Author Archives: KCAW News

Pearls of Pauline

Next-door-neighbors for 27 years: KCAW News Director Robert Woolsey and Pauline Fredrickson. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

Pauline Fredrickson was born in Cordova, Alaska, in 1929 and relocated as a child first to Chichagof Island and then to Sitka, where she has remained to raise her family, and lead us all with her wise, generous spirit. She dropped by Raven Radio to record a tribute to the station called Build on the Good, which you can listen to here. On her way out she insisted on a photo-op with KCAW News Director Robert Woolsey, her next-door neighbor for 27 years! more

Ukuleles Live!

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We were lucky enough to have 11 members of “The Hundred” in today during Hometown Brew to help celebrate Raven Radio leading up to our One-Day Spring Drive this Friday, April 4th.

We’ve raised about $30,000 on our way to our goal of $85,000. If you enjoy the diverse music and talents that Raven Radio brings to our community, please consider making a donation online now! http://bit.ly/1qqajdV

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Support Progamming

Between the Buttons

Between the Buttons is a new Raven program brought to you Wednesdays 10 – 12 by Columbus; here with Tom during this morning’s show. We hope you will support Raven Radio’s eclectic programming with a donation at http://bit.ly/1qqajdV. Our Online Drive is happening now at kcaw.org with over $28,000 donated so far this Spring. If you haven’t made a donation please consider a gift today! more

A timeless prank turns 40

Despite his reputation as a prankster, Porky Bickar was civic-minded. He alerted local authorities to the prank -- with the notable exception of the Coast Guard, which sent a plane from Juneau.

The Museum of Hoaxes puts it at number 16 on the list of Top 100 April Fools Hoaxes of All-Time. The Eruption of the Mt. Edgecumbe Volcano was staged in Sitka 40 years ago today, on April 1, 1974. The prank was orchestrated by Porky Bickar and a group of co-conspirators known as the “Dirty Dozen,” using a helicopter and two sling loads of old tires. This story is from our archives. It was originally produced in 2009 on the 35th anniversary of the prank. more

Exclusive Interview on Analog Playset!

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Tonight on a special Radio Celebration edition of Analog Playset, Dan brings us an exclusive interview with Justin Pierre, the guitarist and singer of the band, Motion City Soundtrack. They’ll discuss their favorite MCS songs, the next album, Superman, and more! Justin even shares some songs straight from his personal playlist. Tonight at 9pm on www.kcaw.org.
Please show your support for our local programs here: http://bit.ly/1qqajd

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There must be 50 ways to support your station…

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One of them is to help start the station and then serve on the board of directors for more than 30 years! Thanks to Stef Steffen for his tireless and generous support of Raven Radio since before Raven Radio was on the air! Stef stepped down from the board this fall, but you can bet his membership is already renewed! Is yours?

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We’re over $27,000! Thank you!

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This Edgecumbe sunset from almost a decade ago rivals some of the beautiful evenings we’ve had in Sitka recently. While our surroundings are gorgeous, most of us agree that it is our community that really makes this a special place. Raven Radio helps sustain that community, and we rely on you to help sustain Raven Radio. Please help us towards our Spring Drive goal of $85,000 by making your contribution now! Thank you! more

Got spinach?

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Popeye and Olive Oyl hosted of the 2007 Stardust Ball, during which Popeye eats spinach, gaining strength to climb and light the band’s trumpet afire.  Please eat your spinach for the strength to join us now! more

Juneau healthier than Sitka? Don’t make us laugh!

During a break in the legislature, Juneau residents take the air in Cope Park.

A study released last week by the University of Wisconsin concluded that Sitka is the second-healthiest community in the state of Alaska — behind Juneau.The results of the study were a shot in the arm to Juneau which, frankly, seems a little more sedentary and bureaucratic than Sitka. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey spoke with Cindy Edwards, director of the Hames Center, to learn what can be done to put Sitka on top. more

Sitka shops for teachers at Seattle fair

Blatchley Middle School Principal Ben White staffs the Sitka booth at the Seattle teaching fair. (KCAW photo/Ed Ronco)

The Sitka School District went looking for teachers over the weekend. Three administrators from Sitka traveled to the Seattle area to attend job fairs full of applicants hoping to teach in Alaska. Casey Demmert is principal of Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School. He says there are 14 positions open in Sitka schools, including four at Keet, which serves grades 2 through 5. more