KUAC/Fairbanks To Drop Alaska Public Radio Network Affiliation
June 9, 2015 at 3:59 AM (PT)
UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS noncommercial News-Talk-Classical-Jazz KUAC-F/FAIRBANKS is dropping its affiliation with ALASKA PUBLIC RADIO NETWORK due to financial considerations, reports ALASKA DISPATCH NEWS.
The station said that the university is cutting its funding by $134,000 and that $56,000 is being cut from state funding, leaving the station with an over $190,000 deficit and bills for $34,919 to APRN for four hours a week of programming and $85,012 for 63 hours a week of NPR programming.
The station's statement on the issue said, "KUAC investigated many options and made several budget adjustments and reductions following the FY15 budget cuts. Despite increases in our fundraising revenue, KUAC is again faced with making tough decisions with regard to operations and staffing so that it can minimize the impact to viewers and listeners. Effective JULY 1, 2015, KUAC will terminate its APRN membership and no longer air APRN (ALASKA PUBLIC RADIO NETWORK) programming."