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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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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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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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A Parade for Those Who Served

Veterans carry flags in Nome's Memorial Day parade.

Last month, live coverage of Nome’s Memorial Day parade allowed KNOM to join with its local community in remembering and honoring the sacrifices of those who have served in the US military — especially those who gave their lives in defense of our nation.

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