January marks the 40th Anniversary of KTOO-FM, Juneau’s public media outlet. Started in 1974 by a group of volunteers, the station first began its operations in a closet beneath the Audio/Video booth in the Juneau-Douglas High School Auditorium. Since then, the station has broadcast from a former cigar factory at the corner of Third & Main Streets, a former church at 4th and Franklin Streets, and from its current facilities at the corner of Egan & Whittier.
During that time, the station has seen thousands of people walk through its doors, both as volunteers and guests. It’s also expanded to include two other public radio stations, KRNN & KXLL, as well as the TV facilities of KTOO-TV and 360 North.
To celebrate the anniversary, the stations will re-broadcast various moments of KTOO’s History, in many ways, the history of Juneau at the same time.
Tune in to KTOO-FM Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. for a program highlighting the first 20 Years of the Juneau Jazz & Classics festival.
Tuesday night at 7, during Telling Tales on KTOO, tune in for a KTOO Timeline, featuring audio snapshots of KTOO’s history.
Wednesday afternoon at 3 on KTOO, during A Juneau Afternoon, station founders Frederick Hoskinson & Dennis Harris share memories with other surprise guests.
There promises to be other surprises throughout the week as well.
- For the second time this year, a Republican from Matanuska-Susitna Borough left the state Senate majority caucus.
- The U.S. Senate is working on the health care bill, and Alaska health commissioner Valerie Davidson is in Washington, D.C., to meet with Alaska's senators, Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski. One-quarter of Alaska's population currently is covered by Medicaid.
- Police posted this security video of the suspect on its Facebook page and described him as white, 25 to 30 years old, 6-foot-3 and skinny with scruffy facial hair.
- Uber and Lyft are negotiating with the City and Borough of Juneau over the collection of the city's sales tax. The companies insist it's the drivers' responsibility to collect and remit the 5 percent tax on fares.