There's a new face at the central Kenai Peninsula's public radio station.
Pickle Hill Public Broadcasting's KDLL 91.9 FM welcomed Allen Auxier as its new station manager in June. Auxier, who describes himself as "the good-looking guy with the handle-bar moustache," officially took over as manager June 12 and brings more than 20 years of broadcasting experience to the job.
Auxier has worked as the Kuskokwim Community College's director of instructional television, KYUK TV's program director and Alaska Rural Communication Service program manager in Bethel. He spent more than 20 years in Bethel before moving to Port Orchard, Wash., in 1996, where he co-founded a dinner theater in Tacoma and acted in commercials and public service announcements.
"I want everyone to know I'm really happy to be here," Auxier said. "Both my wife and I really want to retire in Alaska. This was a very good job opportunity, both for me as a career move and coming to Kenai. The peninsula's heaven on earth; this is what the pictures of Alaska look like."
An avid outdoorsman, Auxier has spent more than a year trapping, living off the land and re-enacting historic scenes in the Rocky Mountains. He met his wife, Mari, who will join him this month, on an 18-month sailboat trip from California, around the Hawaiian Islands and back. He has worked as a carpenter and set builder, in addition to preserving Yup'ik Eskimo culture through KYUK and teaching Yukon-Kuskokwim residents TV production and broadcasting.
In Kenai, he said he hopes to get involved in a muzzle-loading group and community theater.
After settling in at the station, Auxier has made plans for the future of KDLL. He said he wants to do fund raising to get the station on better financial footing, increase membership and underwriting and make the station more local, in part by giving air shifts to area volunteers.
"At KYUK, it was a good 75 percent volunteer-driven music programming," Auxier said. "I would like to aim for that here.
"I'm open to suggestions as to what local residents-members want KDLL to be. I would like to participate in all the events that go on here and make KDLL the information center for what's happening in the central peninsula."
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