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.
What music plays during at-eases and breaks?
We’ve got an iPod on loop that we pipe into the TV mix when we’re between meetings, on standby or at ease. Here’s the playlist.
|Tambour Battant||A Filetta|
|Morning Poem||Andreas Vollenweider|
|Earth, Water, Wind, and Fire||Belfast Harp Orchestra|
|Cowboy Song||Brian Keane|
|Apres La Chasse||Bruno Coulais|
|Le Vol. des Cygnes||Bruno Coulais|
|The Mirrored Widow||Cyrus Chestnut|
|The Dark Before the Dawn||Cyrus Chestnut|
|My Song In the Night||Cyrus Chestnut|
|Blues From the East||Cyrus Chestnut|
|Spiral Dance||David Lanz|
|Mr. Cool Breeze||Donald Harrison|
|Bear on a Rock||Ford James|
|Light Under Dark||James Ford|
|Can the Gwot Save Us?||Kaki King|
|Sounds Like Winter||Kenny Garett|
|Can I Just Hold Your Hand?||Kenny Garett|
|The Clergy’s Lamentation/Sparation…||Kim Robertson|
|One Starry Night||Lifescapes|
|The Planets, Op. 32: Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity||London Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Adrian Boult|
|Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are||Mark Whitfield|
|Mr. Syms||Mark Whitfield|
|John and Mamie||Mark Whitfield|
|Beyond the Machine||Move D|
|Crooked Heat||Odd Men Out|
|Albatross||Ottmar Liebert, Luna Negra|
|Brian Boru’s Set||Patrick Davey & Belfast Harp Orchestra|
|The Old Woman’s Dance||Sileas|
|Gateway||Spencer Brewer & Eric Tingstad & Nancy Rumbel|
|Shadow Gypsies||William Eaton|
|Between Sacred Mountains||William Eaton|
|All New (Heart Shut Tight)||Marian Call|
|Press or Say Three (Your Call is Important to Us)||Marian Call|
|Ina Flew the Coop||Marian Call|
|Whistle While You Wait||Marian Call|
|The Underground||Marian Call|
|Coffee by Numbers||Marian Call|
|Perilous Road||Marian Call|
|I’m Yours||Marian Call|
When does hallway cam coverage begin?
Capitol Scenes, a.k.a. the hallway cam, begins when multiple key committee meetings and floor sessions are delayed indefinitely and our television crews are all on standby.