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The KNOM AM transmitter site, surrounded by snowy tundra.

AM Transmitter Woes

KNOM’s AM transmitter, now in its third decade of service, is nearing the end of its usable life. As multiple outages in recent months have shown, the time has come to replace it.

Charred metallic pieces on an outdoor power meter

Explosion!

A recent incident at KNOM’s AM transmitter site is but the latest example of the challenges of operating a radio station in a remote corner of the sub-Arctic.

KNOM staff and friends at the dedication of the Tom and Florence Busch Digital Studios

A New Studio — and a New Chapter — for KNOM

On October 1st, staff, supporters, and friends of KNOM gathered to celebrate the dedication of the brand-new Tom and Florence Busch Digital Studios. It was the realization of a five-year campaign, a vision made possible through the kind generosity, prayer, and support of so many.

Van Craft in Digital Studios

We’ve Only Just Begun

On July 14, KNOM celebrated its 45th anniversary — while, at the same time, continuing to work towards our intended autumn launch timeline for our brand-new digital studios.

Anahma and Ric at Nome e-Waste Pickup 2016

Keeping Nome Clean in 2016

Recycling is a complicated and often-unwieldy — but still important — task in the Alaska Bush. That’s why we’re happy to spread the word about Nome’s annual e-waste recycling event — and why we participate ourselves.

Van Craft with AM Transmitter, Nome, Alaska

The Challenges of Staying On-Air

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.

Ric with new volunteers during history orientation

“Oh, How the Years Go By…”

Each new generation of KNOM volunteers — including our brand-new, 2015-2016 class — becomes part of a long history that stretches back to even before our first broadcast.

Laureli Ivanoff in Anchorage, Iditarod 2010

Looking Back: 5, 10, 15 Years

From Iditarod pilots to chest-high snow drifts, here’s a quick look back at what early spring has brought to our mission in recent years (2000, 2005, and 2010).