S. Grady Deaton

Live Content Producer

Grady is from all over Born in New Orleans, raised in Brownsville, Texas, and hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. Here are his words...

I come to you from the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where I was raised.  I have two daughters there and they are one very big reason I still call Texas home.  There in Brownsville, I steward a small Unitarian Universalist congregation to which I have made a lifelong commitment.  I organized several grass roots efforts there as I have a deep calling to organizing and community building there and everywhere I may roam.<br> 

In Massachusetts, I taught technology at Cambridge Center for Adult Education, managed a Boston Housing computer lab, and maintained a small list of computer consulting clients.  I also did seasonal work on occasion at Mahoney's Garden Center in Brighton so I could support my gardening habit and could be found at several community gardens in town. I volunteered with Veteran's for Peace and served on the executive committee as board secretary. I worked, on occasion, at the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry as an administrative volunteer.  I chaperoned urban youth on farm tours with, served meals at the Friday Night Supper Club in Boston, and  tutored GED and ESL students in the Charlestown Community Adult Education Center.  I attended Arlington Street Church downtown, and as an active congregant, I taught Sunday school in the children's religious education program.  

Here in Bethel I am just as busy.  I came here to be a part of the ongoing Best in the West small business competition and hope to help form a small business networking group or "virtual incubator".  I host a monthly music night called "Bethel LIVE!" I am active as a patron and mc for Bethel Council on the Arts.  I serve on the Citizen Action Grants Committee as my civic engagement at the municipal level. You can find me running children's programs as the Children and Family Services Assistant at the Kuskokwim Consortium Library. 

Most exciting to me is my engagement with the technology and programing here at KYUK.

  You will see me walking my German Shorthaired Pointer, Atfalati.  Other than that I'm probably hiding away reading a book, binge watching a series on Netflix, or playing computer games.

The latest news and events going on at our local branch of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, the Kuskokwim Campus.

Bethel Search and Rescue

Today we started our show with a warning relative to river travel from Bethel Search and Rescue. Afterwards, we checked in with KuC.

Friday morning on Coffee@KYUK: a farewell interview with outbound KYUK reporter Christine Trudeau.

Sen. Lyman Hoffman during a Senate Finance Committee meeting on March 29, 2016. Credit Skip Gray / 360 North
Skip Gray / 360 North

Wednesday morning on Coffee@KYUK: legislative updates in a live conversation with Sen. Lyman Hoffman. We also opened the phone lines for you to call in and ask questions.

The Kuskokwim River ice in front of the Bethel seawall on January 29, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Fifth week of 2019: The Ice Road Melteth?

Despite ice road plowing efforts stretching from Bethel past Kalskag and on to Aniak this week, an extended warming period warrants extreme caution when traveling on the lower Kuskokwim until river ice strengthens. We have invited Bethel Search and Rescue to keep us informed with the latest information this week.

Credit Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Petra Harpak / KYUK

Both John and Valerie Pingayak are from Chevak. David Chanar was John's inspiration in learning how to play the guitar. He now sings gospel songs, and his children have picked it up as well.

The #BethelGives logo.
Bethel Community Services Foundation

The #BethelGives campaign begins today and will run until Giving Tuesday, which falls on November 27 this year. One donation to the campaign goes to support 11 local organizations: Bethel Search & Rescue, Bethel Winter House, Bethel Council on the Arts, Tundra Women's Coalition, Bethel Friends of Canines, YK Delta Lifesavers, Future Delta Nurses, KYUK, Bethel Family Clinic, Kuskokwim Consortium Library, and Yuut Elitnaurviat. You can make a donation at AC, Swanson's,,, or by calling Lisa Whalen at (907) 545-1855.