Where can I watch Gavel Alaska?
The service is broadcast statewide throughout Alaska. Gavel Alaska is broadcast over the air on digital television in Anchorage (channel 7.3) and Juneau (channel 3.2). GCI Cable carries the service on channel 15 (channel 18 in Juneau), and many independent cable companies also carry Gavel Alaska. Dish Network and DirecTV provide the service to most of their subscribers in Alaska. The TV feed is also streamed live on the web. To find out where to watch in your community, pick your service provider on our schedule.
How is Gavel Alaska funded?
The City and Borough of Juneau provides a major grant to fund our coverage, and dozens of public-spirited Alaska businesses, associations and nonprofit agencies contribute funds annually to make Gavel Alaska possible. KTOO, the public television station in Juneau, also funds the service.
Since 2012, Gavel Alaska has received a grant of $98,800 from the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission, a State of Alaska board appointed by the governor to administer state funding for Alaska’s public radio and television stations. KTOO also receives other state grants from the APBC to support Juneau’s local public broadcasting services.
Who decides what you cover?
The producer of Gavel Alaska, an employee of KTOO, makes the day-to-day programming decisions based on the subject matter, availability of staff and the number of hours in the broadcast day. Gavel Alaska is independent of the Legislature and the State. Generally, we almost always cover House and Senate floor sessions and key committee meetings. As time allows, we may also air press conferences, subcommittee meetings, public policy events and speeches and other matters related to state government.
How can I get my event covered?
We’re always open to suggestions for what to cover on Gavel Alaska. We make decisions based on several factors, including the availability of equipment and personnel and public interest in the event. To offer a suggestion, contact the Gavel Alaska producer.
Can I buy a recording of an event televised on Gavel Alaska?
Yes. To order, find the event in our media archives and fill out the Gavel Media Request Form. We’ll confirm the availability of the event and contact you for payment information. Generally, we charge $40 for the first hour. We can usually provide a DVD copy of event within seven business days.