Local support integral to KDLL

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2006

KDLL FM 91.9 Kenai serves central Kenai Peninsula listeners with a variety of local and national public radio programs. KDLL receives minimal government funding, receiving most of its operating funds from local sources. That local financial support is crucial and is a reflection of the popularity and loyalty its programming has developed amongst KDLL’s growing base of listeners. This level of local support positions KDLL to suffer less severely during budget cut discussions than other stations that may be more dependent on government sources for operating money. While public broadcasting funding is always up for debate as state and federal budgets are being built, public radio has escaped cuts in recent years at both levels of funding. Will we again this year? Only time will tell.

The cuts that have passed in recent years at the state level have affected public television, not radio, though there is a trickle down effect to radio for those stations that support both television and radio operations.

KDLL’s only grant from a government body is its annual grant from the Alaska Public Broadcast Commission. APBC funding is provided by the state of Alaska only — there are no federal funds involved in APBC allocations. That amount to KDLL has not changed since at least 1999.

In fact, KDLL has received additional grant monies the last two years from APBC to construct a production studio and update its Emergency Alert System capability.

No decisions have been made concerning changes to local schedules to replace “AK.” It will continue to air for several weeks with repeat programs to give stations an opportunity to review program options. Program decisions are not lightly made, and it will be a few weeks before any changes are finalized.

“AK” was a good program and deserved better than it received. Listeners may remember when “Savvy Traveler” or Tom Bodett’s “Loose-leaf Book Company” programs went away due to lack of funding support.

It’s unfortunate when good programs leave the schedule due to funding issues, but the consequences for local listeners are only a change from one program to another. This is not the end of the world — as Jefferson Airplane put it so eloquently years ago, “life is change / how it differs from the rocks.” Things change and we move on.

Thanks for supporting KDLL and stay tuned.

David S. Anderson

General manager


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