Raven’s 30th Anniversary
Could these five be up to anything but no good? Suspiciously attired in lab coats in this 1990 photo are (l to r) Bill Prendergast, Jake Schumacher, Ken Fate, Steve Will, and Clint Daniels. No one quite remembers or (more likely) chooses to remember what this photo is about. Sometimes, even in public radio, deniability is everything!
As if it weren't embarrassing enough to admit to your kids that you listened to music before CD's, here's proof that some of us pre-date even color film. A number of the robust youth pictured here are still connected to Raven Radio in some way -- can you spot them? Hint: There is at least one current employee, one current volunteer, and one current board member, and none is wearing a striped sweater!
Raven Radio supporter Dave Vastola redefines "special premium" by offering a giant coffee mug filled by his wife, Cheryl, during the Alaska Day Parade in October, 2000. This kind of over-the-brim enthusiasm from station volunteers helped make Raven Radio one of the most mellow-roasted community broadcasters anywhere. Despite an apparent willingness to negotiate, Dave (lucky for him!) had no takers.
Before the digital revolution, making radio was hard work. You had to carry records and tapes all over the place, plus look at a stopwatch all the time. A guy could get pretty worn out! Chief announcer Ken Fate catches thirty winks in this photo from when white socks and Birkenstocks ruled the earth.
The Raven Radio time-warp is clearly in evidence in this picture. Many of these fresh-faced youth are still close to the station today. (l to r, top to bottom) Burt Augst, Lily Herwald, Emma Wilbur (in mom's arms), Clea Will (on dad's shoulders), Liz Will, Carolyn Servid, Jeb Sharp, Steve Will, and Dorik Mechau. This picture might have been taken just a few years ago except that Clea is a newlywed (alas, not a child bride) and Emma is a near-freshman -- in college!
Whenever anyone with the slightest music sensibility enters Raven Radio for the first time, the first thing he or she comments on is invariably our huge music library. Our huge, organized music library, that is. The color-coding scheme was the brainchild (or lovechild?) of Jake Schumacher, Raven Radio's Music and Operations Director from before sign-on in 1981 to 1985, and Program Director until 1994.
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Rich McClear was general manager, first of KTOO-FM in Juneau, and then of KCAW-FM Sitka, from before the station's sign on in 1982, until 1993. He and his wife, Suzi, have continued to work abroad developing community radio stations and training journalists in eastern Europe and the Balkans. In a three-part interview with KCAW's Robert Woolsey, the McClears reflect on the circumstances that helped shape Raven Radio, and consider the future of community radio in the age of social media.