New KSRM radio news director Joe Knicks interviews State Senator Tom Wagoner following a candidate's debate at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.
After almost a quarter of a century as the voice of local radio news on KSRM, Jim Hime has decided to retire and move to Oregon. Assuming his position as news director is a new voice to Alaska that of Joe Knicks from Liberal, Kansas.
In an interview following last weeks candidate debate at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, the first thing Joe did was explain that Liberal, Kansas did not come by the name from its political persuasions, but rather from a very generous property owner during frontier days, "When the settlers were coming through there they realized that the area didn't have much water. Liberal is located in a very arid region of western Kansas and the early settlers passed through on their way to New Mexico, Colorado and California. Their needs of water for themselves and their livestock were always generously met by one of the founding fathers of the region, and the typical response was 'My! you are very liberal with your water here,' so the phrase stuck and turned into a name for the settlement," explained Knicks.
Joe was the news director for a group of radio stations in Liberal, Kansas known as Seward County Broadcasting prior to moving to Alaska where he says he did a little bit of everything, "I've had a lot of experience you might say in all aspects of radio and there are going to be some big shoes to fill coming in for someone who has been in the area for 24 years. KSRM news was created to be a service to the community with a local flavor in the reporting and maintaining that vision is what I'll do. That's one of the reasons they asked me to come all the way from Kansas to Alaska is because they noticed that the same type of news they have been doing here was the same thing that was still going on in a little place called Liberal, Kansas," said Knicks. Joe is a native of Okalahoma and lived most of his life in western Kansas/Okalahoma region. He graduated from Okalahoma State University where he earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in broadcast journalism. Knicks moved to the Kenai Peninsula this month with his wife Constance, a geologist, and their 6-year-old daughter Aedreena.
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