Public radio station KSKA FM 91.1 is Southcentral Alaska’s source of NPR news and information.
KSKA began broadcasting from Grant Hall on the Alaska Pacific University campus in 1978. KSKA signed on the air as 103 FM on August 15 as Aurora Community Broadcasting with 3,000 watts of power.
Around 1980, KSKA boosted power to 36,000 watts and moved to FM 91.1 on the dial. In 1994, KSKA merged with public television station KAKM Channel 7, forming the parent company of the Alaska Public Telecommunications Inc. (APTI) and moved in with KAKM at the Elmo Sackett Broadcast Center in 1997.
KSKA tripled its coverage area in the fall of 1998 by installing a 100,000-watt transmitter. On July 1, 2004, APTI merged with the Alaska Public Radio Network (APRN) to become more efficient by consolidating services.
KSKA broadcasts 24-hours-a-day and reaches about 60 percent of the state’s population. KSKA cooperates with KAKM in local initiatives and public affairs programming and APRN provides news content and direction for KSKA reporters and public affairs producers.
KSKA broadcasts a wide variety of national, regional and local programming including National Public Radio‘s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Latino USA, Talk of the Nation, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Car Talk, Weekend Edition, Thistle and Shamrock, as well as Public Radio International‘s The World, Afropop, American Public Media‘s A Prairie Home Companion andMarketplace, and regional programming such as National Native News, and Alaska Public Radio Network‘s Alaska News Nightly, Alaska Morning News and Talk of Alaska.
Locally produced programs include special features and election and event coverage, including the popular RUNNING series on candidates and issues, and the weekly discussion of current events with local news editors during Alaska Edition. Other locally produced programs include Line One: Your Health Connection, a call-in health program featuring guest experts on a variety of health topics with Dr. Thad Woodard, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Mondays; and Hometown, Alaska, a public affairs call-in program with hosts Ellen Lockyer, Charles Wohlforth and Kathleen McCoy on Wednesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. Volunteers provide more than 1,000 hours of service annually, providing weekend and evening cultural and music programming.
KSKA FM 91.1 translates in the following communities as: 91.9 Girdwood, 91.1 Prudhoe Bay/Unalaska, and 88.1 Seward.