- Former Morning Edition Host Ariel Van Cleave and former 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 over 2,000 likes and the News Twitter feed has 1,600 followers.
- 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.
- Ariel Van Cleave was named station manager at KDLL in Kenai in spring 2014. She replaced longtime manager Allen Auxier, who retired in May. Ariel has done an outstanding job for us.
- KBBI News Director Aaron Selbig left us in June. 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.”
- Congratulations to Shady Grove Oliver, who tok 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. Shady Grove Oliver came to us form KSTK in Wrangell, where she has been a news reporter for the past year. Before that, Shady worked as Morning Edition host and reporter at KCAW in Sitka and as an on-air host at WKCR at Columbia University in New York City, where she earned her Master’s degree in 2012.
- In August your new morning host and reporter, Quinton Chandler, signed on the air. He came to us from NPR affiliate station, KOSU, in Oklahoma, where he’s been a reporter and host for the last three years. In 2013, his work was recognized by the statewide chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
- Congratulations to General Manager Dave Anderson on his appointment to the Board of Directors of the Alaska Broadcasters Association.