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Lisa Ellanna Strickling, Community DJ

Lisa at the microphone

For many of our listeners, KNOM is a primary source of music: not just popular music but, also, the traditional music of Alaska Natives.

Native culture is fundamental both to our mission and to our daily broadcasts, which is why we’re so thrilled to have Nome resident Lisa Ellanna Strickling as one of our volunteer community DJs.

Here’s Lisa in her own words:

My name is Lisa Ellanna Strickling, and my Inupiaq name is Navraq. I prefer to be called Nuv, and that’s how I am known to everyone in my home community of Nome. I have lived most of my life in Nome, and that is where I currently reside. I am a mother to four and grandmother to a beautiful baby boy.

I started collecting modern Native American music as a hobby. My collection grew to be pretty large and I wanted to share this wonderful genre of music with the world, so I contacted KNOM about the possibility of doing a half-hour show once a week; it turned into a one hour show! I’m grateful to be a volunteer announcer with KNOM.

Every Thursday afternoon, Lisa volunteers an hour of her time to play Native music on KNOM. As we detail in our Thursday schedule, Lisa presents “a cross-section of songs, both contemporary and traditional, from different Native cultures, and she brings a special focus to the peoples of Alaska, the Arctic, and the North.”

Native music holds such an important place in the traditional culture of our region, and we know that – thanks to your support! – Lisa’s show inspires countless listeners each week.