Davis Hovey hails from the Commonwealth of Virginia (“the Old Dominion”). He spent most of his childhood in Greene County, 20 minutes north of Charlottesville.
For college, he ventured north to central New York state’s Syracuse University, where he graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast digital journalism. At Syracuse, he kept busy through internships with local radio stations, part-time jobs, and volunteering as a leader with the Christian ministry outreach organization Young Life. He also “screamed (his) lungs out during Syracuse basketball games,” Davis says — not least since the Orange made it to the Final Four twice during his four-year term at the school.
After college, Davis packed up and moved even further north to join KNOM’s news team, compelled by “the opportunity to work for a radio station in a remote, unique place like Nome” — as well as the “great unknown” and “almost mysterious” qualities of our corner of the world.
After the conclusion of his 2016-2017 volunteer year, Davis joined KNOM’s permanent staff as news director in July 2017. In July 2018, he moved on from KNOM to pursue other professional projects in Nome — but remained a part of the mission as a community deejay. Just a few months later, he returned to KNOM as a paid staffer, this time as an executive assistant to the general manager. In December 2018, he became KNOM’s news director again, and in March 2020 took on the Operations Manager role.
When he’s not within our station walls or reaching out to Western Alaska’s communities, Davis enjoys, he says, “good music of all different genres, from country to classical with the Piano Guys mixed in.” Also, “I’m a very physically active person, or try to be, and I will watch soccer any day of the week if possible.”