It’s not just Anchorage. In rural Alaska those who don’t have cable or satellite TV and radio (yes, there are some, many, of us) get just 2 (two) TV stations and one or two radio stations. One TV station is just PBS, via Alaska One consortium based in Fairbanks but also including KAKM. The other station is a mix of commercial and PBS broadcasts on the ARCS (Alaska Rural Communication System a.k.a., the old RATnet, Rural Alaska Telecom or something). We’re fortunate to have two, kind of local, newspapers; one is based in Anchorage. Neither are able to support inquiries into local events or governments; the local public radio station only reads what the Anchorage stations feed.
The state legislature, urban and Republican, has cut funding for the past 10 years. Our current former governor (Murkowski) bought a “state” jet, too big to visit most Alaska communities.
But, I guess communicating to Alaskans isn’t the point; neither is learning about fellow citizens. Recently, an Alaskan blogger (from Juneau, the state capitol) told of her trip to a place on the northwest [sic] coast of Alaska, Bethel.
Read more about what the cutbacks will do,
So, if Alaska is actually several time zones wide and the sidereal time in (north)western Alaska differs from Anchorage, does yesterday’s Barney finally catch up to when toddlers actually awake each day?
Shows such as the “Jim Lehrer News Hour,” “Antiques Road Show” and “Nova” will still be available, but they’ll be aired at the time KAKM receives them via a direct feed from PBS in the Lower 48.
• JOB LOSSES: Alaska Public Media is cutting seven jobs and not filling three vacancies, affecting TV and radio staff.
• CANCELLATION: Alaska Public Radio Network canceled its weekly, two-hour program called “AK.”
• LOWER 48 FEED: KAKM Channel 7 will air a direct feed of national programming from the Lower 48 instead of storing it and rebroadcasting to fit the Alaska time zone.
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