- Morning Edition Host Ariel Van Cleave and News Director Aaron Selbig produced a special radio documentary about the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake. “3/27/64: The Kenai Peninsula Remembers ‘The Big One’” features stories from locals who survived the quake, scientists who studied its aftermath, and emergency experts who are working to make sure we are prepared for the next “big one.” If you missed the radio broadcast on March 27, the documentary is available online at www.kbbi.org.
- Nine new and two returning volunteers completed on-air training and now have regular live shows.
- Kathleen Gustafson produced a Holiday Hootenanny program that aired on Christmas Eve. It included 40 community members in either musical or spoken word performance, and highlights from the Homer High School Swing Choir Candlelight Carols were aired on New Year’s Day.
- KBBI’s staff provides educational opportunities for students and youth groups. The Cub Scouts toured the station facilities and holiday recordings were made with Fireweed Academy second graders. The news team held a half-day workshop for high school journalism students, and the entire staff participated in an interview and recording project with a Kenai Peninsula College class.
- At the Homer Public Disaster Preparedness Conference, General Manager Dave Anderson presented on KBBI’s roles and technical capabilities in serving our communities in the event of a disaster.
- KBBI’s Facebook page has more than 1,700 likes, about 800 more than last year. The News Department’s Twitter feed has 1,487 followers, up 500 from last year.
- Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) batteries were replaced and a new UPS system installed at KBBI’s transmitter site. This ensures that equipment is protected and your station stays on the air during electrical power outages. Work was completed just in time for the big wind storm in February.
- Congratulations to Ariel Van Cleave who has been named station manager at KDLL in Kenai. She replaces longtime manager Allen Auxier, who retires in May. Ariel has done an outstanding job for us.
- As you may have heard, KBBI News Director Aaron Selbig will be leaving us at the end of this month. In a statement, Aaron said:
“After nearly 20 years in Alaska, my wife and I have decided that it's time for a new adventure. In July, we'll be headed for Michigan, where I have accepted a position as a reporter for Interlochen Public Radio, on the campus of the Interlochen Arts Academy.
Words cannot begin to describe what Homer and KBBI have meant to us. To say that we will miss this great place would be an understatement. It has truly been an honor to serve KBBI and the wonderful people of Homer. Thank you for the opportunity.”
Please join us in congratulating Shady Grove Oliver, who has been chosen to take over as KBBI’s News Director. In her brief time with KBBI, Shady Grove has proven herself to be a passionate journalist and a great team player.
- Congratulations to General Manager Dave Anderson on his appointment to the Board of Directors of the Alaska Broadcasters Association.
- Concert on the Lawn at Karen Hornaday Park on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 – 13. Todd Grebe and Cold Country performing on Sunday the 13th at 1 p.m. Based in Nashville, they seamlessly incorporate elements of bluegrass, swing jazz, and country. Band line up on the web and updates on Facebook.Advance tickets available online only.