New broadcast center dedicated to Augie Hiebert
ANCHORAGE - KTVA celebrated a very important anniversary. Sixty years ago Wednesday the station had its first broadcast, making KTVA the first television station in Alaska.
That first day included a local newscast, and one of the people interviewed on the program was a young Vic Fischer. He is well known for helping author the Alaska Constitution just a few years later, but in 1953 Fischer had a different job. The then-29 year old was Anchorage’s first city planner.
One of the biggest issues at the time was parking in downtown Anchorage, Fischer said. His department had recently completed a new parking plan, and KTVA’s first newscast was a way to sell it to the public.
“It was just wonderful,” Fischer said. “We were always able to use radio, but here we were able to have visuals and show maps of existing conditions and the proposals and talk directly to people who could see what we were presenting.”
Television changed the landscape and KTVA founder Augie Hiebert was behind it all. The broadcast pioneer dedicated himself to serving the community. Hiebert’s legacy lives on today at KTVA’s new state-of-the-art broadcast facility in East Anchorage. And now that building bears his name.
In a special dedication ceremony Wednesday, the broadcast center was officially named the “Augie Hiebert Studios.” It’s a fitting tribute for the man who started it all, 60 years ago.