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Dillingham City School District/Radio Station KDLG


Position Announcement



Public radio station KDLG has an opening for a Host/Reporter.


Duties include hosting either morning or afternoon NPR programming, anchoring local newscasts, and reporting.


Radio station KDLG lies in the heart of beautiful Bristol Bay, the sockeye salmon capital of the world. KDLG is owned by the Dillingham City School District and serves southwest Alaska communities. Dillingham is a commercial fishing community with a yearly population of 2,500. It is accessible only by air about 300 miles SW of Anchorage.  The town has a population that is fifty percent Alaska Native and is the hub for a number of Native villages in the region. The mountains, lakes, and rivers in the region make it one of the premier destinations for hunters, fishermen, and other outdoor enthusiasts.


Expectations, colloquially:

  • Host Morning Edition or All Things Considered well. Have some fun, hit the posts. If you’re on the early shift, chances are people in villages near and far in Bristol Bay are waking up with you ... ahem, Chris-in-the-morning. In one breath, can you give the latest on the approaching winter storm, and in the next, sincerely relay that Jenny’s bake sale has moved from Tuesday to Thursday, in lieu of the weather?
  • You’re hungry to report the local news. Outside your window, kids are climbing on a bus to go to the airport to fly to a weekend sports tournament (no road games here), and you see some tape. A generic press release in your inbox challenges you to find the local angle instead of calling the listed spokesperson. Was there an arrest, fire, school board, or City Council meeting last night? Can you do something with that coming blizzard, or Jenny’s bake sale? People around town begin to wonder why you’re never seen without a Marantz and a pen in your shirt pocket.
  • You’re anxious and able to take on the bigger stories. Epidemic rates of domestic violence and sexual abuse, a growing heroin problem, the largest salmon fishery in the world, state politics, local politics, Native politics, the highest cost of energy in the nation, and the proposed Pebble Mine ... these ought to get you started.
  • You are a Leatherman of quick-turnaround reporting ... when local news happens on your watch, you quickly get three solid lines in our 7 a.m. newscast, expand the copy for longer mid-day news, package it for the Alaska Public Radio Network, and put a final version (with a photo, of course) on the web. (And then do it all again tomorrow.) Two-ways, live remotes on a shaky cell phone connection, sound-rich features ... but a few of the tools you possess.
  • Help produce our weekly show(s), Bristol Bay and Beyond and (in summer) the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report. These are more free-form than our daily newscasts, with room for features, two-way interviews, poetry, music, and voices from the boatyard and beyond.
  • Be open to travel – to remote villages, seasonal camps and bustling fishing towns. Whether it’s for the ribbon-cutting of a new bridge, to meet an interesting old-timer, or for a cultural celebration, there are opportunities to get out, especially if you convincingly pitch your story ideas.
  • We also expect you to have some fun up here, get to know folks, and get out and enjoy the country.



We are looking for the adventurous candidate with hopefully a year of experience in radio journalism or equivalent work. Salary is competitive with an excellent retirement program and benefits. To apply, email a letter of interest, resume, samples, and references to:

Sam Gardner, General Manager


or send to:

KDLG Radio, Box 670, Dillingham, AK 99576


Preferred starting date is February 16, 2022 . Applications taken until the job is filled.


KDLG is an Equal Opportunity employer and encourages women and minorities to apply.


Salary range: $35,963 - $46,924


KDLG is licensed to the Dillingham City Schools the successful applicant will have full medical/dental health plan and participate in the state of Alaska Public Employees Retirement program.</

Job Location: 
Dillingham, AK
United States
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