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Iditarod 2016 musher Wade Marrs

Covering Iditarod 2016

The 2016 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race saw more than 70 teams make the 1,000-mile trek from Anchorage to Nome, traversing Alaska’s vast wilderness. Thanks to you, we covered the race for our listeners, just as we’ve done since its inception in 1973.

Van Craft with AM Transmitter, Nome, Alaska

The Challenges of Staying On-Air

When a very rare failure occurred at our AM transmitter in late January, thousands of listeners lost access to our station. It took extraordinary measures — and support from near and far — to get us back on the air. The event also underscored the importance of our efforts to renovate our studios.

Shishmaref, Alaska

Dateline: Shishmaref, Alaska

Volunteer Maddie Winchester recently traveled to Shishmaref, Alaska, to collect material for KNOM’s Story49. Like all of our volunteers’ village trips, Maddie’s allowed her to see an incredible slice of life in rural Alaska — and to meet an exceptional young person, advocating for his community.

Elders in Stebbins, Alaska

Warm Winter Greetings

Volunteer news reporter Emily Russell recently returned from two special places well within KNOM’s listening range, Stebbins and Koyuk, Alaska, both of which welcomed her warmly: with hospitality, stories, and fish.

Sled dog team in Bethel, Alaska

Let the Races Begin

It’s the beginning of “race season” in Western Alaska: the sled dog and snowmachine races that traverse, and fascinate, our state. In January, we covered the Kuskokwim 300.