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40th Anniversary Studio Dedication Ceremonies

On July 14th, 2011 - the 40th anniversary of KNOM's very first broadcast - Ric dedicates our current studios to Augie G. Hiebert and our to-be-constructed digital studios to Tom and Florence Busch.

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(You'll find our 40th birthday festivities schedule below!)

Festivities in Nome, Alaska

Last updated Thursday, August 4, 2011; the latest updates are highlighted.


Thursday, July 14th, 2011

  • 9:00am - 4:00pm: KNOM 40th Anniversary Open House
    KNOM Studios
  • 12:00 - 2:00pm: Hot dog barbeque
    KNOM Studios (outside)
    • 780 free hot dogs! Open to the community.
  • 12:10pm: Studio dedication ceremony
    West side of KNOM Studios (outside)
  • 5:00pm: Mass
    St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Nome
    • Catholic Mass marking KNOM's 40-year anniversary and the 10-year jubilee of Father Ross Tozzi
  • 7:00 - 10:00pm: Staff party / KNOM volunteer reunion
    East End Park, Nome Parish Hall, St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Nome
    • A cookout for KNOM volunteers and staff from the past and present, with deejayed music 'til 10pm.
    • Please note the location change: party moved to St. Joseph's Catholic Church because of potential for inclement weather.

Friday, July 15th, 2011

  • 9:00am - 5:00pm: Volunteer Appreciation Day
    KNOM Studios
    • A day for former KNOM volunteers; stop by for a piece of cake, have a look around, and share your memories of volunteering at KNOM.
  • 6:00pm: No-host dinner for friends of KNOM
    Airport Pizza, Nome



Profile: "40 Years of KNOM"

To celebrate 40 years of broadcasting to Western Alaska, KNOM staffers David Dodman and Kelly Brabec look back on the years that have come before them. Originally broadcast Thursday, July 14, 2011 (learn more about this show).

40th Anniversary Newscast - Featuring KNOM News Reporter Alumni

For the 5pm newscast on KNOM's 40th anniversary (July 14th, 2011), newsie alumni Claire Richardson, Katy Clark, Michael Jones, and Paul Korchin read the news of the day (learn more about this newscast).

*New* Happy Sweet Birthday Song!

For years, KNOM listeners have enjoyed the song "Happy Sweet Birthday" - composed and performed by KNOM alumna Mary "MJ" Hartman - at the station's twice-daily hotline program. For KNOM's 40th anniversary, MJ re-recorded a special version of her song, with new lyrics for the station's birthday:

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