It’s the time of year when we’re recruiting for the next class of KNOM volunteers, the lifeblood of our daily efforts in rural Alaska. As we prepare for future generations of KNOMers, we’re also reminded of the lives that have been changed, and special connections forged, during more than four decades of volunteer service in Nome.
New light is beaming down on our mission these days: both indoors and out. Not only are Western Alaska’s daylight hours increasing rapidly, but we’re also continuing our initiative to replace our studios’ fluorescent lights with brighter and more energy-efficient LEDs.
We’re excited to announce that one of KNOM’s signature services — its nightly broadcasts of the Catholic Rosary — is now available on our website.
In March, KNOM Radio was a “go-to” news source for our region during a frantic, fast, and closely-followed local competition: the Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race.
Among the exceptional challenges of life in rural Alaska is its very high cost of living. Explore a few concrete examples of just how more expensive basic staples are in Alaska, compared to their Lower 48 counterparts.
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.
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.
In February, we began taking steps to make our Alaska Native music broadcasting even better, by inviting the Nome-St. Lawrence Island Dance Group into our studio.
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.
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.