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Volunteer for KNOM Radio

Volunteer alumna Emily basks in the summer sun at Salmon Lake.

Volunteer alumna Emily basks in the summer sun at Salmon Lake.

Discover an amazing part of our world.

Be a radio DJ. Report on breaking news – live. Immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of the Alaskan Arctic. And get money for school.

You can do it: as a KNOM volunteer fellow.

Throughout Western Alaska, KNOM is a source of information, inspiration, and companionship; since 1971, KNOM’s full-time volunteer fellows have made that possible. Today, they’re on the front lines of the station’s daily operations.

All volunteer fellows gain invaluable experience in live, on-air radio: whether through announcing music, reporting on breaking news, hosting current-affairs talk shows, or covering the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. From Nome, they often fly to remote villages to cover traditional festivals and events.

Leah and Laureli at the Iditarod finish line

Volunteer fellows at KNOM play an active role in our daily broadcasts – including our annual, in-depth coverage of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Pictured here are former news director Laureli Ivanoff and volunteer music director alumna Leah Radde at Nome’s Iditarod finish line.

In exchange for one full year of service, each fellow receives room and board, round-trip air transportation, health insurance, a monthly cash stipend, and, at the end of the service year, an educational fellowship award (more below). All live together in a comfortable home near the studios.

And if you’re planning on going back to school – or if you have student loans to pay off – we can help. Successful candidates who finish one year of service receive an educational award to cover past or future education expenses. Volunteers with existing student loans typically have no problem getting their loans deferred for the duration of their service year.

Prior broadcasting experience is not necessary to volunteer at KNOM. Successful applicants are hard working, self-motivated individuals who can think on their feet and whose actions demonstrate care and concern for others.

Make it your mission. Serve as a volunteer fellow for KNOM Radio.

Find out how to apply, or read our Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ) to learn more.