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Alaskan audiences tune in to hear BW alumnus

Photo of Anthony MorabithAnthony Morabith '13 is on the air in "Alaska's playground," keeping listeners in the know. KSRM Radio recently selected the Baldwin Wallace broadcasting and mass communication and film studies major as the station's news director.

KSRM is part of a six-station media conglomerate in Alaska's southern vacation hub, the Kenai Peninsula. Morabith maintains news content for all six stations as well as handling the website and social media outlets.

Career crisscrossing the country

Morabith began his broadcasting career in Lake City, Florida, as a news and operations director for the former WJTK. He then spent time in North Dakota as the morning host of Jamestown's Mix 93.3 and later hosted the afternoon drive shift for KSJB 600AM Classic Country.

Morabith then moved back east to Uniontown, Pennsylvania, where he spent the last four years working at WMBS in the Pittsburgh/Morgantown market.

Seeking security in a vulnerable market

At BW, Morabith got the opportunity to work with some of the best in the radio industry. Even though he focused his attention on music while working at the campus radio station, WBWC 88.3 FM "The Sting," he has focused a significant amount of his career on news radio.

When the COVID-19 virus hit, many jobs in media and broadcasting were eliminated. Morabith believes a focus on broadcast news will give him better job security than hosting.

News radio has also provided Morabith with interesting experiences. "My career has taken me backstage at concerts and parades … I've shaken hands and rubbed elbows with politicians and congressmen to celebrities, rock stars, professional athletes and everyday people."

Passion for informing with fairness

Informing the public about what's going on around them is the best part of the job. Morabith says, "There's a tremendous responsibility that comes with doing that because we live in a day and age where trusting the news media is simply impossible because many have been accused of agenda-setting or reporting from a particular political stance. I have made it a mission of mine to stay away from doing that because of my higher calling to report accurately and fairly."

When thinking about future generations in broadcasting, Morabith says, "Don't be afraid to step out and take that risk, fully knowing that you'll fall flat on your face. You have no idea what doors it may open."

Broadcasting is in Morabith's heart, and he loves that he gets paid to talk.

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