Public broadcasting in Alaska touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s four public television and 40 public radio stations play a vital role in Alaska education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in Alaska and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in Alaska:
- Broadcasts Native America Calling, a program to keep the Alaska Native community engaged with issues, topics and problems discussed nationally across Indian Country.
- Provides the only television and/or radio signals in several parts of rural Alaska. When a newspaper went out of business, KDLG became the only news agency for one area.
- Provides daily weather, marine and aviation report aimed primarily at rural Alaska.
- Participates in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative, which focuses on reducing the high school dropout rate through national and local content, classroom resources and community partnerships, specifically youth media training programs.
- Produces the Running program, which provides candidates for assembly, school board, legislature and important statewide races such as governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House opportunities to connect with citizens in a variety of thoughtful and engaging formats.
- Hosts Town Square 49, which provides community organizations and individuals the chance to share their views, ideas and projects on a larger stage.
- Partners through KUAC with Colonial Williamsburg for an electronic field trip series, a multidimensional learning experience with on-air and online interactive components that bring the American Revolution to life.
- Continues to improve its radio productions in local language and culture. This includes talk shows with public safety departments, school districts and local governments.
- Produces a weekly educational radio program in partnership with medical centers. Health Tips is broadcast several times each week, providing listeners with information and advice about healthy living.