Her first autumn in Fairbanks, Pamm was listening to KUAC while showering and heard her boss mention her name, asking her to call in a pledge. “It’s the craziest thing to hear your boss on the radio challenging listeners to donate but immediately when I got out of the shower, I called in my first donation,” Pamm said. “When I’m on the air for the fund drives, I always say ‘I know you’re in the shower! Get out and call KUAC.'”
“Pamm sees the challenges KUAC has faced and she always steps up to ease our burden,” said Gretchen Gordon, KUAC’s assistant general manager.
“She is a huge advocate for KUAC,” Gordon said. “She walks the walk and talks the talk. Her commitment to KUAC is phenomenal. She’s taken that next step.”
Hailing from Sacramento, Pamm came north in 2006 to work for UAF’s athletic program. Like so many Alaskans, she only intended to stay for a year or so and is still here. She is nowUAF’s dining services contract manager. “One of my favorite things about my job is that no day is ever the same and I feel like the work that I do directly assists in enhancing the student experience,” she said.
Pamm is the chair of KUAC’s Community Advisory Council and volunteers on air for FM programming. Past volunteer work includes Girl Scouts, Arctic Winter Games and the Fairbanks North Star Borough Planning Commission.
Pamm and her husband, Nathan Zierfuss-Hubbard, generously support public broadcasting. “KUAC has the unique ability to keep us informed of what’s happening locally and nationally,” she said.
Her days begin and end with KUAC. “We listen to Morning Edition while getting ready for work and on the drive into work,” she said. “At the office, I switch to KUAC2 and listen to XPoNential Radio and World Café most of the day. The drive home gets me All Things Considered, Alaska News Nightly, Marketplace and more World Café. KUAC TV has some amazing programs in Globe Trekker, Lidia’s Kitchen, Austin City Limits and Rick Steves. My favorite thing about KUAC TV and FM is the variety of music and programming available any time of the day.”
She hopes KUAC can continue to expand its programming with interesting, relevant and educational programs. “To accomplish this, the funding levels need to increase,” Pamm said. “The Interior community members continue to give money because they understand the valuable service KUAC TV and FM provide but it would be nice for our state officials to ensure funding is provided at the necessary level as well.”
Pamm and her husband love to travel; they visit Maui every year and Pamm uses House Hunters International to plot adventures. She also enjoys wine tasting and sports.
“Receiving the Spirit of KUAC award is the most humbling recognition I’ve ever received,” Pamm said. “I volunteer my time, energy and money to KUAC because it’s nice to give back to an organization where your work can make an immediate impact.”