Volunteer Music Director and Cultural Programs Producer Emily Bieniek signs off, taking the opportunity to say, “Thank you,” as she winds up her year of service to Western Alaska at KNOM.
Volunteer producer Dayneé changes hats, reporting on the Nalukataq celebration in Barrow, Alaska: “I am not a newsie at heart. I compensated for it by giving myself more prep time and a few pep talks in front of the mirror that went something like, ‘You’re assertive! You ask questions! You can walk up to strangers and ask coherent, intelligent questions!’”
Three weeks in, new volunteer Jenn reflects on this summer of transition and moments of gratitude as Nome becomes home.
See it in photos: Dayneé was in Barrow this weekend for the Nalukataq celebration: a community-wide gathering sharing whale meat and celebrating a successful harvest.
Emily rejoices in the wealth of sunlight present for the Midnight Sun celebrations in Nome, maybe a little too much. Sunscreen anyone?
Volunteer Anna Rose looks to the future, excited, “because after KNOM, I can do anything, and the world is so big and life is so short and I have to choose among the magnificence.”
Daynee and the rest of the current volunteers go through years of cherished “hand-me-downs,” treasures passed down from generation to generation of KNOM volunteers. Well, treasures or trash?
“Take I-80 East. Keep right,” the automated female voice instructs from the gps as my Dad jerks the wheel and the car careens onto the interstate.…
“I got off work,” Dayneé says, “and I thought to myself for the millionth time, ‘I should go on a bike ride today.’ And, for a change, I did.”
Preparing for her departure from Nome, Emily reactivates her dormant Facebook account. She faces a choice: What experiences from Western Alaska can be shared with social media, and what stories are better told face-to-face?