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Framily Thanksgiving!

While the rest of the world enjoys their Black Friday shopping, we in the KNOM “Framily” are enjoying a relaxing post-Thanksgiving day. Daynee and I are on air, and most of the rest of the volunteers are sleeping off our wonderful thanksgiving dinner, where we joined with the Schmidt family and others for a true…

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Baby in a manger (and a parka)

Like so many Catholic churches around the world, the parish two blocks away from KNOM studios – St. Joseph Catholic Church – features a manger scene and Christmas tree during this Advent season. But the Nome creche (pictured) bears a touch of rural Alaska: the baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph wear traditional parkas fit for…

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Pro-community, and pro bono

In this season of giving, we’d be remiss not to thank the many people who give so much of their time and energy to our radio programming. KNOM is privileged to feature the voices of a number of community deejays, each of whom hosts his or her own show of 1-2 hours, typically in the…

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Weather reports, and two more Goldie awards

Please pray with us for KNOM friends and family in areas struck by Hurricane Sandy. We pray for a rapid recovery for the devastated communities. May God watch over them as they rebuild. As our temperatures approach zero, the blustery winds remind us how treacherous the weather can be — day or night. KNOM continues…

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October 1984: A new class of radio station

October 25, 1984 After nearly two years of lobbying, frequent intervention by Senator Ted Stevens, and five inches of paperwork, the FCC grants KNOM and fifteen other high-power Alaskan stations protection against interference that is beyond what is afforded large Lower 48 stations, by creating a new class of station, 1-N (“N” for north). It…

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“I am glad we are able to help in some small way…”

From time to time, we share a short story that touches us. Here is a portion of a response to a donation thank-you from a KNOM listener. She writes: While we are not Catholic, KNOM has been our preferred radio station for years, and we do appreciate your prayers. These last few months and the upcoming ones, we…

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A missing girl found, and the threats of fall storms

Recently, KNOM coordinated with the Nome Police Department to locate a missing 10-year-old girl who had disappeared on her way home from school. Just as we always do for all missing-person cases, we immediately began broadcasting announcements with the girl’s description and her last known whereabouts, in the hopes that someone in our listening range…

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October 1992: Seas surge in fall storm

October 5, 1992 The worst storm in eighteen years strikes Nome: a low-pressure center swells a storm surge to eight feet above normal, with waves cresting ten feet above that. Covered with flotsam and jetsam, Nome’s main thoroughfare is under water, and where it runs along the beach, half of it is gone. Several roofs…

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September 1997: A solution for drifting snow

September 25, 1997 Chief engineer Les Brown (pictured) has almost single-handedly built the extended fence around the AM tower, preparing for the mission’s higher-power, 25,000-Watt signal. Snow drifting has always been a problem there, and Les tries an innovative solution. For (fence) pickets, he uses 1/2-inch plastic pipes, which he figures will be aerodynamic and…

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