Transmission 426:   August 2001

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Dear Friend of KNOM,

This past month was remarkable, with KNOM’s thirtieth anniversary, the ordination of former KNOM volunteer Father Ross Tozzi, and Fr. Ross’s first Mass.

We celebrated KNOM’s birthday a day early on July 13th.  Fr. Ross was ordained on the 14th, and he celebrated his first Mass on the 15th. 

About sixty of Fr. Ross’ family, former KNOM volunteers, priests and friends flew to Nome for a wonderful three days.  If you weren’t able to attend in person, please join us as we describe them.

We are pleased to be able to provide you with 24 images from these days, including the photos you'll find in this issue.  For all of the images, please click here

We also are happy to include the full text of Fr. Mark Hoelsken, SJ's homily during KNOM's anniversary Mass, Ezio Tozzi's poem "Touched By His Grace," which Mr. Tozzi read following his son's ordination, Governor Tony Knowles "KNOM Day" proclamation and the full text of then-Deacon candidate Ross Tozzi's Masters of Divinity dissertation from Spring 2000.

We thank you for your gifts and your prayers which keep our signal alive 24 hours a day. 

As we begin our 31st year on the air, we pledge to continue working hard to serve the far-flung, isolated people of western Alaska.

LET US PRAY:  (left)  On July 14th, a few moments after being ordained a priest, Fr. Ross Tozzi joins Archbishop Francis T. Hurley and twelve concelebrating priests in the communion prayer.

150 worshipers filled Nome’s St. Joseph Parish, and thousands more joined in via KNOM, which broadcast the ordination Mass live throughout 100,000 square miles.

Fr. Ross is the fifth priest who entered the seminary after volunteering for KNOM, and the first person to be ordained in remote Nome. 

INSPIRATIONAL SPOT:  You have a unique message to deliver, a unique song to sing, a unique act of love to bestow.  This message, this song and this act of love have been entrusted exclusively to the one and only you.


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THE KNOM MASS:  (left) Anchorage retired Archbishop Francis T. Hurley offers a few remarks as he celebrates KNOM’s anniversary Mass on July 13th.

Following the death of Bishop Michael Kaniecki, SJ last year, Archbishop Hurley agreed to head KNOM’s celebration the day before ordaining Ross Tozzi.  KNOM also broadcast this Mass live, and many listeners called with congratulations.

(left):  Spiritual director Fr. Mark Hoelsken, SJ preaches the homily during KNOM’s thirtieth anniversary Mass. 

Below the ambo, lighted candles recall the seventeen volunteers who have died.

At the start of Mass, KNOM inspiration director Lynette Schmidt lighted the candles as Fairbanks dioces-an administrator Fr. Dick Case, SJ read each name.

Please consider remembering missions like KNOM in your will.  All bequests are prayerfully placed in KNOM’s long term emergency savings and long term capital improvement funds. 

INSPIRATIONAL SPOT:  Loving someone is seeing them the way God intended.


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OLD FRIENDS:  (left)  Among the eleven former KNOM volunteers who flew to Nome for the weekend’s events was Mark DeLucchi (1989-91).

Mark also brought his wife Susan Tomaro and their daughter Clare.

TRAIN-ING: (left) Our visitors included five Zuni Indian secretaries from St. Anthony’s Mission in Zuni, NM, where Fr. Ross Tozzi volunteered for four years.

Florence and Tom Busch enjoyed giving them tours of the countryside, including one of Nome’s most photographed sites, abandoned 1903 railroad stock some 30 miles east of Nome.  Here, Florence snaps a photo of the women, who were accompanied by Fr. Dale Jamison, OFM and provincial Fr. Larry Dunham, OFM.

If you subscribe to “National Geographic” magazine, you may recognize this scenic spot, which was featured in their  June 2001 issue. 

The three steam locomotives were abandoned on the tundra in 1907, after a small gold rush railroad failed.  The locos originally pulled trains along the Manhattan elevated line, and were sold after the el was electrified in 1903.

INSPIRATIONAL SPOT:  God is the silent partner in all great enterprises.
                                                            - Abraham Lincoln

INSPIRATIONAL SPOT:  On the street I saw a small girl cold and shivering in a thin dress, with little hope of a decent meal.
     I became angry and said to God “why did you permit this?  Why don’t you do something about it?
     For a while, God said nothing, and that night he replied quite suddenly.
     “I certainly did something about it,” He said.  “I made you.”


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GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS "KNOM DAY!" (left)  KNOM volunteer Victoria holds a proclamation which 1986-88 volunteer Claire Richardson presented to general manager Tom Busch following the anniversary Mass. 

Claire, a former KNOM news director, now serves as deputy director of communications for Alaska Governor Tony Knowles, who declared July 14th “KNOM Day” throughout the State of Alaska.

