The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Airways welcome news director to KCHU

Marcia Lynn to oversee news at the public radio station


There is a fresh voice delivering news in Valdez after KCHU public radio welcomed Marcia Lynn to its staff.

Lynn took over the position of news director at the station a week ago Monday.

"It's a unique opportunity," Lynn said in an interview at the station this Monday. "I'm the news director/reporter."

That means in addition to reporting news over the station's vast listening area – which is roughly the size of the state of Ohio – Lynn will also be producing original news programing, including the popular call-in news show Coffee Break.

Lynn comes to Valdez from Homer, but has worked in the news departments of several Alaska public radio stations, including runs in Kodiak, Bethel and Barrow.

"I've done all kinds of reporting," she said, noting she was one of the original producers of the Alaska Fishing Report.

However, Lynn says her real passion is the arts and sound rich feature stories.

"I really do love doing features on the arts," she said.

She is diving into that passion head first. Lynn attended the opening reception at the Valdez Museum last week for Shana Anderson's new exhibit and has auditioned for a part in the newest play coming to the stage from Prince William Sound Community College.

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Marcia Lynn took over the position of news director for KCHU public radio a week ago Monday.

In addition to delving into the art scene, Lynn said she is also looking forward to seeing for herself just how much snow falls in the Valdez winters while pursuing yet another passion, public radio itself.

"I always do volunteer music shows," she said. In fact, that is what opened the door to a career in broadcast news.

Lynn said she has always been an avid public radio supporter and while in Kodiak several years back she was asked to do news on a volunteer basis based on her work as a paid DJ.

"I'm a public radio addict," she said. "I keep it on 24/7."

Lynn takes over where former news director Tony Gorman left off. Gorman bid a fond farewell to KCHU back in August in order to go to graduate school in Ohio.


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