Recent Impacts & Highlights
Welcome Shahla Farzan as the new KBBI reporter. Shahla arrived in July after finishing her PhD at the University of California-Davis. She worked for Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and as a staff writer for the California Environmental Legacy Project.
We are also exited to welcome Alder Seaman to KBBI as the new Development Director. Alder is thrilled to be working at KBBI after growing up listening to it. She brings experience in advertising, grant writing, membership and communication.
As a KBBI listener, you are connected to our surrounding communities because of the quality information on KBBI that bridges all of the communities we serve. The news department continues relationships with our neighboring communities including the Russian villages and across Kachemak Bay in Seldovia, Nanwalek and Port Graham.
Daysha reported on the Nanwalek School Busting at Seams and Quinton reported on Community Fights Back Against Seldovia Land Buyouts.
And, two high school students joined KBBI as news interns: Ciara reported on Ninilchik Student Art Displayed in Capitol and Casey reported on Homer Beachcomber Finds Octopus Tentacles.
KBBI's news team has been leading and participating in a regional cooperative in an effort to maximize resources and increase efficiency. KBBI (Homer), KDLL (Kenai), KMXT (Kodiak) and KDLG (Dillingham) have been sharing news and information weekly. Other stations such as KUCB (Dutch Harbor) & KCHU (Valdez) have expressed interest in participating as well.
KBBI has revamped its emergency preparedness manual and procedures. We are preparing a few boxes of materials/supplies for our studio and transmitter sites in the event that staff need to remain at the station for an extended period of time during an emergency. You can help KBBI in our emergency preparedness efforts. We are seeking financial donations in any amount for a total of $1,000. If you can help, donate online here or please contact Dorle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 235-7721 x221. Thank you!
KBBI continues to be a media sponsor of the Kachemak Writer’s Conference. KBBI also sponsors Cook Inlet Keeper’s Electronic Recycling Event, Salmonfest and the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Business After Hours with on-air messaging. KBBI is also proud to support Homer Youth Resource Guide, a resource for teens by teens.
The Alaska Community Foundation awarded KBBI a grant to support a strategic planning effort, which started in March 2015. We recently developed an in-depth strategic plan that explores new opportunities and goals in the areas of: content, collaborations and revenue. This is an exciting moment and imperative so you and our community continue to have a trusted, daily and accessible source of local news and information.
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.