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Posts by David Dodman

Teaching Service

Nome youth Jonathan Outwater sits behind a radio microphone in the studio with KNOM volunteer Karen Trop.

Part of KNOM’s mission is to bring inspiration and education to Western Alaska. Sometimes, the station’s volunteers get to do so in person. Second-year volunteer Karen Trop has felt “blessed,” she says, to be able to work with youth through her service at KNOM.

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Pilgrim’s (Produce) Progress

Landscape of grasses, trees, and a pond at Pilgrim Hot Springs

The harsh climate and permafrost of the sub-Arctic make local agriculture extremely difficult. But 65 miles north of Nome, farming is taking place at Pilgrim Hot Springs, one of Alaska’s most remarkable places.

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Journeys of Ministry

Paul Korchin inside KNOM’s Studio A.

In a special note from KNOM’s board president, Dr. Paul Korchin describes the heritage of service and Catholic ministry forged by the station’s first two general managers, Tom and Ric, and how new GM Margaret DeMaioribus is an heir to that tradition.

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In Kiana, “Ripples” of Positive Change

"Selfie" of Kiana middle school student Shaedyn Barr and radio producer Lauren Frost

In rural Kiana, Alaska, a new social group has given youth a platform to encourage each other to be their best, despite the region’s high rates of suicide, domestic violence, sexual assault, and substance abuse. It’s the subject of a recent episode of KNOM’s “Story49.”

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Meet the New GM

Margaret and Ric chat inside a radio studio

As of this month, KNOM has a new general manager. Margaret DeMaioribus is taking over for outgoing GM Ric Schmidt, who retires on June 30.

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KNOM’s First Days, 46 Years Ago

Black and white image of Catholic bishop pushing button on radio control console

46 years ago this month, KNOM signed on for its very first broadcast day. In that summer of 1971, the station beamed the very first hourly newscasts in Alaska west of Anchorage, as well as KNOM’s first live Catholic Mass from Nome.

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Stories of Hope and Recovery

The Nome hospital at dusk, viewed from the front, with light streaming through its windows.

Recently, a series of inspirational messages — based on the incredible biographies of Western Alaskans — have graced KNOM’s airwaves. Thanks to you, our listeners have heard powerful stories of recovery: from addiction, despair, homelessness, isolation, and other problems endemic in the region.

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