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City Sitka, Alaska
Broadcast area Alaska Panhandle
Branding Raven Radio
Frequency 104.7 (MHz)
(also on HD Radio)
Format Public Radio
ERP 3,600 watts
HAAT -186 meters
Class A
Transmitter coordinates 57°3′13″N 135°21′7″W / 57.05361°N 135.35194°W / 57.05361; -135.35194
Owner Raven Radio Foundation
Website www.kcaw.org

KCAW is a non-commercial radio station in Sitka, Alaska, on 104.7 FM, which airs public radio programming. It first went on air in 1982.


KCAW first began daily broadcasts on the 6th of March 1982 after a sign-on broadcast on the 19th of February.[1] During the Sitka pulp mill years, Raven Radio News broadcast opposing perspectives to those of Alaska's national representatives on the issue of resource development. The Anchorage Times, after at first defending resources developers, eventually investigated the issue and found that Raven Radio was presenting an overall unbiased account of Sitka's issues.[2]


KCAW is Sitka's only public radio station and offers a wide variety of programming. News for the station includes local news coming from Raven Radio's two paid reporters, Southeast Alaska news from CoastAlaska, statewide news from the Alaska Public Radio Network, national news from National Public Radio, and international news from the BBC World Service. KCAW also airs a variety of American Public Media and Public Radio International programming as well as its own variety of locally produced shows, including the critically acclaimed soul and funk show, "Powerful Love".

KCAW also syndicates Encounters, a nature and wildlife-themed show hosted by Richard Nelson, statewide.

Listening area[edit]

KCAW has a large listening area, by the means of translators, which include much of the western and northern portions of the Alaska Panhandle including Sitka, Angoon, Elfin Cove and the Fairweather fishing grounds, Kake, Pelican, Port Alexander, Tenakee Springs, and Yakutat. Raven Radio has roughly a 1,200-strong member base (listeners who donate money to the station).


Broadcast translators of KCAW
Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
K211BG 90.1 Sitka, Alaska 55 D FCC
K211BY 90.1 Yakutat, Alaska 250 D FCC
K219BA 91.7 Pelican, Alaska 51 D FCC
K220CH 91.9 Port Alexander, Alaska 37 D FCC
K220BR 91.9 Tenakee Springs, Alaska 66 D FCC
K221EP 92.1 Elfin Cove, Alaska 199 D FCC
K288CZ 105.5 Angoon, Alaska 23 D FCC
K296CX 107.1 Kake, Alaska 30 D FCC


  1. ^ Woolsey, Robert (6 March 2012). "Newscast: Tue Mar 6, 2012". Raven Radio. Sitka, Alaska. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Woolsey, Robert (6 March 2012). "Rich & Suzi McClear: Community radio "is the future", Part III". Raven Radio. Sitka, Alaska. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 

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