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Gary Donovan

By Gary Donovan 4:03 PM August 20, 2013

Chief Operating Officer/General Manager

I was raised on a dairy farm in a small town in upstate Washington with a population of 634 (which changed to 633 when I left). I had four childhood goals:

1. Avoid any career that involved cows
2. Play in the NFL
3. Play in a band
4. Be on the radio

I have successfully avoided cows, never made the NFL, played in several bands (I play drums poorly, bass not quite that well and struggle with chopsticks on the piano) and took my first job as a radio disc jockey and sports reporter at age 16. I moved to Alaska for “18 months” in 1976 to be the Program Director of KENI Radio, which was then a Top-40 station. I fell in love with broadcasting and the opportunities Alaska afforded and never left. I’m thrilled to be a part of the team that will make KTVA “First in Alaska”.

Latest Stories

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    by Daybreak Staff on Dec 17, 10:45

    A well-known fisherman and author is out with a new book that gives readers an inside look at life at sea. Dave Atcheson spoke with KTVA’s Daybreak Wednesday about “Dead Reckoning: Navigating a Life on the Last Frontier, Courting Tragedy on Its High Seas.” The 199-page book offers a hair-raising account of Atcheson’s time on […]

  • Sports

    UAA women’s basketball reaches No. 3 spot in new poll

    by KTVA Sports on Dec 17, 10:09

    The UAA women’s basketball team climbed six spots, from ninth last week to third this week, after sweeping McKendree over the weekend. It was the first time this season the Seawolves broke the top three. They also received one first place vote. The Seawolves, who are 9-0, were ranked No. 3 in the USA Today […]

  • Crime

    Teen sentenced to 7 years for robbery, shooting

    by Associated Press on Dec 17, 9:56

    A Fairbanks teenager involved in a shootout during an attempt to rob a drug dealer has been sentenced to seven years in prison. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1DP4QGR) reports 17-year-old Chester Clifton Fields Jr. fired a 9mm handgun that hit a man whom he and an accomplice were trying to rob. Cross was 16 on […]

  • Lifestyle

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    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 17, 8:35

    The Anchorage Downtown Partnership’s Live After Five summer concert series is getting a big financial boost. The organization won the Levitt AMP Grant Award, which is worth $25,000. Anchorage is one of 10 small to mid-sized cities across the country to receive the money. Anchorage Downtown Partnership staff had to put together a proposal highlighting […]

  • News

    Obama to start normalizing U.S. relations with Cuba

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Dec 17, 8:30

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  • Sports

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    by KTVA Sports on Dec 17, 7:49

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  • Weather

    Daybreak weather, Dec. 17

    by Brett Shepard on Dec 17, 7:34

    Mostly cloudy today in Southcentral with a few rain and snow showers likely. In the Southeast skies will be mostly cloudy with some rain showers possible. In the Interior skies will be mostly cloudy with a few snow showers possible. On the North Slope skies will be mostly cloudy with patchy fog, flurries and breezy […]

  • Sports

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    by KTVA Sports on Dec 16, 23:10

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