KSTK Local Content and Services Report
1) KSTK serves Wrangell, Alaska; a community of approximately 2,000 primarily Alaska Native and Caucasian people. It’s our goal to provide diverse, quality content that is relevant to our audience through a variety of media.
KSTK broadcasts 4 local, regional and statewide news casts Monday through Friday providing information relevant to the community. Our local reports often include in-person interviews with local government officials, native leaders, students and other community members giving a voice to the citizens of Wrangell.
KSTK offers broadcast training to the community in general, and to Wrangell’s youth specifically. We work with the public school district collaborating on student projects that offer students the opportunity to learn broadcasting, record their own original work and host music programs.
KSTK provides community information daily in our Community Calendar on air and Community Calendar online where people can find everything from civic meetings to school events to city festivals. Community members are encouraged to submit their events and information to the station and they know they can easily do so in person, over the phone, email or social media.
In addition to partnering with public schools, KSTK has a working agreement with the City & Borough of Wrangell with our on-going Borough Media project, where KSTK records and archives all Borough Assembly meetings and provides the audio recording of those meetings online for anyone to listen to at any time. We partner with local Native groups to get their information out over the airwaves and are proud of the cooperative work done with Native Elders and leaders on a project focused on preserving and teaching the Tlingit language through the “Tlingit Phrase of the Week” radio module created by local Tlingit members and produced by KSTK.
KSTK communicates with the community through traditional radio broadcast as well as streaming online, and interacts interact daily with our audience through digital social media and our web presence. We have a solid and steadfast listening audience of locals on our small Southeast Alaskan island and a growing number of online users who stream KSTK and connect with us through facebook.
2) KSTK’s key collaboration is with the five Southeast Alaska communities, seven stations that make up CoastAlaska. This cooperation of stations is an excellent example of effective collaboration. The seven stations share eight staff members and share the expense of employing those staff members, so that we all benefit. The CoastAlaska member stations share finance, payroll, membership, news, development, and engineering staff and we share the cost of employing those staff. Without this collaborative effort, KSTK and the other CoastAlaska member stations would not be able to provide the same level of quality service to our communities.
KSTK is a member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). KSTK’s station manager attends LEPC meetings to make sure the radio station and all emergency response agencies and medical teams have current contact information and have a current community emergency plan on-hand. KSTK participates in the annual community disaster drill where all agencies work in concert to practice responding to a community wide disaster.
KSTK works with State of Alaska agencies to get their information out to the public. Some examples include the State Health Nurse speaking to the public about immunizations, steps to take during flu season, or disease outbreaks the public should be aware of. We also work with the State Department of Fish and Game to get information out to Commercial Fishermen regarding what areas are open or closed for different fisheries, as well as information pertinent to sport fishermen & hunters. KSTK works with the State Legislative Information Office to inform listeners about State teleconferences available to the public where individuals can speak with legislators and give testimony, as well as receive assistance filling out state forms and applications such as Permanent Fund applications. We also work with the State DEC to inform residents in the event of oil spills or other environmental concerns.
As a coastal community, we occasionally coordinate with the U.S. Coast Guard to make public announcements regarding vessel exam and educational programs offered, or information to mariners regarding navigational beacons and buoys when they are being repaired, decommissioned or are temporarily out of order.
KSTK works with a variety of City organizations including The Wrangell Chamber of Commerce to let citizens know about arts and culture events, festivals and celebrations going on in the community. We work with City Hall to provide information on all municipal events, elections and civic meetings including Borough Assembly Meetings which we air live and provide audio for on our website. We coordinate with the school district to air boys and girls high school basketball games. We work with graduating seniors on their Senior Projects. We encourage students to learn broadcasting and host their own music shows, record their poetry and other original written work. We welcome students to the station to learn about local business in general and radio specifically, connecting students with adults and business members of the community. KSTK is very pleased to coordinate with our local Native organizations to share their events, elections, educational services and traditions with the community.
3. KSTK’s impact in the community is very significant. As the only daily source of news and community announcements, our listeners rely on us to let them know what is going on with all of the agencies, committees, schools and organizations listed in the previous two questions. Our measurement of this success is simply comments from the public in person, written letters, over the phone, email, and facebook posts. We sometimes receive information from organizations regarding how well attend a specific event was while they thank the station for helping to get the word out.
4. Wrangell is made up of primarily Tlingit Alaska Natives and Caucasians. The 2013 U.S. Census statistics report 72.5% Caucasian alone, 0.2% Black or African American alone, 16.1% American Indian and Alaska Native alone, 1.6% Asian alone, 1.7% Hispanic or Latino alone and 9.5% two or more races mixed. KSTK offers programming relevant to Alaska Natives. Some examples include Tlingit Phrase of the Week, National Native News, and programming from Native Voice One. KSTK has many Alaska Native volunteer music hosts who play music that is meaningful to them and selected by them. We air news from the Alaska Public Radio Network that is relevant to all Alaskans, native and not native alike. Local Native organizations are making an effort to teach and revive their traditional Tlingit language. KSTK has worked, and will continue to work, with local native leaders to continue projects like the Tlingit Phrase of the Week radio module.
5. Our CPB grant is essential to our mission of producing quality programming that enlightens and informs, providing an alternative source of information and entertainment, remaining non-commercial, providing public access to the airwaves, promoting multiple voices and viewpoints in the community, ensuring KSTK’s financial stability through sound resource management and promoting community involvement. Without CPB funding this station, and our interconnection with our community, would cease as we know it. We would not be able to afford the diverse programming that we offer. We would not be able to afford a full time News Reporter to provide the relevant local news content. We would not be able to afford a part time Development Director to raise local revenue through membership and sponsorship. We would not be able to afford a part time Programmer for station operations. We probably would not be able to employ a General Manager at the same full time status. Without CPB funding, KSTK’s signal could possibly fall to repeater status and only repeat a larger city’s news and information that is not relevant to this community. Without CPB funding, we most certainly would not be able to provide the quality of comprehensive community service that Wrangell has come to rely on.