Story last updated at 3:19 p.m. Thursday, November 21, 2002

KBBI program director to retire
by Carey James
Staff Writer

KBBI Program Director Kathy Steberl announced she will be retiring from the station after 23 years.

"Being program director here is a very demanding job," she said Tuesday. "I think it's time for me to find something less stressful."

Steberl started with KBBI in 1979, when the station was much different than it is today. Steberl said she remembers when her job duties were quite varied and much less technical than today's. These days, Steberl has helped integrate new equipment and works with both KBBI and KDLL in Kenai. She said while she is looking forward to more rest and relaxation, she is excited about KBBI's future.

"I think with all the new equipment coming, it's going to be great," she said. "We've been working with a lot of outdated and broken-down stuff."

KBBI General Manager Susan Kernes said Steberl will be difficult to replace. "I think Kathy has served us well," Kernes said. "She has very good taste in programming. I think she really knows her stuff."

Kernes said with all the controversy surrounding KBBI's programs, she wants people to know that Steberl's retirement was voluntary.

"I did not ask her to retire," Kernes said. "The staff are very supportive of each other and really united."

Steberl said she's in no rush to go back to work, but said she's looking at all her options, including some that include sandy beaches.