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City of license Bethel, Alaska
Broadcast area Yukon–Kuskokwim Delta (Southwestern Alaska)
Frequency 640 kHz
Translator(s) 91.9 K220EA Aniak, Alaska
First air date May 13, 1971 (1971-05-13)[1]
Format Public radio, music
Language(s) English, Yupik languages[2]
Power 10,000 watts
Class A (former NARBA I-N)
Facility ID 4963
Transmitter coordinates 60°46′54.3″N 161°53′8.3″W / 60.781750°N 161.885639°W / 60.781750; -161.885639Coordinates: 60°46′54.3″N 161°53′8.3″W / 60.781750°N 161.885639°W / 60.781750; -161.885639 (NAD83)
Former frequencies 580 kHz[3]
Affiliations National Public Radio
Public Radio International
Native Voice Communications
American Indian Radio on Satellite
Alaska Public Radio
Owner Bethel Broadcasting, Inc.
Sister stations KYUK-FM, KYUK-TV (defunct)

KYUK is an AM public radio clear-channel station in Bethel, Alaska. It is licensed for 10 kilowatts on 640 kHz (640 AM). It primarily features programming from National Public Radio and Native Voice One.

KYUK (AM) claims to have been the first Native-owned and operated radio station in the United States when it first went on the air in 1971.[1]

A construction permit for a 1000-watt FM rebroadcaster of KYUK (AM) on 91.1 MHz at Marshall, Alaska was issued by the FCC on 27 December 2007.[dated info][2] In addition, a new sister station, 90.3 KYUK-FM, with music-only programming, went on the air in Bethel in December 2009.


  1. ^ a b "Radio". Bethel, Alaska: Bethel Broadcasting. 2010-02-26. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  2. ^ a b "FM Query Results - Facility ID No.: 172686". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2010-05-19.  Yupik languages claim is in the application BNPED-20071019AOA (Form 340), exhibits 2 and 13.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Elaine, ed. (1975). Alaska Blue Book (1975 ed.). Juneau: Alaska Department of Education, Division of State Libraries. p. 157. 

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