Summertime at KNOM is a bittersweet confluence of happy greetings and difficult goodbyes. This month, we’re saying a final “Godspeed” to the four outstanding people who’ve just departed Nome for points south: our 2015-16 volunteers Maddie, Emily, Laura, and Mitch, who consistently went above and beyond in serving the people of Western Alaska this year.
“The feeling getting off the plane, bathed in pre-solstice midnight sun, is most closely relatable to the feeling one has at the peak of a rollercoaster. It’s fear, excitement, elation, and a complete willingness to plunge into the unknown,” Tyler says.
Maddie tries to find the words to say goodbye.
For this week’s audioblog, Mitch interviews Emily about snakes, sun guilt, fainting couches, and the goodbyes that loom in the all too near future.
Maddie makes it her goal to spend as much time as possible outside with the changing seasons.
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.
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.
Maddie gets into the race season groove.
Maddie documents the changes in her life since her recent trip to Anchorage.
Maddie mentally and physically prepares for her first trip to the city since arriving in Nome.