He praised the station for “outstanding broad-casting and service to the people of western Alaska.”

The presentation took place at a potluck brunch.  After the meal, all was quiet until 5 PM the following day, when Ross Tozzi’s ordination Mass began.

ORDINATION:  (left)  At the start of his ordination Mass, Ross tozzi prays with his parents, Monica and Ezio Tozzi.

(Left)  Archbishop Francis Hurley delivers a moving homily.

(Left)  Ross Tozzi lies prostrate before the altar of St. Joseph Church during his ordination. 

(Left) Archbishop Hurley lays hands upon Ross Tozzi's shoulders during the ordination ceremony.

WEB SPECIAL:  We hope you will enjoy 24 images from KNOM's 30th anniversary, Fr. Ross Tozzi's ordination and his first Mass.

You'll find images of friends and King Island Eskimo dancing, and of Fr. Ross celebrating his first Mass of Thanksgiving on July 15th.

You might also enjoy reading the full text of Fr. Ross' Masters of Divinity dissertation, dated Spring 2000.

KNOM is the oldest Catholic radio station in the United States, alive and well thanks to you.

INSPIRATIONAL SPOT:   Christ helps us to face the music, even though we may not like the tune.
INSPIRATIONAL SPOT:  A good thing to remember, a better thing to do:  work with the construction gang, not with the wrecking crew.


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BLESSING: (left)  After his ordination, Fr. Ross Tozzi prays a blessing for three Little Sisters of Jesus.

A line of friends and well-wishers kept Fr. Ross praying for about an hour following the ordination Mass.

"TOUCHED BY HIS GRACE" is the title of a poem written by Ezio Tozzi, who recited the inspirational work following his son Ross's ordination to the priesthood. 

Please click here for the full text of the poem.

THE WHEELS TURN SLOWLY:  As you may know, we continue to work on an application to the Federal Communications Commission that will ask for permission to increase our night-time power to 25,000 Watts.

We reported last time that the station in Valdez, Alaska which is next to us on the dial, is supporting a test of the higher power.  Their permission is necessary.  Although we do not expect that our higher power will cause them interference, such interference is theoretically possible.

They have been extremely friendly and cooperative, and in late July, we received their letter.

Alaska governor Tony Knowles has offered to write a letter of support once we have filed with the FCC, and we are hoping that this project is finally moving.

We sincerely thank consulting engineer Jack Mullaney and the attorneys at Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP for contributing their work.

UP OUR SLEEVES:  (left)  KNOM office assistant Connie Albers models a special long-sleeve KNOM 30th anniversary T-shirt.

The shirt bears an angel on the front, and on the back, lists all of KNOM’s major awards.

This high-quality Hanes "Beefy T" shirt is available for $20.00, including Priority Mail postage.

We have them in S (very limited quantity), M, L, XL and XXL.

Colors are black, purple, navy and royal blue.

On the mail-in order form, please state a color preference, although due to limited quantities, we cannot guarantee a color.

SOLO:  (left) Fr. Ross Tozzi celebrates his first Mass, July 15th. 

Yup'ik Eskimo deacon Bart Agathluk (ah-GAHTH-luk) of the village of Emmonak (ee-MAHNG-uk) proclaimed the gospel in both the English and Yup'ik tongues, and the Mass was concelebrated by twelve priests who are not visible in the photograph.

As were KNOM’s anniversary and Fr. Tozzi’s ordination, this Mass was broadcast live.

LIGHTS OUT:  Nome’s runway lights failed July 16th.  The dark runway and fog caused many flights to be canceled or delayed. 

As far as we know, all of our guests made it home safely - eventually.

OUR GANG (left):  During the ordination potluck dinner, 26 present and former KNOM volunteers put down forks long enough to pose on the parish’s back steps.    (The little girl is Claire Richardson’s daughter Gabriela.)

We are delighted that you are able to read this on-line Nome Static.  This month, especially, we have so much to share, and although we expanded the paper Static to six pages, it was not up to the task.

We hope that you enjoy all of the expanded features of the electronic version. 

If you haven't already, you might enjoy reading our illustrated Highlights of KNOM's First Thirty Years, with a few photos and many interesting anecdotes.

With prayer and deep gratitude, we thank you for your prayers and support that have kept our mission strong for thirty years.

May God greatly bless you!

Beaming God’s Love throughout arctic Alaska for thirty years - thanks to you.

 INSPIRATIONAL SPOT:   Let everything in you come from the Holy Spirit.  Everything which flows from this Spirit is mild, modest and humble.

INSPIRATIONAL SPOT:      Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.  The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be.  How much you can love!  What you can accomplish!  And what your potential is!
                                                              -  Anne Frank

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