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Our Mission

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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Sun, Sun, Sun

The sun hangs low over the Nome port, past midnight on a June evening.

Summertime brings to KNOM country the endless sunlight for which Alaska is famous. On the summer solstice, the sun will shine above Nome’s horizon for nearly 22 hours.

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What KNOM Has Meant

In their volunteer days (circa 1980s), Lynette and Ric Schmidt smile outside the old KNOM station building.

At the end of this month, we bid farewell to Ric Schmidt, KNOM’s longtime general manager. In his incredible career, Ric has left an indelible mark upon the KNOM mission and its region. With gratitude, we wish Ric every future blessing as he begins his retirement.

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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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A Youth Summit in Kiana

Nick Hanson, from the very top of a large, wooden structure, looks down on children sitting on the floor of the Kiana school gymnasium.

KNOM endeavors to connect with listeners, on the air and face to face. Recently, volunteer producer Lauren Frost had the chance to do both during a special youth summit in rural Kiana, Alaska.

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