History and Mission
We are dedicated to serving the rural Alaska and Alaska Native communities of our region and responding to issues that affect the people of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Our mission is to educate and inform as well as provide cultural enrichment, entertainment, and opportunity for public access and language maintenance for cultural survival.
Bethel Broadcasting, Inc. is a Native American initiated public broadcasting joint licensee operating public radio and television stations located in Bethel, Alaska. Bethel Broadcasting, Inc is a 501c(3) non-profit corporation licensed to do business in the State of Alaska.
KYUK AM has been on the air since 1971. KYUK television began broadcasting in 1972. In 2004 KYUK converted its full power channel 4 television service to a low power (LPTV) television service, K15AV. Through our partnerships with public media organizations in the Alaska we broadcast Alaska Public Media/PBS on channel 15.1 , ARCS (Alaska Rural Communication Service) on 5.2, 360 North on 15.3, and we air our AM radio signal along with important announcements on channel 15.4.
KYUK 640AM provides national, state and local news, local weather, public affairs shows, entertainment programming and high school basketball coverage.
In December 2009, KYUK 90.3 FM signed on the air as a second service providing an alternative, more localized, program stream to Bethel and six nearby villages with a 1Kilowatt low power analog transmitter. 90.3 FM The Mix offers an all music format with local weather reports, public service announcements and a daily local news report.
KYUK’s main radio broadcast serves a population of approximately 13,500 predominantly Yup’ik/Alaska Native residents in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Southwestern Alaska. KYUK-AM is the only radio station available for most of the population served.
Additionally, we partner with tribes, village corporations and schools to serve another 9,500 people through village based, FM repeaters. These repeaters provide the only radio signal available in most of these communities.
Many elder residents in the region are monolingual Yup’ik speakers or speak English as a second language. To make our service as valuable as possible, KYUK broadcasts approximately one hour a day of local news in the Yup’ik language and five and one half hours a week of Yup’ik public affairs and talk shows. Some of our public affairs shows are in English with Yup’ik translation.
KYUK radio is a conduit for critical weather and search and rescue information and the primary Emergency Alert System originator for the region.