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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In a highlight from 2019, fans cheer for Pete Kaiser at the Iditarod finish line in Nome. January Alaska’s new governor, Mike Dunleavy, is inaugurated. The ceremony was intended to be held in Noorvik, the home village of First Lady Rose Dunleavy. Weather conditions prevent landing in the village, so the inaugural ceremony is held…

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“The year is full of inspirational stories and moments of humble service. Hope is alive and thriving, lived out through vocational “fiats”, community encouragement, wellness, and spiritual nourishment. The KNOM star remains a constant reminder of this mission, radiant as a new year and a new decade dawn. Thank you for your openness to live…

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Christmas decorations on a willow tree in Nome.

KNOM spent 9% less than budgeted in fiscal year (ending June 30) 2019. The reduction is largely due to vacancies of one full time position and three volunteer positions. If last year’s volunteers were paid regular wages, FY 19 expenses would be $81,588 higher (net, after benefits), and an additional $122,382 higher if the 3…

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