Aurora Lyman was raised in Snow Gulch, a mining camp in rural Alaska a short distance from Crooked Creek, a village on the Kuskokwim River.
She was home-schooled from Kindergarten through high school, then continued her studies at nursing school in Walla Walla, Washington. When she graduated with a bachelor’s in nursing in 2015, Aurora was eager to return to bush Alaska, and she chose Nome, in part, because of its history and origins as a gold mining town.
In Nome, Aurora works as a nurse at Norton Sound Health Corporation. She’s been in Nome since October 2016; “I absolutely love living here,” she says. When not at the hospital or deejaying at KNOM, she especially enjoys reading, listening to music, and time in the outdoors.
On her weekly show “A Little Light and a Little Color,” Aurora spins a mixture of golden oldies, R&B, Motown, old country, and musicals, with songs from singers such as Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Rivers, and Ben E. King.
About her involvement with the KNOM mission, Aurora says:
KNOM is such a community-builder and is especially a lifeline of weather, news, and encouragement to those of us without internet (which is MUCH of the bush). I am honored and delighted to have my own small corner of the show!