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Posts by Ric Schmidt

Great work, Tom and Marian!

In their second and final week of service to KNOM, we are thankful for the planning, funding, and hard work of Tom and Marian Braun from Colorado; they are two long-time supporters of KNOM who traveled up to Nome to help with several big projects. Marian’s selection, purchase, and construction of new insulated curtains for…

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September ’05: A “once in a hundred years” storm, again

September 22, 2005 For the second year in a row, Nome is hit by a “once in a hundred years” storm. The town loses power, and KNOM’s transmitter site generator keeps the station on the air for 134 hours until electricity is restored. General manager Ric Schmidt, on the East Coast to accept a Gabriel…

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Two special volunteers

We are blessed with volunteer help from two long-time supporters of KNOM. Tom and Marian Braun from Colorado are spending two weeks at KNOM. Now retired, they travel the country donating their time to worthwhile charities. They drive their motor home throughout the United States, sometimes building homes for Habitat For Humanity, and they even lent a…

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September ’01: Broadcasting on 9/11

September 11, 2001 Starting at 6 AM, KNOM airs 68 hours of live continuous news coverage on the terrible incidents of today, interrupted only three times: for weather, important messages, and the Rosary.

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True heroism

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. – Arthur Ashe

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Before the snow flies…

The hills throughout Western Alaska have seen their first frost of the season. Winter is fast approaching as everyone busily finishes up their summer projects. For some, it is freezing and canning berries; for others, it is putting away their fish and meat before the snow flies and the ground freezes. As we look forward to continued…

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September ’72: Construction

September 4, 1972 They’re completed. Fred Dyen and fellow volunteers Les Brown and Chris Brockway have constructed a prefabricated garage and building for the transmitter site generator. Dyen’s friend Jerry Springer had flown up from Spokane to install the generators and transfer switches, and by this week, both studio and transmitter are protected against power outages.

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Subsistence, studio fund progress, and prayer requests

The days are getting shorter, and the first freeze will be here very soon. Berry pickers are busy harvesting buckets of tasty treats, and the fish are finishing their runs. Some of the families in our listening area will spend this season canning, freezing, and processing meat, fish, berries, and greens. We all rely on…

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