KYUK AM/FM/TV has named longtime employee Shane Iverson as it’s new General Manager.
Iverson has worked at KYUK for ten years and currently serves as the Director of Content and Operations for the non-profit public media organization.
“From his current position, Shane has shown the board he can lead our multi-media organization in the 21st century,” said KYUK’s Board Chairman Max Angellan.
The KYUK Board unanimously voted to hire Iverson at their quarterly meeting in June following a local and nationwide search to find a new leader.
The move comes after the planned retirement of the current general manager, Mike Martz, who served in that role for 7 years.
“Shane and I have been working together several months in the event that the board did select him to take leadership of KYUK,” said Martz. “I feel confident our work together will result in a smooth transition.”
The next GM will face a fresh set of challenges, said chairman Angellan. “We are anticipating substantial declines in state funding for the coming years. To avoid declines in services we need a general manager who can use KYUK’s resources to increase earned revenue and find creative ways to fulfill our mission,” said Angellan, who is from the village of Kwethluk.
But Angellan says some aspects of the job will never change.
“We are the voice of the YK Delta so we want a leader who understands and appreciates the values of the Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Athabascan peoples.” said Angellan.
Iverson is a subsistence hunter and fisher and has lived in Bethel for almost fourteen years. He’s worked at KYUK since 2006 when he started as journalist.
He begins his work as general manager on July 1st.