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Our Mission

In Rural Alaska, “Use What You Can Find”

Eileen and Ashley Moses hold their pets inside the Elim Fire Hall

Veterinary services are rare — and greatly needed — in rural Alaska. A recent episode of KNOM’s “Story49” documents how a new organization is filling the gap; it takes listeners to the front lines of where pets and pet owners need care the most.

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Connected in Faith

Father Tom Kuffel at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Nome.

This Easter, the need for KNOM’s broadcasts is as great as ever. Thanks to you, listeners throughout Western Alaska will continue to have an outlet for worship, inspiration, education, news, and entertainment.

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The Epic Iditarod Returns

Iditarod musher Mitch Seavey and his sled dogs, mushing on a snowy tundra landscape.

KNOM has covered the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race each year since its inception in 1973. The 2017 Iditarod was a red-letter year both for its competitors and for our mission and its listeners.

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Fast Sleds on the Sea Ice

A Nome-Golovin racer speeds from the starting line on his snowmachine

A blisteringly fast and frenzied snowmachine race captures the interest of Western Alaska listeners each March. Through your support, KNOM’s live radio broadcasts rally the region, enlivening the race for remote listeners cheering on loved ones.

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Talking Inupiaq

Inside KNOM studios, Josie Bourdon and Annie Conger record Inupiaq language lesson spots at KNOM with volunteer producer Lauren Frost.

KNOM listeners are learning the Alaska Native language of Inupiaq, one phrase at a time, thanks to Nome elementary teachers Annie Conger and Josie Bourdon and producer Lauren Frost.

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Cheer from Alaska Youth

Stebbins cheerleaders, gleefully practicing their routines.

Producer Karen Trop, with your support, has brought the energy, spirit, and creativity of rural Alaska’s youth to the airwaves in recent months — as part of her “audio postcard” series “Dearest Alaska.”

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Wisdom from Alaska Elders

Community elder Betty Segock in her home in Elim, Alaska.

Episodes of KNOM’s “Elder Voices” have been recorded and produced to preserve the stories of Western Alaska’s cherished community members. These stories mean so much, and they’re made possible thanks to you.

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