Recent Accomplishments & Highlights


Based from NPR research on listening habits in November NPR changed the program clocks nation-wide to Morning Edition and All Things Considered causing some KBBI programming changes. Program clocks are the minute by minute road map of elements within a program. This caused KBBI to change the way we present our local news and information.

The KBBI-KDLL operating agreement ends in June. The renewal will include substantial changes as KDLL moves forward in its development as an independent station. The first step, already taken, involved the KBBI and KDLL newsrooms separating into individual news operations; allowing KBBI newsroom to focus time and energy on southern peninsula news.

KBBI provided accurate and timely coverage of the Funny River Road fire in the central Kenai Peninsula, starting on May 19, 2014.  Both KBBI and KDLL utilized Facebook, Twitter, and our websites as well as our broadcast power to reach as many people as possible. Fire update announcements ran 24/7 allowing residents to follow the fire’s progress.

Summer 2014, KBBI partnered with South Peninsula Haven House to host a show to promote Green Dot Homer efforts; a national bystander intervention program that trains people to maximize their impact by being trained to actively intervene in potentially violent interactions.

In April 2015, KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver won two awards from Alaska Press Club for Education Reporting for Candlelight Vigil Raises Awareness About Homeless Students and Best Profile for a remembrance of Renn Tolman.

In July 2015, two new audio consoles were installed; they are pieces of equipment KBBI uses to route audio from the studio to broadcast on the airwaves. Thanks to the generous support from the Homer Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation and local businesses and listeners for their donations to this vital campaign.


  • The news department hopes to report from every community we cover. They have established relationships with the Russian communities and is building ties across Kachemak Bay and with communities to the north.
  • KBBI is stepping away from the Concert on the Lawn this summer to focus on other areas: fundraising, programs of interest to underserved groups in our community, outreach to supporters, and form strategic collaborations and partnerships. This was a difficult decision but other events now fill that niche and it no longer financially benefits KBBI.
  • For the past three years, KBBI, Volunteer Coordinator Kathleen Gustafson worked with Project Grad Kenai Peninsula to train students in reporting and broadcasting. In 2014, she trained seven students, four from Nanwalek, and Port Graham and three from nearby Russian villages, Voznesenka and Razdolna. During a two week course at KBBI, students conducted interviews in studio, and in the field at Kasitsna Bay Lab, produced stories in Adobe Audition audio editing programs, and studied and enacted parliamentary procedure and consensus-style meeting protocols in council chambers at Homer City Hall.
  • KBBI News Director, Shady Grove Oliver, was chosen as a mentor for the Equinox Project, a national program to partner media personnel with native students to tell the stories of the Spring equinox in their communities and raise the presence of native voices in broadcast media. Shady was matched with a high school student from Ninilchik. They'll be working together through the spring and summer with a final project display option in Anchorage this fall.
  • South Peninsula Hospital, in conjunction with many emergency response organizations and community members, held a multi-day disaster scenario drill. KBBI and its news team worked with SPH personnel to receive and process mock news updates. As the primary source for emergency information broadcasting in our area, KBBI participated to ensure we are prepared and streamlined in the event of an actual crisis. 

  • KBBI is now featuring adoptable Pets of the Week at the Homer Animal Shelter. Every week we'll update Facebook with photos of and information about some of the dogs and cats currently available at the shelter.

 Looking Forward

  • KBBI plans to rebuild the website with NPR Digital to include new features and improve user friendliness and format. Process starts in October and takes several months to complete.
  • The Alaska Community Foundation awarded KBBI a grant to support a strategic planning effort, which started in March.
  • KBBI launched a Legacy Giving program. By naming KBBI in your will or trust, you'll help ensure that future generations can enjoy and cherish all that local public radio has to offer. Visit for more information.

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