.
Congratulations to the long-time FM volunteer Steve Hormann, the 2015 Spirit of KUAC award winner.
Steve’s nominators share their respect and admiration:
- Steve’s love of the Big Band era and American standards is apparent with every show. His reverence for the music he shares with us is surpassed only by his fascination with the original audio techniques used recording artists of every era. His commentary is informed. His selections are savory. Those of us familiar with his painstaking efforts to restore and preserve old 78s and magnetic tapes, know we’re about to be treated to something special when Steve’s voice enlivens Saturday nights on KUAC. Thanks Steve, and KUAC for all you do!
- Steve knows his Big Band music and has great taste in early Jazz music. We combine our hobbies and interests in the music and have a wonderful time on the air every first Saturday of the month. This love of the music, translates to giving the listener a trip down memory lane or brings the Big Band Era music to a whole new crowd and quite a following.
- Did you know Steve takes old 78s and cleans them up with slightly thinned out Elmer’s glue?? That’s right. He smears it on the record in a thin coating then waits until the just the right moment when it’s sort of dried to pull it up with all the dirt and buildup of decades. Now isn’t that something? History is embedded in music. Steve is committed to restoring older recordings to bring them back to the modern day listener. KUAC is richer because of his work with restoring historical tapes and vinyl.
Congratulations Steve Hormann! KUAC thanks you for all you have done and continue to do on behalf of this station.
The Spirit of KUAC Award is presented at this event to a volunteer in recognition of exceptional service to KUAC. Open nominations were accepted for 30 days and then forwarded to a selection committee of community members.
Previous Spirit of KUAC recipients:
- 2004 – Leone Hatch
- 2005 – Reverend Murray Richmond
- 2006 – John “Alaska Jahn” Lysen
- 2007 – Tim “T-Man” Sprout
- 2008 – Lisa Sporleder
- 2009 – Dave “Dr. Dave” Lacey (posthumously)
- 2010 – Susie Hackett
- 2011 – Ray Funk
- 2012 – Tim Carrier
- 2013 – Andrew Quainton (posthumously)
- 2014 – Pat Cole (posthumously)
Volunteers help KUAC meet our mission of creating radio and television programming that is thought-provoking, trustworthy and even life-changing. Volunteers keep public broadcasting sustainable and healthy especially in what are economically challenging times. We thank you all!
Thank you to Mak Demmert and Aaron Elterman for providing photography, Hot Licks Homemade Ice Cream for donating ice cream, and to the Swing Dogs for donating their time and talent to entertain us!