Later this evening, The Alaska Ear is going to announce the demise of that challenge to the sterility and lockstep far-right thinking that predominates southcentral Alaska's airwaves. KUDO-AM will be leaving the air after this weekend. Some programs will be taken up by other broadcast outlets in the local area.
What started out as a hopeful dream by Alaska radio pioneer Rich McClear probably failed most through a shoddy airwave signal (I can't get it at my house in the Mat-Su Valley) and a series of semi-flawed business plans. The fact that the station lasted as long as it did has been a triumph of sorts.
The station and many of its producers and hosts did many things right, though, and that deserves some fair tribute.