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Posts by Lynette Schmidt

Dear Friend of KNOM… (March 2020)

In small rural Alaskan communities the fruits of good labors are easy to see. The scale of service requires greater individual input, because there aren’t many hands to make the work light. However, with great input comes great output. Just a few people with a common purpose can become a lightning rod for the power…

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‘Dear Friend of KNOM…’ (February 2020)

Patience, endurance, and resiliency are typical attributes of Western Alaskans. 2019 ended with some of the mildest weather on record. 2020, on the other hand, blew in with temperatures far below zero and wind chills reaching -70 degrees. The lack of insulating snow compounded buildings’ vulnerability to freezing. Through all these challenges, folks adapt, bundle…

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‘Dear Friend of KNOM…’ (January 2020)

Make it count. As a new decade begins, there’s much talk in Alaska about the national census, which determines government funding and political representation. 2020 years ago, the census was so important that Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem to be counted, adding Jesus to their Holy Family. In Western Alaska, being counted is certainly…

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‘Dear Friend of KNOM…’ (End-of Year 2019)

When KNOM first signed on the air in 1971, the staff was all volunteer. The station was a proving ground for young broadcasters and future church leaders. Listeners were very forgiving as volunteers not only learned their craft, but also adjusted to the life and culture of the rural Arctic. Today, the radio staff is…

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‘Dear Friend of KNOM…’ (December 2019)

“Babies bring blessings.” The beautiful chaos that ensues with the birth of a new babe bears witness to the grace of God infiltrating family. Grace and love not only grows, it multiplies. Jesus came to this world through family. He experienced the messiness and delight of everyday life while creating a conduit for humanity to…

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‘Dear Friend of KNOM…’ (November 2019)

“Thank you for your service,” is commonly used today to recognize the sacrifice of our nation’s troops. It acknowledges the commitment to serve, often unconditionally and at great personal cost to a greater good. Their sacrifice is made worthy with a larger long term view. KNOM recognizes this service in a spot series and features…

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‘Dear Friend of KNOM…’ (October 2019)

Every Western Alaskan has an example of Divine Intervention. The longer the rural life, the more frequent the stories. These are times when there is no other reasonable explanation than God’s grace for an unexpected blessing, survival from peril, or delivery from fear or trials. Rural Alaskans live a simple life, where the only things…

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