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The new crew

We’re happy to introduce to you this year’s new class of KNOM volunteers, who will join returning volunteer Dayneé Rosales in our 2013-2014 service year. Our mission is excited to welcome these outstanding young individuals who, in the coming weeks, will hit the ground running at our mission in service of Western Alaska – all made possible thanks to your continued support.

Anna Rose MacArthur (top left) is a Tennessee native and a 2012 graduate of Birmingham-Southern College (with a BA in theatre and English). After graduation, Anna Rose worked as a professional directing intern with B Street Theatre in Sacramento, California, where she directed her first professional theatre production. Her interest in radio began years ago, listening to NPR while driving to high school. At KNOM, Anna Rose will serve as public affairs director, combining her passions for radio, writing, storytelling, and traveling. She says she’s excited to share the stories of Western Alaska and join Nome’s community.

Emily Bieniek (top right) hails from Chicago, Illinois, although she’s spent the past four years in Indiana, pursuing a bachelor’s in anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. Throughout her time in college, she’s traveled extensively throughout the United States, Asia, and the South Pacific, and she is excited to finally make the journey up to Alaska this summer. Emily says she looks forward to exploring the Last Frontier, getting involved in Nome community activities, and learning about the Native cultures of Alaska. At our station, Emily will serve as music director: reviewing and making additions to our (vast) musical catalog and overseeing the music that tens of thousands of Western Alaskans will hear every day.

Originally from New Haven, Connecticut, Zachariah Hughes (bottom left) brings to KNOM a record of traveling and exploring new cultures. At 18, he lived for a year as an exchange student in southern Turkey, and as a college junior, he studied abroad in the Czech Republic. Zach graduated from Harvard in 2012 with a bachelor’s in social sciences, and in the year since, he’s called New York home, interning for public radio and reading TV scripts for a production studio. Later this summer, Zach will begin work as KNOM’s news reporter; he says he’s thrilled at the opportunity to immerse himself in the life and culture of the region we serve.

Finally, Tara Cicatello (bottom right) is a born-and-raised native of Buffalo, New York and a 2013 graduate of Canisius College, where she majored in English. Tara says she’s deeply curious about new cultures and ways of life and cannot wait to meet the people, learn the customs, explore the terrain, and immerse herself in the Western Alaska community that KNOM serves. With “an adventurous and diligent” spirit, Tara will serve our mission as a producer, creating radio spots with a special focus on religious, spiritual, inspirational, and uplifting subjects.

As always, the work of our volunteers – past, present, and future – is made possible thanks to you. To help support the arrival of our 2013-2014 volunteers, visit our online donations page.

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This article is part of the August 2013 edition of our newsletter, The Nome Static.