KCAW-FM is a non-commercial, community radio station owned and operated by the Raven Radio Foundation, Inc. of Sitka, Alaska. Since signing on the air March 6th, 1982, KCAW has been broadcasting a diverse and vibrant program schedule to the Southeast Alaskan communities of Sitka, Angoon, Elfin Cove, Kake, Pelican, Port Alexander, Tenakee Springs, Yakutat, as well as a wide expanse of the coastal fishing grounds.
KCAW provides essential information services such as Emergency Alert System and AMBER announcements; severe weather warnings and local, regional, state, national and international news as well as entertainment programming to a combined listening population of 11,748. The residents of these coastal communities rely on KCAW for instantaneous information regarding tsunami warnings and storm threats.
KCAW provides a daily news service to the broadcast area. Local news is provided by a three-person news department. Regional, State, National and International news are provided throughout each broadcast day. Volunteer participation and community involvement have always been key components of our mission. Raven Radio currently has more than 1200 members and 100 active volunteers. In the past 20 years, KCAW has trained more than 700 on-air volunteers, and in the past week, more than 50 volunteers have been on the air. KCAW has built a solid reputation for training producers and several former staff and volunteers are now award winning national producers.
KCAW is a committed member of CoastAlaska Inc., a consortium of five Southeast Alaska stations striving to improve service to listeners, while decreasing costs, through inter-station cooperation. Efficiencies created through this partnership include centralized accounting, administrative, development and engineering support as well as cooperation among news departments.