KTNA taps brewer as new GM

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Brian Robison will become the new GM of KTNA in Talkeetna, Alaska.

Following the departure of Corinne Smith, who announced her retirement in September after five years as the radio station’s GM and over two decades as a volunteer, Robison will step into his new role in mid-March.

For the last decade Robison has worked at Denali Brewing Co., where he held several positions including brewery operations manager. He previously worked on salmon and stream surveys for the nonprofit Aquatic Restoration and Research Institute in Talkeetna and as a rafting guide for his last 15 years in Alaska, according to a press release.

“It was a very difficult decision with people from Alaska and out-of-state applying,” said Mary Ostermick, chair of the board of directors. “I’m thankful for and really proud of the hiring committee and their dedication to the process. Brian shows a strong commitment to KTNA and his community and we look forward to his tenure as the new General Manager.” 

Robison and his wife are raising their children in Talkeetna.

“Becoming a parent changed the way I thought about community and the investment required to create the environment we want to raise our Alaskan daughters in,” he told the KTNA board.

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