Dear Friend of KNOM,
The past two months, many of our friends have diverted their contributions to aid victims of December’s tsunami. For the first time in a long while, KNOM is having trouble paying the bills.
We cannot ask anyone to stop supporting the suffering people of Indonesia and Sri Lanka. KNOM staffers have personally donated to this effort.
We do request that you consider sending our mission a little extra if you can, to help cover this shortfall right now.
Thank you for your helping hand and your prayers. God bless you!
Xulam is the unofficial representative of the five million Kurdish people to the United States, spreading word of their plight.
For 600 years, Kurdistan was a province of the Ottoman Empire. In 1923, European powers arbitrarily divided it among Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey, all of which have tried to destroy the Kurdish culture.
Raised in Turkey, Xulam was not permitted to speak his native language, and was not allowed to be given a Kurdish name.
Dr. Cox, a radiologist at Nome’s hospital, is interested in helping oppressed people around the world. When he learned that Xulam was traveling to Anchorage for a conference, he brought him on a 500-mile side trip to Nome.
“You never know whose heart you might touch and who might make a difference,” Xulam told KNOM listeners. “We need lovers of humanity to come forward and help our people.”
Rarely does KNOM focus so intently on matters occurring on the other side of the globe, but Xulam’s story was too compelling to pass up.
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: The creator of Mount Everest also made the comparatively miniscule people who climb it. We mustn’t be so awestruck by God’s power that we forget He’s also concerned about each and every one of us.|
One of the leaders looks back intently, awaiting instructions, and the two dogs just behind impatiently jump forward and howl with excitement.
the dogs just can’t wait, and at the rear of the team, they’re
already trying to pull. Once they got the signal, the team leaped
onto the trail at speeds approaching 20 MPH.
Nils won the
race, making these enthusiastic dogs champs. Note the long shadows
at high noon.
INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: If loving every one of your neighbors was easy – it wouldn’t be a commandment.
People see God every day. They just don’t recognize Him.
When general manager Tom Busch steps down, Ric will rise to that position. Meanwhile, Kelly Brabec has been promoted to program director, direct supervisor for everything over the air except news.
Tom’s looking forward to shedding KNOM’s top post to focus on strengthening the mission’s fundraising efforts.
BOOK ‘EM! We’re uncovering more historic photographs, and now expect the “Highlights of KNOM History” book to go to press in late April. The main body of text is 240 pages, with 113 photos and 127 inspirational spots “so far.” The book will include a list of KNOM awards and a complete record of KNOM volunteers since 1966.
We’re considering including a CD with some of our historic programming. What do you think?
Recently, KNOM public affairs director Amy Flaherty learned that the whistling one hears in the villages of Gambell and Savoonga is actually a form of Siberian Yupik, the language of the island.
It’s a fact that’s little known except to the people who speak ¾ or whistle ¾ it. As Amy produced a “KNOM Profile” on the subject, she discovered that it was unheard of at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage.
The extremely remote island is much closer to the Russian mainland than it is to Nome, though villagers are devoted KNOM listeners.
IRON DOG: It’s a 2,000-mile snowmobile race from Anchorage to Nome and back, and volunteer Clinton White spent dozens of hours coordinating KNOM’s coverage. Early in the event, ten-foot snowdrifts kept racers pinned down in the remote town of McGrath in central Alaska.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: On the first day of spring, 1975, Nome endured a temperature of - 43°. This month, volunteer news director Steve Havilland was honored by Associated Press for his life-saving around-the-clock coverage of Nome’s flooding disaster the previous November.
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: If prayer is only a last resort, then we are thinking of God as a repairman.|
PASTED WHILE POSTED: (left) KNOM volunteer production director Liz Recchia has learned that a two-block walk to Nome’s post office can offer a snowy adventure. The wind was blowing about 35 MPH when this photo was taken.
From Chesterton, Indiana, Liz is a 2004 graduate of Valparaiso University. She’s responsible for writing and producing KNOM’s educational spots.
“I absolutely love it here,” Liz says. “It allows me to use my creativity.” And she enjoys being on the air, something she had done in high school “That’s something I really missed.”
Liz finds “the isolation hard at times. On the other hand, I don’t miss cell phones ringing all the time. And living a simpler life allows you more time to spend with people.”
In the future, Liz looks toward going to Africa to help out with the AIDS crisis. “After that,” she says, “I see myself traveling around the world doing humanitarian things.”
A GREAT RELIEF: In February, KNOM reported that traveling by snowmobile, a family of six was caught in a blizzard between the villages of Kotlik and Stebbins, 120 miles southeast of Nome. Often, these events have unhappy endings.
In this case, though, the family did everything right. They stopped and turned over the sled they were towing to create the protection of a warm snow cave. Once the weather cleared, the dad and a son caught their bearings and walked to one of the villages. After two days, the other four were rescued ¾ hungry and a bit cold, but otherwise all right.
At the request of the people of Stebbins, KNOM broadcast a lengthy thank you to all searchers and rescuers.
PRESIDENTIAL: As president of the Alaska Broadcasters Association, KNOM station manager Ric Schmidt logged 10,000 miles on airplanes, dispatched to lobby lawmakers in Juneau and Washington, DC, with ABA picking up the tab.
Once again, thank you for your prayers and your financial help. Without both, our mission would quickly cease to exist. May Our Lord greatly bless you for your kindness.
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: This day is a gift from God. Will I keep it just for myself, or share it with others?|
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