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Faith, Education, & Nutrition

Two women in dark red "Summercise" t-shirts smile at camera, sitting at a table inside KNOM studios, while displaying skillet with freshly-cooked egg scramble.

The first floor spare room of the volunteer house has been converted into a chapel.

In 1992, then-volunteer Ross Tozzi was the first KNOM volunteer to occupy the room. Visiting Nome 26 years later, Father Ross Tozzi blessed the room to be a place for volunteers to reflect and pray.

Priest looks downward while offering a blessing for a small room; standing with him, at prayer, are a man and a woman.

Father Ross Tozzi blesses a new chapel at the KNOM volunteer house. Photo: Margaret DeMaioribus, KNOM.

Young girl wearing "Future Leader" tee shirt talks into a radio microphone with a smile on her face.

Recent guests to KNOM have included Avery Erlich-Piscoya, a local student who visited as a capstone to a special summer class on radio. Photo: David Dodman, KNOM.

A summertime education program for local youth has brought a cheerful presence to KNOM studios in recent weeks. Each year, “Summercise,” a wellness and exercise day camp spearheaded by Norton Sound Health Corporation, offers kids a variety of fun activities, encouraging self-esteem and healthy lifestyles. One of the activities is broadcasting. Second-year volunteer fellow Karen Trop worked with a class of young “Summercisers” on the basics of radio broadcasting and sound production. In late June, the excited, gleeful youngsters stopped by KNOM, under Karen’s supervision, and each took turns putting their new skills to use behind a live radio microphone.

Summertime wellness around KNOM isn’t limited to kids. Weekly installments of “Breakfast Wednesdays” have brought local nutritionists to share with KNOM listeners healthy recipes for morning meals. Those within walking distance of the studio can even stop by for a tasty sample.

Image at top: Summercise interns Abby Bassier (left) and Marie Marsh (right) share healthy morning recipes with listeners as part of the “Morning Show” segment “Breakfast Wednesday.” Photo: Karen Trop, KNOM.