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Teaching Service

Nome youth Jonathan Outwater sits behind a radio microphone in the studio with KNOM volunteer Karen Trop.

Part of KNOM’s mission is to bring inspiration and education to Western Alaska. Sometimes, the station’s volunteers get to do so in person. Second-year volunteer Karen Trop has felt “blessed,” she says, to be able to work with youth through her service at KNOM.

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Preparing for the Harvest

Woman holding a freshly-caught salmon outside on a sunny evening

In Western Alaska, preparations for winter begin in summer, with all the different forms of local subsistence hunting, fishing, and food gathering. At fish camps and remote communities, KNOM plays a special role in this sub-Arctic harvest — through your support.

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KNOM News: Delving Deeper

Children hold a large cloth near a reindeer herd on a sunny day on the tundra.

The challenges of continuing Alaska Native subsistence traditions in the modern era have been highlighted in recent KNOM News stories — such as reports on ivory artworks and reindeer herding.

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Pilgrim’s (Produce) Progress

Landscape of grasses, trees, and a pond at Pilgrim Hot Springs

The harsh climate and permafrost of the sub-Arctic make local agriculture extremely difficult. But 65 miles north of Nome, farming is taking place at Pilgrim Hot Springs, one of Alaska’s most remarkable places.

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Journeys of Ministry

Paul Korchin inside KNOM’s Studio A.

In a special note from KNOM’s board president, Dr. Paul Korchin describes the heritage of service and Catholic ministry forged by the station’s first two general managers, Tom and Ric, and how new GM Margaret DeMaioribus is an heir to that tradition.

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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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