New voices, new faces

by Mike Martz on November 30, 2011

The past several months have been a time of transition within our KYUK family.  In late October, after many years of devoted service as a radio DJ and program manager,  David Twitchell moved on to new opportunities in the juvenile justice system in the Mat-Su Valley.

News reporter Shane Iverson is currently transitioning from the News department to the Radio department to assume the responsibilities of Director of Radio Programming and Operations.  He has enthusiastically embraced his new duties and has many new ideas to improve our radio programming on both 640 AM and 90.3 FM.

Replacing Shane in the newsroom will be Mark Arehart.  Mark hails from Omaha Nebraska and is a recent graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism.  Mark should be in Bethel by December 1st (weather permitting).  He is eager to get here, get settled and begin working as a reporter.

Also joining our radio staff will be Kristin Hall.  Kristin is originally from Chicago and has lived in Bethel for about 2 years.  She co-hosts a volunteer radio show on Monday nights.  Kristin will assume the duties of On-air Host/Announcer and Production Coordinator on December 5th.

We are still in need of a Yup’ik News Translator.  This part time position is with our News department.  Additional details are available in the Opportunities section of the website.

After many years without a fundraising and development coordinator, we were fortunate to be able to bring Bing Santimore on board earlier in November to assume that important position.  Bing has been working hard to boost our local underwriting.  She is developing ideas for new fundraising events and has been soliciting membership donations.   She manages the KYUK table at the Saturday Market where you can stop by to make a membership donation or to look over our collection of DVDs, CDs and other KYUK merchandise.

And on the topic of DVDs, the new 2011 Cama-i Dance Festival Highlights program is now available for purchase.  Stop by the KYUK table at the Saturday Markets at the Yup’ik Cultural Center or at the station or call 543-3131 to order a copy.

Finally,  I want to extend our wishes to all the people in the Y/K Delta for a safe and joyous holiday season.

Thank you for your support of public media for Bethel and the Delta region.


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