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  • John Summers is an award-winning longtime veteran of broadcast journalism, proudly serving as the News Radio KKOB News Director, overseeing the on-air and digital news product. Summers was, before landing in ABQ, the Brand Manager and News Director for Saga NewsTalk WHCU-AM & FM/Ithaca, NY. Prior to that, he was Regional Brand Manager and News Director for KPQ-AM and KKWN-FM in Wenatchee, as well as KONA-AM in Tri-Cities, Washington. Summers’ radio ‘tour of duty’ shows a long list of both on-air and voiceover activities at various Los Angeles broadcast facilities, as well as Riverside/San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Dallas, New Orleans, Topeka, Chattanooga, Augusta, Little Rock and Reno. This includes the CBS/Westwood One Radio Networks, Fox Sports Network, and the Kansas Information Network. John’s married to his college sweetheart, Dana. They enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities, globetrotting, astronomy, New Zealand rugby, American football, scuba diving, ice hockey, rodeo, and Aussie Rules Football. John and Dana lived out their Polynesian dream in the South Pacific islands of American Samoa, 2001 to 2005, as co-owners and operators of TV and radio stations. John loves to teach and is an adjunct professor having taught mass media, communications and journalism courses over the years at three universities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and work on a master’s degree in National Security Studies from Cal State-San Bernardino.

  • Mike Gaba joined the KKOB News Team in 2015 and anchors the award-winning PM news on KKOB radio. Gaba enjoys spending his time hiking and exploring National Parks. His witty interactions with hosts can be heard weekdays from 1pm-6:30pm

     

Governor Lujan Grisham agrees with Supreme Court decision

Governor Lujan Grisham agrees with Supreme Court decision

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Today, the Supreme Court upheld a federal gun control law intended to protect victims of domestic violence, preserving national protections that reflect law already established in New Mexico. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation in 2019, restricting firearm access for people convicted of various domestic violence crimes or stalking, and those…MORE

Darling arrested

Darling arrested

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Kristopher Darling pled guilty to two incidents in April 2023, including shooting at a security guard. Wednesday, he didn’t show up to his sentencing hearing. Last year, Darling was arrested by Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office agents for shooting at people. According to court records, he was seen urinating in the…MORE

Dog adoption event

Dog adoption event

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — There’s a dog adoption event set for Saturday from 11 till 2 at Fiesta Subaru. They’re going to Share the Love with furry friends by donating $75,000 to Watermelon Mountain Ranch, New Mexico’s largest no-kill animal shelter. Over the years, Fiesta Subaru’s teamed up with Subaru of America to make a…MORE

APD hosting series of crime prevention pop-ups in Albuquerque Parks

APD hosting series of crime prevention pop-ups in Albuquerque Parks

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The Albuquerque Police Department will kick off a series of Crime Prevention Pop-Up events that will be happening throughout the summer. APD is partnering with Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers in an effort to make crime prevention information accessible, and to build stronger community connections. Community members will be able to have…MORE

FEMA disaster assistance available for New Mexicans

FEMA disaster assistance available for New Mexicans

Denton, Texas (KKOB) — New Mexico homeowners and renters who sustained damage from the South Fork and Salt Fires that began June 17, 2024, and continuing may be eligible for disaster assistance under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. Currently, affected individuals and households in the Mescalero Apache Tribe and Lincoln County may be eligible for assistance.…MORE

Connecting with wildfire evacuees

Connecting with wildfire evacuees

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Cell service is still down throughout Ruidoso as the South Fork Fire ravages through the village. “Church on the Move” is an organizations helping reconnect families. Mandatory evacuations are still in place, the church has partnered with the Red Cross to keep track of evacuees coming into their shelters. Senior Pastor…MORE

Darling arrested

Darling arrested

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Kristopher Darling pled guilty to two incidents in April 2023, including shooting at a security guard. Wednesday, he didn’t show up to his sentencing hearing. Last year, Darling was arrested by Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office agents for shooting at people. According to court records, he was seen urinating in the…MORE

Bosque fire is a reminder

Bosque fire is a reminder

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Bernalillo County Fire Rescue says, Tuesday was a busy day for them. They report one blaze in the bosque and five large brush fires. A family lost their home, in one of those ignitions. BCFR urges you to stay vigilant and understand one spark can cause a blaze that can get…MORE

NMDWS prepared to process unemployment insurance claims quickly

NMDWS prepared to process unemployment insurance claims quickly

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) is currently waiting for federal approval and guidance for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) to be offered to workers whose employment has been affected by the Southfork or Salt fires. Individuals may apply for Standard Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits now, a first step in…MORE

Isleta Resort and Isleta Pueblo make big donations to fire victims

Isleta Resort and Isleta Pueblo make big donations to fire victims

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Isleta Resort and Casino and the Pueblo of Isleta announce a donation of $10,000 and essential supplies, including pallets of water and Gatorade, and continuing support to the Ruidoso Relief Fund. This contribution aims to help the displaced residents and first responders affected by the devastating wildfires in Ruidoso. “We stand…MORE