To operate a non-profit, educational, community radio station with local access; to provide a broad base of educational, cultural and informational programming to challenge, broaden and enrich the listening audience; to foster a sense of community within the Upper Susitna Valley; and to share programming and services with a larger Alaskan community.
Local residents began working to bring radio to the northern Susitna Valley for community enrichment in the 1980s, and Talkeetna Community Radio incorporated in July 1988. KTNA began broadcasting in January 1993 with 1000 watts at the FM frequency 88.5, from a small log cabin on Second Street in downtown Talkeetna.
Since then the station has evolved in many ways, becoming an essential resource for the community. KTNA began with a skeletal staff and many local volunteers, and it has evolved into a full-service community station where volunteers continue to be our core. At some point KTNA changed its frequency to 88.9 FM to resolve a frequency interference issue with a new station in Anchorage.
KTNA’s broadcast signal can be heard from Willow north nearly to Cantwell, with best reception in Talkeetna, Trapper Creek and Susitna. Approximately 4,500 full-time residents live within the broadcast radius, but the population swells substantially in the summer. KTNA’s reach is worldwide: over 325 people stream the broadcast online weekly, 3400 access this website each month, and 2800 follow KTNA on social media.
KTNA presents a wide variety of programming, twenty-four hours every day, drawing from National Public Radio and other national and independent program distributors. Beyond national news and cultural programs, KTNA offers local news, educational and informative programming, music with local DJs, and continuous emergency broadcast capacity.