KFSK’s mission is to inform, enlighten and entertain. Each day the station works to provide our community with services that fulfill that mission. The KFSK Community Advisory Board meets regularly to provide staff with any concerns and needs in the community. These meetings provide staff with feedback and information that lead to development of new services. KFSK partners with the local first responders,fire, emt-ems, and police for informative public service announcements. We work with the local hospital to provide weekly health tips and advice. The local US Forest Service office works with KFSK to provide educational information about our natural surroundings in the Tongass National Forest.
The station manager serves on the Local Emergency Planning Committee, a vitally important role in the community’s safety and emergency response team. The local Borough government utilizes KFSK’s service daily to reach the community with public service and educational messages. KFSK broadcasts bimonthly Assembly Meetings live and provides the public access to those elected officials through monthly call-in programs. The school board receives the same access, monthly rather than bi-monthly. Local non-profits and the general public have an opportunity twice each week to announce for themselves any events or information of interest to the public, or promote their own mission on a live community call-in program.
KFSK partners with many local organizations and non-profits to help promote their own missions, including the local tribal organization, the local humane association, the local school bus drivers, a local group working to prevent domestic violence, the Elks Lodge, the Moose Lodge, the local parks and recreation department….all of these organizations partner with KFSK and produce radio programs for the benefit of the area residents.
The Forest Service produces a weekly program in the KFSK studios – an educational program regarding the flora and fauna within the forest in which we live. The school district bus drivers come into the station and talk live about road conditions and safety tips for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The local hospital comes into the station to produce a program regarding health tips and lifestyle advice to lead to a healthier life. WAVE, a local non-profit produces a series of programs to help encourage victims of domestic violence and other victims of abuse to seek help. The local tribal council produces radio modules to promote the risks of smoking and provide resources to seek help in quitting. The local fire department along with emergency medical services personnel produce a series of informational and educational programs regarding best practices and safety tips. The local schools provide the daily lunch menu to be broadcast each morning before the school day. The local assisted living facility also provides the radio station with the evening meal menu and welcomes folks to dinner to join the residents in the dining room. From the daily birthday announcements to the occasional funeral notice from the Rotary Club, the Elks Lodge, the Moose Lodge, the Chamber of Commerce, and the many local churches and religious organizations – KFSK is a ons-stop shop of community information with the broadcast service and online service of the community calendar. In fact the KFSK Community Calendar online has become the default calendar for the local government, the local schools and the Chamber of Commerce. This is the definition of Community Radio and clearly show KFSK is a vital part of the community we serve.
This year KFSK embarked on two new initiatives. The first is a partnership with the local fire department, emergency medical technicians, and the local hospital to provide a new program to disseminate information on best practices to staying safe in the home, on the roads and on the waters of Southeast Alaska.
Secondly, Petersburg Schools, the Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department and local dance and movement non-profit have partnered with KFSK to promote healthy meal planning. This initiative is also supported by a grant.
Each of these efforts has been recognized by the local government as helpful and important initiatives to help improve the quality of life for our community residents.
Reducing the number of accidents and reducing childhood obesity and promoting healthy lifestyles for all is the goal.
Petersburg is a commercial fishing community with three large fish processing plants. The processors employ nearly 1,000 transient seasonal workers. This work force is predominantly Spanish-speaking.
KFSK has Spanish-speaking volunteers that are familiar with our production facilities. These volunteers have been instrumental in our ability to produce many of our program messages and public service announcements in Spanish. This effort has been commended by the management of our local fish processing plants.
The Alaska Public Radio Network is a vital link for news and information around the state and KFSK’s dues for the APRN programming service is an important part of our overall service to Alaskans. KFSK News personnel contribute on average 2-3 news stories weekly to this statewide news service, so not only does the dues payment allow us to receive programming it provides us with the avenue to share our local content with a statewide audience. The APRN dues are three percent of our annual total revenue and we could not afford those dues without the continued support of the CSG revenue. The station’s interconnect fees for the PRSS system is also paid with the CSG revenue. Ongoing expenses associated with four translator signals to remote areas are also covered in the budget by revenue from KFSK’s CPB funding.