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Posts by Ric Schmidt

You and the world

The question is not whether the world can go on without me, but rather, whether it’s going to be any better because of me.

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“He lifts up the listener…”

We are blessed with the talent of five wonderful, full-time volunteers. Summer is always a time of transition, when our volunteers finish their service and help us welcome a new class of contributors. KNOM volunteer music director Josh Cunningham will be leaving soon. His outstanding service has included three hours of airtime each weekday as an afternoon DJ,…

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August ’05: Sen. Stevens visits KNOM

August 3, 2005 In advance of a visit from Senator Ted Stevens (who, as president pro tempore of the Senate, is third in line for the US presidency), Secret Service agents sweep the KNOM building for a security check. Senator Stevens then arrives to conduct a press conference for KNOM and Nome’s local newspaper, The Nome Nugget.…

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Whales!

The temperatures are hovering in the low-50s, and our region’s families are fishing, hunting, and preparing to gather greens and berries. They are also listening to KNOM. The radio is a constant companion for thousands of Alaskans, and if they could, they would thank all who make this radio ministry possible! Last week, KNOM staff covered a…

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July ’71: A long journey to help KNOM

July 25, 1971 Pro bono consulting engineer John H. Mullaney has flown to Nome from Gaithersburg, Maryland to supervise the installation of new high voltage filters, and KNOM resumes operation at 6:55 this morning. Mullaney donates the entire week’s work.

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Made it to 42!

As you may know, on July 14, 1971, a dedicated staff of volunteers helped to launch a new kind of radio station. KNOM signed on as a mission radio station: a unifying source of inspiration, education, news, and entertainment. At 42 years old, KNOM is the oldest Catholic radio station in the United States. Since 1971, we…

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July ’70: Applying for the letters K-N-O-M

July 17, 1970 The Nome Catholic radio project’s pro bono attorney, Joe Hennessey, applies to the FCC for the call letters KNOM. The following week, he is informed that the call sign KNOM is unavailable because it is already assigned to a Coast Guard schooner, the Chiquimula, which had been scuttled. He dispatches a letter to…

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