Augie Hiebert named Alaskan of the Year

Posted: Friday, February 23, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Pioneer broadcaster Augie Hiebert has been named Alaskan of the Year.

Hiebert brought TV broadcasting and FM radio to Alaska in the 1950s and founded Alaska's first TV stations -- KTVA in Anchorage and KTVF in Fairbanks.

He also pioneered the use of TV translators to project signals to remote areas. And he sat on former Gov. Walter Hickel's Satellite Communications Task Force, which brought the first live TV broadcasts to Alaska in 1969.

Hiebert will be honored at a banquet March 24th in Anchorage.

The Alaskan of the Year is chosen by a panel of residents from around the state to recognize those who have left a permanent imprint on the state.

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