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Posts by Lynette Schmidt

Perspectives on “Alaxsxa”

Man gives a dance performance inside a Nome Elementary School classroom.

A multi-media theatrical production that recently toured Alaska and off-Broadway in New York City brought Alaska Native culture, and cross-cultural encounters in the state from a variety of perspectives, to a broader audience. This collaborative, story-rich, conversation-sparking production was the focus of a recent episode of KNOM’s “Story49.”

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Through Rural Radio, a “Scrapbook” of Western Alaska

Teenage athletes inside a small airplane

Western Alaska communities rally around their youth and find blessings and inspiration from youth accomplishments, such as regional athletics, music, or traditional dance. Through your support, KNOM often serves as an “audio scrapbook” of the region, with news stories and features that echo the daily joys of listeners’ lives.

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Wales’ Song and Dance

Alaska Native dancing inside the Wales gymnasium

Alaska Native music and dance festivals are powerfully moving events, KNOM volunteer reporter Gabe Colombo discovered in the community of Wales this year. “It was amazing to see,” he says.

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After Vandalism, Blessings

Two men with shovels stand aside a mound of dirt behind KNOM's garage

Even amid the challenges of operating a radio station in bush Alaska, such as an instance of vandalism at KNOM Studios earlier this year, our mission remains continually blessed — and continues, thanks to you.

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Preparing for the Harvest

Woman holding a freshly-caught salmon outside on a sunny evening

In Western Alaska, preparations for winter begin in summer, with all the different forms of local subsistence hunting, fishing, and food gathering. At fish camps and remote communities, KNOM plays a special role in this sub-Arctic harvest — through your support.

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KNOM News: Delving Deeper

Children hold a large cloth near a reindeer herd on a sunny day on the tundra.

The challenges of continuing Alaska Native subsistence traditions in the modern era have been highlighted in recent KNOM News stories — such as reports on ivory artworks and reindeer herding.

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Transmitter Replacement Update

A radio station transmitter site on gently rolling tundra near the shoreline of the Bering Sea

KNOM’s AM transmitter is overdue for a replacement. A recent grant from a regional Alaska nonprofit puts the station within striking distance of the funds needed for this crucial overhaul. Can you help?

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They Give By Going. You Go Through Giving.

2016-2017 volunteers Karen Trop, Lauren Frost, Tyler Stup, and Davis Hovey hold a KNOM Radio banner under a particularly vivid, green-colored instance of the Northern lights near Nome.

For more than five decades, volunteers have come to Nome to give a year or more of service. In concert with supporters like you, the mission’s commitment — to serve Western Alaska with faith, inspiration, news, and education, through radio — has remained constant.

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Connected in Faith

Father Tom Kuffel at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Nome.

This Easter, the need for KNOM’s broadcasts is as great as ever. Thanks to you, listeners throughout Western Alaska will continue to have an outlet for worship, inspiration, education, news, and entertainment.

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