Irreconcilable musical differences on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta?

MARC LESTER / Daily News archive 2009

Bethel-based public radio station KYUK may wish it had never asked its listeners about their favorite musical genres. The favorite of village residents in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region -- gospel music, both local and "other" -- didn't even make the top 10 for residents of Bethel, the biggest city. Bethel favors oldies and classic rock. Now what? How about two stations.

KYUK says: "Our plan is to target both audiences with an AM station that reaches across the Y-K Delta, and an FM station with a strong signal in Bethel. ... KYUK is everyone's radio station, so we'll do our best to make sure that we build our schedule around the most popular music and programs, while still making some time for the various tastes of all our listeners."

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