The KNOM buildings as they appeared in 1989. At far left sits the "Community House," a volunteer and parish dormitory and kitchen. Right of the garage is the KNOM manager's house. Behind the garage is the leaning "Crooked House," a women's volunteer dorm
All three are 58-year-old U.S. Army "temporary knockdown" buildings, commonly known as "K-D's," as are the church and parish hall behind them. They are poorly insulated, rotting and falling apart, among the last of the K-D's still in use in Nome.
To the right of the manager's house is the KNOM studio, with volunteer dorm rooms upstairs. It is cramped, and so poorly insulated that it consumes more than 4,000 gallons of heating fuel a year. Thanks to extraordinarily generous contributions by about ten thousand people, the dorms are replaced in 1992, and the studio in 1993, with sturdy, efficient, super-insulated structures.
In the background, three blocks away, you can see the Bering Sea.
Photo Copyright © 1987 KNOM.