Alaska Review 11
Alaska Review collection
Eric Eckholm (Filmmaker)Ed Bennett (Filmmaker)Janet Archibald (Filmmaker)
Independent Public Television, Inc.
In the first segment, reporter Eric Eckholm examines the development of Alaska's Native Corporations and explores some of the growing pains and management troubles experienced by Calista Corporation, one of Alaska's largest Native Corporations. Those interviewed include: Tony Vaska of Bethel; Fred Notti, one of the directors for Calista Corporation; Charlie Kairaivak of Chefornak, acting general manager for group of village corporations; Lyman Hoffman, city manager of Bethel; Mary Stachelrodt, former Calista Corporation employee; and Oscar Kawagley, president of Calista Corporation. The report contains views of Anchorage, Bethel and Chefornak. In the second segment, Janet Archibald reports on early Alaska aviation with photos and film clips of Alaska pioneer aviators and their aircraft. Her report leads into a discussion of current air routes and the controversies surrounding air service to bush communities in Alaska. In the third segment, reporter Ed Bennett explores the ways in which government policies encouraged development of monopolistic air service to Alaskan Bush communities. The adverse impact of Wien Airline's growth and movement away from providing air service to the Bush is also discussed. Those interviewed include: Ray Petersen, chairman of the board of Wien Air Alaska; Dick Galleher, president of Munz Northern Airlines; Jake Johnson, member of the Alaska Transportation Commission; Ray Gabriel, general store owner at Kivalina; Bob Schaeffer, Kotzebue representative of the Maniilaq Association; Bob Chapman, chief pilot for Munz Northern Airlines; Dick Steinman, Alaska field office chief for the Civil Aeronautics Board; Howard Killen, former Wien Airlines mechanic; and unidentified airline passengers. The report contains views of various Alaska Bush community airports. In the fourth segment, Eric Eckholm reports on some Alaskans' dissatisfaction with available television broadcast choices and their disappointment at what they see as a lack of media coverage of local news and public affairs issues. The impact of emerging satellite technologies is also discussed. Those interviewed include: Pauline Utter of the Alaskans for Better Media organization; Bob Fleming, radio station owner; Michael Porcaro, head of the Alaska Public Broadcast Commission; Peg Tileston of the Alaskans for Better Media; Ted Lehne, commercial broadcaster in Fairbanks; Charles Northrip, executive producer of "Capital 78, " a publicly funded television program; Jim Orvik, University of Alaska researcher; Axel Johnson of Emmonak; and an unidentified school teacher. The program contains views of television news broadcasts, radio shows, broadcast stations including KFAR in Fairbanks, and Emmonak. The program also contains Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about the American Medical Association, child abuse prevention, and the National Center for Productivity and Quality of Working Life.
U-matic videotape; color; sound
Indigenous peoplesAviation industryAirline industryPublic affairs television programsArtificial satellites
Western AlaskaInterior AlaskaSouthcentral Alaska
Alaska Film Archives, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks
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