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Posts by David Dodman

Closer to our goal!

Betsy with fundraising thermometer, May 2014

Our goal – to raise $1 million for our digital studio expansion and renovation project – is a few notches closer to reality, thanks to the continuing generosity of so many supporters.

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Blogging about service

Walk for Life, Nome, Alaska

As evidenced in their blog posts on this website, a tradition of community service, dedication, and creativity remains as vibrant as ever among our KNOM volunteers. Here are two examples.

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Tackling drug use in the studio

Special show on Spice, in KNOM's Studio C

A key part of KNOM’s mission statement is to engage our listeners. Through your support, we strive not only to entertain Western Alaska but to interact with those we serve: to start and sustain conversations on topics and events that are impacting the communities of our region. Sometimes, these are difficult – but no less…

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Digital studios, taking shape

Ric in our digital studios annex, April 2014

As work continues on the Tom and Florence Busch Digital Studios, our studio annex is beginning to look like… well, an actual studio! The photos above and below – including general manager Ric Schmidt, reviewing blueprints – show our new studio walls now covered in sheetrock, ready for soundproofing materials. Our studio room doors are…

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Live flute from Cody Blackbird

Cody Blackbird in Studio A

Thanks to you, our broadcasts feature a wide variety of news, information, and music, including specialty shows from dedicated, local volunteers. One such volunteer, Lisa Ellanna Strickling, hosts a one-hour music show on Thursday afternoons, showcasing the wide diversity of Native American and Alaska Native musics; it’s a listener favorite. Recently, Lisa’s show had a…

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Our volunteers, busy traveling

Tara and Emily

Our volunteers remain busy! Recently, Tara and Emily (pictured, top) have traveled to the village of Elim (EE-lum) to represent KNOM at a youth career fair, and Dayneé has gone to Kiana (keye-ANN-uh, pictured below) to gather materials for her ongoing radio spot production. Newsie Zach has traveled to Savoonga (as described here) and is just…

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Hunting, fishing, and… filing

IRS 1040 tax return

We’ve just passed tax season. In April, many of our listeners – like, we suspect, many of our supporters – were busy gathering their paperwork and mailing off their returns. For some in our region, however, it’s not just a matter of breaking out the calculator and double-checking their W-2 and 1040. Non-cash income, as KNOM reporter Zachariah Hughes…

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Our new news director!

Matthew Smith

In April, the news within KNOM’s walls was, at least momentarily, the news department itself. It was a bittersweet moment as we said goodbye to our longtime news director and, a few weeks later, welcomed a familiar face to the position. We’re proud and so fortunate to have counted Laureli Kinneen among our ranks for…

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