Welcome to the KUAC on-line scrap book
Right from the beginning KUAC staff began tucking away items that they thought were important for the future to be able to understand the way things were and would become.
As is usually the case everyone assumed that the context would be remembered so that items could be understood.
Many people worked on the physical scrapbook over the years, too many to name (especially when the editors memory is so poor).
What you're about to see is an attempt to translate the physical scrapbook into an electronic one. Unfortunately there are some major gaps in the scrapbook as a lot of the first decade (1962-1972) has been lost. KUAC staff continues to try to find the missing pieces, but after 40 years the chance of finding them seems slim.
edition is being put together by Jim Schneider, a KUAC employee from 1969
The editor feels free to add comments for clarification and those will be shown in a different font face and color so as to not confuse the viewer.
And let me apologize now for not being able to identify many of the people in the photographs contained herein or the source for some of the news clippings.
I hope you will enjoy this stroll through the past of Alaska's first Public radio station and don't forget to visit the KUAC web site.
Jim Schneider, November 2012
To start with here are some remembrances from Charles Northrip, the first KUAC manager.
KUAC was licensed to the University of Alaska at College, Alaska, in 1962. Thus the call letters K-U-A-C. It was licensed as a Noncommercial Educational Station (the term Public Radio had yet to be invented). Most NCE (now Public Radio) stations were allocated spectrum space at the low end of the FM spectrum. However, in Alaska the military had reserved that space for their use so KUAC was assigned a frequency, 104.7 mHz, that was usually assigned to commercial broadcasters. Many years later the military reserved frequencies were released and KUAC took that opportunity to change to 89.9 mHz and sell the 104.7 allocation to a commercial operator.