• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
43s

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

  • Sports

    Palmer golfer takes bronze at Special Olympics World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Aug 01, 12:05

    A golfer from Palmer is a bronze medal winner at the Special Olympics World Games. Garrett Stortz, 24, played in four 18-rounds of golf at Griffith Park. Stortz is a level 5 golfer and improved his personal best every day of play throughout the competition. It was something his coach, Scott Johnson, always knew was […]

  • News

    Fire damages playground at Alpenglow Elementary in Eagle River

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 01, 11:33

    Two months after a playground fire at a South Anchorage elementary school, the Anchorage School District is reporting another playground destroyed by flames. Crews responded to the fire on the Alpenglow Elementary School grounds just after 8:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Anchorage Fire Department dispatch. Photos released from the Anchorage School District show charring […]

  • News

    Anchorage in Transition: Paul Alcantar reveals new ideas for Solid Waste Services

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 31, 22:32

    With the election of Anchorage’s new mayor, Ethan Berkowitz, comes a new administration. All this week during the 6 p.m. Evening News, KTVA be interviewing newly appointed department heads about their plans for the future of Anchorage. Friday, we were joined by Paul Alcantar, the new director for Solid Waste Services. Alcantar touched on the […]

  • Weather

    Evening News Weather, July 31

    by KTVA Weather on Jul 31, 21:59

    Alaska will be ending the month of July on a good note as high pressure begins to build in from the west and in the Northern Pacific. As a result, most of the southern half of the state will see a return to sunshine and warmer than average temperatures for the weekend and clear conditions […]

  • News

    Berkowitz names new Anchorage Public Transit Director

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 31, 21:55

    Anchorage’s new mayor has announced another addition to his transition team. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz chose Jody Karcz as the new Public Transit Director for the Municipality of Anchorage, according to a statement from the mayor’s office. She will replace current director Tom Wilson, who retired July 14, People Mover said in a statement. The Public […]

  • Sports

    East High School moves closer to playing football on campus

    by Dave Leval on Jul 31, 21:41

    Canyan Linderman loves football, especially for East High School. “It feels amazing to put on the wings,” Linderman said, who is entering his senior season at cornerback. Linderman and the Thunderbirds want to improve on last season’s dismal 1-7 record. This year’s team is excited about the upcoming season, and not just for what may […]

  • News

    Army’s top enlisted soldier visits JBER, talks future with soldiers

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 31, 19:50

    At a time of uncertainty for many of Alaska’s soldiers, one of the U.S. Army’s top leaders is in the state to address their concerns. Sgt. maj. of the Army Dan Dailey visited Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson today, where 2,600 soldiers will be cut over the next couple years. As the top enlisted soldier in the Army, […]

  • Politics

    Murkowski announces upcoming ‘mobile offices’ in southeast, southcentral Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 31, 18:24

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski says Alaskans will have the chance to meet with staff members from her office during the month of August in several southcentral and southeastern communities. Staff will meet with those who have “concerns about issues and policies related to the federal government” and collect casework requests for Murkowski or other federal agencies […]