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.
- Heli-skiing has long been a controversial topic in Haines. The interests of the industry often clash with people who live near heliports and don’t want the noise disturbing their peace and quiet. But there’s another group that’s impacted by helicopter noise: mountain goats.
- In the Northwest Arctic, caribou hunting has been contentious for years. Alaska’s largest herd continues to decline while tensions have emerged between rural subsistence users and outside hunters.
- From the Aleutian island of Akutan to the arctic village of Kiana, 13 communities have been crowned champions of a rural energy competition. The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that it will help these communities cut their energy use by 15 percent by training local utility providers.
- It’s costing 14 percent more to take the ferry to and from the Lower 48. The higher fare is part of another round of tariff increases aimed at boosting income and equalizing rates across all routes.