Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Permanent Fund Board Meeting Broadcasts

The Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees is meeting in Juneau today and tomorrow. The meetings will be broadcast on 360 North.


Saturday, March 1 - 3:00 pm Meeting Day One
Sunday, March 2 - 3:00 pm Meeting Day Two

Repeat Broadcasts:

Thursday, March 6 - 8:00 pm Meeting Day One
Friday, March 7 - 8:00 pm Meeting Day Two

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Viewer Comments

Now that 360 North has gained traction as a permanent, ongoing channel we have started to hear from viewers. It has been less than three months since we announced our channel and its name to Alaskans. Now, we are starting to find out that people have found us on their televisions or the web and are watching.

Charles Caleb Colton said that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." This may be true but in television or video production flattery or success might be measured, in some way, by people wanting to purchase copies of your programs. In this case, some of the programs being broadcast on 360 North have been successful. In the past five or six weeks the number of requests for information about how to purchase copies of programs has increased dramatically. And, the number of general positive comments have begun to add up. Many people have called, emailed and dropped by KTOO to ask about buying DVD copies of shows or inquired about when program will again air.

The programs that have generated the most contacts for purchases have been the documentaries.

Caught in Bristol Bay, Making Waves and Reds and Blues in Bristol Bay, by producer Donald Blank, have generated quite a few requests.

Platinum Dreams by Mike Martz of KYUK and Bedrock Pay produced by Curt Madison have brought in calls from those interested in mining in Alaska.

•Jeanie Greene's Heartbeat Alaska has also brought in a few calls.

Many general comments have been received by phone, email and visitors to KTOO.

"I really like the film archives programs. The show about the capitol move from the 80's was great. Some things never change." -Juneau

•"That show on Saxman (Heartbeat Alaska) was wonderful. How can I get a copy of that?"

"Would be nice to see the Rain Country segments with Scott Foster on 360 North. Already our favorite channel..." -Sitka (answer: yes, a Best of Rain Country series will begin this spring)

"You're the best thing on in Petersburg." -Petersburg

"Love the mining and history shows and love the Alaska shows." -Nome

"It is wonderful to see the Cama-i Dance Festivals and Native programming on 360 North." -Bethel

"I would like to see 360 pick up the Alaska Podshow. Love all your programming." -web contact (update: I have approached the producers of The Alaska Podshow, I'll let you know)

These are a sample of comments we have received in the past week or two. From time to time more will be posted. And, of course, comments from you are always welcomed and taken to heart.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Stevens Addresses Lincoln Dinner

Earlier this week we broadcast the address United States Senator Ted Stevens made before the Alaska State Legislature. Tonight we will air the presentation he made at the Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner.

Lincoln Day Dinners are celebrated in every state in the country to commemorate the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, America's first Republican president. Juneau's Lincoln Day Dinner was held at the Baranof Hotel on Tuesday, February 19th.

We thought it would be interesting for Alaskans to hear the Senator's speech in front of his supporters and friends in Alaska's capital city.

The program will be broadcast tonight, Thursday February 21, at 8 pm or immediately following the House Open Caucus coverage if it runs past 8 pm. We will repeat the Lincoln Day Dinner speech at 11 pm.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

More Science for Alaska

Through our collaboration with the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, 360 North will be premiering six brand new Science for Alaska lectures this spring.

What Constitutes a Planet? The Debate Over Pluto
Travis Rector, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
University of Alaska Anchorage

Polar Dinosaurs: Living the High Life in the Age of Dinosaurs
Patrick Druckenmiller, Curator of Earth Sciences
University of Alaska Museum of the North

Unheard Soundscape: The Infrasound World of Man & Nature
Curt Szuberla, Assistant Professor of Physics
Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks

There's No Place Like Nome: Science nuggets from the Last Frontier
Ned Rozell, Science Writer
Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks

The Economics of Climate Change
Britteny Cioni, Assistant Professor of Economics
University of Alaska Southeast

On Thin Ice: Marine Mammals Challenged by Climate Change
Mike Castellini, Associate Dean
School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Science for Alaska is seen on Monday nights on
360 North.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


No kidding! We have very special short programs highlighting McNeil River bears. These are spectacular multi-camera digital High Definition films that were shot over weeks during the 2007 salmon spawning season at this famous Alaska location. The footage was gathered as part of the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary Remote Video Project. has allowed 360 North to use their footage and edited stories of the bears and other animals in their natural and beautiful surroundings. The cameras were operated by remote control so the animals would not be unduly disturbed. All of the program material was donated to 360 North so our viewers could witness this wonderful annual event.

Everyone at KTOO who has worked to prepare the material for broadcast has been delighted with the beauty and uniqueness of "The Bears." The stories are fascinating vignettes of animal life on the river with natural sound. The many short programs that we have been allowed to use will run throughout the schedule.

Thanks to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation and Daniel Zatz for their cooperation and generous donation of this work. Zatz and his associates and family also film polar bears. There is much to be seen at the web site.

WATCH FOR BEARS! on 360 North.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Got Programs?

We are always looking for Alaska programs.

•Do you know of an interesting documentary or film?

•Does your organization or institution meet and discuss things that would be of interest to a statewide audience?

•Are there particular programs or series that you would like to see on 360 North?

•Is there an event that might be of interest to people across the state?

Let us know!

email the programmer:

call on the phone:

mail us your idea:
360 North/KTOO-TV
360 Egan Drive
Juneau, AK 99801

Thanks to wendie7 for permission to use her great moose image.

Monday, February 4, 2008

The University of Alaska: Extraordinary Partners

Since the early planning for 360 North, the University of Alaska system has been a key strategic programming partner.

At 360 North, our strategy has been to provide as much interesting information about Alaska and the North to our audience as possible. As a leader in education, research and public discourse, UA offers a litany of public events and presentations across the state. And, system-wide their cooperation has made these offerings available to all Alaskans on 360 North.

The following list represents the current programs that 360 North is able to offer through our relationship with various University of Alaska units and campuses. And, the list illustrates why we consider The University of Alaska to be our program partner of the year. We thank president Hamilton and everyone within the UA system for their cooperation and support.

Alaska Film Archives Televison Series - Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, UAF

Science for Alaska Lectures - Geophysical Institute, UAF

Evening at Egan and UAShowcase Programs - UAS

Alaska College Track 2 and the Alaska College Track Town Meeting - UAS

The Discovering Alaska Lecture Series - Summer Sessions, UAF

ISER: Brown Bag Lunch - ISER, UAA (coming soon)

Public Televison Documentaries - KUAC-TV, UAF

Safety at Sea and other programs - Marine Advisory Program, SeaGrant, UAF

Alaska Resource Issue Forums - Marine Advisory Program, SeaGrant, UAF

We also have a few new cooperative projects in the works with UA for 2008. Watch 360 North for the above listed programs that are currently, or soon will be, on the air. Watch the 360 North BLOG for information about things to come.