|In this issue:||Dear Friend of
Thank you so much for your prayers and your financial support. This has been an extremely active winter for your radio mission, and we are grateful for your continuing to make our work possible.
It's almost embarrassing to admit that the winter has been unusually easy.
The total snowfall to January 15th of five feet is almost double what we normally receive by now, and it's more than the average for an entire winter. However, it fell easily, in only a few big storms, and only one of them a genuine blizzard.
And, while the temperature's spent a fair amount of time around -30°, and we've seen several days with wind chills down to around -70°, that's pretty much normal for this time of year ¾ it could be much, much colder and much, much snowier!
Meanwhile, our final license application for 25,000 Watts was submitted to the FCC on Christmas Eve. The Commission may have already approved it, but their public posting is a week or more behind, and, believe it or not, we are still waiting!
Thank you again for your wonderful support. May God bless you!
KNOM'S new news director PAUL KORCHIN (left). Raised in Chicago and
Washington, DC, Paul was a KNOM volunteer from 1987-1989. He arrived
A graduate of Georgetown with a Masters degree from Yale, Paul is writing
his disser-tation for a PhD from Harvard, studying ancient Near Eastern
Welcome, Paul, who intends to apply great energy to his new over-the-air classroom for many years to come.
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: When someone does you wrong, don't do what comes naturally. Do what comes supernaturally.|
|top||Have you seen KNOM's
page on the World Wide Web? If you don't have personal access to
the Internet, perhaps a friend or relative does. Many public libraries
also offer not only free access, but also help using their computer.
We know you'd enjoy KNOM's web site, www.knom.org. You'll find pictures and biographies of the KNOM staff, the "Nome Static" with photos in color, plus more information and about a hundred photographs from the past.
A special thanks to one of our benefactors who helped us set up our web presence, which costs us $20 a month for world-wide exposure. Thanks, also, to former KNOM'er Tom Bunger who continues to maintain the page and keep it updated.
TO ANONYMOUS: Speaking of thanks, we offer you our gratitude for your gift last month.
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: Lord, give bread to the hungry, and hunger for You to those who have bread.|
We routinely provide a separate receipt for every contribution of $250
or more, and in the third week of January, we mail receipts to everyone
who has given a total of $250 or more the previous year.
Regardless of amount, if you'd like a receipt for a donation, please let us know. And please call it to our attention if a receipt is incorrect. Our accuracy rate is pretty good so far.
MASS QUANTITIES: There are some weeks that a priest is not available in Nome to offer 10:30 AM Sunday Mass at St. Joseph's Church, which we broadcast live, and so December 14th, we also began weekly airing of the Mass provided by the Passionist Fathers of New York City at 8:00 AM. And so, most Sundays, we are now airing two Masses. A heartfelt thank you to the Passionists for making an audio version of their television Mass available to us at no cost.
In addition to processing all of KNOM's donations, business manager Florence Busch (left) announces two hours a day from Studio A.
Looking over her shoulder, you can see our view to the outside, this photo taken in December, when the snow pack was still about half its January level.
|Here's a nice
view of Studio A, KNOM's main air studio with volunteer Connie Fessel at
The computer screen not only includes the schedule of music and spots, it also actually plays them over the air at Connie's command.
Except for live announcing and deejaying, news broadcasts, and so forth, most of the sounds you'll hear over KNOM are actually computer files. They're stored on computer hard drives, and converted to audio when it's time for them to be played. When we purchased this system four years ago, it was less expensive than outfitting all of the studios with new tape recorders.
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: My life will always have dirty
dishes. If this sink can become a place of contemplation, let me
learn constancy here.
I gaze through the window above the sink. There, I see the constancy of dawn, the constancy of dusk, the constancy of the seasons, of the sun and moon, and the rotation of the planets.
Lord, Your Love is discerned by repetition. Turn and return me to Your Love. Let my fitful human constancy be strengthened in the willing, wheeling wonder of Your stars.
|top of page||KNOM COVERAGE AREA STATISTICS:
RESCUE ON THE ICE: A worker in Nome's state office building happened to look out the window toward the frozen Bering Sea. With horror, she noticed a snowmobile crashing through the ocean ice, and after it did, the driver reaching into the water to pick up a bundle. It was a baby!
The assistant district attorney ran downstairs and waded through waist-deep sub-freezing sea water to the drenched man and baby, and carried the child near shore, so cold that he wasn't certain he could hang onto the infant, and so he tossed the baby about three feet to another rescuer on shore.
Everyone was extremely cold, but thankfully, okay.
Please consider adding missions like KNOM to your will. This final gift can help prosper mission work many years into the future. May God bless you!
QUESTIONS: We have some space this month to answer questions which
our benefactors ask most frequently.
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: Sometimes it seems like You are so far away, Lord. Is it I who has created this distance between us? Help me to love You back into my daily schedule and once again open my heart to Your Presence.|
|top|| KNOM is the product of many
dedicated hands and many dedicated hearts, and is funded day-to-day entirely
by individual contributions by good people like you.
As 1998 begins, we repeat our heartfelt thanks . Our mission would
not exist without you.
May God be with each one of you this coming year!
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