Gary L. Hawke has joined the Kansas University staff as the new general manager and faculty adviser for KJHK-FM. He started his new position in May.
KJHK is the educational, noncommercial FM radio station licensed to KU. The station is an academic laboratory for the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
For the past 20 years, Hawke has owned and operated radio stations in northern California. In Yreka, he owns KSYC-AM and KYRE-FM and recently entered into a lease-management agreement with KWSD-AM and KEDY-FM in Mount Shasta. His wife and business partner, Cheri Hawke, is in charge of operations.
"Every 20 years or so, you should probably change jobs," Hawke said, "I was looking for a different challenge. I had taught for a few semesters at a junior college, and I really enjoyed it."
Hawke said that he was impressed with the KU campus and the caliber of faculty and students. "The faculty is great," he said. "And the students I've met at the station have a positive attitude about learning. They care about preparing themselves for future employment."
In his new position, Hawke plans to continue KJHK's tradition of professional and responsible journalism.
"I don't mind taking a few chances. I don't mind if sometimes we're controversial, but responsibility always needs to be the bottom line," he said.
Hawke wants to encourage students to understand and be able to produce all aspects of radio -- not just focus on one area such as announcing, news, or sports.
"The more they know about all aspects of the radio business, the more competitive they can be in the job market," he said.
Hawke will teach courses in sales and broadcast management in the journalism school. His other professional experience includes producing and directing sports and talk shows at KTTV in Los Angeles and being sales manager at KRTH radio in Los Angeles. Hawke has a bachelor's degree in speech with a radio-television emphasis from California State University-Long Beach.