KUAC-FM went on the air 50 years ago Monday, with remarks from University of Alaska President William R. Wood followed by announcer Larry Holmstrom introducing Beethoven's "Emperor Concerto" 

The public radio station is holding its annual fall fundraiser Oct. 13-23.

Next week is the 45th anniversary of KJNP, which went on the air Oct. 11, 1967.

King Jesus North Pole is to celebrate its anniversary Oct. 12 with an event at the Westmark Fairbanks.

Tickets are $25, with dinner at 7 p.m.

The station was founded by the late Don and Gen Nelson and has subsisted on donations from listeners and supporters.

''The Lord definitely gave him a vision to start a radio station,'' Gen once said of Don. He was a dynamic leader who peppered every conversation with "Praise the Lord" and launched the radio station with "Bringing in the Sheaves." 

Members of the original volunteer crew who are still helping keep the KJNP signal going strong  on AM, FM and TV are Dick Olson and Bonnie Carriker. Leland Carriker, Bonnie's son, has grown up with the station and is a veteran DJ who downloads the programs for radio and is the chief operator for the TV station.

Bonnie Carriker, who was widowed during the 1964 earthquake, started out answering the phones and keeping the books. Today she is the president of the mission.

Dick is vice president, sales manager and host of "Closing Comments," the longest running public service program on local TV.

The 50,000-watt station at the top of the nation has a great reach, especially in winter, when its signal is picked up in Europe, Asia and even parts of the Lower 48.

In Alaska, KJNP has numerous translator stations and is heard through much of rural Alaska.

For tickets to the KJNP dinner, call 488-2216 or stop by the station. Call before Oct. 9.

There are 10 volunteers who work at the stations and most of them live on the property.